This Weekend's Top MuckReads: Rotten Eggs, Libyan Spies and Renditions 

Plus Illinois pays sex offenders to serve as baby sitters

Here are this week's top must-read stories from MuckReads [1], ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads [2] or by sending an email to [3]. The best submissions are selected by ProPublica's editors and reporters and then featured on our site [4] and @ProPublica [5].

Egg Farms Rack Up Violations [6], Des Moines RegisterLast year, salmonella-tainted eggs from Iowa farms made 1,900 people sick and led to a nationwide egg recall. Now public records show Iowa egg producers still aren't being held to federal standards—they're not even required to tell government officials if they find salmonella on their farms.See all #MuckReads on food and food safety [7].

N.Y. Billing Dispute Reveals Details of Secret C.I.A. Rendition Flights [8], Washington PostA New York court case offers a glimpse into the inner workings of a secretive CIA program to shuttle suspected terrorists to overseas prisons. As the Associated Presss noted, State Department letters authorizing the flights may have been signed by an official who doesn't actually exist [9].Contributed by @dafnalinzer [10]

Firms Aided Libyan Spies [11], Wall Street JournalA French technology firm helped Moammar Qaddafi spy on Libyans. They provided the tools for monitoring emails and online chats.Contributed by @srubenfeld [12]

House Freshmen Push Bills That Benefit Big Donors [13], USA TodayA review of legislative and campaign records shows that recently elected members of Congress are pushing bills that would benefit the industries that have donated the most to their campaigns.Contributed by @rlocker12 [14]

Is Homeland Security Spending Paying Off? [15] Los Angeles TimesState and local governments spend about $75 billion a year on domestic security—but what is that money actually going to? The Los Angeles Times examines some of the more questionable purchases.Contributed by @michaelgrabell [16]

Automation in the Air Dulls Pilot Skill [17], Associated PressPilots and safety experts worry that automated planes are making pilots forget how to fly. Fatal airplane accidents have decreased overall in the United States, but when trouble does hit, pilots are often making the wrong moves.See all #MuckReads on transportation [18].

State Paid Sex Offenders As Baby Sitters [19], Chicago TribuneAn Illinois program that provides child care to low-income families has been doing a poor job screening its employees for years, putting children in contact with rapists and other violent offenders.See all #MuckReads on sex offenders [20].

Patients Flimflammed Out of Their Prostheses? [21] Star TribuneA Minnesota doctor is under investigation from the FBI for convincing patients to replace their top-quality prosthetic limbs and selling them on eBay.Contributed by @charlesornstein [22]

These stories and many more can be found at ProPublica [1]. You can also subscribe to a daily #MuckReads email [23], or follow ProPublica on Twitter [5]. Reader submissions are key to making #MuckReads a success—please contribute! [24]

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