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Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog

Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog

Although our reporting on the rape kit backlog is often bleak, there is some good news - lawmakers in Alaska are taking a step in the right direction by adding $2.75 million to the budget for the testing of every backlogged kit.

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Public records reveal staffing and caseload concerns for agency responsible for protecting adults with disabilities in Massachusetts

Public records reveal staffing and caseload concerns for agency responsible for protecting adults with disabilities in Massachusetts

Despite the growing number of reported abuses against adults with disabilities in Massachusetts, the agencies responsible for responding to complaints haven’t been able to staff up at a comparable rate.

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The Air Force is "as serious as a heart attack" about opposing the Space Corps

The Air Force is “as serious as a heart attack” about opposing the Space Corps

While President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this year regarding the possible establishment of a “Space Force,” FOIA shows that not everyone in his own administration is so keen on the idea. In a series of recently released emails from last year, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson made clear her opposition to the establishment of a semi-autonomous “Space Corps,” insisting that it be the USAF in charge of militarizing the cosmos.

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Treasury produces one page memo to justify claim that Trump tax cut will generate $1.8 trillion in revenue

Treasury produces one page memo to justify claim that Trump tax cut will generate $1.8 trillion in revenue

Back in December, in response to reporting of Treasury claims that the proposed Trump tax cuts would generate $1.8 trillion in revenue, we requested the reporting and analysis that led to that conclusion. In response, the Treasury produced a single-page memo, which appeared to be the exact same document referenced in the article included in our request.

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How FOIA can hold the powerful accountable, public and private alike

How FOIA can hold the powerful accountable, public and private alike

FOIA is a great way to keep the powerful is check, whether they be federal agencies, their employees, or tech giants. This week, stories from the Daily Californian, RealLivePolitics, and Columbia Journalism Review about revealing attempts by the government and two leading tech companies to withhold information from the public.

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