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June 16, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Limits Placed on Congressional Oversight



Judge hammering a gavel A new memo released by the executive branch’s Office of Legal Counsel attempts to establish a more restrictive policy regarding federal agencies responses to Congressional oversight inquiries. POGO, Members of Congress, and others are strongly criticizing this executive overreach.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 2, 2017

By Justin Rood

White House Silence to Lawmakers' Requests Raises Eyebrows, Questions



White House and Capitol Hill Trump reportedly told his agencies to ignore questions from Congressional Democrats. But is he any different from his predecessors?

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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

May 23, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

Investigation Pro-Tips from the Church Committee’s Chief Counsel



Photo of Special Senate Committee on Intelligence Operations Fritz Schwarz, Jr., on what made the Church Committee work—and why Congressional investigations today are harder.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 19, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

What to Look For Next: Leak Investigations and More Attacks on the Press



Freedom of the press The administration has signaled it wants to aggressively go after the press and its sources. Congress should push back on attacks on the First Amendment.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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