Open government

FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, a police officer wears a newly-issued body camera outside in New York. In 2018, the New York City Police Department, the nation’s largest, stopped releasing body camera video after a police union successfully argued in court that they were confidential personnel records. But the department vowed in February 2019 to continue releasing video of officer-involved shootings after an appeals court ruled that the union’s argument “would defeat the purpose of the body-worn-camera program.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
March 13, 2019 - 2:14 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The video is brief but disturbing: An officer is seen striking an unarmed suspect with his pistol as the man falls into the grass. An autopsy would later show he died from a gunshot to the back of the head. After the death last July of 26-year-old Daniel Fuller in Devils Lake...
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March 05, 2019 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of congressional leaders said Tuesday that the Interior Department's plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and potentially violate the Freedom of Information Act. In a letter sent to Acting Interior Secretary David...
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A youth, right, who was injured in clashes with Venezuelan National Guardsmen, who are blocking the entry of U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid on the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, is carried by medics to a safe zone in La Parada, Colombia, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. The delivery of humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation has faltered amid strong resistance from security forces who remain loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
February 25, 2019 - 9:38 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an open meeting Tuesday on the latest events in Venezuela at the request of the United States. U.N. political chief Rosemary DiCarlo is expected to brief the...
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February 25, 2019 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who long oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is warning against leveling public allegations against people when there's not enough evidence to prosecute them. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's comments at an event Monday come as Mueller's Russia...
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The Capitol is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in Washington, as a partial government shutdown heads into a second week, Friday night, Dec. 28, 2018. Both chambers of Congress are gone, likely leaving the impasse till next week when the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 31, 2018 - 7:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington. The House is...
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The White House is seen, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Washington. The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 31, 2018 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. government shutdown (all times local): 11:45 a.m. House Democrats are unveiling legislation to reopen the government without money for President Donald Trump's border wall. The House is preparing to vote on the package Thursday when the new Congress convenes...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 file photo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, talks to reporters as Congress tries to pass legislation that would avert a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington. Pelosi and President Donald Trump both think they have public sentiment on their side in the battle over a border wall. That theory will be put the test this week when the new House Democratic majority led by Pelosi gavels into session with legislation to end the government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 31, 2018 - 4:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abraham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It's a theory that will be put to the test when the new House Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end the government shutdown without money for President Donald Trump's border wall...
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This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Larry Earvin, a former inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt Sterling, Ill. Ervian died in May from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen following an "altercation with correctional staff," according to the death certificate from Clinton County in southern Illinois. The death has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy obtained by The Associated Press. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)
November 18, 2018 - 3:06 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of an inmate following an "altercation with correctional staff" at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. Larry Earvin died from...
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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 23, 2018 - 11:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to cast fresh doubt Monday on the federal investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it a "fraud and a hoax designed to target Trump" and demanding an immediate end to the "Witch Hunt." Trump also said...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Gov. Eric Greitens leaves the civil courts building in St. Louis, Mo., after speaking with reporters after a felony invasion-of-privacy case against him was dismissed. In Missouri, Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill that would make clear that personal social media pages and messages sent through digital platforms such as Confide and Signal are public records as long as they relate to official business. The legislation arose because of a controversy involving use of the Confide app by Greitens, who resigned in June amid a series of scandals. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
July 22, 2018 - 2:10 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The growing popularity of digital tools that can make text and email messages vanish may be welcome to Americans seeking to guard their privacy, but open government advocates fear they are being misused by public officials. Some are using them to conduct business in secret...
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