This Week in Tarbell

Op-Ed: The key lesson to being a journalist is to leave all biases at the door. That’s what Tarbell Editor-in-Chief Joe Toppe teaches in his journalism courses from Day 1. Joe discusses the importance of objectivity in journalism in his first piece for Tarbell.

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Op-Ed: Publisher Scott Terry offers a review of Tight Rope, an investigative book that looks at how a certain portion of American society becomes separated by lack of jobs, inaccessible health care and crumbling family structure. He also discusses how he met Tarbell Founder Wendell Potter and the need for a universal health care system that can put so many families back on their feet.

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Notable Reporting and Solutions

Environment: Empowered by his own detrimental rollbacks, the Trump administration is leasing 9.9 million acres of untouched public lands to the oil industry for drilling fossil fuels, marring the natural landscape and releasing significant carbon emissions.

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Environment: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico already tops out as the worst offshore oil spill in history, but now researchers found that it left a residue, called invisible oil, which can kill 50 percent of the marine life it touches.

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Defense: In the 1970s, the FBI was targeting American scientists with Chinese background in investigations for espionage and uprooting people’s lives as a result. However, this trend of targeting has had some fallout for American citizens today, as China has increasingly been scrutinized for spying through academic research and technology.

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Health Care: Have you ever had a “surprise bill” greet you as you leave the operating room? A new study shows that surprise bills, caused by insurance companies frequently changing the locations they cover, happen more often than previously thought, and cost an average $14,000.

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