Archive | July, 2014

Brian Terry Murder Suspect Extradited From Mexico

Just a coincidence that on the day it’s announced that a federal court has ordered the Justice Department to initiate the process of turning over withheld Fast and Furious documents, the Justice Department announces another defendant in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder has been extradited to face charges. According to a Justice Department news release, Ivan […]

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Federal Court Releases Hold on Fast & Furious Docs Case

An interim victory for the conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, which is suing the Obama administration over withheld Fast and Furious documents: a federal judge has lifted a 16-month delay in the Freedom of Information lawsuit. That means the Department of Justice must turn over an index describing all of the material it’s been holding […]

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Did Feds Improperly Classify for Political Reasons?

A new investigation by the Center for Public Integrity highlights the allegedly improper use of “classification” to squelch materials for political reasons. According to the story, 55-year old James E. Doyle’s supervisor stopped by his desk at Los Alamos National Laboratory one day last year and told him that senior managers wanted copies of all […]

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HealthCare.gov’s Costly Flubs

The federal government’s botched handling of HealthCare.gov cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report by the General Accountability Office (GAO). The report will be officially presented tomorrow to a House subcommittee. The GAO report faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), […]

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How Many Pregnant Women Are Detained by Immigration & Customs?

It took seven long months, but my friends at Fusion finally heard back from the federal government in response to a Freedom of Information Request regarding pregnant women detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. True, it was only a partial response to the FOI request, but that’s better than many journalists get. According to Fusion, […]

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Supporting Independent Investigative Reporting

A few of you have asked if you can donate to this web site to support independent reporting. I very much appreciate the sentiment but here are some alternatives. Please note that a portion of the proceeds of my book “Stonewalled” will support the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. One fearless program in particular […]

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Effects of Mexican Violence Again Spill into U.S.

On Wednesday, three heavily-armed Mexican police officers from the city of Juarez improperly crossed into the U.S., apparently in pursuit of Mexican cop killers. The murder suspects had shot and killed a Juarez police officer and wounded another in an ambush near the U.S.-Mexico border. A 16-year old Mexican girl was also shot in the […]

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Do Republicans Face Political Peril if Obamacare Subsidies are Deemed Illegal in 27 States?

Four million people in 27 states received a subsidy on federally-run Obamacare exchanges and are getting an average of 76% of their premium paid for courtesy of federal taxpayers. Those subsidies, in the future, could be impacted by the case now moving through the courts. As a reminder: this week in a 2-1 decision, the DC Court of […]

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How Secretive is Your State on Executive Orders?

Before he was president, Barack Obama criticized supposed overuse of executive orders. Now that he’s the nation’s chief executive officer, he has embraced executive orders as a way to accomplish his policy objectives when Congress doesn’t agree with him.  That’s now the subject of a planned lawsuit by Republican House Speaker John Boehner. But U.S. […]

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EPA Stonewalling on Fracking Pollution

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a new report about fracking air pollution. A subplot that’s most interesting in the article is the stonewalling the CPI and its partners faced at the hands of the EPA. Like other federal entities, the EPA has proven to jealously covet information that actually belongs to the public, according […]

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