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  • European Parliament taken to court by EU journalists

    11/24/2015 5:59:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 20 Nov 2015, 17:54 | Peter Teffer
    A group of 29 European journalists have filed complaints with the EU's Court of Justice, demanding access to documents that will show how members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have been spending their allowances. The reporters filed freedom of information (FOI) requests with the European Parliament, asking for copies of documents that show details for the MEPs' travel expenses, accommodation expenses, office expenses, and assistants expenses for the past four years. ...
  • Court won’t hear case over grant to Planned Parenthood

    11/16/2015 7:09:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 16, 2015 9:39 AM EST
    The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to withhold some documents in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by New Hampshire Right to Life. ...
  • Malkin: Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs

    10/20/2015 6:31:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 21, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs. It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs. Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection and investigative autonomy. That is why Capitol Hill must do everything in its power to stop the White House war on the public's ombudsmen. Federal inspector generals across dozens of agencies are begging lawmakers to grant them access to public records as guaranteed by the 1978 Inspector General Act....
  • The silence of the left is the Dems’ transparency hypocrisy

    10/07/2015 8:01:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 10-6-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 255 of 253 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wisconsin — State Democrats claim to be the champions of open government. But while they rail against an ill-conceived and short-lived GOP plan to close some open records, the left has been strangely silent about liberal state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s reluctance to turn over communications that would shine light on her behind-the-scenes legal activities. That silence is deafening among the left’s best friend, the mainstream media. Abrahamson has hired an attorney to defend her in the records request filed by conservative targets of Wisconsin’s unconstitutional John Doe...
  • IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

    08/24/2015 6:40:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    ‘Toby Miles’ account linked to government businessLois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting. IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of...
  • NYC mayor: I’m not micromanaging image by screening records

    08/19/2015 11:22:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2015 1:34 PM EDT | Jake Pearson
    New York City’s mayor says he’s not micromanaging his image by having his lawyers review requests for public information that could “reflect directly on the mayor.”Bill de Blasio made the comments on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” Wednesday when asked about a memo obtained by The Associated Press. That May 5 directive by a mayoral lawyer instructs attorneys at city agencies to forward to City Hall their responses to a range of documents, including sensitive or controversial requests, made under the Freedom of Information Law. …
  • The Iran Nuke Documents Obama Doesn’t Want You to See

    08/03/2015 3:55:21 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jul 30, 2015 | Tim Mak
    Scattered around the U.S. Capitol complex are a series of Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facilities, or SCIFs, which are typically used to hold Top Secret information. But today in these deeply secure settings are a series of unclassified documents—items dealing with the Iran nuclear deal that are not secret, but that the Obama administration is nevertheless blocking the public from reading. The Obama administration delivered 18 documents to Congress on July 19, in accordance with legislation requiring a congressional review of the nuclear deal. Only one of these documents is classified, while the remaining 17 are unclassified. Yet many of these...
  • DNC Chair STILL Can’t Tell Difference Between Democratic Party and Socialism (VIDEO)

    08/02/2015 3:37:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/02/15 | Jim Hoft
    Things got very awkward on Thursday when Chris Matthews asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz what the difference was between the modern Democratic Party and Socialism. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was completely stumped. She couldn’t answer the question. We haven’t seen that dazed look since Rachel Dolezal was busted as a fraud. Because, as we all know, there is no difference between today’s Democrat Party and radical Socialism. On Sunday DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was again asked to explain the difference between the modern day Democratic Party and Socialism. Again She failed. “You know Chuck it is always fun to...
  • Leaked Copy Of Obama’s Iran Deal Goes Public… Paragraph 36 Will Blow Your Mind

    07/29/2015 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Consdervative Tribune ^ | 7/29/15 | Staff
    Last Tuesday, a 159-page PDF of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal was leaked online. Paragraph 36 was the most shocking of the agreement — a part the president would probably prefer hadn’t become public, as it demonstrated just how much of a joke the pact actually was. According to the deal’s 36th paragraph, any party — Iran or any future U.S. president — can essentially end the Iran nuclear deal with 35 days notice. Iran can claim that any one of the P5+1 nations is “not meeting its commitments” under the deal. That will then set off a 35-day
  • 19 Facts On IRS Targeting President Obama Can't Blame On Republicans

    07/23/2015 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    On The Daily Show, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal: “You’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly. The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being...
  • Gowdy: State’s been very transparent — about Richard Gere

    07/11/2015 4:21:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | July 11, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    What happens when a Congressional committee demands documentation from a hostile executive-branch bureaucracy? The panel usually gets a chance to learn a tremendous amount on just about every subject under the sun except for the issue at hand, which is exactly what Trey Gowdy has experienced. The State Department has insisted that it’s complying with the House Select Committee on Benghazi and brags about the number of pages of documents it has released to the investigation, but what’s actually in those document dumps? Everything Congress has ever wanted to know about Richard Gere’s public relations, and more, Gowdy explainsGowdy on...
  • What (Little) You See of Hillary Is What You’ll Get if She Wins

    07/10/2015 8:40:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/10/2015 | Michael Barone
    It says something about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that it was big news that she submitted herself to an interview with a cable-news journalist. It also says something that the journalist selected for this honor, Brianna Keilar of CNN, was recently a guest at the wedding of the director of grassroots engagement for the Clinton campaign. Makes sense to hedge your risk. To her credit, Keilar did ask some reasonably tough questions and even some follow-ups, before concluding the interview with questions about earth-shaking issues such as who should be on the $10 bill and who is Saturday Night Live’s...
  • Hurrah for the Fourth of July!

    07/08/2015 11:57:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Club for Growth ^ | 7-8-15 | Editorial
    Nobody should be more grateful than Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature for the recent holiday weekend, and not just because they needed a break from the stress of budget-writing—though it’s apparent they did. Things closing last Friday for the Saturday holiday gave the other 5.7 million Wisconsinites a chance to miss the Joint Finance Committee’s extraordinarily ill-advised effort to exempt most communications involving state lawmakers from coverage by open records law. This ham-fisted insult to government transparency was walked back before the weekend was half over, in hopes of minimizing the damage. Which is a good thing, but it leaves...
  • Obama disappears, abandons press corps

    07/05/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 84 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July5. 2015 | BARBARA BOLAND |
    President Obama disappeared abruptly without the press pool after spending Sunday golfing at Andrews Air Force Base. No word on why Obama left without the press. The White House has deferred questions to the Secret Service.
  • Jeb takes a swipe at Hillary by releasing 33 years of personal tax returns

    06/30/2015 5:20:41 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/30/15 | Robert Laurie
    Record-breaking transparency. Jeb takes a swipe at Hillary by releasing 33 years of personal tax returns Don’t look now, but Jeb Bush’s campaign is about to set a record in terms of releasing tax information. This afternoon, Bush will release 33 years’ worth of personal income tax returns via his website. That’s more than any other would-be nominee ever - by a wide margin. Only Bob Dole and John Kerry came close to this total, and the Bush release will outpace both of them by double digits. As the AP reports: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to release 33...
  • The Obamas had a secret party at the White House with Prince, Stevie Wonder

    06/15/2015 2:42:06 PM PDT · by McGruff · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2015 | Kristen Holmes
    Administration officials are remaining tight-lipped on a private party featuring Prince and Stevie Wonder at the White House over the weekend. During Monday's daily briefing, reporters drilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for details on the star-studded event, which was not included in the President's public schedule, but was documented by guests on social media. "The President and First Lady did hold a private party at the White House over the weekend, but given the private nature of that event I don't have a lot of details to discuss from here," Earnest said.
  • The Obamas appear to have hosted a Prince concert, but the White House isn’t talking

    06/15/2015 12:47:27 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/15/15 | Juliet Eilperin
    In subsequent questioning, Earnest said that "the president and first lady paid for the event," although he did not detail the exact cost. The concert audience included prominent business leaders, celebrities, senior administration officials and fashion heavyweights close to the Obamas, according to The New York Post's Page Six. Among them were American Express chairman Ken Chenault, D.C. philanthropist David Rubenstein, fashion designer Naeem Khan and ABC stars Connie Britton and Tracee Ellis Ross. The Wall Street Journal's Carol Lee, who will assume the presidency of the White House Correspondents Association next month, questioned why the administration decided to treat...
  • Angry Obama Vows Vengeance against Trade Bill Opponents [semi-satire]

    06/12/2015 7:14:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Alternating between tears and venom, a stunned President Obama ranted against members of his own Party, calling them "faithless turncoats" and alleging that "they are destroying my credibility with foreign nations," after the House of Representatives voted 302 to 126 against the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act--a provision deemed crucial to the fate of his "fast track" trade legislation. The vote came after a rare personal appearance of President Obama to lobby for the legislation. Erstwhile political ally, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), led Democratic opposition to the President's wishes. She remained unfazed by the President's threat "to make life...
  • WikiLeaks releasing another part of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement [Repubs on suicide watch]

    06/10/2015 6:28:42 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    The Healthcare Annex, according to WikiLeaks, “seeks to regulate state schemes for medicines and medical devices. It forces healthcare authorities to give big pharmaceutical companies more information about national decisions on public access to medicine, and grants corporations greater powers to challenge decisions they perceive as harmful to their interests.” Dr. Deborah Gleeson, who gave professional review and analysis to WikiLeaks said, “The purported aim of the Annex is to facilitate ‘high-quality healthcare’ but the Annex does nothing to achieve this. It is clearly intended to cater to the interests of the pharmaceutical industry.” Gleeson added, “Nor does this do...
  • Obama Goes Full Stalin: Tells Secret Court To Ignore Law He Signed 4 Hours Earlier

    06/09/2015 5:02:41 PM PDT · by Neidermeyer · 33 replies ^ | 06/09/2015 | tyler durden
    Just when we thought the absurdity that marks every single day of Obama's reign could not possibly be surpassed, we learned that 4 hours (3 hours and 47 minutes to be precise) after the US president vowed to sign a new law banning bulk data collection by the NSA (named, for purely grotesque reasons, the "USA Freedom Act"), the Obama administration asked the secret Fisa surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.
  • Wikileaks Exposes Obama’s Phony Trade Bill…Only 5 of 29 Chapters About Trade

    06/01/2015 6:58:04 PM PDT · by blueyon · 55 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 6/01/15 | Steven Ahle
    Wikileaks has gotten their hands on a copy of Obama’s phony TPP trade bill. It contains 29 chapters but only 5 pertain to trade. Wikileaks will be publishing the entire bill and they have already released the chapter on Investment. It’s very interesting. It is written in a such a way as to give multinational companies a huge advantage on trade. If a public hospital is built close to a private one, the private hospital has the right to sue the country for expected losses. That is outrageous. Here is where you can find the chapter on investment: The...
  • How Dishonest is Barack Obama?

    05/30/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies ^ | May 30, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    A week ago Friday was an unusual day for the editorial page of The New York Times. An unsigned editorial in the paper lashed out at the president for his public statements about reengaging in Iraq. A Paul Krugman column attacked the administration’s defense of the new trade agreement. Both pieces said the administration was being … (how shall we say it?) … dishonest. Granted, this was nothing like the language Krugman and the Times typically use to describe Republicans. A few days earlier, Krugman accused Jeb Bush of “cowardice and vileness” with respect to his statements about Iraq. In...
  • Bob Woodward: Obama administration "rat's nest of concealment and Lies"

    10/28/2013 5:45:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Bob Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein brought down President Nixon back in the 70s, has called the Obama administration a a "rat's nest of concealment and lies." He could have well added that it is run like a mafioso family, complete with threats and harsh punishments for not taking an offer you can't refuse. Woodward, himself was threatened, when he exposed that the sequester came from Obama and not the republicans.
  • EU institutions use ‘data privacy’ to stymie transparency

    05/12/2015 6:22:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11 May 2015 17:16 | Honor Mahony
    EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has accused the EU insitutions of being too ready to use the data protection “shield” as an argument against being more transparent. “Data protection is viewed as a major shield against transparency in these institutions. I see it on so many levels,” she said at a public discussion on Brussels lobbying on Wednesday (11 May). She noted that while in some member states a distinction is made between an official acting in their private capacity and acting as a public servant, “that distinction is far too blurred” in Brussels. Her remarks were directed at EU commissioner...
  • Silencing Skeptics, Conservatives and Free Speech

    05/02/2015 12:38:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Our scientific method and traditions of free speech and open debate are under assault as never before, by intolerant inquisitors in our media, universities, government agencies, and even Congress and the Vatican. They threaten our most basic rights and freedoms, our political and scientific processes – and ultimately our continued innovation and invention, energy reliability and affordability, job creation and economic growth, and modern living standards, health and welfare. Congressman Grijalva and Senators Markey, Boxer and Whitehouse sent letters to universities, think tanks and companies, demanding detailed information on skeptics’ funding and activities – in an attempt to destroy their...
  • The Clinton Family’s Proud Tradition of Shamelessly Lying

    04/30/2015 4:30:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 4-30-15 | Jim Geraghty
    Everybody has a particular figure in the news who drives them a little bonkers. You may recall that for some reason, media hosannas for Chelsea Clinton stick in my craw. I’m perfectly happy to see Chelsea Clinton go off and live a happy life as a mom or doing whatever she likes away from the public spotlight. But I’m tired of the media telling us she’s remarkably accomplished in her own right, her keynote addresses to conferences like SXSW, treating her like she’s an A-list celebrity and fascinating figure, the “Woman of the Year” and “Mom of the Year” awards,...
  • The Clinton connection to Russia’s claims on uranium

    04/23/2015 4:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jo Becker,NYT News Service
    The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: "Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World." The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world's largest uranium producers and brought Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is one that...
  • Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Records Regarding Suspicious 2014 New Year's Day Explosion (short title)

    04/03/2015 12:09:15 PM PDT · by Aethelwolf · 7 replies ^ | 04/03/2015
    Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain records regarding its response to the January 1, 2014, explosion of an apartment building in the largely Muslim Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The FOIA lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v U. S. Department of Justice (No.1:14-cv-02212)).
  • Officials: US-Iran agree on preliminary nuke deal but differ on how much can be disclosed

    04/02/2015 8:57:33 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 58 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | April 2, 2015 | MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN
    Iran and and six world powers have agreed on the outlines of an understanding that would open the path to a final phase of nuclear negotiations but are in a dispute over how much to make public, officials told The Associated Press Thursday. The officials spoke outside week-long talks that have busted through a March 31 deadline in an effort to formulate a general statement of what has been accomplished and documents setting down what the sides need to do by the end of June deadline for a deal. Swiss officials facilitating the negotiations set a news conference for later...
  • State Dept. Cancels Daily Press Briefing Three Days in a Row (Panic over Iran talks?)

    04/02/2015 9:14:25 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | DANIEL HALPER | 9:36 AM, Apr 2, 2015
    The State Department has cancelled daily press briefings in Washington, D.C. three days in a row as John Kerry continues to try to strike a nuclear deal with Iran.
  • New Group Backing Jeb Bush Not Required to Disclose Donors

    04/02/2015 4:47:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 4/1/15 | Rebecca Ballhaus
    A former staffer to Jeb Bush established a group earlier this year that can raise money without disclosing its donors, a revelation that has drawn criticism from campaign-finance watchdogs who say the group will allow the likely 2016 candidate to benefit from contributions his campaign might prefer not to disclose. The nonprofit corporation—called Right to Rise Policy Solutions, sharing the same “Right to Rise” name as two other political-action committees raising money for Mr. Bush’s potential campaign—is the latest addition to a group of politically linked organizations not required to disclose their donors. Other potential 2016 candidates, including Louisiana Gov....

    03/27/2015 8:44:52 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2015 | Rich Tucker
    Politicians frequently claim they’ve been misquoted or misunderstood by reporters. See Scott Walker’s spokeswoman’s response to a Wall Street Journal report about his position on amnesty. But there’s a sure way to avoid that: Keep reporters out of the room. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that’s what Gov. Walker did when he spoke this week to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. It was part of a series featuring presidential contenders. “I’d love to tell you what he had to say that was important enough for him to travel thousands of miles from home, but I can’t,” Travis Arbon writes. “The...
  • Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House

    03/25/2015 4:36:21 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 23,2015 | Brody Mullins
    Search giant (GOOGLE) averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration. As the federal government was wrapping up its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., company executives had a flurry of meetings with top officials at the White House and Federal Trade Commission, the agency running the probe. Google co-founder Larry Page met with FTC officials to discuss settlement talks, according to visitor logs and emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt met with Pete Rouse, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, in the White House. The documents don’t show exactly what was discussed...
  • Live up to transparency hype

    03/21/2015 7:23:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    watertown daily times ^ | 3-7-15 | Seattle Times editors
    SEATTLE (Tribune News Service) — President Barack Obama continues to boast that he runs “the most transparent administration in history” with a straight face. But the claim doesn’t even pass the giggle test. His administration has an abysmal record of prosecuting more whistleblowers than any predecessor. His administration’s compliance with the Freedom of Information Act has gotten worse, rather than better, the longer he is in office. And he routinely sidesteps the seasoned White House press corps to sit for interviews with the likes of YouTube stars. Add to the list of transgressions the new disclosure that former Secretary of...
  • US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    03/18/2015 4:50:53 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 3/18/2015 | TED BRIDIS
    For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them 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.
  • White House Move To Exempt Itself From FOIA Regs Raises Eyebrows

    03/17/2015 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 3-17-2015
    The White House’s new rules exempting an administrative office from being subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have raised eyebrows among transparency advocates. The FOIA allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies. In a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish on Tuesday morning, the action to exempt the Office of Administration is listed as a final rule, implying there will be no opportunity for public comment. The notice highlights that the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and...
  • "Most Transparent Administration Ever" Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations

    03/17/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/15
    Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now. As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton's "personal" government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes "official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office." And just like that the lie of Obama's transparency is over, and it couldn't come at a worse time for...
  • White House Office of Administration drops transparency regulation on freedom of information day

    03/16/2015 2:58:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    upi ^ | March 16, 2015 | By Danielle Haynes
    WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- The White House Office of Administration on Monday announced it's deleting regulations subjecting it to the Freedom of Information Act seven years after a federal judge ruled the office doesn't have to comply with the law. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in June 2008 the Office of Administration was not subject to FOIA regulations because it doesn't employ "the type of substantial independent authority that the D.C. Circuit has found sufficient to make an (executive office of the president) component an agency under the FOIA." The Office of Administration provides administrative support and business...
  • Kerry: Public Talks on Deal Will Complicate Iran’s Disarmament

    03/02/2015 3:33:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/15
    US Secretary of State, John Kerry, warned that public talks on the formulating nuclear deal with Iran will make it exceedingly difficult for the US to prevent Ian from developing nuclear abilities. Kerry stated that he is concerned by reports that details of the nuclear talks will be exposed in the next few days. .....
  • White House declines to discuss Obama email account

    03/10/2015 11:23:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 10, 2015 12:47 PM EDT
    White House is declining to say whether President Barack Obama has a private email account like one used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that has sparked a political furor. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Tuesday aboard Air Force One en route with Obama to Atlanta that the White House doesn't discuss Obama’s email account publicly to guard the security of the president’s communications. He said, however, that anything Obama sends or receives is preserved, including his emails with Clinton. …
  • Hillary's Private Email Scandal Goes Deeper

    03/10/2015 7:00:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | March 10, 2015 | John Ransom
    Hillary Clinton is not the first official in the Obama administration to have been caught using private email accounts. And likely she will not be the last. Promising the most transparent administration in the history of the universe, I’m starting to get the idea that perhaps the administration might have a whole bunch of officials – inside and outside the White House -- who are trying to skirt Freedom of Information requirements by claiming their private email addresses are privileged. You might remember Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA. She got bounced in part because she cultivated various...
  • White House: Obama Was Aware Of Clinton’s Email Address

    03/09/2015 11:41:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 3/9/15 | Katherine Miller
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Obama exchanged email with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her time in office and therefore through her personal email account. “The president was referring specifically to the arrangement associated with Secretary Clinton’s email,” Earnest said. “Yes, the president was aware of her email address; he traded emails with her. That shouldn’t be a surprise, that the president of the United States is going to trade emails with the secretary of sta
  • Lindsey Graham: I've never sent an email

    03/09/2015 9:26:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | March 9, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    The South Carolina Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender offered to share everything he's ever sent with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd -- but said there's not really much to turn over. "You can have every email I've ever sent -- I've never sent one," he said. "I don't know what that makes me."
  • Obama administration may have a fourth big scandal

    06/04/2013 11:03:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 4, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The Associated Press has uncovered what may become a vast new scandal for the Obama administration: the possibly widespread use of covert email accounts by political appointees, enabling evasion of sunshine laws designed to protect the public. Jack Gillium of AP reports: Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery:...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Off-the-Books Mail Server Was in Her House, Registered to a Non-Existent Man

    03/04/2015 7:20:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Hayward
    Stage 2 of the Hillary email scandal has been achieved, as yesterday’s “confused old lady who didn’t understand how email works” defense utterly collapsed with the Associated Press’ discovery that Clinton’s mail server was located in her house (her estate in Chappaqua, to be exact — the one she had to settle for because she was “dead broke” after Bill left office) and was registered under the name of a man who does not appear to exist.
  • Email Issue Revives Old Questions About Clintons

    03/03/2015 9:00:42 PM PST · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Julie Pace
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency - the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades. The latest disclosure, that Clinton used a personal email account while serving as secretary of state, comes on the cusp of her likely second bid for president. Combined with recent news about her family foundation raising money from foreign governments while she was at the State Department, it added fresh fuel Tuesday to the longstanding charge the Clintons play by their own rules. "Does she believe that leadership means acting outside the law?" said...
  • Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules

    03/02/2015 6:36:50 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 99 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 2, 2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules for Internet Providers

    02/28/2015 4:10:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Inc ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ann Flaherty
    The new rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission are a win for smaller Internet-based companies. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission. The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are "unjust or unreasonable," represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic,...
  • There’s already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality (FCC wants to regulate )

    02/27/2015 6:00:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    washington Post ^ | February 27 at 6:30 AM | By Brian Fung
    <p>Why won't they release the rules?!?!</p> <p>It's been less than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the leading question coming from its critics.</p> <p>Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post  have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.</p>
  • Rand Paul: 'Alarming' that the Fed is trying to stop audit

    02/12/2015 8:31:25 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 51 replies ^ | 2/11/2015 | Joseph Lawler
    Sen. Rand Paul isn't happy that the Federal Reserve is mobilizing against his legislation that would subject the central bank's monetary policy decisions to an audit. "It is alarming that the Federal Reserve, which was granted Monopoly money-making power, is now specifically trying to stop my legislation," the Kentucky Republican wrote in a column published by the conservative publication Breitbart Tuesday. "The Fed, with unlimited ability to print money, now prints that money to lobby against congressional oversight," Paul added. "It is a disgrace and every citizen in the land should rise up and say: We the people are in...