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A Public Official’s Private Pain

A Washington legislator had two children after her husband returned from the Vietnam War. One lacks sight in an eye. The other died of cardiomyopathy at age 21. “We don’t have this in the family,” she said. “The veterans would all say, ‘You know it’s probably Agent Orange.’”

How We Obtained the Government’s Data on Agent Orange and Birth Defects

The Veterans Administration refused to release what it had learned about possible links between birth defects and exposure to Agent Orange. ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot found a novel way to obtain the information under procedures historically used for scientific research by academic scholars.

Tracking Evictions and Rent Stabilization in NYC

Since 1994, the City Council and state legislature have gradually dismantled legal protections for New York City tenants, giving landlords an incentive to hike rents and evict lower-income tenants. We’ve mapped more than 450,000 New York City eviction cases filed between January 2013 and June 2015.

Trump’s Pick for Labor Secretary Wrote a Deregulatory Manifesto

Andrew Puzder’s co-author told us: “He’ll put in place everything we laid out in the book.”

The Fateful Vote That Made New York City Rents So High

A 1994 City Council vote enabling landlords to dodge limits on rent increases has had a profound impact on the lives of New Yorkers.

EPA Concludes Fracking a Threat to U.S. Water Supplies

The EPA’s finding, endorsed by environmentalists, comes as the Trump administration prepares to rethink regulation of gas drilling industry.

The Chosen: Who Trump Is Putting in Power

As President-elect Donald Trump picks his top officials, we’re laying out the best accountability reporting on each.

‘As a White Nationalist, What Do You Do?’

A conversation with a scholar of America’s extreme right

Updated Dollars for Docs

We’ve updated Dollars for Docs. It now includes payments made from August 2013 through December 2015 — some $6.25 billion in payments to more than 800,000 doctors.

We’ve Updated Dollars for Docs. Here’s What’s New.

ProPublica has been publishing data on conflicts of interest in medicine since 2010. We’ve updated our Dollars for Docs database with billions of dollars in payments made last year.

Emoluments Clause: Could Overturning 185 Years of Precedent Let Trump Off the Hook?

Another view of the clause in the Constitution regarding payments from foreign countries would let Trump off the hook — and overturn more than a century of practice and law.

What You Need to Know About Authoritarianism

Podcast: We spoke with Amanda Taub, who delved deep into the research on what prompts people to support authoritarian leaders.

Family’s Shipping Company Could Pose Problems for Trump’s Transportation Pick

Elaine Chao’s family owns ships flagged abroad, a way to avoid U.S. taxes and higher labor costs. But one of Chao’s missions at the Transportation Department will be to press American-owned ships to fly the U.S. flag.

Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

NASA does more than explore other planets; it studies our own. Agency scientists worry Donald Trump will abort the work.

Pro-Trump Group Blew by Basic Campaign Finance Laws

The America Comes First PAC did not disclose its donors before Election Day. And its top funder is banned from the securities industry.  

Suspected of Corruption at Home, Powerful Foreigners Find Refuge in the U.S.

Guess where politicians and businessman fleeing criminal charges find safe haven.

Sunlight Labs Takeover Update

A status update on the projects we took over from the Sunlight Foundation

Could Programs to Help Undocumented Immigrants Gain Driver’s Licenses Backfire?

Advocates fear that programs in a dozen states might be used by a Trump administration to bolster deportations aims.

Boomtown, Flood Town

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.

Boomtown, Flood Town (Full Text)

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.

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