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In the Great Game, government fights for the White Walkers and the germs

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Life really does imitate Game of Thrones. Republicans, Democrats, Lannisters and Starks fight over White Houses and King’s Landings, but the future is trending in favor of the White Walkers and the germs. A timely reminder of The Coming Plague comes from USA TODAY investigative reporter Alison Young, who weighed in this week with new reporting on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) screw-ups in the handling of Ebola and other deadly viruses and bacteria. The CDC dragged its feet for…

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Email Insights: Republican Governors Association takes aim at Gwen Graham

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The 2018 gubernatorial race has officially begun — even though none of the likely candidates have filed paperwork to run. In an email Thursday, the Republican Governors Association blasted outgoing Rep. Gwen Graham, one of several Democrats considering a 2018 run. The association said Graham’s office hasn’t responded to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Republican Governors Association. According to documents provided by the Republican Governors Association, the organization requested all documents related to Graham Companies, real estate…

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U.S. sets new record for denying, censoring government files

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The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.…

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