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July 18, 2017

By Tim Farnsworth

Congress Has Constitutional Mandate to Investigate



Danielle Brian testifies before Congress Congress and the executive branch are not only capable of conducting concurrent investigations, they have successfully done so in the past.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 15, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Understanding the Anti-Lobbying Law



White House and Capitol Hill Despite the plain language of anti-lobbying bans, a narrow interpretation by the DOJ has given executive branch employees a lot of leeway in influencing the legislative process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 1, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

A Special Counsel Shouldn’t Keep Congress from Investigating



Capitol Building Congressional investigations can bring to light important information that would have been left unaddressed by a criminal investigation.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 1, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Releases Ethics Waivers After Battle with OGE



White House Ethics Waiver The White House reversed its decision to fight the Office of Government Ethics over the release of government ethics records the day after POGO requested that it should proactively release copies of ethics waivers on public websites.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 24, 2017

By Justin Rood

Martin Hellman: Congress Should Determine Facts About Chem Attack in Syria



syria missile One of Congress's responsibilities is to check and balance executive power. Stanford professor Martin Hellman argues in a recent article that it should act on that responsibility by examining the intelligence Trump used to justify bombing Syria.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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