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Gun control groups moved away from an assault weapons ban

A decade after the assault weapons ban expired, gun control groups say that focusing on other policies will save more American lives. by Lois Beckett for ProPublica The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former…

Christie nominated three Union County residents as Superior Court judges

STATE – Governor Chris Christie selected three Union County residents for appointment as Superior Court judges, John M. Deitch of Fanwood, plus Theresa E. Mullen and Candido Rodriguez, both of Scotch Plains. Deitch, a partner in the Morristown law firm Coughlin Duffy, has represented utilities companies and assisted in…

New online tracking device is virtually impossible to block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn. by Julia Angwin for ProPublica Update: After this article was published, YouPorn contacted us to say it had removed…

Confederate crusade is closing hospitals in rural America

The cost of the Confederate conservative ideological crusade against the Affordable Care Act is taking a human and economic toll. In states that refused to participate in Medicaid expansion, many rural communities soon find their local emergency rooms shuttered. “Nearly half…

Red Cross Reverses Stance on Sandy Spending “Trade Secrets”

The charity has released some new details on how it spent over $300 million raised after the storm. by Justin Elliott | ProPublica, (David Sleight/ProPublica) In June ProPublica reported that the Red Cross was resisting its request that the New York attorney general’s…

Since 2010, Burger King Has Reduced Its World Wide Tax Rate by 60%

American taxpayers are being robbed by yet another giant corporation that is deserting the USA after using the country’s advantages to build untold wealth. Burger King’s recent decision to pursue a corporate inversion to Canada is the culmination of years…

Investors Haul In Nearly Half the Tobacco Settlement Cash

An updated tally by ProPublica shows that bondholders are due $2.6 billion of the $6 billion in this year’s payouts to state and local governments from Big Tobacco.  by Cezary Podkul and Claire Kelloway for ProPublica Each April, cigarette manufacturers pay states…

Judge confirms Mayor Fred A. Henry’s Democratic primary election victory

South Amboy Mayor Fred A. Henry released a statement in response to Judge Heidi W. Currier’s ruling upholding his Democratic primary election victory as a candidate for South Amboy mayor. Henry won the city’s primary by three votes, defeating a former councilman…

Christie shifted $3.8 billion from taxpayers to Wall Street

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration shifted pension cash to Wall Street, costing New Jersey taxpayers $3.8 billion, according to a report in International Business Times. Management costs were 19 cents for every $100 of money in the pension fund in 2009…

Newark teenager’s arm broken by police during peaceful protest

NEWARK — A teenager’s arm was broken by police who attacked a group of student demonstrators who blocked a street near the Newark public school headquarters in protest against the state-appointed superintendent’s policies. Kristen Towkaniuk was among the students who…