After a banner year under Trump, local scrutiny of private prisons is as important as ever

After a banner year under Trump, local scrutiny of private prisons is as important as ever

The administration’s attitude has helped to make the last year one of the most promising for the private prison industry, but local initiatives continue to combat its expansion at home.

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The week in FOIA responses: the Good, the Bad, and the Somewhat Reasonable

The week in FOIA responses: the Good, the Bad, and the Somewhat Reasonable

FOIA is both a vital tool for the public to gain access to government records, and a frustrating process that reveals infuriating facts and sometimes even more infuriating government employees - as well as super helpful public servants who replenish your faith in humanity just enough to keep you filing FOIAs another day.

Here’s the best and worst of some of MuckRock’s recent interactions with the keepers of public information.

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An increase in public records lawsuits, improving FOIA administration, and more

An increase in public records lawsuits, improving FOIA administration, and more

In this week’s news, an increase in FOIA lawsuits last year, some cases to watch, the public records process in the Middle East, another award to nominate someone (or yourself) for, and proposals to improve FOIA administration.

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Only four out of the 20 #AmazonHQ2 finalists have released their bids to MuckRock

Only four out of the 20 #AmazonHQ2 finalists have released their bids to MuckRock

The growing global retailer Amazon has announced the 20 finalists for its challenge to secure homefield rights for its second headquarters. We take a look at the responses to our requests for those areas.

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National Treasure: the CIA hid historical artifacts in the walls of their headquarters - twice

National Treasure: the CIA hid historical artifacts in the walls of their headquarters - twice

One of the more fascinating revelations in the Central Intelligence Agency’s archives is the fact that, on two separate occasions, the Agency has had the White House bury time capsules of CIA materials in the walls of their buildings. The first box was jokingly referred to by Director Allen Dulles as containing “secrets,” and that came amazingly close to being true. The second, placed by one of Dulles’ successors, was nearly a plot device in a spy thriller, thanks to a suggestion that they place the true names of every Agency employee within the box.

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