Monthly Archives: May 2019

These 4 Arguments Can’t Overcome the Facts About Carbon Offsets for Forest Preservation

by Lisa Song When ProPublica published an investigation last week about the persistent problems of carbon credits linked to tropical forest preservation, supporters of the system vehemently disputed whether this meant these initiatives have been, and are likely to continue to be, failures. These initiatives — known as REDD, or Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation — allow polluters ...

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Over 200 Allegations of Abuse of Migrant Children; 1 Case of Homeland Security Disciplining Someone

by A.C. Thompson From 2009 to 2014, at least 214 complaints were filed against federal agents for abusing or mistreating migrant children. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, only one employee was disciplined as a result of a complaint. The department’s records, which have alarmed advocates for migrants given the more aggressive approach to the treatment of minors ...

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A Lawsuit Over Ferguson’s “Debtors Prison” Drags On

by Topher Sanders In January 2014, Tonya DeBerry was driving through an unincorporated area of St. Louis County, Missouri, when a police officer pulled her over for having expired license plates. After discovering that DeBerry, 51, had several outstanding traffic tickets from three jurisdictions, the officer handcuffed her and took her to jail. To be released, she was told, she ...

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Of Course This Happened in Illinois. Why Wouldn’t It?

by Logan Jaffe Hmmm. Maybe the reason Illinois has such a strong reputation for political corruption has something to do with inappropriate financial relationships like the ones we uncovered this week? Some of Illinois’ most powerful lawmakers — or their family members — are making money directly from doing private business with video gambling operators. Among our elected officials with ...

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“Enough Is Enough”: Native Leaders Ask William Barr to Help Fix Alaska’s Law Enforcement Crisis

by Alex Demarban and Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News Alaska Native leaders called on U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr for federal aid and greater authority for tribes to prosecute certain crimes, saying Wednesday that a dangerous lack of law enforcement is growing worse in the state’s most remote communities. Barr, sitting beside U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, heard that ...

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Dara Lind and Kirsten Berg Join ProPublica’s D.C. Newsroom

by ProPublica ProPublica announced Thursday that reporter Dara Lind and research reporter Kirsten Berg will be joining its Washington, D.C., newsroom, under the leadership of senior editor Marilyn Thompson. Other hires are still forthcoming. As part of the Washington reporting team, Lind and Berg will contribute to ProPublica’s investigative coverage of the federal government and its impact on people’s lives. ...

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“Trump, Inc.” and Former FBI Deputy Chief Andrew McCabe Compare Notes

Heather Vogell, ProPublica, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC Before he became infamous for working on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Trump Russia investigation, former acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe investigated the Russian mob in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. McCabe has been asking some of the questions we at “Trump, Inc.” have asked ourselves about Trump’s business. So today, we ...

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Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry

by Jason Grotto, ProPublica Illinois, and Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ Chicago With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously undisclosed financial connections to the industry, meaning the fate of any proposal could lie in part on votes of legislators with a stake in the outcome. ...

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