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May 21, 2018

By Katherine Hawkins

Enhanced Evasion Techniques



Gina Haspel swearing in As Gina Haspel assumes office, we have no reason to trust that she will oppose abuses of the CIA’s covert action powers, or preserve evidence that reflects badly on the CIA or the White House.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

May 17, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: Cashing in on Connections



Businesspeople shake hands with money What may be most shocking of all is, current laws regulating lobbying are so painfully weak that Cohen’s potential influence-peddling may have been legal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 11, 2018

By Mort Rosenberg

Why Congressional Inquiries Trump Federal Investigations



Comey memos DOJ When the Justice Department shared former FBI Director James Comey’s Trump-related memos with Congress, executive branch defenders were outraged. They’re wrong, and here’s why.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 10, 2018

By Sean Moulton

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (or a Scientist’s Lab Coat)



A scientist in a labcoat redacts data in a book The EPA’s claims its new science policy will increase transparency, but it will actually severely limit the scientific information the agency can use to keep the public safe.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 7, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: Blankenship’s Battles



Don Blankenship There are tens of thousands of documents that could tell the storied history of rags-to-riches, up-from-the-hollow U.S. Senate candidate and lifelong coal baron Don Blankenship. But you really only need to look at one sheet of paper with a long list of nam

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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