Open government

July 13, 2018 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency assigns public-records requests from environmental groups or others that it sees as "politically charged" to special internal review, a top agency official told congressional staffers investigating the actions of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. EPAemails show Administrator Pruitt's top aides were told to review public records releases under the Freedom of Information Act. The emails from EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson and a top legal counsel lay out a system for Pruitt's political appointees to review any FOIA record releases. A senior House Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, says he’s concerned Pruitt is avoiding releasing public records. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 11, 2018 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information Act, according to EPA emails disclosed Monday by a senior House Democrat...
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May 08, 2018 - 12:55 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Worried about increasingly aggressive tactics, civil liberties groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday for records of immigration enforcement actions to get a clearer picture of what's happened since Republican President Donald Trump...
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April 30, 2018 - 7:45 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigations of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The chairman of a committee investigating Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says the House will subpoena the owner of a political publication based in Jefferson City...
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April 17, 2018 - 1:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a Senate committee is pressing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to explain his use of multiple government email addresses. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso asked Pruitt to disclose all his email...
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In this frame grab from a Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, video on the Twitter feed of the Douglas County, Colo., Sheriffs Department, Sheriff Tony Spurlock speaks to subscribers to explain the incident in which a deputy was gunned down responding to a call on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The high-profile case illustrates how law enforcement agencies are increasingly lockstep in their approach to controlling the narrative after incidents. (Douglas County, Colo., Sheriffs via AP)
March 14, 2018 - 11:36 am
DENVER (AP) — It opens with a warning: This video contains footage from real police body cameras. Viewer discretion is advised. Then, an introduction: "I would like you to hear from me, what happened," Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock says, facing the camera. The next eight minutes provide a...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file image made from a video provided by KATC-TV middle-school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave is handcuffed by a city marshal after complying with a marshal's orders to leave a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting in Abbeville, La., west of New Orleans. Louisiana’s attorney general sued a local school board Thursday, March 8, 2018, over a meeting disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of Hargrave being roughly handcuffed on a hallway floor after she criticized the district superintendent’s pay raise. Attorney General Jeff Landry’s lawsuit accuses the Vermilion Parish School Board and its members of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law by stifling public debate at the Jan. 8 meeting. (KATC-TV via AP, File)
March 08, 2018 - 8:09 pm
KAPLAN, La. (AP) — Louisiana's attorney general sued a local school board Thursday over a meeting disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of a teacher being roughly handcuffed on a hallway floor after she criticized the district superintendent's pay raise. Attorney General Jeff Landry's lawsuit...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2015, file photo, Colt Killian, left, and Rob Cox manipulate radioactive material remotely behind a protective barrier at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Energy doesn't need to make public documents involving spent commercial nuclear fuel shipments to eastern Idaho sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)
February 07, 2018 - 5:40 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials don't have to provide details about proposed shipments of extremely radioactive spent commercial nuclear fuel to the country's top government nuclear research laboratory in Idaho, a federal court has ruled. The ruling was a major setback to a lawsuit filed by...
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FILE - This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building in Washington. The EPA says an internal task force appointed to revamp how the nation's most polluted sites are cleaned up generated no record of its deliberations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 20, 2017 - 9:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says an internal task force appointed to revamp how the nation's most polluted sites are cleaned up generated no record of its deliberations. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in May announced the creation of a Superfund Task Force that he said...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, left, accompanied by Vice-Chair Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, speaks during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The information coming out of President Donald Trump’s commission to investigate voter fraud has frustrated not only reporters and senators but now even members of the commission. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 22, 2017 - 4:05 pm
President Donald Trump's advisory commission on election integrity has integrity questions of its own — with some of its own members raising concerns about its openness. This past week, two members fired off letters to commission staff complaining about a lack of information about the panel's...
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