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After a medical mistake, what’s next?

Sometimes doctors or nurses who cause harm to a patient are the perpetrators: They’re careless, negligent, taking on too many cases because they’re greedy, sloppy or incompetent. But often this is not the case. A well-meaning, expertly-trained provider makes an honest error and feels deep remorse.


Drones as counterinsurgency tools

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | Nov. 27, 2012 On Sunday the New York Times reported that the Obama administration, prompted by the possibility of losing the election, has been developing a “formal rule book” to govern the use of drone strikes, which have killed roughly 2,500 people under President Obama. One aspect of the piece in […]


Where Romney and Obama stand on the Supreme Court

Suevon Lee, ProPublica | Oct. 26, 2012, 10:48 a.m. The Supreme Court has remained a largely unspoken topic on the campaign trail u2014 even though the Court plays a critical function in Americans’ lives. (This past June’s Affordable Care Act ruling, anyone?) The next president could very well appoint one or two new justices. And […]


Courts say Texas discriminated against black and Latino voters

by Lois Beckett and Suevon Lee, ProPublica, Sept. 4, 2012, 10:59 a.m. How does Texas discriminate against minority voters? Federal judges counted the ways. Last Tuesday, a panel of federal court judges ruled that new district maps drawn by Texas’ Republican-controlled legislature weakened the influence of Latino voters and in some cases evinced “discriminatory intent” […]


Everything you need to know about voter ID laws

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica, July 23, 2012, 4:51 p.m. July 24: This post has been updated and corrected. Voter ID laws have become a political flashpoint in what’s gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws — which 30 states have now enacted in some form — are needed to combat voter fraud, […]


Did the NYPD’s spying on Muslims violate the law?

ProPublica’s Justin Elliott interviews an expert and explore whether the New York police crossed the line.


  ‘Limited options’ for homes with toxic drywall, says ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien

ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien discusses the federal government’s role in investigating Chinese drywall and the limited options homeowners have.


  ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten on Congress’s fracking report

ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten discusses a congressional report on potential violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, following up on a previous investigative report by Need to Know.


Feds warn residents near Wyoming gas drilling sites not to drink their water

The federal government is warning residents in a small Wyoming town with extensive natural gas development not to drink their water, and to use fans and ventilation when showering or washing clothes in order to avoid the risk of an explosion.

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