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Today in OpenGov: Vetoing tax transparency

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In today's edition, some Mar-a-Lago members aren't so sure about the administration's lack of visitor records, the GAO will review the mystery of the FCC's jammed online comment system, Iowa is mapping all of its bridges, we pay our respects to a murdered Maltese journalist, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Is underfunding putting federal statistics at risk?

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Before we dive into today's top open government news, we would like to share a great opportunity to engage. Our friends at MuckRock are looking for feedback as they think about the future. We urge you to consider taking their survey, which should take 15 minutes and include questions applicable to readers of the MuckRock blog, regular users of their FOI services, or anyone who supports their work in other ways.  Once you've done that, read on for today's look at open government news. 

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Today in OpenGov: Is FEMA heading down a memory hole?

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In today's edition, we lament that $90,000 in a freezer might not be enough for a corruption conviction any more, the Secret Service isn't tracking presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago, local investigative reporting is getting a boost, Brazil takes a questionable step towards public financing of elections, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Probing questions

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Do you like our coverage of open data at the city level? Well, Sunlight's Open Cities team is launching a brand new newsletter that might be right up your alley. Dedicated to understanding how to use open data to solve community problems, the newsletter will explore everything from the nuts and bolts of publishing data online to how to formalize open data procedures and how to put it all into use. The open cities team will be sharing the ideas and resources designed for small- and mid-sized cities interested in making open data a bigger part of their toolkit. Sound good? You can learn more and sign up for the newsletter, which we'll be sending out about twice a month, right here. Once you've done that, you can read on for your daily dose of open government news from Washington, DC, around the United States, and across the globe. 

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