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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.
In Connecticut, Calling for Help Carries Risks for Victims of Domestic Violence
How to Protect Your Digital Privacy in the Era of Public Shaming

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The Breakthrough: Uncovering the FBI’s Secret Rules

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

Even Suspended Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream At Risk

An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it's too risky to leave the country.

A Physicist and Possible Adviser to Trump Describes His Love of Science, and CO2

Brilliant and controversial, Dr. Will Happer of Princeton says being called a climate denier feels like being labeled a Nazi sympathizer.

Trump Then: ‘I Would Have No Problem’ Banning Lobbyists. Trump Now: You’re Hired!

Donald Trump suggested during the campaign that he would ban lobbyists from his administration. Now they’re working at the very agencies they sought to influence.

New York City Set to Pass Sweeping Nuisance Abatement Reforms

An investigation by the New York Daily News and ProPublica prompts changes that guarantee residents and businesses targeted in NYPD nuisance actions more due process rights.

Trump Once Told New York City His Net Worth Was Much Lower Than What He Said Publicly

President Trump has long given wildly varying numbers estimating his net worth. In 2009, he offered one figure publicly, then said his worth was substantially less on government documents.

Former ‘Border Czar’ Gives Real Facts About Immigration

Alan Bersin says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America.

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Let a Lobbyist Help Run an Agency He Lobbied

President Trump’s executive order on ethics also cites a section of the law that doesn’t exist.

The Breakthrough: Reporters Examine Murder Where Cops Struggle to Curb It

Podcast: How a team of New York Times reporters chronicled every homicide in a Bronx precinct and what they learned about policing.

Do You Know Someone Who Died or Nearly Died in Childbirth? Help Us Investigate Maternal Health

By many measures, the United States has become the most dangerous industrialized country in which to give birth.

How a Simple Fix to Reduce Aberrant Prescribing Became Not So Simple

In 2014, the government said health providers would have to enroll in Medicare in order to prescribe drugs to seniors and disabled beneficiaries. Delay after delay has pushed back the requirement until 2019. It’s been “much more challenging” than anticipated, an official concedes.

Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict of Interest Despite Settlements

Deutsche Bank is Trump’s largest lender. While the troubled bank has settled several of the charges against it, it’s still undergoing scrutiny by the Justice Department and other federal regulators, and is being overseen by six independent monitors, making conflicts of interest inescapable.

Labor Department Hire Could Presage Collision Between Trump and Construction Unions

The president has cultivated a relationship with the building trades unions. But early hires at the Department of Labor are opponents of wage standards for construction contracts.

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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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Even Suspended Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream At Risk

Even Suspended Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream At Risk

An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it's too risky to leave the country.

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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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