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In Major Settlement, States Gang Up to Strike Deal with Soldier-suing Company

The Virginia-based company was the focus of a 2014 ProPublica investigation of its lending and collection practices.

SRSLY: I Say Tomato, You Say Schematic to Steal the Moon*

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

New Jersey Commission Calls for Reforming State Loan Agency

New legislation also cleared a New Jersey senate committee to offer better protections for borrowers.

In Wells Fargo Case, News Really Did Happen To An Editor

How ProPublica’s top editor failed to recognize that his personal experience with a mysterious bank fee was part of a much, much larger story.

Breaking the Black Box: What Facebook Knows About You

We live in an era of increasing automation. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments.

Uncommon Contract Holds Promise for California Group Home’s Too Familiar Ills

Better wages and added money for schooling could stabilize staff and improve care at large San Francisco home for vulnerable children.

Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel

This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.

Uncovering Texas’ Strategy to Slash Much-Needed Special Education Services

Podcast: The Houston Chronicle found that Texas quietly pushed school districts to pare the number of students receiving special education services. The move saved billions of dollars but deprived tens of thousands of students of needed help.

2016 Election Lawsuit Tracker: The New Election Laws and the Suits Challenging Them

Courts are scrambling to rule on state election laws in time for the elections being held later this year. We’re keeping track of their decisions.

Amazon Defends Its Pricing Algorithm, But Leaves Out Billions in Sales

Amazon says the vast majority of its sales don’t obscure shipping costs. That still adds up to a lot of sales.

SRSLY: All In The [EpiPen] Family

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

Doctor Confesses: I Lied to Protect Colleague in Malpractice Suit

A surgeon who lied about his partner’s skills on the witness stand has been haunted by the deception for nearly two decades.

Education Department Terminates Agency That Allowed Predatory For-profit Colleges to Thrive

The federal government announced that it will strip the accrediting powers of ACICS.

Which Voters Show Up When States Allow Early Voting?

One-third of voters took advantage of early voting options in 2012. But does so-called convenience voting increase turnout overall and minority turnout in particular?

If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

More words won’t solve your design problem.

Teenage Girl Dies After Incident at For-profit Group Home

The 15-year-old was a resident at a Delaware facility owned by AdvoServ, which has faced decades of reports of abuse.

How We Analyzed Amazon’s Shopping Algorithm

We examined the listings for 250 bestselling products across a wide range of categories, from electronics to household supplies, over a period of several weeks this summer.

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t.

Amazon bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” Yet its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.

The Hidden Toll of Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Podcast: Tens of thousands of Americans die every year because of infections they pick up in hospitals, but the medical community is barely keeping track.

Police Departments Are Becoming Mini-NSAs: 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.

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