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The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

By Benny Morris (Author), Roger Owen (Editor), Edmund Burke (Editor), Michael C. Hudson (Editor), Walid Kazziha (Editor), Rashid Khalidi (Editor), Serif Mardin (Editor)

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The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs

Court filings bring national attention to local funding issues.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Here’s Why the Close Collaboration Between the NSA and AT&T Matters

New disclosures about the National Security Agency’s partnership with AT&T could reignite constitutional challenges to the spy agency’s efforts to wiretap the Internet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: One Man’s Enduring Fight Against Government Secrecy

Robert Freeman, the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, reflects on seven governors and their records for transparency.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists, but Almost Nobody Uses It

For roughly 30 years, the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE



Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE



How the ‘Embarrassing’ Gas Tax Impasse Explains Washington

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress?

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



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The Whistleblower’s Tale: How an Accountant Took On Halliburton

In 2005, Tony Menendez blew the whistle on Halliburton’s accounting practices. The fight cost him nine years of his life.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



The Controversial Legacy Behind Chris Christie’s Budget Claims

The New Jersey governor closed budget gaps by borrowing, shifting money from trust funds and paring back tax credits.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Nurse Who Had Ebola Contends Dallas Hospital Violated Her Privacy

In a lawsuit filed Monday, nurse Nina Pham says that a colleague videotaped her without her permission and then the hospital released the tape to the media.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Taking a Look Inside the Wild World of Charter School Regulation

Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Red Cross Demands Corrections to ‘Misleading’ Coverage. Here’s Journalists’ Response

The American Red Cross recently sent ProPublica and NPR a request for corrections to our series of stories about the charity’s failures in responding to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy, misleading donors about how money is spent, and other issues.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



History of Violence: Accusations but No Justice in Liberia (Video)

Many of those accused of unspeakable brutality during Liberia’s civil war have never been formally tried.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Unapproved Knee-Replacement Tool Was Used in Surgery

A firm sold 18,000 knee-replacement tools before the government called a halt.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



Warren and Cummings Press Federal Reserve on Leak Investigation

In a letter to the Fed, they say “the public has the right to know” what happened after potentially market-moving information found its way into a private newsletter in 2012.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who Almost Went Broke

Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Where’s Evidence for Uber’s Claim That It Helped Decrease Drunk Driving Accidents?

The ridesharing service published a report last week with Mothers Against Drunk Driving connecting the rise of Uber to a drop in drunk driving accidents. Except the connection isn’t so clear.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



What’s Really Happening With China’s Great Firewall

Three popular services that allow users in China to view otherwise-censored content have experienced outages over the past few days, a sign of increasing government efforts to limit what Chinese users can read on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



Verizon Will Now Let Users Kill Previously Indestructible Tracking Cookies

Verizon says it will soon offer customers a way to opt out from having their smartphone and tablet browsing tracked via a hidden un-killable tracking identifier.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



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Beware Wall Street’s Rent-to-Own Scam

The newest thing in housing looks like a great deal for would-be home buyers, but a closer look reveals a thorny trap.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

Long buried alongside hundreds of other U.S. soldiers in the Philippines, Pvt. Arthur “Bud” Kelder is on his way home after a lawsuit by his family and an investigation by ProPublica and NPR.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



Why Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide the Cheap, Fast Internet Obama Wants You to Have

Obama hailed the benefits of an open Internet in his State of the Union address. Here’s what it is and how he’s trying to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



This Week SCOTUS Will Take Up One of the Most Important Civil Rights Cases of the Last Decade

Many fear Texas case could gut the landmark Fair Housing Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



Zombie Cookies Will Be Killed, Company Says

Tech company Turn said it would stop using tracking cookies that are impossible to delete. The decision came in response to a recent ProPublica article that revealed the controversial practice.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



Here Are 7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agendas of Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



Beware of the Tracking Cookie You Just Can’t Kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Years After Tobacco Deals, SEC Says Rating Agencies Are Still Conflicted

The latest Securities and Exchange Commission examination of credit rating firms found problems similar to those documented in ProPublica’s investigation of tobacco bonds.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Senator Demands Answers on Red Cross’ Finances

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks the charity to explain how it has used donations from the public.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE



You Can Probably Forget About the New IRS Rules on Dark Money Being Ready Before the 2016 Election

The IRS faces a number of hurdles before its new regulations for social welfare nonprofits can be finalized, including potential opposition from Congress.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



American Bishops Want to Keep Women From Getting Their Tubes Tied

A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE



Bankers Brought Rating Agencies ‘To Their Knees’ On Tobacco Bonds

Wall Street pressed S&P, Moody’s and Fitch to assign more favorable credit ratings to their deals and bragged that the raters complied. Now many of the bonds are headed for default.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

Indian and British intelligence agencies monitored the online activities of a key plotter but couldn’t connect the dots.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Who’s Afraid of Occupy Wall Street? Apparently, the Red Cross

Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Has the Red Cross Been Misleading Donors About Where Their Dollars Are Going?

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE



Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Amendments Bite the Dust

An abortion measure in North Dakota that had raised concern among opponents about in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care failed after being 17 points up in polls.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



‘Abortion Wars’ Continue as Midterm Debate in North Dakota Expands to In Vitro and End-of-Life Care

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



A Case Study in the Perverse Incentives Tobacco Bonds Create

A central tenet of government finance is that money borrowed over the long term should be spent on projects that will outlast the debt – things like buildings, bridges or other essential infrastructure. That’s not what upstate New York’s Niagara County did with much of its money from tobacco bonds.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Best Investigations of Money in Politics Since the Last Elections

With this year’s elections just two weeks away, ProPublica has rounded up some of the best investigative reporting on campaign finance.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The Next Attorney General Should Make Presidential Pardons Less Racist, at the Very Least

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together?

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



Here’s Proof That Police Kill Black Males at a Far Higher Rate Than Their White Counterparts

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers

The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



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How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information—from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers—for a cookie.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



Oil and Gas Companies Are Rigging Wages and Cheating Their Workers

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE


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