Tag: ProPublica

Jake Bernstein: Turmoil in New York Fed Team Monitoring JPMorgan

November 2014

Examiners are reportedly blocked from doing their job as “London Whale” trades blow up.

Justin Elliott: Crisis of Trust at the Red Cross

November 2014

A survey shows the Red Cross’ own employees doubt the charity’s ethics.

Nina Martin: Catholic Bishops Vote to Revise Rules for Health Care

November 2014

With Catholic health systems expanding, stricter rules could have implications for reproductive and maternity care across the country.

Marian Wong: Charter-School Chain It Can’t Keep Administrator Salaries Secret

November 2014

The schools’ management company says that the salaries paid to school administrators should be considered a trade secret.

Theodoric Meyer: Secret Donors, Some Super PACs & Midterm Millions

November 2014

Voters are left in the dark about where money is really coming from.

Nina Martin: As Vote Nears, North Dakota Amendment Stirs Debate About More Than Abortion

November 2014

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

Cezary Podkul: Tobacco Settlement Funds Sprinklers, Golf Carts and a Grease Trap

October 2014

Leaders took on forty-year debt to pay for short-term stuff, a case study in the perverse incentives tobacco bonds create.

Cezary Podkul: How One New York County Fell Into the Tobacco Debt Trap

October 2014

A refinance of Niagara County’s tobacco bonds was good news—but for investors, not taxpayers.

Stephen Engelberg: Fix Presidential Pardons, a Letter to The Next Attorney General

October 2014

White applicants are far more likely to receive clemency than comparable black applicants.

Megan McCloskey: Head of Flawed Effort to ID Missing Soldiers Loses Job

October 2014

The Pentagon overhauls its identification process.

Michael Grabell: Temp Land, California

October 2014

Employers will be legally responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages.

Lois Beckett: Fact-Checking Feinstein

September 2014

The senator says 'the evidence is clear: the ban worked.'

Julia Angwin and Robert Faturechi: Stanford Takes Google’s Money, Plays by Its Rules

September 2014

Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has long received funding from Google, but a filing shows the university recently pledged to only use the money for non-privacy research.

Sisi Wei: Disappearing Voices and Supporting Russia

September 2014

The Russian government’s efforts to silence critics is getting help from an unlikely source: a San Francisco-based blogging company.

Lois Beckett: Gun Control Groups Rethink Assault Weapons Ban

September 2014

A decade after the ban expired, gun control groups say that focusing on other policies will save more American lives.

Investors Haul In Nearly Half the Tobacco Settlement Cash

September 2014

An updated tally by shows that tobacco bondholders are due billions in this payouts to governments from Big Tobacco.

Ryan Gabrielson: Woman Involved in Security Lapse at Arizona Terror Center Stripped of Citizenship

September 2014

An immigration case leads to likely exile of Chinese programmer.

Michael Grabell: California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers

September 2014

The bill will hold companies accountable for labor abuses by temp agencies and subcontractors they use.

Charles Ornstein: Data to Be Withheld from Database of Physician Payments

September 2014

The federal government won’t release data on some research payments to doctors.

A.C. Thompson: Efforts to Toughen Oversight of Assisted Living Falter

August 2014

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

Jesse Eisinger: Big Investors Push for Auditors to Sign Financial Statements

August 2014

Institutional investors try to make auditors publicly accountable for their work.

Abbie Nehring: “Less Lethal” Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

August 2014

Flash-bangs in Ferguson raise questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

Hanqing Chen: Reporting on the Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

August 2014

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

A.C. Thompson: Michael Brown’s Dueling Autopsies

August 2014

An autopsy by Michael Baden is only the beginning as teams of specialists study the body of 18-year-old African American killed by police

Charles Ornstein: Government Will Withhold One-Third of the Records from Database of Physician Payments

August 2014

Many payments to doctors made by pharmaceutical companies will not be included in the public release of the database next month.

Heather Vogell: Cracking Down on Two Schools’ Use of Restraints

August 2014

Investigators found a systematic breakdown in how educators at the schools employed restraints and seclusions.

Seth Freed Wessler: When Freedom Summer Landed in White America’s Living Rooms

August 2014

An iconic civil rights print hung in one rural Maine home and helped shape a family’s commitment to justice.

Jeff Larson and Mike Tigas: Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

August 2014

Leaked files reveal surveillance of U.S. computers carried out by a private company.

Charles Ornstein: The Shutdown of the Pharma Payment Verification System

August 2014

The government had to take offline its system for doctors to verify payments from drug companies.

Abbie Nehring: How Universities Fail Sexual Assault Victims

July 2014

A round up of cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.

Paul Kiel: USA Discounters Responds to ProPublica

July 2014

The company says ProPublica “inaccurately” portrayed its policies regarding military customers, but cites no errors.

Paul Kiel: Federal Law Leaves Soldiers Vulnerable

July 2014

Soldiers struggle to find substantive legal recourse against high-cost lender USA Discounters.

Blair Hickman: Lessons Learned Investigating Unpaid Internships

July 2014

Though the intern economy remains opaque, dialogue about the role of interns in the labor force—and protections they deserve—is beginning to take shape.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Segregation Now

July 2014

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

Abrahm Lustgarten: California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

July 2014

State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted.

Heather Vogell: Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

June 2014

The dangers of physical restraint as a form of punishment for school children.

Charles Ornstein: Medicare Billing Outliers Often Have Disciplinary Problems, Too

June 2014

Medicare finds financial oversight associated with more serious problems.

Jeff Gerth: All the Things Hillary Clinton’s Book Doesn’t Say About Iraq

June 2014

In Hard Choices the former secretary of state ignores or glosses over key aspects of her record on Iraq.

Lois Beckett: Violence and Mental Health

June 2014

An interview with behavioral health expert Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.

Paul Kiel: Protecting Soldiers from Predatory Lending

June 2014

To protect service members, the Defense Department plans broad ban on high-cost loans.

Seth Freed Wessler: Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

June 2014

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter.

Charles Ornstein: Medicare Overpays Billions

May 2014

The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicate that many doctors bill for services very differently than their peers.

David Epstein: Tyson Gay’s Coach Says He Didn’t Give Sprinter Banned Substances

May 2014

How anti-aging creams become relevant in athlete doping abuse.

Joaquin Sapien: Attorney General Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

May 2014

Holder orders that federal agents must record interrogations.

Lois Beckett: Democrats Push to Restart CDC Funding for Gun Violence Research

May 2014

Would universal background checks—the most popular and prominent gun control policy proposal—actually reduce gun violence?

Minhee Cho: Gun Violence in America

May 2014

America v. gun control, ctd.

Lois Beckett: Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

May 2014

Gun murders have decreased in recent years, but is it because of a drop shootings, or an improvement in the number of victims that E.R. doctors can save?

David Epstein: Weak Sanction for Sprinter Signals Change in Anti-Doping Tactics

May 2014

Increasing the understanding of, and lessening the sentence on steroids.

Jake Bernstein: NY to Shut Troubled Rehab Clinic

May 2014

Records show state officials knew for years about problems at New York Service Network, violations of patients’ rights.

Theodoric Meyer: Senate to Take Up Longshot Amendment to Regulate Campaign Finance

May 2014

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.

What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules

April 2014

The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.

Lois Beckett: Republicans Say No to CDC Gun Violence Research

April 2014

Giving the CDC money for gun violence research is a “request to fund propaganda,” a Georgia congressman says.

ProPublica: Weibo IPO Reveals a Company Struggling With Censorship

April 2014

Weibo, “China’s Twitter,” started offering shares on NASDAQ yesterday. Its regulatory disclosures reveal a company’s balancing act between censoring too much and too little.

Julia Angwin: U.S. Government Pays to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It

April 2014

Don't be a bleedingheart about Heartbleed.

Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger: Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

April 2014

Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear how exactly the money was spent.

Charles Ornstein: Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

April 2014

There are growing signs that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is a victim of its own success, unable to keep up with demand.

Charles Ornstein: More Tools, Beyond Ratings, To Pick Your Doctor

April 2014

Doctor familiarity without the wire taps.

Joaquin Sapien: Brooklyn DA Moves to Free Man after Long-Buried Evidence Surfaces

April 2014

Jonathan Fleming has served more than 24 years in prison for a 1989 murder. Law enforcement had evidence all along showing he was in Florida at the time of the shooting.

Nina Martin: Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case

April 2014

Pro-life not just for unborn babies but their mothers, too.

Marian Wang: As Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand to Lose

April 2014

Why qualifying for financial assistance isn't always good news.

Charles Ornstein: Leaders of Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies

April 2014

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

Naveena Sadasivam: In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health Threats

April 2014

The agency's manual is explicit about what to do if someone reports concerns about a noxious odor but is not at that very moment experiencing the smell: 'DO NOT REGISTER THE COMPLAINT.'

Megan McCloskey: Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Its Missing

April 2014

Pentagon mission that solves few MIA cases each year will make reforms.

Nina Martin: In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

March 2014

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

Charles Ornstein: Ad Endorsing da Vinci Robot Violated U of Illinois Policies

March 2014

When surgical team members endorsed the robot in an ad, controversy ensued.

Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer: Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

March 2014

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

Michael Grabell: A Modern Day Harvest of Shame

March 2014

Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers.

Lois Beckett: Why Hospitals Are Failing Civilians Who Get PTSD

March 2014

What happens when civilians soldier on.

A.C.Thompson: Assisted Living Giant Is Focus of Federal Probe

March 2014

Assisted living needs its own checkups.

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

February 2014

Deciphering financial aid, grants and other college information across institutions isn't as straightforward as it could be.

Michael Grabell: U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

February 2014

Permatemping cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers.

Marshall Allen: Hidden in a Heart, a Discovery ‘Beyond Belief’

February 2014

Linda Carswell hoped a lab test might bring closure after her husband’s mysterious death in a Texas hospital. Then came the unimaginable results.

Naveena Sadasivam: A New Road Rage

February 2014

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

Charles Ornstein: When a University Hospital Backs a Surgical Robot, Controversey Ensues

February 2014

Should an entire hospital department help advertise a medical robot?

Sebastian Rotella: Dos Erres Commander Sentenced

February 2014

A conviction in the case of the Dos Erres massacre.

Lois Beckett: The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored

February 2014

Not all trauma happens in Afghanistan.

Charles Ornstein: Some Predictions on How Medicare Will Release Physician Payment Data

January 2014

The government’s announcement that it will begin releasing the data seems to have ticked off both supporters and opponents of broader transparency in medicine.

Joaquin Sapien: Guards May Be Responsible for Half of Prison Sexual Assaults

January 2014

Prosecution is rare in sexual assault cases involving correctional officers.

Theodoric Meyer and T. Christian Miller: Schumer Calls on Drug Makers to Add Safety Devices to Children’s Medicines Within a Year

January 2014

It's not just baby bottles, but safety bottles that keep a child safe.

Charles Ornstein: Obamacare – A Midterm Report Card

January 2014

How the Affordable Care Act is faring after the first half of the open enrollment period.

Joaquin Sapien: Guarded Optimism

January 2014

Examining the factors that contribute to sexual victimization in American prisons.

Nina Martin: Amid Abortion Debate, the Pursuit of Science

January 2014

A leading abortion researcher on science and stigmatization.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Medicare Wants Power to Ban Harmful Prescribers

January 2014

From Plan B to Part D, another controversial medical scenario.

Marian Wang: How College Pricing is Like Holiday Retail Sales

January 2014

Retail discounting arrives to higher education, with negative consequences.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Caught Up in a Medicare Fraud

January 2014

Either Joyce Heap was being given expensive medications for conditions she didn't have or something sinister was going on.

Michael Grabell: How to Improve Temp Worker Safety

December 2013

Temps face a significantly greater risk of injury on the job than permanent employees.

Justin Elliott: Presidential Panel Tells NSA to Stop Undermining Encryption

December 2013

The government agency comes under fire for its attempts to undercut the protection of privacy.

Charles Ornstein: Payment Due

December 2013

The Obamacare deadline no one is talking about.

Christie Thompson: How Bureaucrats Stand in the Way of Releasing Elderly and Ill Prisoners

December 2013

The Department of Justice has expanded eligibility for compassionate release. But whether that means more inmates are let out early depends on the “compassion” of prison officials.

Charles Ornstein: Six Questions About HealthCare.gov’s Future

December 2013

Will the improvements to the site be enough to ensure consumers can get coverage before the December 23 deadline?

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber: Generic or Name Brand?

November 2013

With billions in potential savings for Medicare at stake, we asked drug experts and practitioners alike why more doctors don't recommend generics when they can.

Kim Barker: Crossroads’ Tax Return Shows Big Donors, But Doesn’t Name Them

November 2013

How Karl Rove's “social non-profit” exploits loopholes in tax and election rules to pour millions of dollars from undisclosed donors into conservative campaigns.

Nina Martin: A Dispute at a Catholic Hospital

November 2013

Gag rules at Catholic hospitals limit what doctors can do—and say.

Charles Ornstein: Brushes with the Medical System

November 2013

Four journalists describe how their own experiences with the health-care system has affected their reporting.

Marian Wang: On ‘Country Club’ Campuses

November 2013

He brought sushi to campus dining halls and revamped the dorms. Now he's wondering whether he did the right thing.

Charles Ornstein: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health Policies

November 2013

Two casualties of the transitioning American healthcare system.

Cora Currier: What We Still Don’t Know About Drones

November 2013

The government's tally of civilian deaths, and guidelines on who can be targeted, just to name a few.

Jeff Larson: NIST to Review Standards After Cryptographers Cry Foul Over NSA Meddling

November 2013

The federal institute that sets national standards for data encryption has announced it is reviewing all of its previous recommendations.

Charles Ornstein: Health Policy Canceled?

November 2013

What we know and don’t know about Obamacare’s effect on individual health insurance policies.

A.C. Thompson: Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly Protected

October 2013

How assisted living went from humane solution to multibillion-dollar industry.

Charles Ornstein: Should Hospital Ratings Be Embraced—or Despised?

October 2013

One year after Hurricane Sandy and one month into Obamacare, what is the status of our medical facilities?

Marian Wang: George Washington University Has for Years Claimed to be ‘Need-Blind.’ It’s Not.

October 2013

How aware are universities about being need-aware? How blind are they to being need-blind?

Charles Ornstein: A Tale of Two Obamacares — Which Is Right?

October 2013

Critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout say its technology problems are overwhelming. Defenders point to the states, where the health insurance marketplaces seem to be working.

Cora Currier: Drone Makers Gather to Defend Their Much-Maligned Machines

October 2013

A dispatch from the conference of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems.

Theodoric Meyer: What Happened After Congress Passed a Climate Change Law? Very Little.

October 2013

Congress finally attempts to tackle climate change, but with mixed results.

Jake Bernstein: N.Y. Fed Moves to Seal Documents in Ex-Bank Examiner’s Suit

October 2013

The loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act.

Jake Bernstein: NY Fed Fired Examiner Who Took on Goldman

October 2013

A Federal Reserve examiner hired in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Act is fired after uncovering problems with Goldman Sachs' conflict-of-interest policy

Kim Barker: ‘America Is Not Stupid’ Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

October 2013

The group spent over $125,000 on election campaigns in 2012, but that was not enough for the IRS to deny their application.

Marian Wang: Breaking Away

October 2013

Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.

Kim Barker: Shutdown Prompts Rare Government Mix of Imagination and Laughter

October 2013

Awkward silences from an invisible speaker at a conference during the government shutdown.

Raymond Bonner: How A Telecom Helped the Government Spy on Me

October 2013

As early as 2004, an unnamed telecommunications company—identified in documents only as Company A—helped the FBI spy on New York Times reporters.

Sebastian Rotella: ‘They Ordered Us To Kill All The People’

October 2013

At a historic U.S. trial, former Guatemalan army commandos testify about the massacre of 250 villagers in the jungle hamlet of Dos Erres during the country’s civil war.

Nina Martin: The Impact and Echoes of the Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

September 2013

Two years after the Supreme Court decision tossing a sex discrimination case against the giant retailer, lawyers for women and minorities are navigating an altered legal landscape

Michael Grabell: The $13 Test That Saved My Baby’s Life

September 2013

Why isn’t required for every newborn?

Joe Sexton: Plenty of Misconduct, and 129 Pages of One Judge’s Disbelief

September 2013

A decision in New Orleans overturning the convictions of five police officers for their roles in post-Katrina murders reveals an abundance of prosecutorial misbehavior.

Marshall Allen: How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

September 2013

An updated estimate says at least 210,000 patients.

Cora Currier: Killing Military Transparency

September 2013

The Obama administration helped kill a push for transparency on military aid.

Marian Wang: Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind

September 2013

"Offering "merit aid" over financial aid, colleges and universities are prioritizing smart kids who can pay over smart kids who can't."

Jake Bernstein: Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy Care

September 2013

Outpatient drug treatment programs can do more bad than good.

Paul Kiel: To Dodge Law, High-Cost Lender Offers Cash for Free

September 2013

Unethical, unconscionable, legal: predatory lenders keep people in debt indefinitely.

Joaquin Sapien: Questions Arise in Effort to End Prison Rape

September 2013

It took years to enact tougher standards for investigating and punishing sexual violence in jails and prisons. Now, there is frustration over how those reforms will be enforced.

Jannis Brühl: Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany

August 2013

Understanding why the NSA spying programs are such a hot-button issue in the current German pre-election season.

Christie Thompson: Stick’em in Solitary

August 2013

New York has promised help for mentally ill inmates, but still sticks many in solitary confinement.

Joaquin Sapien: When Prosecutors Cross the Line

August 2013

How New York City prosecutors have long-abused a powerful legal tool—the material witness order.

Blair Hickman: ‘Lean In’ Nonprofit Called For an Unpaid Intern

August 2013

Though not illegal, Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' organization is accused of exploiting women by offering an unpaid internship.

Abrahm Lustgarden: How Oil and Gas Drillers Avoid Paying Royalties

August 2013

Income from oil and gas production doesn’t always trickle down to landowners, as companies find ways to minimize the share they pay in royalties.

Cora Currier: Condolence Payments in the Drone War

August 2013

Does the U.S. pay families when drones kill innocent Yemenis?

Blaire Hickman and Christie Thompson: No Paycheck, No Civil Rights

August 2013

Unpaid interns aren’t protected against sexual harassment.

Kara Brandeisky: Before Obama was President

August 2013

As a senator, Obama supported strong controls on surveillance. As president, not so much..

Paul Kiel: Whack-a-Mole

August 2013

When states crack down, predatory lenders bounce right back.

Isaiah Thompson: Civil Forfeiture Laws Are Costing Innocent People Their Homes

August 2013

Law enforcement authorities are moving to seize homes, cash and other property of people tangentially related to crimes under "civil forfeiture" laws that require minimal proof.

Cora Currier: White House Closes Inquiry Into Afghan Massacre and Will Release No Details

August 2013

Questions about U.S. war crimes go unanswered.

A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones: Close the Back Door

August 2013

How the largest assisted living provider in the country proved to be an overpromising, understaffed, and grossly negligent real estate company.

A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones: A Sinking Ship

August 2013

The perils of maintaining dangerously low staffing levels in the assisted living business.

A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones: They’re Not Treating Mom Well

July 2013

Negligence abounds as one assisted living facility cuts corners in pursuit of larger profits.

A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones: The Emerald City

July 2013

Assisted living facilities are meant to preserve a patient’s independence and dignity. The reality is often far more desperate.

Cora Currier: The Enemy is Classified

July 2013

The U.S. is at war with Al Qaeda and “associated forces.” But the government won’t say who those forces are.

Kara Brandeisky: Six Ways Congress May Reform NSA Snooping

July 2013

A measure to end one NSA program was just defeated in the House by a surprisingly narrow margin. Here are other proposals on the table.

Sebastian Rotella: Syria’s Jihadi Migration to Europe and Beyond

July 2013

The global jihad sees the Syrian conflict as its principal front.

Justin Elliott: Does the NSA Tap That?

July 2013

What we still don’t know about the agency’s internet surveillance.

Theodoric Meyer: FEMA Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

July 2013

Your house may sit on top of a hill, but that doesn't mean you won't be forced to buy flood insurance.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes

July 2013

When taking prescription drugs, a lot is left unknown.

Peter Sleeth: Army Launches Search for Missing War Records

July 2013

The army admits to losing records and preventing veterans from obtaining disability benefits.

Christie Thompson: California Hunger Strike Raises Issue of Force-Feeding on U.S. Soil

July 2013

California inmates may be given the same treatment as Guantanamo detainees.

Sebastian Rotella: The Terror Threat and Iran’s Inroads in Latin America

July 2013

Chavez is dead and Ahmadinejad is out of office, but the ties that bind Venezuela and Iran are still strong.

Marian Wang and Theodoric Meyer: F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to Egypt

July 2013

A look at how much aid the US gives to Egypt, where the money goes, and who decides how it’s spent.

Theodoric Meyer: Why So Many Flood Maps Are Still Out of Date

July 2013

"An interview with David R. Maidment, an advisor to FEMA."

Joe Sexton: Less than Total Recall

July 2013

A defendant's faulty memory tests the boundaries of credibility.

Abrahm Lustgarten: EPA Drops the Ball, Again

July 2013

In its latest abdication, the EPA hands over the Wyoming Fracking Study to a drilling company.

Joaquin Sapien: Boys in Custody and the Women Who Abuse Them

July 2013

In the prisoner-guard relationship, there's no such thing as consensual sex.

Michael Grabell: The Expendables

July 2013

The temp workers who power giant corporations are getting crushed.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Affirmative Action Refocused

June 2013

Following the Fisher v. University of Texas ruling, some call for class-based affirmative action. However, critics warn that may be the end of black and Latino representation in American colleges.

Joaquin Sapien: Will Probe of Cop’s Cases Extend to Prosecutors?

June 2013

An investigation into dozens of potentially wrongful convictions could affect top New York State judges and lawyers.

Theodoric Meyer and Peter Maass: No Warrant, No Problem

June 2013

How the government can get your digital data.

Joaquin Sapien: Objection Overruled

June 2013

Top prosecutor must testify in wrongful conviction case.

Michael Grabell: Walmart Accepted Clothing from Banned Bangladesh Factories

June 2013

The world's largest retailer last month released a list of more than two hundred factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise.

Christie Thompson: The Best Stories on the Government’s Growing Surveillance

June 2013

What we know about what the government knows.

Joe Sexton: Problem Witness

June 2013

A case to make prosecutors personally accountable.

Christie Thompson: Five Ways Congress is Trying to Curb Rape in the Military

June 2013

Senators have rushed to draft legislation to hold attackers accountable and provide support for victims.

Cora Currier: Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre

June 2013

Has anything happened since?

Lois Beckett: Now, You Can’t Ban Guns at the Public Pool

June 2013

The latest victory in a long-standing push to deny cities the power to regulate guns.

Joe Sexton: Ex-Prosecutor Won’t be Watching Brooklyn DA

May 2013

A decade ago, Robert Reuland played a role in what surely would have made for a lively episode of the new series.

Theodoric Meyer: As Need for New Flood Maps Rises, Congress and Obama Cut Funding

May 2013

Congress has cut funding for updating flood maps by more than half since 2010, from $221 million down to $100 million this year.

Kim Barker & Justin Elliott: Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

May 2013

Amid the outrage, the big picture of social welfare nonprofits is easily forgotten.

Raymond Bonner: A Prolonged Stay

May 2013

The reasons behind the slow pace of executions.

Paul Kiel: The 182 Percent Loan

May 2013

How installment lenders put borrowers in a world of hurt.

Paul Kiel & Mitchell Hartman: Soldiers Defeated by Debt

May 2013

Federal law is supposed to protect service members from predatory lending, but many military personnel are trapped in high-interest debt.

Jesse Eisinger: Act of Congress Stresses Hopeful Creation of Dodd-Frank, Omits Grim Ending

May 2013

To a Beltway expert such as Robert Kaiser, that a dysfunctional and hyperpartisan Congress passed such a sweeping bill constitutes a small miracle.

Christie Thompson: Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a “21st Century” Approach to Drugs?

May 2013

A look at the administration's latest approach to drugs, and what they’ve done so far.

Lois Beckett: Kansas Gov. Insists it’s OK to Ignore Federal Gun Laws

May 2013

Governor Sam Brownback rejects Washington's argument that his state's gun laws are blatantly unconstitutional.

Sergio Hernandez: Intern vs. Mayor

May 2013

FOIA battle bares Bloomberg’s argument for secrecy.

Lois Beckett: Nullification

May 2013

How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws.

Theodoric Meyer: Pay to Prescribe?

May 2013

Two dozen doctors named in Novartis kickback case.

Justin Elliott: House Finance Chair Hensarling Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street

May 2013

A getaway with Hensarling, whose committee oversees Wall Street and its regulators, is an invaluable opportunity for industry lobbyists.

Michael Grabell: Taken for a Ride

May 2013

Temp agencies and ‘raiteros’ in immigrant Chicago.

Christie Thompson: Billions Proposed for New Border Security

April 2013

Where would the money go?

Sebastian Rotella: How Hezbollah Trained an Operative to Spy on Israeli Tourists

April 2013

Hezbollah's recent activity casts doubt on its relationship with Europe.

Theodoric Meyer: What Went Wrong in West, Texas

April 2013

And Where Were the Regulators?

Marian Wang: The Admissions Arms Race

April 2013

Six ways colleges game their numbers.

Charles Seife and Rob Garver: FDA Approved New Drug Despite Ongoing Investigation of Lab Misconduct

April 2013

Though agents found blatant fraud in a Houston lab, the FDA refused to question drug safety.

Robert Garver and Charles Seife: Double Dose

April 2013

In a second case of flawed drug research, FDA response was slow and secretive.

Liz Day & Justin Elliott: Republicans and Dems Come Together

April 2013

To keep the IRS from competing with TurboTax.

Christie Thompson: Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?

April 2013

Prison officials claim they need race-based methods to fight gang violence.

Cora Currier: Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails

April 2013

Concerns about the breaches are causing delays to long-awaited hearings.

Stephen Engelberg: A Simple Fix

April 2013

Should New York compel judges to report problem prosecutors?

Lois Beckett: Senator Pushes for Investigation of ‘False Statements’ by Dark Money Groups

April 2013

Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island, is calling for the Justice Department to do what the IRS won’t.

Lois Beckett: Voter Information Wars

April 2013

Will the GOP team up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?

Joe Sexton: Capitol Offenses

April 2013

Bribes, wires, and little surprise.

Sebastian Rotella: Terror Group Recruits From Pakistan’s ‘Best and Brightest’

April 2013

Lashkar-e-Taiba is an institution well-embedded in Pakistani Society.

Joaquin Sapien & Sergio Hernandez: Who Polices Prosecutors Who Abuse Their Authority?

April 2013

Usually nobody.

Marian Wang: Course Load

April 2013

The growing burden of college fees.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Westchester County Could Lose Millions for Fair Housing Failures

March 2013

County officials have one month to produce a plan that would end income-based discrimination and exclusionary zoning.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Another Race Case for a Hostile Supreme Court

March 2013

The court might well have opted to undo the fabric of race-conscious laws and policies thread by thread.

Cora Currier: A Public Indictment Could Shed Light on CIA’s Secret Program

March 2013

What happened to the victims of the US secret prisons and extraordinary renditions?

Justin Elliott: Drilling Deeper

March 2013

Obama’s energy pick has a wealth of business connections.

Stephen Engelberg and Robert Socha: Cash, Cars, and Contracts

March 2013

IBM, HP, and Oracle in the crosshairs of an overseas corruption investigation.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: A Colorblind Constitution

March 2013

What Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action case is really about.

Justin Elliott: U.N. Think Tank Opening Office in Bahrain, with Bahraini Government Funding

March 2013

Can groups advocate for peace and justice while accepting money from authoritarian governments?

Kim Barker: Inside Game

March 2013

Creating PACs and then spending their money.

Abrahm Lustgarten: Why the EPA Reversed its Stance on Polluting Texas Water

March 2013

Emails to Heather Podesta from an interim director raise questions about outside influence on the agency’s decisions.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Dollars for Docs Mints a Millionaire

March 2013

A Nashville psychiatrist becomes the first physician to net $1 million in promotional-speaking fees from drug companies.

Jeff Gerth: “Burn the Data”

March 2013

Did a company try to hide risks of MRI dye Omniscan?

Lois Beckett: Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You

March 2013

Companies sell information related to life events—like pregnancies and divorces—social media profiles, and in some cases even health “interests.”

Robert Lewis & Al Shaw: After Sandy, Government Lends to Rebuild in Flood Zones

March 2013

Government loans encourage the reconstruction of areas at risk of repeated flooding.

Cora Currier: How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?

March 2013

How exactly does the U.S. government define 'militant activity'?

Stephen Engelberg: Sheldon Adelson’s Casino Company Stirs Fresh Questions With Admission It ‘Likely’ Broke Federal Law

March 2013

The staff of one of the world's richest men may have broken anti-bribery laws, but questions remain as to which transactions are at issue.

Charles Ornstein: How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

March 2013

A veteran health reporter reflects on Medicare spending and family's hospital decision-making.

Mark Rosenberg: What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding

February 2013

ProPublica interviews the CDC's Mark Rosenberg about the data on gun control.

Theodoric Meyer: Under Obama, More Appointments Go Unfilled

February 2013

Why did 13 percent of appointed positions remain unfilled after the President's first term?

Cora Currier: The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

February 2013

Most drone strikes are directed at unidentified targets—not U.S. citizens or known Al Qaeda leaders—with murky justification.

Abrahm Lustgarten: Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits Allege

February 2013

A controversy implicates tribal politicians, Wall Street traders, and oil speculators.

Justin Elliott: Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group

February 2013

The mortgage-lender backed nonprofit styles itself as a "social welfare" group but funds attack ads and redistricting initiatives.

Cora Currier: At Least 20 CIA Prisoners Still Missing

February 2013

Long after the US government claims to have shut down its secret prisons, detainees remain unaccounted for.

Nikole Hannah-Jones: How the Supreme Court Could Scuttle Critical Fair Housing Rule

February 2013

The court's review of a key concept used to enforce the 1968 Fair Housing Act could be a major setback for housing rights advocates.

Cora Currier: Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

February 2013

What constitutes 'necessary and appropriate force'?

Lois Beckett: Will Democrats Sell Your Political Opinions to Credit Card Companies?

February 2013

The party weighs whether to sell voter information to those who would put it to commercial use.

Theodoric Meyer: Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants

February 2013

Federal law often falls short of regulating Congress itself.

Justin Elliott: Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in Politics

February 2013

Four years, four reversals on dark money.

Blair Hickman: When Doctors Feel Pain After a Medical Mistake

January 2013

The best remedy is transparency.

Joaquin Sapien: How the NRA Undermined Congress’ Last Push for Gun Control

January 2013

For Obama's gun control proposals to succeed, Congress must learn the NRA's past tactics.

Cora Currier: Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

January 2013

The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a reading guide to understanding the our shadow wars.

Christie Thompson: Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?

January 2013

The prosecution of Bradley Manning and the death of Aaron Swartz force a rethinking of how we regulate the web.

Sebastian Rotella: Support for Mumbai Terror Group Lands Chicagoan 14-Year Prison Term

January 2013

Tahawwur Rana sentenced to 14 years in prison for working with the group involved in Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Justin Elliott: America’s Arms Sales To Bahrain Amid Bloody Crackdown

January 2013

As Bahrain's government stifles dissent, the US supplies them with military hardware.

Justin Elliott: How a Government Report Spread a Questionable Claim About Iran

January 2013

Dubious sources lead to a vast overestimation of Iran's intelligence agency.

Marshall Allen: What a New Doctor Learned About Medical Mistakes From Her Mom’s Death

January 2013

A personal encounter with the complexity and errors of the modern healthcare system.

Lois Beckett: In Minnesota, Democractic Grandmas Gather Data About Their Neighbors

January 2013

Campaign volunteers feed information into ever-expanding voter databases.

Paul Kiel: Feds Replace Flawed Foreclosure Review With Vague $8.5 Billion Settlement

January 2013

Banking regulators admitted the Independent Foreclosure Review was a big expensive mess and shut it down. But many details about the $8.5 billion settlement that replaces it remain murky.

Suevon Lee: Five Federal Policies on Guns You’ve Never Heard Of

January 2013

It's not just states that have relaxed gun laws. Federal lawmakers have come up with a few of their own.

Joaquin Sapien: Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws

January 2013

A rundown of gun control in states affected by mass shootings.

Kim Barker: Controversial Dark Money Group Among Five That Told IRS They Would Stay Out of Politics, Then Didn’t

January 2013

Groups such as Americans for Responsible Leadership participated in the election, despite promising otherwise.

Paul Kiel: As Foreclosure Crisis Drags On, So Does Flawed Government Response

January 2013

A look at the government's response as the foreclosure crisis enters its seventh year.

Kim Barker: In Montana, Dark Money Helped Democrats Hold a Key Senate Seat

December 2012

With control of the Senate at stake, liberals hit the streets and bought ads for a libertarian candidate who likely siphoned crucial votes away from the Republican challenger.

Abrahm Lustgarten: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

December 2012

Even as water grows more precious, the Environmental Protection Agency has permitted oil and gas, mining and other industries to contaminate aquifers in more than 1,500 places.

Suevon Lee: The Other Crucial Civil Rights Case the Supreme Court Will be Ruling On

December 2012

We're all hearing about the gay marriage case, but the Supreme Court is set to rule on a key piece of voting access legislation.

Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of Cash

November 2012

he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow to Damascus.

Justin Elliott: From Russia with PR

November 2012

Several pro-Russian op-eds are revealed to actually have been written by a PR firm employed by the Russian government.

Cora Currier: Gitmo Detainee’s Body Being Held in Secure, Undisclosed Location

October 2012

Even in death, the travails of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif aren't over.

Marshall Allen: Why Patient Harm Is One of the Leading Causes of Death in America

September 2012

In this Q&A, surgeon Marty Makary talks about his new book Unaccountable and explains why patient harm persists, and what to do about it.

Paul Kiel: Study Pins Foreclosure Fail Blame on Big Banks

September 2012

Because of big banks' poor performance, approximately 800,000 homeowners missed out on mortgage modifications.

Justin Elliott: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

September 2012

Bernstein was paid $12,000 for remarks in which he challenged the State Department to show evidence the Mujahadin-e Khalq should still be designated a terrorist organization.

Suevon Lee: Voting Rights Act: The State of Section 5

August 2012

A provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires districts with a history of suppressing minority votes to get federal approval of new voting laws, may be headed to the Supreme Court.

Jake Bernstein: How an Obscure Federal Rule Could Be Shaking Up Presidential Politics

August 2012

A state pension rule passed in 2010 could make it more difficult for sitting governors to run for federal office.

Stephen Engelberg and Kim Barker: The Flood of Secret Campaign Cash Isn’t All Citizens United

August 2012

The campaign is glutted with anonymous money because of loose FEC oversight, and the Commission is unlikely to become more assertive anytime soon.

Kim Barker: How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare

August 2012

Drawing on documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, here's your guide to how 501(c)(4) groups have used their tax status for purposes the law never intended.

Kim Barker: Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

August 2012

Two conservative non-profits have poured $60 million into the presidential race, far outspending the super-PACS.

Announcing $22.5 Million Fine, FTC Says It Investigated Google’s Internet Tracking Early On

August 2012

Senior FTC official said it was looking into the Google privacy issue before any articles were published about the case.

Lois Beckett: Pandora Asks Listeners to Share Their Emails With Romney

August 2012

Don't harass me on my email, don't stalk me on the apps that I use, says Crystal Harris after receiving a pop-up message asking her to share her email with the Romney campaign.

Peter Maass: Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

August 2012

Measuring the cost of cybercrime is trickier than we think.

Justin Elliott: Lobbyist-linked Group Footed Bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain Trip

August 2012

The Bahrain American Council says it doesn’t have any lobbyists on its staff. But it sure is close to them.

ProPublica: Inside the Investigation of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson

July 2012

Sheldon Adelson made millions off Macau, then used that money to fund the GOP. Now people are taking a closer look at where that money came from.

Megha Rajagopalan: How Many Millions of Cellphones Are Police Watching?

July 2012

No one knows for sure why or how many cell phone records have been picked up, or whether it's fully legal.