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Sunlight Labs Takeover Update

Last month we took over five projects that were created by The Sunlight Foundation. Here’s an update on where those projects stand now and our future plans for them.
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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.

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New in Represent: House Office Expenditures

Researchers can track official spending by lawmakers and committees.

Presenting Hell and High Water VR

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Edmund Fountain, special to ProPublica

A team at USC has created a new virtual-reality experience based on our Houston storm vulnerability project.
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We’ve Updated Prescriber Checkup with 2014 Data

Use this tool to compare how your doctor prescribes medications in Medicare’s drug program with other doctors in the same specialty and state. Our data includes information on drug costs and prescriptions for risky drugs.

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Lost Cause

Seeing America through the losing candidates’ map

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How Voter Fraud Works — And Mostly Doesn’t

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. Critics say these claims are exaggerated and backed up by scant evidence. But dismissing voter fraud entirely overlooks the fact that that fraud does happen – rarely.

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Eight Times Agent Orange’s Biggest Defender Has Been Wrong or Misleading

For decades, the government has relied on Alvin Young to advise it on herbicides. Here are some of his statements, and what others have said about them.

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If You Live In These Tax-Subsidized Buildings, You Are Entitled to a Rent Freeze

Search for your building to see if your landlord has been approved for the program and registered your building for rent stabilization, as required by law. If not, you may be paying more than you should.

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Electionland: Monitoring Access to the Vote in Real Time

Covering access to the ballot and problems that prevent people from exercising their right to vote during the 2016 election.

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How Are Elections Run in Your County?

One way to predict how the 2016 election will run is to look at how things went the last time we elected a president.

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Election DataBot

This new tool, updated every 15 minutes, collects huge amounts of election data and reports the most interesting details, in real time, about campaign finance filings, congressional votes, polls, forecasts, Google search trends, and more.

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Median Income Is Down,  But Public College Tuition Is Way Up

From 2000 to 2014, the average cost of in-state tuition and fees for public colleges in America rose 80 percent. During that same time period, the median American household income dropped by 7 percent.

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What Percentage of Doctors at Your Hospital Take Drug, Device Payments?

Where a hospital is located makes a big difference in how many of its doctors take payments from drug and medical device companies. See how your state compares and look up your hospital.

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Tax Avoidance Has a Heartbeat

Every year at dividend time, demand to borrow German stocks spikes.

A New Way to Keep an Eye on Who Represents You in Congress

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A joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

We’re launching a new interactive database that you can use to track congressional votes, bills and members.
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Represent: Browse Lawmakers, Votes and Bills

You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records.

8 Tips on Getting a Newsroom Data Team Started

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Part of ProPublica's news apps team. (Edwin Torres for ProPublica)

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Updated Dollars for Docs

This release includes updated data, payments to teaching hospitals, and information about brand-name prescribing rates for some doctors.

Infographics in the Time of Cholera

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This poster was published "by order of the Sanatory Committee" in New York City, during the cholera outbreak of 1849. (Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.)

In 1849, The New York Tribune published on its front page a line chart tracking the deaths in New York City from the cholera epidemic that summer. It used techniques that were at the bleeding edge of visual data journalism at the time. And it was forgotten until now.

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