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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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Why we support using open data and evidence-based policymaking

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This bill represents an important endorsement open government data by the U.S. Congress. It is a milestone for the open movement, an important validation of this way of making public policy, and the fundamental principles of data-driven 21st century governance. In the weeks ahead, we hope the House and Senate act to make open government data the default in the United States as part of a broader commitment to evidence-based policy making in the federal government based upon that data.

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Tweets by @realDonaldTrump are official statements of the @POTUS, says Justice Department

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Listening and responding to members of the public that is a minimum expectation for public servants in any democratic state, whether those voices are raised in protest, petition, email, send letters or reply on social media. While there are practical challenges to making sense of millions of emails, tweets, call or letters, blocks that violate the First Amendment rights of the public are not the solution to filter failure.

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Today in OpenGov: Last day to urge the FEC to track online political ads

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We've got one important reminder before you dig into today's roundup: Today is the final day to submit comments to the Federal Election Commission urging them to require disclosure for online political ads. We've been writing about the importance of disclosure for some time and think that online political ads should be at least as transparent as those on television and radio. We urge you to learn more about the proposed rule by reading the federal register notice and submit a comment to the FEC.

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Today in OpenGov: Recovering trust

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In today's edition, major changes may be coming for foreign lobbying rules, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sells one of his controversial shipping investments, New York voters choose to strip pension benefits from corrupt officials, a new report from the OGP lays out ways to recover trust in government, and much more. 

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