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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

May 2, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

How House Intel Committee’s Russia Investigation Turned into a Cautionary Tale



HPSCI redacted Russia report We must learn from the failings of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation to make future oversight efforts better.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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