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Why Do Nonwhite Georgia Voters Have to Wait in Line for Hours? Their Numbers Have Soared, and Their Polling Places Have Dwindled. — ProPublica
The state’s voter rolls have grown by nearly 2 million since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, but polling locations have been cut by almost 10%, with Metro Atlanta hit particularly hard.
Inside the Fall of the CDC
How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.
California Will Keep Burning. But Housing Policy Is Making It Worse. — ProPublica
There are ways to keep people and homes safer from wildfires. Then, there’s what California does.
The Obama Justice Department Had a Plan to Hold Police Accountable for Abuses. The Trump DOJ Has Undermined It. — ProPublica
The Trump administration has not aggressively enforced existing agreements to monitor abusive law enforcement agencies, emboldening them to fight reforms.
Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County’s Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns — ProPublica
The malware attack, which sent fake email replies to voters and businesses, spotlights an overlooked vulnerability in counties that don’t follow best practices for computer security.
How Criminal Cops Often Avoid Jail — ProPublica
New Jersey officers accused of violence, sexual misconduct and more have walked free in deals that dodge a tough sentencing law. Now lawmakers want to eliminate it.
What The Photos Of Wildfires And Smoke Don’t Show You — ProPublica
The West will need “good fire” — controlled, managed fire that balances the ecosystem — to stave off deadly, out-of-control fire. We need to know what that looks like.
Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them. — ProPublica
California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment.
ICE Deported A Woman Who Accused Guards Of Sexual Assault While The Feds Were Still Investigating The Incident — ProPublica
The DHS and DOJ inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. DHS instructed ICE not to deport a key witness, then suddenly decided to allow it.
No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials — ProPublica
Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, whose work about voting fraud has been discredited, has been conducting private meetings for Republicans only.
Climate Change Will Force A New American Migration — ProPublica
Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go?
America Is About To Lose Its 200,000th Life To Coronavirus. How Many More Have To Die? — ProPublica
As another grim milestone approaches, here are the lessons officials ignored and what the country needs to do to prevent further tragedy.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Confirms A Pattern Of Age Discrimination At IBM — ProPublica
A sweeping decision by the EEOC could cost the tech giant millions in settlements or make it the target of a federal age-discrimination lawsuit. Its findings echo those of a ProPublica investigation.
Facebook’s Political Ad Ban Also Threatens Ability To Spread Accurate Information On How To Vote — ProPublica
Two months out from Election Day, Facebook’s changes to its political ad rules cause additional problems for the government officials running the vote.
Sent Home To Die — ProPublica
In New Orleans, hospitals sent patients infected with the coronavirus into hospice facilities or back to their families to die at home, in some cases discontinuing treatment even as relatives begged them to keep trying.
They Know How To Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? — ProPublica
This is a story about frustration, about watching the West burn when you fully understand why it’s burning — and understand why it did not need to be this bad.
Billionaire T. Denny Sanford Was Under Investigation For Child Pornography — ProPublica
The richest man in South Dakota, T. Denny Sanford, was investigated for possible possession of child pornography, according to four people familiar with the matter. Sanford is a major donor to children’s charities and Republican politicians.
Federal Prosecutors Have Steve Bannon’s Murky Nonprofit In Their Sights — ProPublica
Tucked at the bottom of the long indictment against Bannon, prosecutors say they want to seize the assets of his nonprofit Citizens of the American Republic, shedding more light on the secretive political group’s finances.
For Election Administrators, Death Threats Have Become Part Of The Job — ProPublica
In a polarized society, the bureaucrats who operate the machinery of democracy are taking flak from all sides. More than 20 have resigned or retired since March 1, thinning their ranks at a time when they are most needed.
Private Border Wall Fundraisers Have Been Arrested On Fraud Charges — ProPublica
Investigators say fundraisers for nonprofit We Build the Wall, including Steve Bannon and founder Brian Kolfage, lied to donors and pocketed funds. Trump has tried to distance himself from the group but Kolfage has bragged about their ties.
Here Are Six Accidents UNC Researchers Had With Lab-Created Coronaviruses — ProPublica
There have been mouse bites and spills and other mishaps during experiments involving genetically altered coronaviruses at a high-security lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Obama And The Beach House Loopholes — ProPublica
Although Hawaii has laws meant to preserve disappearing shorelines, beachfront property owners have been able to bypass them. That’s what happened at an expansive coastal estate officials say the Obamas will live in.
ICE Guards “Systematically” Sexually Assault Detainees In An El Paso Detention Center, Lawyers Say — ProPublica
Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.
Case Closed: Michigan Judge Removes Grace, Black Teen Jailed For Not Doing Online Schoolwork, From Probation — ProPublica
The 15-year-old is now free from the court system. In a hearing, an Oakland County judge released her from probation after a caseworker said, “It is best for the family to move forward.”
The White House Paid Up To $500 Million Too Much For These Ventilators, Congressional Investigators Say — ProPublica
A House panel says “gullible” White House negotiators overpaid for Phillips ventilators, and it has asked the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate evidence of fraud in the deal.
How Hotel Chains Got A Slice Of Government Aid For Small Businesses — ProPublica
Up to $1 billion in small business relief dollars went to hotel chains with more than 500 employees. One beneficiary was the client of a former aide to Sen. Susan Collins who was among many lobbying her to create this special exception.
After A Year Of Investigation, The Border Patrol Has Little To Say About Agents’ Misogynistic And Racist Facebook Group — ProPublica
The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.
Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost To COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging The Dead. — ProPublica
Anesthesiologist Claire Rezba started tracking lost health workers almost instinctively. Researchers and industry professionals say the lack of good official data on these deaths is “scandalous” and is putting lives in danger.
Grace, Black Teen Jailed For Not Doing Her Online Coursework, Is Released — ProPublica
Grace’s story, first published by ProPublica Illinois, prompted outrage and debate across the country. Though a judge refused to set the girl free, the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered her immediate release from a juvenile detention facility in Detroit.
How A $175 COVID-19 Test Led To $2,479 In Charges — ProPublica
A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six-figures to their insurance.
Prosecutors Say They Support Releasing Girl Who Was Detained For Not Doing Her Schoolwork — ProPublica
Although earlier this year prosecutors pushed for the detention of a Michigan high schooler during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have now repeatedly said they support sending her home to her mother.
How The Trump Administration Allowed Aviation Companies To Keep Relief Money That Was Supposed To Go To Workers — ProPublica
One of the most generous programs of the bailout was meant to help airline industry companies keep their workers on the payroll. Some laid workers off first and then got the money anyway.
“Defendant Shall Not Attend Protests”: In Portland, Getting Out Of Jail Requires Relinquishing Constitutional Rights — ProPublica
A dozen protesters facing federal charges are barred from going to “public gatherings” as a condition of release from jail — a tactic one expert described as “sort of hilariously unconstitutional.”
The Small Biz Double-Dip: Temp Companies Got Cheap Government Money, Got Paid By Clients For The Same Workers — ProPublica
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses were temp agencies. Many have been able to turn the government loans into profits.
We’re Publishing Thousands Of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret For Decades — ProPublica
ProPublica obtained these police records from New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. NYPD unions are suing to halt the city from making the data public.
The Trump Campaign’s Legal Strategy Includes Suing A Tiny TV Station In Northern Wisconsin — ProPublica
The president’s reelection campaign has paid millions to law firms filing defamation suits against news organizations. Media law experts say the lawsuits are doomed, but Trump could still get what he wants.
How To Understand COVID-19 Numbers — ProPublica
Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate the figures.
At This Trump-Favored Charity, Financial Reporting Is Questionable And Insiders Are Cashing In — ProPublica
Charlie Kirk’s nonprofit Turning Point USA has made misleading financial claims and gets its “independent” audits from its co-founder Bill Montgomery’s former business associate. It has enriched several of its top leaders as it pushes Trump’s message.
The Michigan Supreme Court Is Reviewing The Case Of A Teenager Incarcerated After Not Doing Online Schoolwork During The Pandemic — ProPublica
Attorneys for a 15-year-old sent to juvenile detention for not doing her schoolwork argued the teenager is not a threat to the community, contrary to a judge’s ruling. Now Michigan’s Supreme Court is stepping in.