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Today in OpenGov: The ATF’s public-private slush fund

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"Company lawyers descended on the warehouse, seizing everything. A tobacco company had just raided the A.T.F." - Matt Appuzo, New York Times Read on for the full story behind that hard-to-believe quote, plus the rest of the weekend's top open government stories from Washington, around the United States, and across the globe. 

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Trump administration commits to participating in Open Government Partnership

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Map of countries in OGP

The big idea behind the Open Government Partnership’s founding in 2011 was that it would provide a platform for the public to hold a national government accountable for meeting commitments that have been created in open consultation between the governed and a government of the people. When countries elect leaders like President Donald J. Trump who don’t value basic democratic norms for accountability, transparency and ethics, it poses a stern test: can a voluntary mechanism between community of democracies be used to protect and defend it?

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Today in OpenGov: Fakebooking

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In today's edition, we get excited for the official launch of our Tactical Data Engagement guide, MuckRock looks at the DACA database, important questions get asked about tracking political ads online, a new site should help improve EU budget transparency, and more...

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Today in OpenGov: Play to Sway

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Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is slated to markup H.Res 479. which would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to provide the House of Representatives with President Trump's tax returns as well as the tax returns of each business entity that he disclosed on his Office of Government Ethics forms. We encourage you to contact the committee and urge them to pass the bill.    Read on for the rest of the day's open government news from Washington, DC and across the United States. 

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Worried about public comments on draft open data policy? Here are the most common sentiments.

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Inviting public comments on draft policy can be a daunting proposition, especially in the age of angry Internet comments. Knowing how residents in other cities have responded to draft open data policy can help make that process more approachable. To better understand that we took a look at the most common sentiments in draft open data policy comments.

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Today in OpenGov: Accelerating investigations

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This week, Congress returns from its August break and several committees are expected to devote renewed energy to investigations into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. Read on for more on that story, plus the latest open government news from Washington, around the United States, and across the globe.

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Today in OpenGov: Happy Labor Day!

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After one last summer break, we're back with our daily roundup of open government news from Washington, across the United States, and across the world! Today, we're highlighting some of the biggest stories -- and our own work -- over the past week.  We'll be back tomorrow with a more granular look at the day's open government news. Please email us at todayinopengov@sunlightfoundation.com and share what we missed.

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