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mexicomaria

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 11:19:54 AM

Pres. Obama's call for Transparency

"Transparency is the touchstone of this administration."

I thought we could talk here about all the examples of transparency in the Obama administration.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 3:04:10 AM

State Department slammed in investigation

10-16-14

"An official in the inspector general’s office told The Washington Times at the time that its own probe had been launched into eight “allegations of quashing” by department higher-ups, stemming from a 2012 review of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security."
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 10:46:10 AM

.....and we all knew the Pentagon had secrets
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 9:37:41 AM

‘Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.' Hanlon's Razor.

And the Obama Misadministration is nothing if not incompetent...

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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 9:35:40 AM

How much do Obama's fundraising trips cost? ..... Mum's the word






"From the way the White House vehemently refuses to disclose information on the costs of presidential political travel and calculations on reimbursing the government, you might think they were state secrets.

As President Obama embarks Thursday on a three-day Democratic fundraising trip to California, the White House again refuses an umpteenth request from CBS News for the political travel information.




"As in other administrations, we follow all rules and regulations to ensure that the DNC or other relevant political committee pays what is required for the president to travel to political events," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

But repeated requests are turned down for a breakdown of the costs and an explanation and specific examples of how the White House calculates how much is paid by taxpayers and how much must be reimbursed to the government by the Democratic National Committee or others.



There's absolutely nothing in the information related to national security. It wouldn't do ISIS a bit of good if it got hold of the information.

Very simply, the White House doesn't want to disclose the material because it might be embarrassing and would draw lots of criticism, which Mr. Obama can do without.

The White House is right that its predecessors also refused to divulge official information on the costs of presidential political travel. CBS News has been seeking the data since the beginning of the Clinton administration."HOWEVER....... just as recently at last month the President said this....:

"Citizens rightly demand more responsiveness, more openness, more transparency, more accountability from their governments," lectured Mr. Obama last month to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly."







I guess that "touchstone" is getting a little warm right about now"....



[Edited by: reb4 at 10/13/2014 9:36:06 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Exclusive: Feds take jobs from disabled workers, send them to central Asia

10-9-14

AbilityOne program workers were laid off from their jobs due to a little-known change in federal procurement rules that encourages military forces in Afghanistan to buy from manufacturers and brokers in Central Asia. Other organizations for the blind and disabled have also been hit hard. The change was "intended to provide a lift to allies' depressed economies, but critics cite a lack of transparency."
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 11:03:14 AM

Pulling an IRS, EPA reportedly loses text messages now sought in requests.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 5:50:36 AM

HealthCare.gov Still Suffers From Lack of Transparency

10-7-2014

"The new chief executive of HealthCare.gov, Kevin Counihan, is setting expectations really high for the website’s performance during its second year of open enrollment, set to begin in mid-November. In an interview with Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News, Mr. Counihan said his goal was to create a consumer experience so satisfying that it would result in “raving fans” for the insurance shopping site

But here’s one big hurdle: The site still won’t have any tools to allow consumers to see which doctors and hospitals are covered by individual insurance plans. Mr. Counihan told Mr. Wayne that HealthCare.gov would not change to allow consumers to comparison shop on insurance plan networks."

Given HealthCare.gov’s difficulties with basic functions last year, it’s understandable that the government is focusing on core tasks, rather than adding new tools. But the continued challenges consumers will face comparing networks could undermine a key underpinning of the marketplaces — that people should be able to shop for insurance products the way they do for airline tickets or electronics, comparing prices and features in order to select the plan that’s right for them. Who will rave about a market without transparency?"

This article is well-written--read it. It doesn't "attack" Obamacare, for those of you who support Obama, but it more or less discusses it and some of the positive things that it has going with it. I would love to see this author write about many of the important issues we have today--maybe her articles would cause readers with opposing beliefs to try to be a little more understanding of each other.
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 10:50:05 AM

It is just a word. People can say anything these days and not be held accountable if it is not true.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 4:57:00 AM

Judicial Watch Sues DHS For Information Surrounding Release of 36,000 Criminal Aliens

10-2-14

"Government watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for information surrounding the release of 36,000 criminal aliens into American communities earlier this year. The lawsuit comes after DHS officials failed to respond to a May 15, 2014 FOIA request in the amount of time required by law.

In the lawsuit, Judicial Watch is seeking "Any and all records of communications including, but not limited to, emails and memoranda, to or from personnel in the office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (including its component offices, such as the Office of Public Affairs), from May 1 to May 15, 2014, concerning, regarding, or related to the report published by the Center for Immigrations Studies concerning the release of 36,000 criminal aliens."

The initial FOIA request came after a report from the Center for Immigration Studies showed tens-of-thousands of violent criminal aliens, including those with convictions of rape, murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, drunk driving, vehicle theft and more, were set free."

With this administration, truth is stranger than fiction.

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mweyant
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 3:19:33 AM

Issa: EPA still blocking watchdog investigations

10-2-14

"House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) blasted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, claiming it had failed to take steps to allow a federal watchdog to conduct investigations.

EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins and his staff have testified three times before Congress since May that the EPA’s homeland security office blocked access to information, impeding probes into employee misconduct.

“Unfortunately, it appears that EPA has not resolved these issues, and thus the work of the OIG continues to be compromised,” Issa wrote in a Thursday letter to EPA head Gina McCarthy."
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reb4
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 9:05:58 AM

Journalists Criticize White House For 'Secrecy'
By MICHAEL TARM - Sep. 17, 2014

"CHICAGO (AP) — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

Criticism of President Barack Obama's administration on the issue of openness in government came on the last day of a three-day joint convention of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers.

"The White House push to limit access and reduce transparency has essentially served as the secrecy road map for all kinds of organizations — from local and state governments to universities and even sporting events," Brian Carovillano, AP managing editor for U.S. news, said during a panel discussion.

James Risen, a New York Times reporter who is facing potential jail time as he battles government efforts to force him to testify at the trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, also spoke at the conference. Risen said intense pressure on reporters and their sources is having a chilling effect on newsgathering.

He spoke of scaring one source just by going to his home and knocking on the front door.

"He opened the door and he turned white," Risen said. "He marches me back through the kitchen (to a back exit) and said, "'Go out that way.'""


[Edited by: reb4 at 9/26/2014 9:06:39 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 6:55:53 AM

EPIC Files FOIA Lawsuit For Reports on Electronic Voting Reliability

9-11-14

"EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain test reports about an online voting program promoted by the Department of Defense. The records sought relate to the functionality and security of electronic voting systems. The California Secretary of State, Members of Congress, and voting rights advocates have tried to obtain these documents, but DOD has kept them secret even after promising public disclosure in 2012."
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reb4
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:44:06 AM

Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

By Marisa Schultz September 15, 2014
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.
Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.
“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told The Daily Signal, the news outlet for the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The seventh floor is where Clinton — then Secretary of State — and her top advisers had offices. “I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”






Wonder who gave those Orders...



[Edited by: reb4 at 9/16/2014 10:44:39 AM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 12:35:29 PM

White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis’ Schedule


"The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama.

New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager to give up.

As TheDC previously reported, Solis illegally fundraised for the Obama campaign and headlined a Latino-themed Obama fundraiser while on a trip in her official capacity as a Cabinet member, which is forbidden by the Hatch Act. "

They are transparent to what they want you to know...
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jeskibuff
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From reb4's post: >President Obama himself has claimed, “This is the most transparent administration in history,” and his press secretaries have echoed that boast on multiple occasions.<

And remember that WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently stated how the world is now in a more tranquil state because of Obozo's policies? Uh...REALLY? Rockets flying back-and-forth between Israel and Gaza, Iraq rapidly falling apart, Libya in chaos, Russian troops battling Ukranians...hey Obozo...just because you can't hear the explosions when you're out on #15 fairway doesn't mean the entire world is peaceful.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2014 9:14:05 PM

Atkinson: Obama Admin refusing to tell Congress where Illegal children went
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reb4
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:38:40 PM

Despite boasts, Obama team shuns transparency

From Indystar

Jeffery M. McCall 12:52 p.m. EDT August 22, 2014
"The U.S. system of government relies on citizens having full access to information that can be used in self-governance. Journalists and other First Amendment advocates were enthused when the Obama administration came into office with convincing statements about transparency and open government. President Obama himself has claimed, “This is the most transparent administration in history,” and his press secretaries have echoed that boast on multiple occasions.

Showboating about transparency and executing it are different things, as the journalistic community is now pointing out. Representatives of 38 journalism organizations sent a letter last month to President Obama, complaining about a lack of government transparency. The lead signature was by David Cuillier, president of the highly regarded Society of Professional Journalists."


[Edited by: reb4 at 8/25/2014 11:40:31 PM EST]
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mweyant
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White House meddling in records requests? Suit claims agencies locked down documents

8-19-14

"Last month, a coalition of free press groups wrote to the White House complaining about what they described as growing censorship throughout federal agencies, adding to the growing chorus of concerns about the administration targeting reporters and restricting access.

In March, the Associated Press published a lengthy investigative report that found: "The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act." The report also found the government in 2013 "cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times -- a 57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama's first year, when it cited that reason 3,658 times."

The White House, for its part, has vowed more transparency but notes it is processing information requests, declassifying records and releasing information on White House visitors

Cause of Action says its own investigations reveal the White House is “demanding” that agencies turn over congressional and Freedom of Information Act requests and related documents."
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 1:18:07 PM

Topic: Transparency

--.. is NOT the hallmark of the Obama administration. Opacity is more like it.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:50:34 AM

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions




"When President Obama announced in June that he planned to bypass congressional gridlock and overhaul the nation’s immigration system on his own, he did so in a most public way: a speech in the White House Rose Garden.

Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view."

By the way... .





from the Whitehouse..




"Transparency and Open Government

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government.

Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperateamong themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within 120 days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive, to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum. The independent agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA"

[Edited by: reb4 at 8/19/2014 9:51:33 AM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 8:54:53 AM

Obama maintains busy fundraising schedule, even when crises occur - excludes Press

Read this... From the president that wanted his administration to be open and transparent......





"Although Obama has a long way to go to become fundraiser in chief, it is becoming less clear what is happening at these events. According to CBS' Mark Knoller, out of the 40 fundraisers hosted by Obama in 2014 so far, 17 of them were closed to the press. Half were open to the White House pool of print reporters, albeit with no Q&As, while just three were open for TV coverage. In these closed press fundraisers, the White House pool members are briefed on the ticket prices and number of attendees.

The increasing number and secrecy of these events is a troubling proposition for those who monitor the level of fundraising presidents undertake. Brendan Doherty, an associate professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, has chronicled the rise of political fundraisers in his book, "The Rise of the President's Permanent Campaign." He says that fundraising is only going to become a bigger and bigger part of the president's job — distracting him from other matters.

"The president's time is his scarcest resource," Doherty says. "By forgoing other activities to fundraise, there is a definite shift in presidential resources.""


Re listen to the video to the original posters link.

All I can say is ... not happening....

[Edited by: reb4 at 7/28/2014 8:56:29 AM EST]
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the lack of communication between the White House and Congress as "stunning." He said he first learned many details of Obama's border request from news reports. Obama is the "only person in America who can sign something into law and help bring members of his party on board for an outcome on a given piece of legislation that requires bipartisan support," McConnell said in an interview. "So it's a mystery, but that's the way they operate." Several Democratic lawmakers echoed McConnell but spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid alienating the president of their party. They said they were baffled by the White House's tactics in handling the border request. Several Democrats expressed frustration that the president and administration officials weren't more involved in legislative fights.
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mweyant
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Press banned from moon landing celebration

7-24-14

and this from a Washington Post blog addressing the same event:

After the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, a case for more footprints

7-21-14

This wasn't an event to arouse national security concerns. Why couldn't the press attend?
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:45:43 AM

Sounds very secretive and evasive to me...
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 5:06:01 AM

Washington Post responds to blast from White House

7-21-14

blog containing many actual quotes

"At today’s White House briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest expressed some displeasure with The Washington Post. Asked about a story in The Post asserting that the White House had specific warnings about the ongoing border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, Earnest ripped, “I’d first point out that you’re asking about a story that’s based entirely on anonymous sources, so that should be reflected in the record.”

Headlined “Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis,” the story — under the bylines of David Nakamura, Jerry Markon and Manuel Roig-Franzia — pointed to a 41-page report from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) that “raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.”

The first individual quoted in the piece isn’t a “senior administration official” or a “former administration official” or “someone with knowledge of the White House’s thinking” or even “a source who spoke on condition of anonymity out of pure cowardice.” It is a fully named man:Federal officials viewed the situation as a “local problem,” said Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief who led the UTEP study. The research, conducted last year, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and published in March. A broader crisis was “not on anyone’s radar,” Manjarrez added, even though “it was pretty clear this number of kids was going to be the new baseline.”

And sure, there’s some anonymous sourcing in there too, for example:“There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” said one former senior federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal operations."

Every administration, no matter which one, needs to have organizations in place, whether they be arms of Congress, or news agencies, that hold them accountable. Lots of whining here . . .


[Edited by: mweyant at 7/22/2014 5:13:25 AM EST]
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>>: easy to notice or understand<<

~

I guess some will say that makes Obama head of the most transparent administration in American history.

WE certainly have noticed most of his failures to live up to his oath to uphold and defend our Constitution against ALL ENEMIES both foreign and domestic. And it is clearly understood that his goal of 'fundamentally changing America" is within reach. Unfortunate but none the less, true.

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 11:32:50 AM

trans·par·ent adjective \tran(t)s-'per-?nt\
: able to be seen through

: easy to notice or understand
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mweyant
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Is this transparency?

Senator Dick Durbin - "What we’re talking about is reasonable content neutral regulation."

re: S.J.Res.19 - A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

Okay, define "reasonable." Whose definition of "reasonable" will stand?

Dems struggle to show anti-Koch amendment is 'reasonable'

article is from 6-26-14 and labeled "opinion"



[Edited by: mweyant at 7/15/2014 1:11:04 AM EST]
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:52:50 PM

Wow, Franken is dissing Obama? wow, hope it';s not for show or votes for himself. Persoanlly, I never cared for him on SNL or any other program. He's not much better than Michael Moore.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:31:25 PM

For the growth in transparency look here.

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reb4
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:11:42 PM

td, Franken knows how to read, and he wrote for SNL...

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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 2:47:17 AM

reb4, I'm surprised, I didn't know Al Franken could read and write...
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FDA recommendations on tobacco grants prompt transparency concerns

7-11-14

"Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended that millions of dollars in research grants be awarded to scientists serving on its tobacco advisory committee, even as it rejected several projects deemed by a National Institutes of Health panel to have greater scientific merit, according to confidential scores reviewed by Reuters.

That has raised hackles among some researchers who were passed over. They argue that FDA officials may have favored the outside experts who counsel the agency on tobacco-related regulatory matters, and that the process lacked transparency."
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Senators Call On Obama For More Transparency In The Intelligence Community




"Two senators who scolded the intelligence community for failing to provide a sufficient transparency report are taking their complaints to the White House.

Senators Al Franken and Dean Heller asked President Barack Obama “to support stronger transparency provisions” in a letter Tuesday. The bipartisan pair urged Obama to endorse their proposed additions to the USA FREEDOM Act that would require the intelligence community to disclose estimates of how many people had their information collected, and how many of those people were Americans."

[Edited by: reb4 at 7/11/2014 10:28:03 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 8:27:02 AM

transparency = "I'm not here for photo ops"

'but I like selfies' and "did you get me sinking the 8-ball to win in Denver?"

I'm intimate with the situation on the border

oh gosh, was that really on his teleprompter? I think that sounds like a Joe Biden comment with his double bbl shotgun.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:18:36 AM

Btc1, sorry, I actually thought the Las post was from may (tired eyes).

Mweyant, I actually saw an article on this, and it was not from a mainline newssite so I used the link to the actual letter that was provided. I like you like to check out stories I read.... Funny thing is, I was actually going to start a new topic, remembered this topic as I ... Prayed before posting. Was lead to do search for this topic and liked the original topic so just posted to this. I prefer not posting new topics. Also allows people to see history of this topic.

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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 11:40:56 PM

That was an interesting letter from the Society of Professional Journalists, reb4. Their letter also received coverage from a site that bills itself as being progressive(this site is professional, in my opinion, and does not have some of the tabloid earmarks that some partisan websites manifest} -- FDL News Desk. Here is that coverage:

38 Journalism And Open Government Groups Call On Obama To Stop Excessive Information Control 7-9-14

On this significant topic for any administration in power, Roll Call published an opinion piece today(about a bipartisan effort):

Bring Me More Fiscal Transparency | Commentary

"Recently, Representative James B. Renacci, R-Ohio, introduced the Federal Financial Statement Transparency Act of 2014. This bill can help increase accountability and transparency in federal government financial reporting. The bill can also help bolster the independence of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which determines accounting standards for the federal government.

I applaud bill sponsor Renacci, and lead co-sponsor Rep. John Carney, D-Del., for taking this crucial bipartisan first step towards increased federal fiscal accountability, transparency and independence. But it is just a first step."
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btc if you want to be a mod that bad - go apply for the job already.....
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An almost four month old thread boost? I guess our absent mods will let you get away with it...
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 10:30:25 PM

Letter urges President Obama to be more transparent



THis is a letter from Society of Professional Journalists..

"President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C
July 8, 2014

Mr. President,

You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. We call on you to take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in."

to read the rest of the letter and those that signed it, read the link....


[Edited by: reb4 at 7/9/2014 10:30:43 PM EST]
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jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 6:47:11 AM

Not quite what it claims to be!
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DOJ: No Special Prosecutor in IRS Controversy

3-20-14

thus ensuring this non-transparent issue will continue (and fester)
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:45:03 PM

Mrs Obama, took her daughters, and her mother, and went to China on the tax payer dime. Now I am not so upset about that, as all wives of Presidents make foreign trips as good will ambassadors... I am upset at the fact that the "TRANSPARENT" President's wife will not speak to the American Press while there.

That is a down right disrespectful to the folks paying her bills.....especially since she and the President are so transparent.



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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 3:33:46 PM

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This post has been edited and approved by the NSA and the Justice Dept.
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:58:14 AM

Article from Yesterdays USA Today article

More Broken Promises...


SMH




SHHHH they are probably watching and listening...


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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:04:40 PM

Facts...

3,658 ...the number of times the federal govt. cited national security withhold information in 2009.

8,496...The number of times the federal govt. cited national security to withhold information in 2013

704,394...The number of requests for information made by citizens , journalists, businesses, and others in 2013

678,391...Number of requests the federal govt. responded to in 2013.

244,675... Number of cases in 2013 where government censored materials it turned over or fully denied access to them. ***36% of all requests

196,034...Number of cases in 2013 where government sasid it couldn't find records, a person refused to pay for copies , or the govt. determined the request to be unreasonable or improper.

AP

"This wk is Sunshine week, a time to celebrate the importance of openness in govt and freedom of information."

You can read the whole article by Rem Rieder in the USA Today March 20.

Don't expect Sunshine from this administration.
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Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law is given $737m of taxpayers' money to build giant solar power plant

Isn't that just transparent?
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I have CSPAN ready.
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Colorado firestorm: Administration bars scribes from public meeting

1-24-14

"The Obama administration’s testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it’s now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week.

Journalists with Colorado's Craig Daily Press and at least two other media outlets were barred from a Tuesday question-and-answer session with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, despite the fact that members of the public were allowed to attend.

“What happened would be in complete alignment with the administration’s policies. We were promised the most transparent administration ever and instead we’ve gotten the opposite,” said Moffat County, Colo., Commissioner John Kinkaid, who attended the meeting along with his two fellow commissioners, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other officials."

and

Why so secret, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell?

1-23-14

editorial from the Denver Post

"Such actions are indefensible and have the side effect of raising suspicions about the feds' intent. Colorado law was simply ignored."
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Here's a window (some transparency) on the 0bama/Democratic Plan:

Democrats could win a permanent majority in Congress “by passing a national health care bill, turning more people into wards of government that works to grow government; and by giving amnesty to all illegal’s, thereby creating, virtually overnight, a large new constituency of Democratic voters”.

From: “Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win.” by Robert Creamer

Robert Creamer is the husband of Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky. He formerly served as executive director of the Illinois Public Action Fund (where his wife was the program director), and subsequently as a leader of Citizen Action/Illinois. He was also a lobbyist for George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Today Creamer heads the Strategic Consulting Group, a political consultancy whose list of clients includes ACORN, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the AFL-CIO, the United Steelworkers Union of America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and dozens of other leftist or Democratic Party state organizations.

Who is Creamer?
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