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The Best Reporting on Mike Pence Through the Years

Through accountability stories and other in-depth reports, we took a look back at the career of the Indiana governor who Donald Trump has picked as his running mate.

SRSLY: Fool Me Twice, Shame on You; Fool Me Three Times, I’m a Medical Board

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

The Great Republican Crack-up

Dayton was once a bastion of the GOP establishment. The story of how the city changed helps explain the rise of Donald Trump.

Wisconsin Court: Warning Labels Are Needed for Scores Rating Defendants’ Risk of Future Crime

The court said judges can look at the scores – so long as their limitations are made clear.

As Cases Multiply, Officials Scramble to Stop Abuse of Nursing Home Residents on Social Media

Iowa health officials recently discovered it wasn’t against state law for a nursing home worker to share a photo on Snapchat of a resident covered in feces. They are trying to change that.

Behind the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision, More Than a Decade of Privately Funded Research

Research funded by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and others not only helped spur the nation’s top court to strike down key parts of a Texas abortion law, but also has fueled a string of other changes making abortion more accessible.

4 Ways Research Has Reframed the Abortion Debate

For reproductive-health advocates, science is proving to be a powerful weapon.

What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks of Donald Trump

In a private speech recorded in February, the onetime Speaker of the U.S. House, now reportedly on the shortlist to be Trump’s running mate, said Trump would lose in a landslide if he didn’t evolve to be more like Ronald Reagan than Barry Goldwater. He added that no one knows what a Trump presidency

Denmark Seeks EU Fix To ‘Div-Arb’ Deals

A Danish member of the European Parliament is asking the trading bloc’s executive arm to examine the tax avoidance deals, which are going on in at least 13 member states of the European Union.

5 Things I Learned Making a Chart Out of Body Parts

The story behind a graphic on insurance that turned into an unlikely viral hit.

In Bill, Lawmakers Propose New Limits for Seizing Workers’ Pay Over Old Debts

Last week, two lawmakers introduced a bill to put new limits on what debt collectors can take from debtors’ paychecks and bank accounts. It is the first legislation to address the issue in decades and follows a series of ProPublica stories about the widespread practice of garnishment.

Denmark Is Big Victim Of Wall Street Tax Avoidance Deals

The complex transactions add up to a meaningful loss of revenue from dividend taxes Danish taxpayers would otherwise get.

ISIS via WhatsApp: ‘Blow Yourself Up, O Lion’

A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation and shows the crucial importance of encrypted messaging tools. “Detonate your belt in the crowds,” one message declared.

‘No Field Test is Fail Safe’: Meet the Chemist Behind Houston’s Police Drug Kits

Decades after L.J. Scott developed a test for cocaine, his invention played a role in hundreds of wrongful convictions in Houston.

How New Jersey Has Embraced ‘State-Sanctioned Loan-Sharking’ to Students

Podcast: ProPublica’s Annie Waldman talks about what makes New Jersey’s student loans so onerous.

Abusive Doctors, Faulty Drug Tests and More in MuckReads Weekly

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.

SRSLY: #SorryNotSorry, a Popular Hashtag — Also Tony Blair on Iraq

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed.

The Terror Suspect Who Had Nothing To Give

Abu Zubaydah’s sworn statement provides a chilling, first-person account of how U.S. officials tortured a man they wrongly believed was a top al-Qaida operative.

This Is What New York’s ‘Voluntary Compliance’ For Landlords Looks Like

Tenants overcharged by landlords who received property tax breaks shouldn’t expect much help from state regulators. Many are opting to go to court and, so far, they are winning big.

Update: FEC Looking at Super PAC That Hyped Penny Stock

Officers of ‘Voters for Hillary,’ which raised money but reported no political expenditures, had close ties to a Las Vegas firm that the PAC purportedly hired to run a call center.

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