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What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About the IRS and How It Handles Dark Money Groups

Here are five takeaways ProPublica found from the documents released Wednesday by a House committee.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case

The ruling means that the woman whose drug use had her facing a possible life term can at most be charged with manslaughter in the death of her stillborn daughter.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Feds to Look Harder at Cell Carriers When Tower Climbers Die

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will systematically track whom subcontractors were working for when accidents occur on cell tower sites.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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What You Need to Know to Follow the Hobby Lobby Cases

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the religious exemption cases. Here’s how to get up to speed.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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In Health Care Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference—heralded by some as a bold legal stroke—could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Should Women Be Charged With Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborns Due to ‘Fetal Harm’?

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



A Modern Day ‘Harvest of Shame’

Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers depicted in an iconic 1960 CBS documentary.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The Perils of Problematic Prescribing: A Double Dose of Warnings

Two new reports from the CDC show the dangers of overprescribing narcotics and antibiotics. Is there a way for doctors and consumers to make better decisions?

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica surveys some recent research on potential health implications of hydro fracking.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Hospitals Are Failing Civilians Who Get PTSD

More than 20 percent of civilians with traumatic injuries may develop PTSD. Trauma surgeons explain why many hospitals aren’t doing anything about it.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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As Full Disclosure Nears, Doctors’ Pay for Drug Talks Plummets

As transparency increases and blockbuster drugs lose patent protection, drug companies have dramatically scaled back payments to doctors for promotional talks. This fall, all drug and medical device companies will be required to report payments to doctors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Voting Rights Advocates Try to Put Oversight Back on the Map

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states and local governments with a history of discrimination no longer needed to submit new voting laws for federal approval. Now, voting rights advocates are trying to put them back under oversight using the courts and Congress.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



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FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen

Federal regulators’ announcement that they will examine the regulation of non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, follows a ProPublica investigation.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



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How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say

Universities rarely release the specific criteria behind their aid decisions. Could a little-known regulation help open the black box?

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

‘Permatemping’ cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers. Other countries limit the length of temp jobs, guarantee equal pay and restrict dangerous work.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



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A New Road Rage

In California, hydrogen-fueled cars are gaining in popularity. Will their safety issues garner greater scrutiny?

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Payments to CEO Raise New Conflicts at Top Health Quality Group

The top executive at the country’s pre-eminent health care quality organization is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by two large medical companies that have a stake in the group’s work.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Obamacare’s Market Share Mystery: Will the Health Law Shake Up Insurance Leader Board?

Well before enrollment began in Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island dominated the state’s individual insurance market, with a 95 percent market share in 2011.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


A Commander of the Dos Erres Massacre Squad Gets 10 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced a former Guatemalan Army officer to the maximum 10 years in prison Monday for immigration crimes, ruling that the ex-commando obtained U.S. citizenship by concealing his role in the massacre of 250 men, women and children in a Guatemalan village in 1982.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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As the Media Get Bored With Obamacare, Is the Public Starting to Get on Board?

We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’

Last year, Politico reported that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had a special arrangement under which she simultaneously worked for the State Department and a corporate consulting firm.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords

Passwords are the first line of defense between your private data and an attacker.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants to Keep Your Child From Overdosing on Medicine

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is calling on federal regulators to require that all liquid children’s medications be equipped with safety devices called flow restrictors, following an investigation by ProPublica and testing by Consumer Reports showing that the devices can help prevent accidental overdoses.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Medicare Wants to Ban Doctors Guilty of ‘Abusive’ Prescribing, but What Exactly Does That Mean?

When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program—perhaps banning them—it raised an interesting question.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

High-cost lenders—the makers of payday, auto-title and installment loans—exploit laws tipped in their favor to sue tens of thousands of Americans every year. The shocking result? A $1,000 loan grows to $40,000.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Karl Rove’s Crossroads Group May Have Lied on Tax Filing Documents

ProPublica, which has been tracking Rove’s politician financing group, reports Monday that the organization apparently misstated what its beneficiary groups used the money for. And it wasn’t social welfare, as claimed.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



The NSA Leaks and the 3 News Outlets

Although The Guardian broke the story on the National Security Agency, it soon collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica; Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar have set up a temporary blog until their site is up and running; meanwhile, from the sky, a church is discovered to have an unfortunate resemblance to a sexual organ. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for ‘Autonomy’ From States

Public universities say they want more flexibility, but such plans threaten the college dreams of low-income students.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



Tylenol’s Dangers Revealed Thanks to Investigative Journalism

ProPublica’s series on the dangers of the acetaminophen found in Tylenol highlights the importance of investigative work; a poem written by an Alexandrian poet in 1898 about the government’s idleness is extremely relevant these days; meanwhile, research shows apologizing, even for something outside your control, establishes trust. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Inside Obama’s Army

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A veteran of both Obama campaigns tells us how organizing worked, twice, plus a preview of the Supreme Court’s next four years.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


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Inside Obama’s Army

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A veteran of both Obama campaigns tells us how organizing worked, twice, plus a preview of the Supreme Court’s next four years.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

A handful of media stories, blog posts and academic studies have been skeptical about such attention-getting figures. But that has not stopped an array of government officials and politicians from continuing to cite them as authoritative. Now, ProPublica has found new grounds to question the data and methods used to generate them.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Bureaucrat Torpedoes Plea for a Presidential Pardon

The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron’s sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Why the FCC Fined Google Just 68 Seconds in Profits

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google for deliberately impeding an investigation into the collection of sensitive wireless network data as part of the search giant’s Street View mapping project. The company will recoup that cost in less than the time it will take you to read this article.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Lowdown on Fracking

Proposed new rules would require oil and gas companies to divulge the kinds and amounts of chemicals used in their underground hydraulic fracturing operations. But environmental and health advocates say drillers could exploit some loopholes.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Best, Most Revealing Reporting on the Foreclosure Crisis

The U.S. housing crisis has been going on nearly five years, with still regular revelations about misdeeds by banks and others. Here’s ProPublica’s roundup of standout reporting on the crisis.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Meet the Obscure Federal Regulator Who’s Not Helping Homeowners

Fannie and Freddie are required to help homeowners while earning profits so they can pay back the taxpayers who bailed them out. Here is our guide to the little-known federal regulator, Edward DeMarco, ultimately in charge of the two companies. You may have never heard of him, but as The Washington Post put it, he’s “the most powerful man in housing policy.”

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Fracking and the Government: 1969-Present

The U.S. government and energy companies have been fiddling with ways to get at gas trapped inside rock underground for decades. Now, using highly pressurized toxic liquid to extract the petro-bubbly is becoming standard practice, even as evidence mounts that it poisons drinking water. ProPublica charts government and industry’s decades-long regulatory dance.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Inside Romney’s Tax Returns

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released 550 pages of tax returns Tuesday and news organizations are making their way through them. ProPublica shows us where to look to make sense of the numbers.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Oh, Canada’s Become a Home for Record Fracking

Early last year, deep in the forests of northern British Columbia, workers for Apache Corp. used 259 million gallons of water and 50,000 tons of sand to frack 16 gas wells in what the company proclaimed the biggest hydraulic fracturing operation ever.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


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