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Corning’s Glass Brimming With Taxpayer Subsidies

Hoping to revive upstate New York’s sluggish economy, Governor Andrew Cuomo has poured billions into subsidies for Corning and other businesses. But the resulting job growth has been modest.
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New York State Subsidy Tracker

Heritage Foundation Alum Critical of Transgender Rights to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

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Firms Cited for Safety Violations Still Reap State Subsidies

New York hands out tax breaks and other benefits to companies that have run afoul of federal regulators.

A 2-for-1 for Racists: Post Hateful Fliers, and Revel in the News Coverage

White supremacists have targeted college campuses, causing upset and gaining attention.

On Health Reform, Democrats and Republicans Don’t Speak the Same Language

We analyzed more than 575 press releases from representatives and senators about the Affordable Care Act and its repeal. Democrats, we found, speak more often and are more united.

Is It Age Discrimination If You Don’t Know You’re Being Discriminated Against?

In Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds, the Supreme Court would have to decide whether the nation’s second-largest tobacco company was within its rights to summarily reject older job applicants. It is the latest in a series of cases that are making it easier for companies to discriminate against older emplo

We Fact-Checked Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care

They’re full of lies and misinformation.

Connecticut Lawmaker to Consider Legislation to Improve Domestic Violence Enforcement

For years, Connecticut has been plagued by the problem of “dual arrests” in domestic violence cases, with innocent victims sometimes swept up in the police response.

Former Lobbyist With For-Profit Colleges Quits Education Department

Under fire from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Taylor Hansen quit the department three days after ProPublica revealed his hiring.

What ProPublica Is Doing About Diversity in 2017

Here are our own internal statistics, plus the steps we’re taking to create a diverse newsroom and a more inclusive journalism community.

Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It.

The makers of TurboTax and other online systems spent millions lobbying last year, much of it directed toward a bill that would permanently bar the government from offering taxpayers prefilled filings.

The First Brick in the Wall

The Trump administration solicits bids for first $600 million of work on a wall whose total cost no one knows.

The Cost of Trump’s Wall Compared to the Programs He’s Proposing to Cut

America may get its border wall. It just might have to do without a lot else.

As Trump Slashes EPA, Worry Over the Fate of an Agency Doing Similar Work

Will the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ work on the effects of pesticides, chemicals and cancer-causing compounds be undamaged by the new administration?

Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

Trump’s head of the Department of Health and Human Services traded stocks of health-related companies while working on legislation affecting the firms. A source says Bharara was overseeing an investigation. The White House didn't immediately comment.

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Machine Bias

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

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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.

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

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The Breakdown

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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

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