The federal National Emergencies Act is not a blank check

The National Emergencies Act doesn’t give the president unlimited power to declare a national emergency even when no emergency exists.

Documenting hate in America: What ProPublica and partners found in 2018

Here are some of the incidents ProPublica and its partners have reported in the second year of Documenting Hate, a collaborative project investigating hate with more than 160 newsrooms around the country.

ICE dumped hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at a bus station

Lawmakers and immigrant rights groups scramble after ICE releases hundreds of migrants without alerting local shelters.

FBI moves to fix critical flaw in its crime reporting system

The bureau says it expedited a process expected to change reporting rules and require police to disclose cases they classify as unfounded.

Can public officials block users on Facebook? A Texas case could help answer that

A federal court will hear oral arguments in a First Amendment case against a Texas county sheriff’s office. At issue is whether the office was allowed to block a local woman from its Facebook page.

Gun control vs. mental health care: Debate after mass shootings obscures murky reality

Public health and mental health experts say blaming the violence on the mentally ill is unfair and inaccurate, pointing instead to lax gun laws.

Kavanaugh’s impact on the Supreme Court and US may not be as profound as predicted

With Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, many predict the court will move to the right on key issues But Supreme Court rulings are often not the last word on a matter.

A ‘cleared’ rape case is not necessarily a solved case

Across the country, dozens of law enforcement agencies are making it appear they have solved a significant share of their rape cases when they simply have closed them.

Why Jeff Sessions’ final act as attorney general could have more impact than expected

On his way out, Sessions limited the Justice Department’s ability to oversee abusive police departments. That policy also could hamper the department’s role in environmental, voting-rights, and other cases.

Two Indiana police officers to be charged after video shows them beating handcuffed man

Two police officers who repeatedly punched a handcuffed man in the face will face charges — only after The South Bend Tribune requested video of the incident.