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Scout, in Open Beta


We're opening a new tool to the public today for beta testing, called Scout.

Scout is an alert system for the things you care about in state and national government. It covers Congress, regulations across the whole executive branch, and legislation in all 50 states.

You can set up notifications for new things that match keyword searches. Or, if you find a particular bill you want to keep up with, we can notify you whenever anything interesting happens to it -- or is about to.

Just to emphasize, this is a beta - it functions well and looks good, but we're really hoping to hear from the community on how we can make it stronger. You can give us feedback by using the Feedback link at the top of the site, or by writing directly to

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Beige Alert


Recently I've begun work on a new project here with a very simple idea: tell us the issues or keywords that you're interested in, and we'll let you know right away when something happens in state or federal government that you care about.

A straightforward idea, but very powerful. If you're a reporter focusing on immigration, you can know as soon as a state introduces a border control bill. If you're an environmental activist, you can learn right away of all the attempts in Congress to give or take away power to the EPA.

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