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Extremist Enlists and Inept Protections for Child Welfare

Here are our editors' picks from today's roundup of investigative stories around the Web. Was there a story we missed? Please keep sending us your picks or include them in the comments section below.

Known neo-Nazis, white supremacists and gang members are joining the Army’s ranks, let in by lax regulations as the military has struggled to keep up staffing levels, according to an investigation by Salon.  These extremist soldiers want training for a "future domestic race war" and "because killing ‘hajjis’ is their duty as white militants," Salon reports.

Los Angeles County’s tangled communications amongst social welfare agencies has let children die, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation. The Times found that for at least 18 years, despite repeated death and injury to children, the County has failed to implement a successful system to share information about potentially abused or neglected kids. "Solutions have been doomed by bureaucratic infighting, turf wars, privacy concerns and limited political attention spans," the Times says.

Karen Weise

Karen Weise was an intern at ProPublica and a recipient of the Mark Felt Scholarship for Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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