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The Best Reporting on California’s Drought

This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



In California, Some Efforts to Toughen Oversight of Assisted Living Falter

Cost concerns may derail efforts by lawmakers and advocates to require more frequent inspections and a swifter response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Paying Jabbar Collins $10 Million Doesn’t Address Problems With Prosecutors

A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man will receive millions in compensation from New York City, but that doesn’t address the broader lack of consequences when prosecutors abuse their power.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



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What to Look for in Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



Why Is the Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting State Employees’ Emails?

A previously unpublished memo raises new questions about New York state’s policy of purging emails after 90 days.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Senators Push for Investigation of USA Discounters’ ‘Aggressive’ Tactics

The Defense Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are urged to see whether service members are able to defend themselves against lawsuits while on active duty.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Suspicious Prescriptions for HIV Drugs Abound in Medicare

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicare spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 for HIV drugs there’s little evidence patients needed. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells

The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

We’ve rounded up cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High on Federal Health Insurance Exchange

New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Who Advised Cuomo on Mortgage Industry Investigation? A Mortgage Lobbyist

Howard Glaser was brought on to help then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on his mortgage industry investigation. Glaser was working for the industry at the same time.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Why Are Obstetricians Among the Top Billers for Group Psychotherapy in Illinois?

Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud Scheme

Two secretaries in a doctor’s office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems With Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker Buried Alive

Janio Salinas was buried alive in sugar. A newly released accident report and an undercover investigation by Univision reveal the obstacles OSHA faces in its temp worker safety initiative.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health

A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.”

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Best Reporting on Guns in America

In the wake of last week’s shooting, we’ve laid out the most revealing reporting about guns.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Medicare Overpays Billions for Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services complement a recent ProPublica review that found many doctors bill for services very differently from their peers.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated

The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought details on how the charity spent donations after the superstorm, but the information was never released.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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IRS Delays New Rules for Dark Money Groups

The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare nonprofits that spend money on politics.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards

An amendment adopted by a House committee would, if enacted, take a step toward removing the National Security Agency from the business of meddling with encryption standards that protect security on the Internet.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Democrats Push to Restart CDC Funding for Gun Violence Research

New legislation would increase CDC funding for gun violence research from zero dollars to $10 million. The NRA calls the push “unethical” and an “abuse of taxpayer funds.”

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Hummus Maker Warned of ‘Extreme Safety Risk’ Before Temp Worker’s Death

Daniel Collazo was pulled into a hummus grinder in 2011. New documents show Tribe Mediterranean Foods knew about the safety problem that caused his death, but did nothing about it.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins on Its Drug Program

Medicare gives itself the power to ban physicians if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a series of articles by ProPublica documenting inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud in its popular drug program.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to End Prison Rape Stall Again

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington in 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Four Ways You Can Seek Back Pay for an Unpaid Internship

Think you’re entitled to be paid for your unpaid internship? Here are resources you should know about.

Posted on May 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Staffers Keep Their Email in the Shadows

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo entered office promising unprecedented transparency, but his aides’ use of email offers quite a different picture.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Will the Senate Be Able to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Disastrous McCutcheon Decision?

The Senate could soon consider a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states the ability to limit money in politics, possibly reversing the effect of recent Supreme Court rulings. But the amendment doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure

A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday because the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group’s application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Three Things Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Doesn’t Do

Prisoners’ advocates call the reforms a step forward, but they don’t address discrimination in presidential pardons or apply to everyone serving harsh sentences from outdated guidelines.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Republicans Say No to CDC Gun Violence Research

Giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention money for gun violence research is a “request to fund propaganda,” a Georgia congressman says.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

A ProPublica analysis of recently released data shows that dozens of physicians who received payments from Medicare in 2012 had been kicked out of Medicaid, charged with fraud, or settled claims of overbilling Medicare itself.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful change could be elusive, critics say.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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The U.S. Government Is Paying to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It

One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that the U.S. needs to stop running Internet security like a Wikipedia volunteer project.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE


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