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Today in OpenGov: Taxable income

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In today's edition, we share some more stories from a busy holiday break as well as all of yesterday's news. Highlights include a look at who will benefit most in Washington from tax reform, continued fallout over sexual harassment secrecy in Congress, bad news for Vladimir Putin's most significant political challenger, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Resolutions

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Happy new year! Welcome to 2018's first edition of the Today in OpenGov! While this newsletter took a much-needed break, Sunlight stayed busy in December. Thank you for all of your donations and support as the year came to a close. Today, we'll update you on the important (and fun) stories from our staff and contributors that you may have missed. We'll also round up some of the top open government stories from the holiday season.   Without further ado, Today in OpenGov...

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National Park Service removes climate action plans from website

The National Park Service (NPS) removed 92 documents describing park climate action plans from their website. The NPS claimed that the removals are temporary while reports are updated to improve usability compliance, but no advance notice, public Web archive, or explanation why the documents could not remain on the site until material is prepared was provided.

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New York State’s 2018 democracy agenda will include more sunshine for online advertising

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new "democracy agenda to protect election integrity, including a first-in-the-nation state law to require disclosures and disclaimers for online political ads. The legislative proposal, which is modeled upon the Honest Ads Act that Sunlight helped draft in Congress, would similarly expand the state's definition of political communication (electioneering) to include paid digital and Internet advertising, require platforms to maintain a public file of paid political ads, and make reasonable efforts to prevent foreign actors from buying ads.

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