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November 19, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Game-Changing DATA Act Clears the House



Open Government Last night, the House passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support a bill to shine a much brighter light on how the government spends taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Open Government

November 7, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Farm Bill Debate: Corporate Privacy or Public’s Right to Know



Farm Bill Secrecy The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.

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Topics: Open Government

October 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Shutdown Cost DoD $600 Million



National Security A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) estimated that the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million due to losses in productivity. That number may rise as long-term costs continue to reveal themselves.

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Topics: National Security

October 10, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Report Examines Obama and the Press



President Obama This morning, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a comprehensive report examining freedom of the press under the Obama administration.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

October 9, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Haiti Recovery Cloaked in Secrecy



Haiti Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, there remains a startling lack of transparency about where millions in U.S. recovery funds went and what exactly was accomplished.

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Topics: Open Government

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