ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

April 2013 Archives

House Finance Chair Hensarling Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street

Shortly after becoming chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling held a weekend fundraiser with bank lobbyists in Utah’s swanky Deer Valley.

Latest P5 Resident Working on Open Source Legislation Tracker

Our P5 Resident this month is Alan Palazzolo from MinnPost. He’s the fifth P5 Resident.

ProPublica Projects—and P5 Projects—Finalists for Data Journalism Awards

The Global Editors Network announced finalists for its 2013 Data Journalism Awards. On the shortlist are three projects from ProPublica and two projects from former Residents in our P5 Program.

Reversal of Fortune: A Prosecutor on Trial

In the world of abusive prosecutors, Ken Anderson stands out: Anderson, a Texas prosecutor who abused his authority to help send an innocent man to prison for decades, now faces 10 years behind bars for his misconduct.

Taken for a Ride: Temp Agencies and ‘Raiteros’ in Immigrant Chicago

Some of America's best-known companies and largest temp agencies benefit from — and tacitly collaborate with — an underworld of labor brokers, known as raiteros, who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage. We explore the system in Chicago's Little Village.

Discussion: Are Temp Workers Earning Fair Wages?

In Chicago, immigrant labor brokers known as raiteros have helped create a system where temp agencies and their corporate clients benefit as workers are exploited, their pay depressed below the minimum wage. Is this happening in your community?

Llevados al Engaño: Agencias de Trabajo Temporal y ‘Raiteros’ en Chicago

Algunas de las empresas más conocidas y de las agencias de trabajo temporal más grandes de Estados Unidos se benefician de – y colaboran de forma tácita con – un submundo de intermediaros del empleo, conocidos como "raiteros."

Have You Worked With a Temp Agency? Help Us Investigate

We want to hear your experiences with temp agencies as a worker, recruiter or client company.

Billions Proposed for New Border Security. Where Would the Money Go?

The Senate’s immigration overhaul would allocate $4.5 billion in new border spending. We take a look at the current proposal, and how border money’s been spent (and wasted) in the past.

How Hezbollah Trained an Operative to Spy on Israeli Tourists

Sophisticated lessons in spycraft, explosives and arms detailed in a Cyprus court case that is forcing the European Union to consider designating the Lebanese-based group as a terrorist organization.

Transcript: Covering the Frontlines of the Drone War

Join a team of reporters who have reported from the frontlines of the U.S. drone war to talk about the challenges of getting information on a shadowy and remote conflict.

What Went Wrong in West, Texas — and Where Were the Regulators?

Seven different agencies regulate fertilizer plants in Texas, but none of them have authority over how close they are to homes and schools.

In Key Senate Job, Ex-Lockheed Exec Replaced by Ex-Lockheed Lobbyist

As military contractors fight budget cuts, they get a friendly face on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Feds Turn Up Heat on Westchester

The Department of Justice is prepared to go to court to seek contempt fines against Westchester County and its top official for failing to live up to a landmark fair housing deal.

HeartSaver: Experimenting with News Games to Tell a Story

HeartSaver, ProPublica's entry into the April 2013 GEN hack day, lets players steer New York City heart attack victims to the closest hospitals.

Play Our Experimental News Game: HeartSaver

HeartSaver is an experiment in news game design, built in two days for the April 2013 GEN Editors' Lab Hackathon. How many lives can you save?

The Admission Arms Race: Six Ways Colleges Game Their Numbers

There's a lot of work that goes into the admissions stats that universities tout.

Six Claims on Detainee Torture, Skewered

Here’s a breakdown of last week’s scathing report on the U.S.’s “indisputable” use of torture after 9/11.

FDA Approved New Drug Despite Ongoing Investigation of Lab Misconduct

We’ve reported that the FDA has allowed drugs to stay on the market despite the fact that the research underpinning their safety and efficacy was tainted by fraud. New information shows that even after the FDA had cited the lab for falsifying data, the agency issued at least one brand new approval t