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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.

De Blasio Says ‘Enough is Enough’: Landlords Getting Big Tax Break Must Cap Rent Hikes

The mayor’s statement, publicizing a crackdown on owners of more than 3,000 rental buildings, is his sharpest critique yet of enforcement lapses benefiting scofflaw property owners.

New Jersey Will No Longer Collect Loans From Families of Dead Students

After a ProPublica and New York Times investigation into New Jersey’s student loan program, Gov. Chris Christie stayed silent. On Monday, he signed a reform bill ending its most onerous practice.

How Journalists Need to Go Beyond Fact Checking Trump

Podcast: We spoke with political science professor Brendan Nyhan about president-elect Donald Trump’s lies and how reporters should handle them.

Jury Awards $93 Million in Federal Fraud Case Against Allied Home Mortgage

Federal prosecutors win case against Allied six years after ProPublica detailed an extensive list of misconduct and government sanctions against the Houston firm.

Why Trump Would Almost Certainly Be Violating the Constitution If He Continues to Own His Businesses

The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin got from Louis XVI.

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick is a Lucky Man. Very Lucky.

Steven Mnuchin has a long history of coming out ahead, even in questionable deals.

N.C. Governor Loses Re-Election Bid, Attempts to Hold Power by Claiming Voter Fraud

Pat McCrory alleges improper counting, dead people and felons swung the election for Democrat Roy Cooper. Cooper won by fewer than 10,000 votes.

How To Leak To ProPublica

We are a team of investigative journalists devoted to exposing abuse of power. If you’ve got evidence showing powerful people doing the wrong thing, here’s how to let us know while protecting your identity.

Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?

A bill that would speed up approval for medications and medical devices shows how a major initiative can get traction even in the midst of Washington gridlock — but critics say all the lobbying is drowning out some warnings about patient safety.

New in Represent: House Office Expenditures

Researchers can track official spending by lawmakers and committees.

Medical Innovation Bill Would Water Down Disclosure of Industry Payments to Doctors

The 21st Century Cures Act aims to support biomedical research. But along the way, it would exempt certain payments from drug companies to doctors. Critics say such changes are a mistake.

There’s No Evidence Our Election Was Rigged

We had more than 1,000 people watching the vote on Election Day. If millions of people voted illegally, we would have seen some sign of it.

We May Not Know If Trump’s Foreign Business Deals Violate the Constitution

President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t have to detail his business holdings in federal financial disclosures until May 2018.

Prosecutors in Portland Change Policy on Drug Convictions

No guilty plea for drug possession will stand in Multnomah County unless the preliminary police field tests used to make arrests are confirmed in a lab.

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