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TruthInAdvertising.org 05 January 2017
Two of the largest credit score reporting agencies in the US have to pay millions in fines for deceiving consumers about the actual cost and usefulness of credit scores they sold to consumers under agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).    TransUnion and

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Alec MacGillis (ProPublica) 04 January 2017
Donald Trump's selection of Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy has prompted many Democrats to question Perry's qualifications for the position. While he governed a state rich in fossil fuels and wind energy, Perry has far less experience than President Obama's two energy secretaries,...

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Cezary Podkul  and   Derek Kravitz (ProPublica)  and   Will Parker (The Real Deal) 02 January 2017
This story was co-published with The Real Deal.   In 2014, an obscure campaign in the foothills west of Albany between a sheep farmer and a home builder mushroomed into one of the most expensive State Senate elections in New York history. Each side's supporters spent at least $3.5...

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Andrew Revkin (ProPublica) 30 December 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump has long pledged to undertake a profound policy shift on climate change from the low-carbon course President Obama made a cornerstone of his eight years in the White House.   "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop," Trump tweeted a...

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Julia Angwin, Terry Parris Jr  and   Surya Mattu (ProPublica) 28 December 2016
Facebook has long let users see all sorts of things the site knows about them, like whether they enjoy soccer, have recently moved, or like Melania Trump.   But the tech giant gives users little indication that it buys far more sensitive data about them, including their income, the...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 27 December 2016
TINA.org tracked more than 400 class-action lawsuits relating to false or deceptive advertising in 2016 and as always kept a watchful eye on the trends, outcomes, and settlements. Advertisements of 100-percent grated cheese grated on consumers as did so-called healthy and natural foods,...

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Robert Faturechi  and   Derek Willis (ProPublica) 26 December 2016
A political action committee (PAC) that backed Donald Trump's bid for the presidency is continuing to flout campaign finance laws.   Earlier this month, ProPublica reported that the America Comes First PAC had violated the rules by not disclosing the source of its funding before...

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IANS 21 December 2016
Facebook misled the European Union (EU) regulators over its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp, the EU said on Tuesday.   "The European Commission has sent a statement of objections to Facebook alleging the company provided incorrect or misleading information during the Commission's 2014...

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Richard Tofel (ProPublica) 16 December 2016
ProPublica recently took a look at the Emoluments Clause, the provision of the Constitution which seems to ban payments from foreign countries to Donald Trump's businesses once he becomes president unless Congress consents. But at least one scholar, whose work we inadvertently overlooked,...

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Kyra Gurney, Anjali Tsui, David Iaconangelo, Selina Cheng 15 December 2016
This report is a collaboration between ProPublica and the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. A version of this story is being co-published with The Miami Herald   Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are...

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IANS 12 December 2016
The hacker group "Legion" that broke into the Twitter accounts of the Congress Party, its Vice President Rahul Gandhi, controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya and now TV journalists Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar has finally come out in the open.   In an interview with The Washington...

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Alec MacGillis (ProPublica) 01 December 2016
Update, Nov. 30, 2016: This week, Congress is taking back up a sweeping bill introduced last year that would expand medical research funding while also loosening the regulations for approving new drugs and medical devices. While the legislation has undergone revisions, it still includes many...

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Jessica Huseman  and   Scott Klein (ProPublica) 30 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to claim that he would have won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."   There is no evidence that millions of people voted illegally. If there were, we'd have seen some sign of...

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Derek Kravitz (ProPublica) 29 November 2016
The question of whether President-elect Donald Trump will run afoul of federal conflict-of-interest rules or the Constitution because of his extensive foreign investments has been the subject of intense scrutiny among legal and ethics scholars.   Legally, his foreign licensing deals...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 November 2016
While shoppers across the US are walking the aisles or scouring the net for the best deals that they can find, tensions for retailers also run high on this pseudo-holiday. Not only do they have to handle a veritable flood of customers, but they must remain vigilant when it comes to spotting...

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Jesse Eisinger (ProPublica) 24 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump's transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation...

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Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica) 23 November 2016
U.S. and European counterterror officials are zeroing in on Islamic State masterminds of a terror campaign against Europe that continues despite military setbacks for ISIS in the Middle East.   On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department announced that it had put a suspected plotter of last...

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Daniel Golden (ProPublica) 21 November 2016
This story was co-published with The Guardian.   I would like to express my gratitude to Jared Kushner for reviving interest in my 2006 book, "The Price of Admission." I have never met or spoken with him, and it's rare in this life to find such a selfless benefactor. Of course, I...

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Charles Ornstein  and   Ryann Grochowski Jones (ProPublica) 18 November 2016
The number of doctors who each prescribe millions of dollars of medications annually in Medicare's drug program has soared, driven by expensive hepatitis C treatments and rising drug prices overall, federal data obtained by ProPublica shows.   The number of providers who topped the $5...

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Arul Louis (IANS) 17 November 2016
A Chinese company has admitted that it planted a spyware in some Android mobile phones that sent back to China information about the users and text messages.   The admission came after the programme was exposed by a US cyber security firm.   Although the company, Shanghai...

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