Open government

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 - 4:35 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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FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt listen to questions as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented around-the-clock armed security protection on his very first day at the agency. EPA’s internal watchdog disclosed new details on Monday about the pricey security arrangements taken to protect Pruitt in letters sent to two Democratic senators. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
May 15, 2018 - 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is opening an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of multiple email accounts. Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in a letter released Tuesday that his office will review the matter, the latest in a series of...
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May 08, 2018 - 1:55 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 17, 2018 - 2:32 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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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 - 9:09 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 - 6:40 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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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, walks with other members of Congress to the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, to begin a vote on a short term spending bill to reopen the government. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
January 22, 2018 - 6:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Congress has approved a bipartisan agreement to re-open the federal government after a three-day partial shutdown. The House approved the bill, 266-150, hours after the Senate backed it, 81-18. President Donald Trump is...
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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 - 5:05 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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Myanmar Security Advisor U Thaung Tun address U.N. Security Council meeting on Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, Thursday Sept. 28, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
September 29, 2017 - 1:39 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council's first open meeting on Myanmar in eight years highlighted the body's deep divisions: China and Russia supported the Southeast Asian country's government while the U.S., Britain and France demanded an end to ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya Muslim...
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Myanmar Security Advisor U Thaung Tun address U.N. Security Council meeting on Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, Thursday Sept. 28, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
September 29, 2017 - 1:14 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council's first open meeting on Myanmar in eight years has highlighted the body's deep divisions. China and Russia supported the Southeast Asian country's government while the U.S., Britain and France demanded an end to ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya Muslim...
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