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Obama Issues 12 Pardons. That’s Still Far Fewer Than Predecessors

The president’s 18 commutations put him ahead of recent presidents but his use of pardons still lags behind Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

New York State Bans Fracking

After years of delays and debate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards.

New York’s Gas Rush Poses Environmental Threat

State regulators are struggling to keep up with complicated efforts to extract natural gas.

Inside the Firewall: Tracking the News That China Blocks

Every day since Nov. 17, 2014, ProPublica has been testing whether the homepages of international news organizations are accessible to browsers inside China. Of the 18 in our test, 0 are currently blocked. Below are the results. To test, we use GreatFire.org, a censorship monitoring service in China

NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller's Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

Podcast: Rise in Medicare’s Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Charles Ornstein and Steve Engelberg discuss the latest data on Medicare’s Part D drug program.

As Controlled Substance Use Rises in Medicare, Prolific Prescribers Face More Scrutiny

Despite warnings about abuse, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than it did in 2011. The program's top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges related to their medical practices.

Using Prescriber Checkup: A Quick Guide

When The Tomatoes are Treated Better Than The Humans (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.

Top Fed Policy Group Brought Up Leak to Private Newsletter

Answering a ProPublica records request, the Federal Reserve acknowledged a leak Federal Open Market Committee information but declined to release the committee's transcripts on the matter.

How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort

Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

The Wall Street Takeover of Charity

Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

It has been more than five years since the Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program, a period marked by White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and what we now know was CIA snooping.

When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools. It's an arrangement that's raising eyebrows.

Podcast: Scrutinizing Conflicts of Interest and Profiteering in the Charter School Movement

Marian Wang takes a look at how a chain of North Carolina charter schools highlights the potential for public funds to end up as private profits in the charter-school movement.

Reporting From the Youngest Land in the World

How we got aerial photographs for our project on Louisiana’s effort to save its southeastern coast.

Louisiana’s Moon Shot

The state hopes to save its rapidly disappearing coastline with a 50-year, $50 billion plan based on science that’s never been tested and money it doesn’t have. What could go wrong?

$1 Spent on Politics = $760 Gained from Federal Gov’t and More in MuckReads Weekly

$1 Spent on Politics = $760 Gained from Federal Gov’t and More in MuckReads Weekly

Red Cross’ Latest Claim Includes ‘Donations of Blood’

The charity is now resting its claim of 91 cents of donations going to services on the idea that donations include not just money but also "donations of blood."

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