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Judge throws out murder charge in Mississippi fetal harm case   |   April 4, 2014
By Nina Martin, ProPublica A Mississippi judge has thrown out murder charges against a young woman in the 2006 death of her stillborn child, a significant setback for prosecutors...

 

Who controls the Kochs' political network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE   |   March 18, 2014
By Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the first to grasp the political potential of social welfare...

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....

 

The PTSD crisis that's being ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods   |   February 5, 2014
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica Chicago's Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings...

 

The IRS moves to limit dark money -- but enforcement still a question   |   December 2, 2013
By Kim Barker, ProPublica The IRS and Treasury Department announced proposed guidelines clarifying the definition of political activities for social welfare nonprofits last week...

 

Everything that's happened since Supreme Court ruled on Voting Rights Act   |   November 5, 2013
By Kara Brandeisky and Mike Tiga, ProPublica Last year, we wrote extensively about photo ID laws and the Supreme Court's decision to strike a key section of the Voting Rights...

 

The Affordable Care Act's most important date: not what you think   |   October 30, 2013
By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Many people have asked when we’ll know if the Affordable Care Act is a success or failure. Was it Oct. 1, the date of the federal health...

 

What happened after Congress passed a climate change law? Very little   |   October 16, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising -- i.e., that climate change is happening....

 

To dodge law, high-cost lender offers cash for free   |   September 5, 2013
By Paul Kiel, ProPublica Alarmed by the explosion of high-cost lending in the state, cities across Texas have passed ordinances to prevent the cycle of debt that short-term, high-...

 

In effort to end prison rape, questions about a monitor's independence   |   August 30, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits...

 

Dark money group spent on House race, then told IRS it didn't   |   July 1, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Shortly before Election Day last year, mailers went out to Texas voters featuring pictures of a Democratic congressional candidate and a rare...

 

Class action: A challenge to the idea that income can integrate America's campuses   |   June 25, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Affirmative action occupies a telling place in a nation painfully aware of its racial inequities yet painfully divided over how to solve them....

 

Bank of America lied to homeowners and rewarded foreclosures, former employees say   |   June 17, 2013
By Paul Kiel, ProPublica Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for...

 

Rape and other sexual violence prevalent in juvenile justice system   |   June 11, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Hundreds of teen-agers are raped or sexually assaulted during their stays in the country's juvenile detention facilities, and many of them are...

 

Now, you can't ban guns at the public pool   |   June 3, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years...

 

A prolonged stay: The reason behind the slow pace of executions   |   May 28, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublica States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions. In...

 

Nullification: How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws   |   May 6, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could...

 

Reversal of fortune: A prosecutor on trial   |   May 2, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, Special to ProPublica For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas, first as a bearded district attorney asking the...

 

What went wrong in West, Texas - and where were the regulators?   |   April 26, 2013
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don't know exactly why the...

 

Another race case for a hostile Supreme Court   |   April 2, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica Little doubt exists that the Supreme Court's most conservative justices want to do away with affirmative action and other race-conscious...

 

Drilling deeper: The wealth of business connections for Obama's energy pick   |   March 25, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama nominated Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary earlier this month, he hailed the nuclear physicist as a "brilliant...

 

A Colorblind Constitution: What Abigail Fisher's affirmative action case is really about   |   March 19, 2013
By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica When the NAACP began challenging Jim Crow laws across the South, it knew that, in the battle for public opinion, the particular plaintiffs...

 

After a powerful lobbyist intervenes, EPA reverses stance on polluting Texas county's water   |   March 14, 2013
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental...

 

Why the Supreme Court may rule against the Voting Rights Act   |   February 27, 2013
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act...

 

Can vote-by-mail fix those long lines at the polls?   |   February 25, 2013
By Christie Thompson, ProPublica In his State of the Union address, President Obama returned to a point he'd made on election night: the need to do something about long voting...