Journalism in the Public Interest


Boston Bombing Suspects Echo Home-Grown Terrorists in Madrid, London Attacks

Counterterror officials say the emerging portrait suggests the brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev slipped into Islamic extremism under the influence of Internet propaganda.

A Reading Guide to What’s Going on in Boston

As the hunt for suspects in the Boston bombings continues, we’ve pulled together some of the best reporting so far and who to follow for breaking news.

What Happened to the Gun Bill?

The Senate defeated several amendments to the proposed gun control bill, with only two amendments reaching the 60 votes necessary to pass. We break down how senators voted.

Where Congress Stands on Guns

Four months after the Newtown tragedy, the Senate resoundingly defeats gun control legislation. We break down how Senators voted on the bill.

Hunger Strikes and Indefinite Detention: A Rundown on What’s Going on at Gitmo

More than 50 detainees are on hunger strike, underlining the uncertainty that surrounds the future of military detention at Gitmo. We break down what’s known about the prison.

Forever Blowing Bubbles

Double Dose: In Second Case of Flawed Drug Research, FDA Response Was Slow and Secretive

This week ProPublica reported that the Food and Drug Administration found "egregious" research violations at a major laboratory but didn't pull any affected drugs from the market and, years later, hasn't finished its review. Turns out that wasn't an anomaly.

Podcast: What Should the FDA Do When Drug Tests Are Tainted?

Rob Garver and Charles Seife join the podcast to discuss their recent story of how the Food and Drug Administration found a lab in Houston, Texas, that had provided the agency with drug tests tainted by "egregious" research misconduct.

Meet the New Blog (Same as the Old Blog)

Today we debut a ProPublica Nerd Blog redesign, which includes a new look for our main landing page as well as our article pages.

Republicans and Dems Come Together — to Keep IRS From Competing with TurboTax

A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.

Five Drugs the FDA Doesn’t Want You to Know Relied on Tainted Data

ProPublica was able to pinpoint five drugs whose approval rested, at least in part, upon data from a now defunct firm with "egregious" research violations

FDA Let Drugs Approved on Fraudulent Research Stay on the Market

In 2010, the FDA uncovered violations it later called "egregious" and "pervasive" at a major pharmaceutical testing lab. But even though the agency no longer knew for sure that drugs tested at the lab were safe, it allowed them to remain on pharmacy shelves with no new testing.

No Substitute: When a Generic Drug Isn’t What it Seems

Generic medications are generally safe and effective, because the Food and Drug Administration requests tests to prove they're equivalent to the name-brand originals. But here's a case where something went wrong.

Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?

State officials say they need to protect inmates from race-based gang violence. But a lawsuit says frequent lockdowns smack of segregation.

Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails

Defense attorneys for men accused of terrorism before military commissions at Guantanamo Bay say their email communications have been searched and files have gone missing from servers.

For Most Homeowners, Gov’t Foreclosure Deal Brings A Few Hundred Bucks

Bank regulators finally announced the details of a settlement with the biggest banks over foreclosure abuses. Most borrowers will receive $500 or less. And the details are confusing.

Senator Pushes for Investigation of ‘False Statements’ by Dark Money Groups

If the IRS is not well-suited to investigate these “plain vanilla criminal cases,” the U.S. Department of Justice should, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said.

A Simple Fix: Should New York Compel Judges to Report Problem Prosecutors?

When judges find that prosecutors have abused their authority, other states require them to refer such cases for investigation by disciplinary committees. Should New York follow suit?

Podcast: When Prosecutors Mishandle Cases, Everyone Pays…Except For Them

Prosecutorial misconduct can have devastating consequences for defendants and their families, but the prosecutors themselves rarely receive any disciplinary action. Steve Engelberg and Joaquin Sapien discuss ProPublica's latest investigation into this flawed and tragic system.

Voter Information Wars: Will the GOP Team Up With Wal-Mart’s Data Specialist?

The 2012 Obama campaign set the bar for the use of voter data. The Republicans aren't interested in being beaten again.

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