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When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes

Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.
‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System
Wells Fargo Places L.A. Exec on Leave Amid Rate-Lock Fee Inquiry

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Trump quiere que México acepte migrantes deportados de EEUU, incluso si no son mexicanos

El plan es parte de una serie de nuevas medidas migratorias que podría encontrar trabas judiciales y diplomáticas.

Alternative School Enrollment and Warning Signs

Which districts have large numbers of students in alternative schools, and where are those schools potentially problematic?

Help ProPublica and USA Today Investigate Alternative Schools

If you are familiar with alternative schools for students with academic or behavioral issues, we need your help.

Did Jury in Etan Patz Murder Case Receive Improper Information?

Lawyers for man convicted in case of notorious missing boy to seek hearing on report of jury contamination.

Trump Plan: Deport to Mexico Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally, Regardless of Nationality

The idea is part of a raft of immigration proposals signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that are likely to spur international and legal challenges.

The Breakthrough: Uncovering the FBI’s Secret Rules

Podcast: Watchlists, informants and social media investigations. What exactly are FBI agents allowed to do?

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Effort meant to inform younger generations about energy and the environment sees sentences reworked and pie charts eliminated.

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Machine Bias

We’re investigating algorithmic injustice and the formulas that increasingly influence our lives.

24 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable, Researchers Say

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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.

31 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Gov. Cuomo's New Affordable Housing Proposal Would Make Some Rents Less Affordable

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Trump quiere que México acepte migrantes deportados de EEUU, incluso si no son mexicanos

Trump quiere que México acepte migrantes deportados de EEUU, incluso si no son mexicanos

El plan es parte de una serie de nuevas medidas migratorias que podría encontrar trabas judiciales y diplomáticas.

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The Breakdown

Our series seeks to show how politics and government really work, and why they don’t.

54 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Can the Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

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Electionland

ProPublica is covering access to the ballot and problems that prevent people from exercising their right to vote during the 2016 election.

8 Stories in the Series. Latest:

N.C. Governor Loses Re-Election Bid, Attempts to Hold Power by Claiming Voter Fraud

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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.

28 Stories in the Series. Latest:

ProPublica Files Lawsuit Seeking VA Correspondence Related to Agent Orange

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Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

9 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Obama Signs Bill That May Boost Texas Hurricane Protection Study

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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?

12 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Texas Panel on Wrongful Convictions Calls for Ending Use of Unverified Drug Field Tests

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