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March 13, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational ma

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

March 13, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Trump’s Trademarks Pose Ethics Challenge for the Executive Branch



Trump President Trump has trademark litigation before an executive branch panel—these judges ultimately work for Trump. Can they neutrally preside over a case involving him?

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 3, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Trump’s Dangerous Prescription for the FDA



President Trump addressing a joint session of Congress, with VP Mike Pence and Rep. Paul Ryan seated behind him, clapping. President Donald Trump called the FDA drug approval process slow and burdensome, but the evidence he cited could point to the opposite conclusion. Slashing regulatory restraints as he proposed could pose medical and financial hazards.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Public Health and Science

February 22, 2017

By Ned Feder, M.D.

Let There Be Light: The FDA's Surprising New Policy



FDA Shrouded in Darkness - the Food and Drug Administration building and sign The Food and Drug Administration has a brand-new policy bringing greater transparency regarding the agency's advisory committee members. The increased transparency will help address concerns over these members' conflicts of interest and the advice they giv

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Public Health and Science

February 10, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Bipartisan Leadership of House Oversight Committee Urges Punishment of Conway



Kellyanne Conway portrait House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings asked that the Office of Government Ethics recommend disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway after her public endorsement of the Ivanka Trump br

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Topics: Government Accountability

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