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Breaking the Black Box: What Facebook Knows About You

We live in an era of increasing automation. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments.
Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel
Uncommon Contract Holds Promise for California Group Home’s Too Familiar Ills

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Uncovering Texas’ Strategy to Slash Much-Needed Special Education Services

Podcast: The Houston Chronicle found that Texas quietly pushed school districts to pare the number of students receiving special education services. The move saved billions of dollars but deprived tens of thousands of students of needed help.

2016 Election Lawsuit Tracker: The New Election Laws and the Suits Challenging Them

Courts are scrambling to rule on state election laws in time for the elections being held later this year. We’re keeping track of their decisions.

Amazon Defends Its Pricing Algorithm, But Leaves Out Billions in Sales

Amazon says the vast majority of its sales don’t obscure shipping costs. That still adds up to a lot of sales.

SRSLY: All In The [EpiPen] Family

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

Doctor Confesses: I Lied to Protect Colleague in Malpractice Suit

A surgeon who lied about his partner’s skills on the witness stand has been haunted by the deception for nearly two decades.

Education Department Terminates Agency That Allowed Predatory For-profit Colleges to Thrive

The federal government announced that it will strip the accrediting powers of ACICS.

Which Voters Show Up When States Allow Early Voting?

One-third of voters took advantage of early voting options in 2012. But does so-called convenience voting increase turnout overall and minority turnout in particular?

If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

More words won’t solve your design problem.

Teenage Girl Dies After Incident at For-profit Group Home

The 15-year-old was a resident at a Delaware facility owned by AdvoServ, which has faced decades of reports of abuse.

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t.

Amazon bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” Yet its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.

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Busted

Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test. Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them?

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‘No Field Test is Fail Safe’: Meet the Chemist Behind Houston’s Police Drug Kits

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Red Cross

How one of the country’s most venerated charities has failed disaster victims, broken promises and made dubious claims of success.

37 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Apple and Others Help Customers Donate to the Red Cross, And Only the Red Cross

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Breaking the Black Box: What Facebook Knows About You

Breaking the Black Box: What Facebook Knows About You

We live in an era of increasing automation. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments.

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How Washington Blew Its Best Chance to Fix Immigration

How Washington Blew Its Best Chance to Fix Immigration

Three years ago, the Republican-led House was close to reaching a compromise on immigration. This is the inside story of what went wrong.

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An Unbelievable Story of Rape

An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.

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Listen to Our Collaboration with ‘This American Life’

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Killing the Colorado

The Colorado River is dying – the victim of legally sanctioned overuse, the relentless forces of urban growth, willful ignorance among policymakers and a misplaced confidence in human ingenuity. ProPublica investigates the policies that are putting this precious resource in peril.

17 Stories in the Series. Latest:

California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves

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The Rent Racket

ProPublica is exploring New York City’s broken rent stabilization system, the tax breaks that underpin it, the regulators who look the other way and the tenants who suffer as a result.

22 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Dozens of New York Officials Support Tenants’ Lawsuit Over Rent Stabilization

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Reliving Agent Orange

ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the effects of the chemical mixture Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their families, as well as their fight for benefits.

15 Stories in the Series. Latest:

VA Officials Pledge New Studies Into Effects of Agent Orange

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