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The alphabet of CIA gadgets

The Central Intelligence Agency’s bag of tricks is a veritable a-to-z of dubious doodads. Here’s 26 of the strangest.

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The sounds of Sound Transit

If there’s one thing we here at MuckRock love, it’s a creative take on what a “public record” is. Which is why were overjoyed when Kevin Wallace requested - and received - two CDs full of the programmed announcements used on Seattle’s Sound Transit links.

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The fat cats of Kansas and Minnesota are holding dog registration data ransom

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. After waiting a month for Wichita, Kansas and 11 days for Minneapolis, Minnesota we expected to find purr-fectly aligned rows and columns filled with dog names - instead, the cat overlords struck again, and we were met with a combined fee of over $100. You cat to be kitten me.

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Florida’s cat overlords deny access to dog registration data

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. The response from Jacksonville, Florida will have you wondering whether or not the state statutes are really protecting their citizen’s privacy, or - the more logical conclusion - serving the whims of their cat overlords.

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How to host your own FOIA Karaoke

FOIA and public records are vital to holding our government accountable - but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the results, too. Here’s how you can host your own FOIA Karaoke - and if you do, let us know how it goes!

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