Trump advisers waged covert influence campaign — We published this a few days after the NYT revealed the “Black Ledger” payments, contradicting Paul Manafort’s assertion that he and Rick Gates never brought their foreign political work back to the United States. Later, we published a story confirming that some of the payments in the Black Ledger — which Manafort said was totally fabricated — were identical to wire transfers from Panama into Manafort’s bank accounts.

AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin — I obtained documents showing that Manafort had been working not just for Ukrainian political interests but Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska — and that the work had been pitched as explicitly meant to benefit both Deripaska and the Russian government. Deripaska’s libel suit against the AP has been thrown out of court.

Tale of Trump and partner in Azerbaijan real estate project — The New Yorker later covered this same development deal in much greater detail.  We used it as a jumping off point to show that Trump’s due diligence process can sometimes miss things, such as whether his partner’s a strangely wealthy son of a government minister with alleged ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

Trump took $17 million in insurance for damage few remember — A hurricane hit Mar-a-Lago, and insurance paid out $17 million. Yet there is little indication in Palm Beach building permit records or Mar-a-Lago members’ memories that serious damage ever occurred.

Trouble remains following failed for-profit schools’ revival — The supposed remake of Corinthian Colleges as a non-profit didn’t change much. The Education Department fired Zenith Education Group’s independent monitor in response to this story.

Morgan Stanley pushed murky Chinese stock to market — Morgan Stanley’s Asian private equity arm invested in a Chinese chemical company, took it public with a $8 billion valuation, and then sold it off to global investors through an IPO. We wrote about some problematic elements of the company’s operations, finances and public reporting. Its stock was frozen a few months later, and it has never resumed trading.