the shadowy story of oppenheimer and congress

Nominations for the Oscars are announced on Tuesday and “Oppenheimer,” a film about the father of the atomic bomb, is expected to be among the front-runners.

Catie Edmondson, a congressional correspondent for The Times, explains how the film sent her on a quest to find the secret story of how Congress paid for the bomb, and what it reveals about the inner workings of Washington.


Catie Edmondson, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times.

In a black and white photograph, a large bomb is being transported on a carriage. Two men sit next to it.
An atomic bomb of the type detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki by the United States on Aug. 9, 1945.Universal History Archive, via Getty Images

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