Journalism in the Public Interest



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.

Mark Cuban’s Advice a ‘Recipe For Making All Of Us Sick,’ Expert Says

The Dallas Mavericks owner suggests quarterly bloodwork for those who can afford it, as a way of creating a personal benchmark. A national expert on overtesting explains why that isn’t a good idea.

Podcast: Reporting the How and Why After a Disaster

Joaquin Sapien on investigating the failure of a group home for children, from drug use, fights and suicide attempts to allegations of rape.

Warren Buffett’s Mobile Home Empire 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.

NYC Public Housing: Fixing a Leak with a Bucket

The New York City Housing Authority, the country's largest public housing agency, says it’s made major progress responding to residents’ requests for repairs. Residents tell a different story.

Level 14

How a home for troubled children came undone and what it means for California’s chance at reform.

How We Reported ‘Level 14’

Rporter Joaquin Sapien explains the process of investigating a home for troubled children in California.

Level 14: Inside One of California’s Most Dangerous Juvenile Homes

Video: Inside One of California's Most Dangerous Juvenile Homes

Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners This Week, But Has Denied Thousands

Is this the beginning of a new trend in commutations?

Coming in April: ‘American Terrorist’

On April 21, ProPublica and PBS’ Frontline investigate American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who helped plan the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai.

How Have U.S. Efforts to Rebuild Afghanistan Gone? Help Us Investigate

Spending on Afghanistan reconstruction is up to $109 billion and counting. We want to know what that money has achieved.

Podcast: Reporters Debate: To Feed the Twitter Trolls, or Not?

Jesse Eisinger, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lois Beckett and Charles Ornstein tackle the ups and downs of the obligatory public persona.

The Cost of a Cure: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

Medicare's spending on drugs to treat hepatitis C soared more than 15 fold from 2013 to 2014 as new breakthroughs came to the market, according to previously undisclosed federal data. The drugs cure the disease, but taxpayers are footing the bill.

Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network

Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack.

How is Obamacare Affecting You? Help Us Report on Problems, Progress with ACA

We are continuing our reporting on the Affordable Care Act in 2015 and we’d love to hear how your plan worked (or didn’t) in 2014.

Obamacare, Five Years In (MuckReads Edition)

The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, is now in its second year of enrollment. We round up key reads on how it’s going.

Let The Game of Whack-A-Mole Begin: Feds Put Forward New Payday Rules

New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes.

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