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How We Analyzed Executive Pay

ProPublica and The Washington Post wanted to see what impact, if any, the 162(m) limit on deducting executive compensation has had on America’s biggest companies, which generally set the example for Corporate America.

The Executive Pay Cap That Backfired

A while back, Congress voted to curb soaring compensation for corporate officers by limiting tax deductions. Here’s how it went wrong.

Upgrading FEC Itemizer for the 2016 Campaign

We're making our interactive database of campaign finance filings more stable and adding new features.

NYPD to Change How Police Use Nuisance Abatement Law

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said New York City is retreating from the practice of locking out tenants before they even see a judge.

The Diplomat and the Killer

In December of 1980, Salvadoran soldiers brutally raped and murdered four American churchwomen. A young U.S. diplomat singlehandedly cracked the case, cultivating an improbable source who risked everything to gather the key evidence.

IRS Grants Nonprofit Status to ‘Dark Money’ Group Founded by Karl Rove

Crossroads GPS gets declared a nonprofit five years after applying, meaning that its donor list can remain private.

Red Cross Donations Plummet and Deficit Spikes

The charity has its worst fundraising year since at least 2000.

NYC Mayor Wants ‘Due Process,’ But Doesn’t Object to Secret Orders Tossing Tenants

The mayor's office also said there would be a review of the NYPD’s nuisance abatement program, but later clarified it would be by the same agency that has been approving the filings.

Liquid Assets

A maverick hedge fund manager thinks Wall Street is the answer to the water crisis in the West.

Once Again, the VA Turns Down Navy Vets for Agent Orange Benefits

A federal court had ordered the VA to reassess its policy denying Agent Orange benefits to Navy sailors who served in the Vietnam War. The VA’s conclusion: They still don’t qualify.

Red Cross CEO Dodges Congressional Questions About Cuts Around the Country

Congressman Bennie Thompson, who asked the charity for details about cuts to services, says he is “troubled” by the lack of answers.

NYC May Actually Crack Down on Developers Who Cheat Taxpayers and Renters

The head of the city’s housing department has laid out steps to boost oversight of tax breaks for developers and other programs overseen by the agency.

Why the Best Sports Stories Are Beyond the Field

Podcast: Sports Illustrated executive editor L. Jon Wertheim explains why the tradition of investigative sports reporting is stronger than it’s ever been.

Officials Outraged After ‘Shocking’ Report on NYPD Kicking People Out of Homes

New York City officials said reforms were needed after our investigation showed that the police have been locking out residents who haven’t been charged with a crime.

How the NYPD Evicts Poor People 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.

How We Did Our Analysis of New York City Nuisance Abatement Cases

By Sarah Ryley for ProPublica and the New York Daily News

Feb. 5, 8 a.m.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica looked at lawsuits brought by the City of New York targeting businesses and homes that the City claims are being used for illegal activities.

The NYPD Is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even if They Haven’t Committed a Crime

And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods.

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors.

Report Cites Failure to Act Against Abusers of Juveniles in Detention

Amid significant reforms, federal officials worry that sexual abuse in juvenile justice system remains prevalent and too often unpunished.

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