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The Enduring Power of the Ex-Senator Turned Lobbyist

The Enduring Power of the Ex-Senator Turned Lobbyist
To see the power of Washington's revolving door — and the weakness of congressional lobbying regulations — check out two events on Tuesday that involved well-heeled corporate interests, health care policy and powerful former members of Congress.
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House GOP Pushing for Exemption, Corporate Gift for Data Transparency Haters

House GOP Pushing for Exemption, Corporate Gift for Data Transparency Haters
The House GOP is pushing for an exemption that would allow big corporations to forgo publishing financial information – a huge setback for advocates of open data and transparency.
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Why wait? The Real Time Transparency Act Would Make Campaign Contributions Public in 48 Hours

Why wait? The Real Time Transparency Act Would Make Campaign Contributions Public in 48 Hours
The Real Time Transparency Act is one bill that would, with a mere tweak of the current disclosure system, dramatically improve disclosure of big contributions to campaigns. It’s such an easy fix, we honestly can’t understand why anyone would object.
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LA Times Journalist Cleared Articles With CIA Before Publishing

LA Times Journalist Cleared Articles With CIA Before Publishing
A former Los Angeles Times national security journalist routinely sent drafts of his articles to CIA press handlers for input and revision, the Intercept revealed on Friday.
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Austin's (Waistlines Are) Growing, but Use of Big Data, Detailed Map Technology Might Reverse the Trend

Austin's (Waistlines Are) Growing, but Use of Big Data, Detailed Map Technology Might Reverse the Trend
New mapping technology is helping Austin combat a growing youth obesity problem.
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ER Reports Reveal Racial Disparity in Injuries Caused by Police

ER Reports Reveal Racial Disparity in Injuries Caused by Police
Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured by law enforcement in events that rarely stir the same viral outrage. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regularly collect data about these incidents, which are classified as nonfatal injuries by law enforcement, from hospital emergency department records.
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Challenge to Sweeping NSA Dragnet Reaches Highest Court Yet

Challenge to Sweeping NSA Dragnet Reaches Highest Court Yet
Lawyers for the ACLU on Tuesday presented arguments before a federal court as they challenged the U.S. government's claimed authority to bulk collect and search America's cell phone data, which the group argues is unconstitutional and exceeds Congressional authority provided by the Patriot Act.
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Lessons From the Celebrity iCloud Photo Breach

Lessons From the Celebrity iCloud Photo Breach
Based on initial media reports, it seems that intimate, private photographs from several celebrities' online accounts have been accessed without their consent and widely shared on the Internet. For now, many details about the breach (or breaches) remain unclear. One working theory, which is supported by anecdotal evidence, suggests that a security vulnerability in Apple's iCloud service may have been exploited to gain access to the celebrities' acc
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FCC Quickly Responds to Political Ad Disclosure Petition, Could Open Data by 2016 Elections

FCC Quickly Responds to Political Ad Disclosure Petition, Could Open Data by 2016 Elections
Nearly by definition, bureaucracy operates at a snail's pace. From red tape to hurdles, the English language is filled with idioms and cliches to describe the agonizing effort it takes to see actual change at a bureaucratic level. And yet, the FCC recently responded to a petition for transparency and disclosure in political ads on television and the radio in one week. The best part? It wasn't a slam of the door, but a genuine first step in getting the data of political advertisements online and open to the public.
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Brandon Perkins
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Decade of Court Cases Quietly Wiped from Online Database

Decade of Court Cases Quietly Wiped from Online Database
A decade of records from four U.S. appeals courts and one bankruptcy court were lost earlier this month when the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) quietly deleted a massive amount of data that was "incompatible" with an impending upgrade.
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