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POGO – Revealing the Lost World of Government Reports

POGO – “Congress is considering a simple but important step in overseeing federal agencies. A recently introduced bill would require a one-stop, easy-to-use, online location for all congressionally mandated reports. This may put an end to the world of lost and hidden government reports. Each year, Congress mandates that federal agencies report on programs, laws, and other aspects of government, big and small. Whether it’s an analysis of Medicare’s ability to provide health care to seniors, the price impact of agricultural subsidies, problems with the Navy’s aircraft carrier program, or Amtrak’s ability to keep the trains running on time, Congress wants to know. In fact, agencies complete several thousand congressionally mandated reports annually in order to keep both elected officials and the public informed. Of course, government reports are intended to shine a light on government operations and national issues, but in an odd and persistent twist, Congress, the press, and the public can’t always find the reports after they are published. Surprisingly, no government agency or congressional office currently has the job to keep track of the reports. Instead, each agency has its own system of issuing and transmitting reports. Major reports of national and political focus are closely tracked and covered in the press. However, those that are less notable, but still important, may slip between the bureaucratic cracks…”

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We Regret To Inform You That A British Surgeon Was Branding His Initials On Livers

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault in a case that a prosecutor called "without legal precedent." He was burning his initials into human livers during transplant operations.

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In Ed Lee's San Francisco, Utopia and Dystopia Are Neighbors

Wired Top Stories - 3 hours 54 min ago
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died Monday, was a housing advocate who became a tech ally. His successor likely won't be so business-friendly.
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'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win

More than 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday and Jones had the support of 98 percent of black women, according to exit polling.

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After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees

The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shock waves through the Internet.

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Rikers Settles Class Action Solitary Confinement Case

More than 450 plaintiffs are approved to receive compensation for time they spent in solitary confinement at Rikers Island under the "old time" policy.

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3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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How A Trial In A Federal Courthouse In Manhattan Is Riveting The Turkish Government

NPR'S Robert Siegel speaks with New York Times reporter Ben Weiser about testimony by a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran. Star witnesses have testified that the scheme was broader, and possibly involved the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself.

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Palestinians Face Pressure To Assimilate In Jerusalem

President Trump may have handed Israel a symbolic victory with his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, but every day in East Jerusalem, Palestinians face pressures to assimilate. With hope for a two-state solution dwindling, more families are applying for Israeli passports, and more Palestinian children are attending schools that teach the official Israeli curriculum.

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Nancy French On Implications Of Alabama Election For Christian Conservatives

Nancy French is a Southern, conservative Christian writer who has written about her experience as the victim of childhood sexual abuse, her break with the Republican Party over Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and about empathizing with Roy Moore's Moore's accusers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with French about Alabama's special election and its implications for Christian conservatives.

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Chicago Neighborhoods Are Trying To Adapt The 'Village Movement' Structure

In its 17 years, the "village movement" — that aims to let the elderly age in their homes — has taken root mostly in well-off, white communities. Activists are now trying to adapt it to poorer, minority communities, such as the Englewood neighborhood in south Chicago.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein Defends Special Counsel Investigation Before Congress

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before Congress on Wednesday. Rosenstein defended the special counsel in the face of Republicans' allegations of anti-Trump political bias among the investigators.

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African-American Voters Turned Out In Alabama's U.S. Senate Election

African-American voters turned out in big numbers to help propel Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. It was a surprising show of political muscle by a community that's been locked out of power in a Republican-dominated state.

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Trump Says Republicans Are Close To Passing Tax Bill

In a speech Wednesday, President Trump made the case for why the Republican tax measure would be good for Americans. The remarks come after a big political loss for the president in Alabama.

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Republicans Reconcile House And Senate Versions Of Tax Deal

House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax deal. GOP leaders hope to pass the bill next week and achieve their first major legislative achievement this year.

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Many South Africans Are Disenchanted With Governing Of African National Congress

South African President Jacob Zuma is plagued by allegations of corruption, which have tainted the image of his governing of the African National Congress. The party is deeply split ahead of its leadership conference this weekend, where a new leader will be chosen.

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President Of Alabama NAACP On Democrat Doug Jones' Win

In Alabama's special U.S. Senate election, African-Americans made up as much as 30 percent of the electorate — with 96 percent of them voting for Democrat Doug Jones. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, about the NAACP's get-out-the-vote campaign in the race.

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Robots Are Fueling the Quiet Ascendance of the Electric Motor

Wired Top Stories - 5 hours 37 min ago
The electric car? That’s just the beginning.
Categories: Just News Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-ups Likely to Trail Last Year's

A shorter enrollment period and big cuts in the federal budget for outreach are taking a toll, say those helping with health insurance sign-ups. Deadlines for most state exchanges are a little later.

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The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme

Wired Top Stories - 5 hours 51 min ago
The DDoS attack that crippled the internet last fall wasn't the work of a nation-state. It was three college kids working a *Minecraft* hustle.
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