Savannah and Sam Peyton, who were without power for days last week, huddle in multiple layers under a sleeping bag at their home in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, Feb. 18, 2021. Temperatures plummeted to the teens and single digits across Texas, and at least 58 have died in storm-affected areas across the country from causes including carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia. Credit: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times/Redux
Posted in Accountability Analysis Energy Pro Publica

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers. by Jeremy Schwartz, Kiah Collier and Vianna Davila, ProPublica/Tx Tribune Tuesday, February 23,…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Policing Pro Publica

“I don’t trust the people above me”: Riot squad cops open up about disastrous response to Capitol insurrection

Interviews with 19 current and former officers show how failures of leadership and communication put hundreds of Capitol cops at risk and allowed rioters to get dangerously close to members of Congress. by Joaquin Sapien and…

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Evidence used by prosecutors in Steven Carrillo’s case included a patch of the Boogaloo flag on a ballistic vest found in a vehicle registered to him. (United States District Court for the Northern District of California)
Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.

ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces. by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Lila Hassan and Karim Hajj, FRONTLINE Hours after the attack on the Capitol ended, a group…

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You’re Fired!

YOU’RE FIRED Not with a bang, but a boot. By Khalil Bendib | January 20, 2021

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Posted in Journalism Pro Publica

ProPublica and The Pudding offer scholarships to help pay for your journalism expenses in 2021.

25 scholarships to help you attend a journalism conference and/or to support your work. by Adriana Gallardo, Ash Ngu and Mollie Simon We are proud to announce our sixth annual scholarship program. This year we are…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Investigations Pro Publica

How Operation Warp Speed created vaccination chaos

States are struggling to plan their vaccination programs with just one week’s notice for how many doses they’ll receive from the federal government. The incoming Biden administration is deciding what to do with this dysfunctional system….

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica QAnon Right Wing Militias

Over 500 videos, inside the Capitol Riot: what the Parler videos reveal

The trove of more than 500 videos recovered from a largely pro-Trump social platform provides a uniquely immersive account of the violence and confusion as seen from inside the insurrection. by Alec MacGillis Sunday, January 17,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Pro Publica

Memphis-area residents without internet must wait days for vaccination appointments, while others go to the front of the line

The county’s decision to prioritize vaccinations for internet users — and its failure to set aside any appointments for callers — raises issues of equity and access, say experts. by Wendi C. Thomas and Hannah Grabenstein,…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Investigations Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Members of several well-known hate groups identified at Capitol riot

A ProPublica-FRONTLINE review of the insurrection found several noted hardcore nativists and white nationalists who also participated in the 2017 white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. by A.C. Thompson and Ford Fischer Saturday, Jan. 9, 10:15…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Domestic Terrorism: A more urgent threat, but weaker laws

Authorities dissuaded some extremists from traveling to Washington, and shared intelligence with Capitol Police, but could not stop the mob that stormed the Capitol, a senior FBI official says. by Sebastian Rotella  In the days leading…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Capitol rioters planned for weeks in plain sight. The police weren’t ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed. by Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf and J. David McSwane The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was…

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Posted in Investigations Pro Publica Water

Timber Tax Cuts Cost Oregon Towns Billions. Then Polluted Water Drove Up the Price.

Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination. by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive Thursday, December…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

“Those of us who don’t die are going to quit”: A crush of patients, dwindling supplies and the nurse who lost hope

Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic…

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Posted in Arizona Health Care Investigations Pro Publica

After a violent crime, Arizona promised reforms for people with developmental disabilities. It has yet to deliver.

After a woman with developmental disabilities was raped and gave birth to a child in a state home, a task force recommended changes to improve care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. Only a third…

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Posted in Investigations Pro Publica Utilities

She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired

Alice Stebbins was hired to fix the finances of California’s powerful utility regulator. She was fired after finding $200 million for the state’s deaf, blind and poor residents was missing. by Scott Morris, Bay City News…

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Posted in Analysis Justice Pro Publica

Inside Trump and Barr’s last-minute killing spree

Private executioners paid in cash. Middle-of-the-night killings. False or incomplete justifications. ProPublica obtained court records showing how the outgoing administration is using its final days to execute the most federal prisoners since World War II. by…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

As the terror of COVID struck, health care workers struggled to survive. Thousands lost the fight.

At least 2,900 health workers have died since the pandemic began. Many were minorities with the highest levels of patient contact. by Christina Jewett and Robert Lewis Wednesday, December 23, 2020 This story also ran on…

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Posted in Border Wall Pro Publica

The Trump administration keeps awarding border wall contracts but doesn’t own the land to build on

The government’s strategy of awarding contracts before acquiring titles to land in Texas has led to millions of dollars in costs for delays. Things could get even more complicated if President-elect Joe Biden stops border wall…

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Posted in Banks Investigations Pro Publica

JPMorgan Chase Bank wrongly charged 170,000 customers overdraft fees. Federal regulators refused to penalize it.

Documents and records show that bank examiners have avoided penalizing at least six banks that incorrectly charged overdraft and related fees to hundreds of thousands of customers. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum Monday, December 14,…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica Town Hall

Join us for an event about our investigation into Arizona’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services

Hear from people featured in our investigation into services for people with developmental disabilities living in Arizona, at a free, virtual event on Dec. 16. The event will also feature people who were instrumental in making…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Pro Publica

New bill proposes stopping unemployment agencies that make mistakes from demanding money back

State unemployment agencies have been demanding recipients repay thousands of dollars, even if the agency made the mistake and the money’s already been spent. After ProPublica investigated the practice, legislators are trying to end it. by…

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Posted in Biden Administration Common Dreams First Peoples News News

Indigenous Rights, climate action groups among those championing Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary

“It’s time that Indigenous people have authority over stolen land.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 10, 2020 The national women’s rights organization UltraViolet on Wednesday became the latest group to call on President-elect Joe…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Unemployment

Surge in layoffs spotlights cruelty of Trump-GOP refusal to boost unemployment benefits

‘Deeply Disturbing’ “The nation’s health and economy are going backwards, not forwards, because Republicans and the leader of their party have spent months doing the very opposite of what is needed.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus

Rich nations hoard vaccines while 90% of people in poor countries denied ‘escape route from pandemic’

“Unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 for years to come.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Nine out of…

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