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Today in OpenGov: A flood of money in Alabama

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Before we dig into a weekend's worth of open government news, a quick reminder: On Thursday, December 14 we will be joining with Global Integrity, the Open Gov Hub, and Transparency International to launch the new Defending Democracy: Lessons From Around the World program.

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Today in OpenGov: The writing’s on the law

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In today's edition, the Senate passes a tax bill under less than transparent circumstances, Congress hosts a hackathon, President Trump takes a fight over documents to the Supreme Court, Canada needs to walk-the-walk on access to information, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Bills, bills, bills.

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In today's edition, how a Trump-branded project in Panama became a money laundering machine, who signed on to cosponsor the Honest Ads Act, how open city data can help promote justice, what a corruption scandal means for upcoming elections in Costa Rica, and more.  

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Today in OpenGov: The House in Sessions

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To start your morning off right, we recommend taking a look at our Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information, which are newly updated with links to OpenGovData.org, our open data policy resources, and much more.  Elsewhere in today's edition, Jeff Sessions talks to the House Judiciary Committee, ProPublica unearths potential conflicts at the USDA, we join 108 other organizations in support of open data and evidence-based policymaking, Kenya's democracy hangs in the balance, and more.

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Today in OpenGov: Senate healthcare secrecy is the wrong prescription for ailing democracy

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Yesterday, Sunlight's Executive Director John Wonderlich explained how unprecedented and dangerous the Senate's secretive healthcare process has been. Many hot-button issues like " the filibuster or the debt limit show how positions on legislative process are often dictated by party rather than principle, with the minority favoring transparency and obstruction, and the majority defending secrecy." This process is fundamentally different with a procedure "designed, from start to finish, to minimize transparency. Read on for more on this, and other #OpenGov news from around the United States and across the globe.

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