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Americans Dodge $660 Billion in Taxes Each Year — And It’s Probably Getting Worse

The IRS is underfunded and understaffed. One result: audits of the wealthy are rapidly declining.

How “Levee Wars” Are Making Floods Worse

High levees come at a high cost, often pushing water into communities that can’t afford the same protection. To demonstrate, we built a giant, scientific model of a river with levees — complete with adorable tiny houses.

Treating a Common Children’s Ailment Isn’t Cheap

When Aviva Williams’ daughter got pinworms, her doctor prescribed albendazole, a prescription treatment that has been around for decades. Williams thought little of it, until she checked the price: $724 for a four-tablet treatment.

Walking While Black

After watching a viral video of a Jacksonville cop stopping a young black man for jaywalking, reporters Ben Conarck and Topher Sanders examine how “walking while black” can come at a high price.

How Ivanka and Donald Trump, Jr. Avoided Criminal Indictment

New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor.

The Big Problems with Testing Tiny Bits of DNA

New York City’s crime lab has been a pioneer nationally in analyzing especially difficult DNA samples. Now these DNA analysis methods are under the microscope, with scientists questioning their validity.

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