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  • The most [REDACTED] administration in history

    Good news: thanks to a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, the "most transparent administration in history" is going to have to tell American citizens when it believes it's legally entitled to kill them.

  • Judicial Watch sues HHS for documents on faulty Obamacare '834' insurance forms

    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing the Department of Health and Human Services for information about the federal health care website's flawed "834" forms after HHS ignored a Freedom of Information Act request. Judicial Watch filed a Dec. 20 FOIA request for documents related to the forms,...

  • Despite Obamacare's woes, many high-ranking CMS employees got raises, data show

    Despite controversial delays in Obamacare and costly problems with its healthcare.gov website, most officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were paid more last year than the year before, newly released data show. CMS, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is...

  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and...

  • Rick Scott's office: Ask employees for records, not us

    The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is making a unique legal argument when it comes to handing over public records: Get it from the employees, not us.

  • Va. justices: Academic emails can be withheld

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative group's attempt to obtain a University of Virginia climate researcher's emails. The justices said retired Arlington Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan was right when he ruled that Michael Mann's emails are...

  • Watchdog group sues EPA for text messages from top officials

    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency seeking text messages from top officials after the agency denied a Freedom of Information Act request for the records. The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed the FOIA request in December for messages sent to and from...

  • Scott Walker signs asbestos trust transparency bill

    MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed Assembly Bill 19 on Thursday, which requires plaintiffs to disclose claims they have filed or anticipate filing against asbestos trusts to prevent double-dipping and ensure solvency of the asbestos trust. Assembly Bill 19 was...

  • Judicial Watch sues HHS for documents on healthcare.gov security, hardship exemption

    Watchdog group Judicial Watch has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for documents about Obamacare and healthcare.gov, after HHS denied two Freedom of Information Act requests the group filed for the documents.

  • FOIA exemptions provide ample cover for bureaucrats hiding agency secrets, transparency advocates say

    Black columns run vertically down 700 pages, devoid of any information about the federal workers who spent thousands of hours doing union work while on the government payroll. This is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. In...

  • Shaming tight-lipped bureaucrats on Veterans Affairs issues could improve transparency, open government advocates say

    Shaming the Department of Veterans Affairs for its closed-mouthed tactics through a new congressional website is a unique tactic that will ratchet up pressure on all agencies to be more transparent, media and open government advocates say. Whether it works remains to be seen. The House...

  • Justices deny Del. court appeal over secrecy

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes. Lower courts had agreed with a Delaware open government group that the 2009 law allowing violated the...

  • AP photographer hits White House: 'Once we lose access, we'll never get it back'

    The Associated Press has stepped up its attack on White House efforts to block coverage of events involving President Obama, warning that once access is cut, “we'll never get it back.” In the latest media charge that the White House has reneged on promises to be “transparent,” two of...

  • Washington Examiner files lawsuit against CFPB for withholding renovation documents

    A federal lawsuit was filed today by the Washington Examiner seeking 335 pages of public documents withheld by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about its costly renovation of an office building near the White House. The Examiner filed a civil complaint against the CFPB under the...

  • Examiner Editorial: Transparency is vital all year, not just in Sunshine Week

    Sunday is James Madison’s birthday. He is justly known as the “Father of the Constitution” for his work in Philadelphia at the constitutional convention, as a co-author of The Federalist Papers, and for securing adoption of the Bill of Rights in the first Congress. But Madison is also...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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