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ProPublica, New York Daily News Win Pulitzer Gold Medal

ProPublica provided three researchers who helped perform the time-consuming work of going through every nuisance abatement case filed in the previous year and a half — 1,162 in total — tracking every major step of the process, cross-referencing hundreds of cases with parallel proceedings in criminal court and the State Liquor Authority, and entering the details into spreadsheets.

April 11, 2017
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How A Tip About Habitat For Humanity Became A Whole Different Story

How a story about money laundering turned into a story about an ambitious housing initiative that led to the displacement of low-income families in Brooklyn.

October 30, 2016
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Discrimination By Design

Discriminatory design and decision-making affects all aspects of our lives: from the quality of our health care and education to where we live to what scientific questions we choose to ask.

September 2, 2016

7 Reproductive Rights Issues To Watch in 2015

2015 could be a difficult year for women’s health.

January 20, 2015

New IRS Rules On Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election

There’s bad news for those who hope to rein in dark money in the 2016 elections.

January 7, 2015

Secret Donors Behind Some SuperPACs Funneling Millions Into Midterms

How dark money tried to buy the midterm elections.

November 3, 2014

Deadly Force, In Black And White

These statistics on police shootings will shock you.

October 13, 2014

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From An Assault Weapons Ban

by Lois Beckett, ProPublica. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called “One Million Moms for Gun Control.” It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military-style assault weapons. “We all were outraged […]

September 9, 2014

Why Is The Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting State Employees’ Emails?

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica. This story was co-published with the Albany Times-Union and WNYC. New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration — which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history — has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees, cutting off a key […]

August 12, 2014

Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

by Kim Barker, ProPublica. In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages. “For some troops, these […]

August 5, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Even After Open Enrollment, Activity Remains Unexpectedly High On Federal Health Insurance Exchange

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica This story was co-published with NPR’s “Shots” blog. For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April […]

July 24, 2014

Cuomo Has Raised Millions Through Loophole He Pledged To Close

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica. When he ran for office four years ago, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pledged to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance regulations allowing corporations and individuals to pour unlimited amounts of money into politics. Instead, he’s become the loophole’s biggest beneficiary. New York State forbids corporations from giving […]

June 13, 2014

Medicare Overpays Billions For Office Visits, Patient Evaluations

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But in its reply to the findings, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Medicare, said […]

May 29, 2014

Democrats Push To Restart CDC Funding For Gun Violence Research

by Lois Beckett, ProPublica. Two congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts. Since 1996, when a small CDC-funded study on the risks of owning a firearm ignited opposition from Republicans, the CDC’s budget for research on firearms injuries has shrunk to […]

May 21, 2014

Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

By Lois Beckett, ProPublica. How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows. We don’t even know if the number of people shot annually has gone up or down over that time. The government’s own numbers seem to conflict. One source of data on shooting victims suggests that gun-related violence […]

May 15, 2014

Senate To Take Up Longshot Amendment To Regulate Campaign Finance

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica. In a gesture probably more symbolic than practical, the Senate may soon take up a constitutional amendment to give Congress and states the power to regulate political contributions and spending. At a Senate Rules Committee hearing Wednesday on the influence of so-called “dark money” groups, nonprofits that don’t have to report […]

May 2, 2014

Liberal Outside Money Groups Spend Big In North Carolina

by Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker, ProPublica. Most people have come to associate outside money — the hundreds of millions of dollars from politically active nonprofits and SuperPACs pouring into American elections — with conservatives. And why not? Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, conservative groups have far outspent their liberal counterparts. In […]

April 30, 2014

What Happens When A Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing

by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica To see how easy it is for a dark money group to ignore the Internal Revenue Service, look no further than the loftily named Government Integrity Fund. The Fund, an Ohio nonprofit, spent more than $1 million in 2012 on TV ads attacking Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and […]

April 25, 2014

Republicans Say No To CDC Gun Violence Research

by Lois Beckett, ProPublica. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of the few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws. “Put guns on the table, also put video games on the table, put mental health on the table,” he said less than […]

April 22, 2014

TurboTax Maker Linked To ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

by Liz Day, ProPublica. Over the last year, a rabbi, a state NAACP official, a smalltown mayor and other community leaders wrote op-eds and letters to Congress with remarkably similar language on a remarkably obscure topic. Each railed against a long-standing proposal that would give taxpayers the option to use pre-filled tax returns. They warned […]

April 14, 2014

What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About The IRS And How It Handles Dark Money Groups

by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica. A GOP-led House committee voted Wednesday to seek criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, who used to run the IRS division in charge of tax-exempt groups. In a party-line vote, the committee accused Lerner of unfairly targeting the applications of conservative groups and misleading the office of the […]

April 10, 2014
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. Last week, federal health officials celebrated two milestones related to the Affordable Care Act. The first, which got considerable attention, was that more than 7 million people selected private health plans in state and federal health insurance exchanges. The second, which got less attention, was that some 3 million additional enrollees […]

April 9, 2014

As Parents Struggle To Repay College Loans For Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand To Lose

by Marian Wang, ProPublica. Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal data. The Parent Plus program allows parents to take out essentially uncapped amounts to cover college costs, regardless of the borrower’s income or ability to repay the loan. […]

April 7, 2014

Judging Obamacare: How Do We Know If It’s A Success Or Failure?

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. One day very soon, the focus on Obamacare will turn from signing up new enrollees to quantifying the law’s success — or failure. The six-month open enrollment period, during which consumers sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, is supposed to end today. But the U.S. Department of […]

March 31, 2014

Who Controls The Kochs’ Political Network? ASMI, SLAH And TOHE

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 groups and trade associations — nonprofits that can spend money to influence elections but don’t have to name their donors. The Kochs and their allies have built up a […]

March 17, 2014