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Are your or a loved one a member of the military? Have you been the target of predatory loans?

Join reporters today at 2 pm ET, to discuss the predatory lenders targeting military families, and what the law is (and isn’t) doing to protect them.

Stop by our live chat, and leave your questions here or tweet them to the hashtag #MilitaryLending.

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When you make an appointment for a car to get serviced, the service history is all there. Since the IRS already has all that info anyway, it’s not a big challenge to put it in a format where we could see it

Tax expert on the merits of a ‘return free’ tax filing system. 

Would you let the IRS complete your tax return for you if you had simple income, and it was free? The makers of TurboTax say no, and have spent millions of dollars on lobbying, in part to fight a federal program that would make that possible.

Read the full story inside the TurboTax fight. 

As it stands, doctors don’t have to tell you if they’re working with the makers of the products they’re prescribing you. They don’t have to tell you whether they own stock in those companies or do research on their behalf.
Dollars for Docs reporters Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, on why patients deserve to know what drug companies pay their doctor

Get Help Making Sense of Stimulus Data

By Mike Webb

Lately, we’ve made it part of our mission to help other reporters pull stories together. Whether it’s ourReporting Recipe, which gives tips on investigating state licensing agencies, or our Reporting Matchmaker, which pairs reporters with homeowners in loan mod limbo, we’re doing what we can to make it easier for you to produce investigations.

Later this week, ProPublica is going to team up with the Associated Press Managing Editors and the Sunlight Foundation for online Webinars to share some tools and tips for getting stimulus data for your community. Making sense of the thousands of stimulus reports from hundreds of federal agencies can be challenging, so these Webinars will help you navigate the terrain of the Recovery Act.

These one-hour sessions are Thursday, April 8, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Friday, April 9, at 9 a.m. and noon. All times are Eastern. Jennifer LaFleur of ProPublica and Bill Allison of theSunlight Foundation will host the Webinars. For more information or to sign up for a session, click on any “Stimulus Workshop” on APME’s events page.

We also hope you’ll check out our Eye on the Stimulus section to get data from our Recovery Tracker, and to view all of our stimulus tools and reports

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