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Behind Christie’s Budget Claims, a More Controversial Legacy

N.J. governor closed budget gaps by borrowing, shifting money from trust funds and paring back tax credits
Chris Christie’s Budget ‘Sins’

Chris Christie’s Budget ‘Sins’ in New Jersey

Pets Killed Over Unpaid Fines and More in MuckReads Weekly
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Racist Posts on NY Cop Blog Raise Ire at Time of Tension

A blog hosting posts from former and current New York City officers reinforces the worst kinds of stereotypes.

Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

When California’s Department of Social Services investigates reports of serious harm in its homes for troubled children, the results are often deemed “inconclusive.”

Tax Day Pop Quiz: How to Avoid Obamacare Penalties

If you didn’t have health insurance in 2014, you might have to pay the IRS a penalty — unless you’re exempt. Are you? Take our quiz.

Health Data Breaches Sow Confusion, Frustration

One consumer was the victim of hacking attacks on two different health insurers; a company’s privacy officer didn’t realize that health insurer Anthem even had her data. “It gives you a new perspective when you’re actually one of the folks whose data is disclosed.”

Podcast: The Failures Behind a Retracted Campus Rape Story

Sheila Coronel, a co-author of the investigation of Rolling Stone’s UVA story, talks about the question of punishment and lessons learned.

How Wall Street Captured Washington and More in MuckReads Weekly

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.

For Darren Sharper, a Place in Prison. But in Hall of Fame, Too?

The NFL’s Hall of Fame rules allow a serial rapist to be considered. Should that change?

Sharper’s Plea Includes Lifetime Probation, No Alcohol, Penile Device

Former NFL star Darren Sharper has agreed to plead guilty to rape and attempted rape charges. The New Orleans Advocate gets the details of the deal.

Decades Later, a Routine Police Record Hangs Over Patz Murder Trial

The prosecution says Pedro Hernandez fled New York after killing Etan Patz. A detectives report from 1979 suggests that might not be so.

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Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers' Comp Benefits for Amputees

Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers' Comp Benefits for Amputees

A proposal to nearly triple the maximum compensation for workers who lose a limb follows a ProPublica/NPR story that showed Alabama to have the lowest permanent partial disability benefits in the country.

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Losing Ground

Scientists say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history—the rapid land loss occurring in the Mississippi Delta—is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion. ProPublica and The Lens explore why it’s happening and what we’ll all lose if nothing is done to stop it.

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Reporting From the Youngest Land in the World

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Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

When California’s Department of Social Services investigates reports of serious harm in its homes for troubled children, the results are often deemed “inconclusive.”

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Red Cross

After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.

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Red Cross Demands Corrections to Our 'Misleading' Coverage. Here's Our Response

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Fed Tapes

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator — and its history of deference to some of the country’s biggest banks.

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What We Still Don’t Know About the Fed’s Leak Investigation

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Firestone and the Warlord

In the first detailed examination of the relationship between Firestone and Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, this ProPublica/Frontline investigation lays bare the role of a global corporation in a brutal African conflict.

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Union Buried Evidence of Firestone Support of Warlord After Labor Deal

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Unforgiven

The way lenders and collectors pursue consumer debt has undergone an aggressive transformation in America. Collectors today don’t give up easy, often pursuing debts for years. It’s now routine for companies to sue debtors, then seize their wages or the cash in their bank accounts. For many people, these changes have profoundly affected their lives.

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Senator to Hospitals: Stop Suing Poor Patients

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