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Nick Penzenstadler


Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Nick:

George Santos' college education is a myth. Is he the only one lying? We checked

George Santos said he went to Baruch College. He didn't. Are others lying? A USA TODAY investigation found few are vetting Congress members' degrees → Read More

After Sandy Hook, the NRA launched a school security program. A review of its (minimal) impact.

Public records show most of the NRA's school safety grant funding has gone to non-firearm related expenses, at pennies on the dollar. → Read More

How can I find out if someone is using my identity? What to know about identity theft

Identity theft is impacting millions of Americans, these tips can help you prevent it and clean up the mess. → Read More

‘Beating the bad guys’: How one vigilante aunt in Ohio took down an identity theft scheme

An Ohio woman exposed a scammer who allegedly used stolen identities to live a luxury lifestyle in Las Vegas. She's still cleaning up the mess. → Read More

Many nursing homes are poorly staffed. How do they get away with it?

President Biden has promised tougher standards, but USA TODAY found the government rarely enforces existing guidelines. → Read More

Police say LGBTQ club shooter used 'long rifle' and acted alone: What we know about the attacker and Colorado gun laws

El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said investigators were looking into whether the attack should be prosecuted as a hate crime. → Read More

Why an Illinois nursing home operator is being sued for alleged understaffing

Residents of one of the largest nursing home operators in Illinois filed a suit alleging deliberate low staffing to boost profits. → Read More

Nursing home chain exposed by USA TODAY for high COVID-19 death rates files for IPO

American Healthcare REIT, exposed for high COVID-19 death rates by a USA TODAY investigation, plans to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. → Read More

Gun violence policy is focusing on mental health but federal records still lack some states

Despite years of progress and millions in spending, three states still don't report mental health records into the FBI for background checks. → Read More

Legal team from Sandy Hook gun suit seeking answers on Uvalde AR-15 marketing

The father of a victim in the Uvalde shooting is pressing Daniel Defense in Georgia for answers about their interaction with the shooter and marketing. → Read More

What Russian ammo ban? Loophole keeps it on US shelves, splitting gun rights groups

The ban on importing cheap Russian ammunition and a grandfather clause have split the top firearm lobbies as the war in Ukraine rages. → Read More

This nursing home chain reported the highest COVID death rate. Then it deleted deaths.

A nursing home chain cut its official death toll by unprecedented 42% after a USA TODAY investigation. Feds call the move "concerning," will review. → Read More

'Profiteering, cold-hearted' nursing home owners should be investigated, congressman says

Rep. Bobby Rush calls to investigate “profiteering” nursing home owners, citing USA TODAY report on COVID deaths. White House has promised reform. → Read More

'Anything can happen': What to watch for in Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearing

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised for confirmation. But there are questions about her work as a lawyer, criminal sentencings and ties to Harvard. → Read More

White House ready to crack down on nursing homes, cites USA TODAY report

White House officials said a nursing home investigation by USA TODAY is evidence of an industry urgently in need of reform. → Read More

A USA TODAY investigation exposes nursing home failures during COVID

A first-ever USA TODAY analysis of the eldercare business shows how pervasive failures escaped notice during the pandemic → Read More

When does a nursing home COVID-19 death count? It's complicated.

USA TODAY published a first-of-its-kind analysis of nursing home deaths during the pandemic, but what counts as skilled nursing death is complicated. → Read More

4 key things to know about USA TODAY’s investigation into nursing home failures during COVID-19

Read about a first-ever USA TODAY analysis of the eldercare business that shows how pervasive failures escaped notice during the pandemic. → Read More

Congress widens PPP fraud probe to more online financial companies

Two financial startups emerged as major players in Payroll Protection Program lending. Now Congress suspects fraud. → Read More

‘A new American fault line’: How new election laws will make it harder for 55 million to vote

More than 250 new voter laws show a divided democracy, with half the nation expanding flexibility in casting ballots while other areas tighten access. → Read More