Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

Rapid testing is less accurate than the Government wants to admit

Rapid antigen testing is a mess. The federal government pushed it out without a plan, and then spent weeks denying problems with false positives. by Lisa Song  Monday, November 16 The promise of antigen tests emerged…

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Lawyers can’t locate parents of 666 seized migrant children—121 more than previously believed

.    The children were separated from their families under the Trump administration’s widely condemned “zero tolerance” immigration policy. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, November 10 Last month, the world was shocked and outraged to learn…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Investigative Reporting Workshop Policing

Swept up by police

Analysis of arrests in 15 cities reveals most George Floyd protesters were charged with misdemeanors and lived within the metro area where they were arrested. By Meryl Kornfield, Austin R. Ramsey, Jacob Wallace, Christopher Casey and…

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Posted in Columns Investigations Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

James O’Keefe, Spy Boy

by Wade Rathke October 29, 2020 New Orleans    Back when we used to have Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which looking forward to 2021, seems an iffy proposition, one of the treats for early risers…

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Posted in First Peoples News Navajo News

After the deaths of two soldiers at Fort Hood, the Navajo Nation wants answers

Navajo families say their loved ones faced hazing and harassment at the Army base outside Killeen. by  Pauly Denetclaw, The Texas Observer Saturday, October 24 Corlton Lane Chee came to the Fort Hood Army base from…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons Public Health

ACLU sues Trump Admin. to obtain key records on federal handling of Coronavirus pandemic in prisons

The suit seeks “the immediate release of improperly withheld agency records related to federal government’s failed response to the spread of Covid-19 in prisons in jails.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The American…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Investigations News

ACLU says it can’t find parents of over 500 children separated from families by Trump

‘Just Babies at the Time’ “We will not stop looking until we have found every one of the families, no matter how long it takes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Lawyers appointed by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News

Justice Department sues Google in antitrust case

The filing, announced Tuesday morning, accuses the tech giant of violating law to stifle competition. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 This is a developing story and may be updated. The U.S. Justice Department…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Public Health

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. by James…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

‘Totally Under Control’: New, secretly-filmed documentary details Trump’s colossal Covid-19 failures

“We, the scientists, knew what to do for the pandemic response,” says former federal vaccine expert Dr. Rick Bright in the film. “It is time to lay our careers on the line and push back.” by…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Police Killings Pro Publica

New eyewitness accounts: Feds didn’t identify themselves before opening fire on Portland antifa suspect

Local law enforcement officers deputized as U.S. Marshals have given conflicting accounts of the shooting. Witnesses say they heard no warning before the agents shot Michael Reinoehl dead, an outcome President Trump termed “retribution.’’ by Bryan…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Utilities

Four types of scandals utility companies get into with money from your electric bills

When power companies across the country fight for favorable legislation, sometimes their efforts cross the line and customers pay the price. by Patrick Wilson, Richmond Times-Dispatch Saturday, October10 Across the country, electric utilities have worked the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump and daughter Ivanka could face jail time for tax fraud after leaving White House, says legal expert

“The only thing saving him at this point is the Department of Justice’s guideline that says you can’t indict a sitting president.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, September 29 Both President Donald Trump and his…

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Veteran, War Hero, Defendant, Troll

A ban from Facebook has apparently done little to slow Brian Kolfage, charged last month for defrauding thousands in a “build the wall” effort, and who regularly uses personal attacks and misinformation to sic his online…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News Taxes

Records show Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017

“He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses and undocumented immigrants,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 28 Financial records that President Donald Trump has persistently fought to keep hidden…

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Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News While we were looking elsewhere

Leaked emails reveal effort by Trump aides to censor and alter CDC Covid reports behind closed doors

“A Trump stooge with a history of racist statements and no medical background is doctoring CDC reports warning Americans on Covid because they make Trump look bad.” — Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News USPS

With integrity of election at stake, 14 states demand injunction to stop DeJoy’s sabotage of US Postal Service, mail-in voting

“With the national election less than two months away, we are seeking a judicial order protecting this critical government service.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week…

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Posted in Investigations News Pro Publica

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirms a pattern of age discrimination at IBM

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. by Peter Gosselin, special…

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Screen shot from photo by: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Corruption Democracy Investigations News

Postmaster General accused of criminal violation of campaign laws

‘This Is Against the Law and DeJoy Must Be Fired’ Former head of human resources at DeJoy’s logistic firm, along with other employees, says the major GOP donor now running the Postal Service reimbursed workers for…

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Rodney Lavalais holds a photo of his mother, Sarah Johnson, outside her New Orleans home. (Kathleen Flynn/ProPublica)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

Sent home to die

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. by…

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Posted in Coronavirus Debt Investigations News Pro Publica

The loan company that sued thousands of low-income Latinos during the pandemic

A monthslong investigation revealed that Oportun Inc., which was founded to help Latino immigrants build credit, routinely uses lawsuits to intimidate a vulnerable population into keeping up with high-interest loan payments — even amid COVID-19. by…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations The Conversation Wallgate

Why Steve Bannon faces fraud charges: 4 questions answered

The former Trump aide and others allegedly misused funds donated to build a border wall.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images by Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, University of Notre Dame Editor’s note: Federal prosecutors in New York have arrested former…

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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks about immigration policy at the White House during a briefing August 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Immigration Investigations News

GAO Says Top Trump DHS Officials Wolf and Cuccinelli appointed illegally

Democratic lawmakers said the GAO decision “paints a disturbing picture of the Trump administration playing fast and loose by bypassing the Senate confirmation process to install ideologues.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, August 14 This…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

The White House paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators, congressional investigators say

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. by…

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