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Sarah Smith is a reporting fellow at ProPublica. She previously interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she wrote about police misconduct. A story she co-authored on allegations of police abusing arrestees in the back of vans contributed to a victim getting a payout from the city and the police review of transport policies. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent most of her time at the school paper. One of her stories at Penn involved a whistleblower from the school's mental health center leaking 11 years of internal documents that showed inadequacies in how the center treated students with mental illness. She's also been a fellow at The Atlantic, National Journal and Politico.

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Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations, But Pardon Changes Still in Limbo

Obama has accelerated clemency to low-level drug offenders, but a study on pardons due in 2015 won’t be released until the fall of 2017.

Meet the Candidate For Attorney General Who’s Hunted Quail with Corporate Donors

Donald Trump has bashed “puppets” who court the Koch brothers. A Kansas official on his shortlist for U.S. attorney general shot pheasant and clay pigeons with one of their lobbyists.

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.

After Mayor Pledges ‘Due Process,’ NYPD Renews Aggressive Nuisance Abatement Enforcement

Police in New York pursue civil cases against homes and businesses despite concerns about fairness and in the face of lawsuits.

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?

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.

After Louisiana Flooding, the Red Cross Draws a Deluge of Complaints

Emergency managers in Louisiana turned to the Red Cross when record floods swept the state in March, but many say they received little help.

The Best Reporting on Hillary Clinton Over the Years

Hillary Clinton has spent over four decades in the public eye, a journey that has taken her from first lady of Arkansas to front-running Democratic presidential candidate. We have compiled some of the more significant investigative and accountability reports about her career.

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.

The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting on Trump University

Here are the stories on Trump U. that you should read.

Congressman to Red Cross: ‘How Do You Get Lost Going to a Disaster Area?’

Rep. Bennie Thompson wants answers about the Red Cross’ performance.

After Mississippi Flooding, Red Cross Stumbles Again

The director of Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency called the Red Cross’ disaster response “marginal at best.”

Study Calls On Obama to Withdraw Legal Memo That Allows Faith-based Charities to Discriminate

The paper published by Columbia University is signed by a coalition of 15 prominent legal scholars across the country.

The Best Reporting on John Kasich Through the Years

We take a look at the Republican presidential hopeful’s career through accountability journalism and other in-depth reports.

The Best Reporting on Bernie Sanders Over the Years

We took a look back at Bernie Sanders’ career through accountability stories and other in-depth news reports.

The Best Reporting on Ted Cruz Through the Years

We took a look back at Ted Cruz's career, as seen through accountability stories and other in-depth reports.

Obama Isn’t Following Through on Pardons Promise, Says His Former Pardons Attorney

ProPublica previously highlighted problems at the pardons office, and racial disparities in presidential pardons.

Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Requires an Education Campaign, Which the State Hasn’t Funded

The controversial law is about to get its inaugural use in a major statewide vote, Wisconsin’s April 5th primary.

What’s at Stake in the Latest Supreme Court Showdown Over Contraception and Religious Freedom

In oral arguments Wednesday, religious groups contend that just signing a form to facilitate access to birth control violates their rights.

The Most Terrific Reporting on Trump

A rundown of the best reporting on Donald Trump over the years.

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