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Today in OpenGov: Kid pro quo

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Good morning from Washington, where we're seeing the familiar news cycle of morning tweets from President Donald J. Trump about today's headlines.  In a statement on Twitter, presumably responding to a story in The Hill reporting that former FBI Director's memoranda describing his meetings with Trump contained classified information, the president said "James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!"  We expect to learn more about what was "so illegal" – or not – in the first months of the Trump administration in the months ahead. Read on for news from over the weekend, including our take on that story, more reporting conflicts, the Congressional war on expertise, an NYPD attempt to block a surveillance transparency law, and much more.

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Today in OpenGov: An illustrated guide to transparency

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In today's roundup of open government news we highlight the sketch artists that have long helped shed light on otherwise closed government proceedings, celebrate the return of the Congress App for Android, keep up with the latest backlash against the President's "voter fraud" commission, cheer on open data advances in several cities, check out open data portals in Latin America, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Body-slamming democracy

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As we prepare to celebrate essential unalienable American rights tomorrow, we see fundamental values under siege around the world, from DC to the Phillipines. Our founding fathers enacted the First Amendment for a reason: free and independent press is critical in a healthy democracy, acting as an immune system against corruption, restricted rights, and tyranny. We will be taking tomorrow off to celebrate Independence Day, but will return on Wednesday with all the latest open government news.

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RollCall analysis finds Members of Congress aren’t transparent about their own taxes

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In the most comprehensive reporting we've seen on the availability of Congressional returns we've seen this year, Stephanie Akin and Sean McMinn looked for what was publicly disclosed and then systematically contacted every Member to see what was available. The result is a database that will inform the public about his or her Member of Congress' personal commitment to tax transparency.

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