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This Week in Conflicts: Search the First Family’s Potential Conflicts of Interest, Possible Tax Schemes and Another Emoluments Lawsuit Moves Forward

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This week, search the newly released database of potential conflicts of interest associated with President Donald Trump and other members of the First Family, read the New York Times investigation into possible tax schemes involving President Trump and his family and hear why a judge is allowing a second emoluments lawsuit against the president move forward.

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This Week in Conflicts: Cohen Subpoenaed in Trump Foundation Probe, Ivanka’s Ex-Business Partner Sued and Sen. Warren Unveils Anti-Corruption Bill

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This week, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is issued a subpoena as part of a Trump Foundation probe, Ivanka Trump’s former business partner is sued by the Department of Justice and Senator Elizabeth Warren unveils anti-corruption and public integrity bill.

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Facebook’s commitments to transparency before Congress are welcome, but insufficient

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Unless Congress takes more time to understand and then to craft careful remedies, the emerging challenges for open government that Facebook is implicated in – from automated activity to algorithmic transparency to public speech on private platforms to data ethics and protections to anti-trust concerns to artificial intelligence – will most likely be obscured by more sound and fury emanating from Washington that ultimately signifies nothing.

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How Baton Rouge is engineering open data for community involvement

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Baton Rouge wants to make sure residents know about new open datasets as soon as they’re available. Leaders see this as a way to keep residents in the know about new resources, as well as an important part of how governments can and should be transparent in a digital era. A new website brings together all this work in one place.

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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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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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