By Margaux Stack-Babich and Bill Dedman
Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting.
Story of the day: ProPublica continues its investigation of bias in presidential pardons and the political influence pervasive in the system. The landing page for the series is here. Note the political angles: "Pardon Applicants Benefit From Friends in High Places," and "Michele Bachmann Lobbied for Campaign Donor's Pardon."
Notes: Links open in a new window. More reading: previous daily collections.
- Center for Public Integrity: Center stands firmly behind its investigative work on bluefin tuna black market despite Politico attacks
- Bloomberg: Romney-Gingrich rival campaigns count on early investment from lobbyists
- The Associated Press: Rick Perry used state phones to call top donors for campaign
- Wall Street Journal: For the families of some debtors, death offers no respite
- Voice of San Diego: The financial crisis in San Diego schools
- The Oregonian: Portland-owned property is exempt from taxes but open to residents making $97,200
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram:Squatters claim more than $8 million of Texas properties, county records show
- Msnbc.com's Red Tape Chronicles Consumer: Trove of evidence didn't persuade credit bureau to fix error
- The Miami Herald: As Florida capitol no longer asks gun owners to secure firearms, the Senate installs panic buttons for lawmakers and their staff
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Racial gap found in traffic stops in Milwaukee
- Yahoo News, The Ticket: On private call, Republicans say attacking Obama personally is too dangerous
- ProPublica: Why no financial crisis prosecutions? Ex-justice official says it's just too hard
- The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch: How Goldman played a key role in Solyndra's rise
- Nieman Watchdog: Libyan is posthumous winner of journalistic integrity award from Harvard fellows
- MinnPost: Twin Cities communities falling far behind on affordable housing
- The Hill: The Hill's 2011 list of the 50 wealthiest members of Congress
- The New York Times: NBC stations collaborate with nonprofits, ProPublica
Margaux Stack-Babich writes about investigative reporting for msnbc.com. Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for msnbc.com.