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Today in OpenGov: Progress on Vision Zero

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Happy Friday the 13th! We hope it's not a day of ill luck for you and yours. Today, we look at Vision Zero, where data is a key tool in the fight against traffic fatalities, highlight Trevor Timm's piece responding to President Trump's latest attacks on the press, call attention to the need for funding boost for the U.S. Census Bureau, and much more.

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Today in OpenGov: Protesting protests

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Map with cost of Vice President Mike Pence flight to Indianapolis and back to engage in a planned protest at an NFL game.

“It appears that the entire trip to attend the game was designed in order for Vice President Pence to walk out,” said John Wonderlich. “When there are issues in the country that are going on that are so serious, it seems so strange for presidential attention and public funds to be used to weigh in on the actions of private citizens in the NFL,” Wonderlich told CBS News. Read on for the rest of the day's open government news...

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Today in OpenGov: Mooch Madness

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It's been busy week Washington, capped by a dramatic showdown in the Senate late last night that featured an abnormal legislative process. In today's newsletter, we look back at the new White House communications director's first week in Washington, share a read out from our trip to the White House to discuss open data, endorse bipartisan call for an email privacy overhaul, worry over an increasingly dire situation in Venezuela, and much 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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Today in OpenGov: Senate healthcare secrecy is the wrong prescription for ailing democracy

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Yesterday, Sunlight's Executive Director John Wonderlich explained how unprecedented and dangerous the Senate's secretive healthcare process has been. Many hot-button issues like " the filibuster or the debt limit show how positions on legislative process are often dictated by party rather than principle, with the minority favoring transparency and obstruction, and the majority defending secrecy." This process is fundamentally different with a procedure "designed, from start to finish, to minimize transparency. Read on for more on this, and other #OpenGov news from around the United States and across the globe.

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