Economy & Business

FOIA Reform Is Dead; Long Live FOIA Reform

Legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, a key journalist's tool, died in the final hours of the do-nothing 113th Congress — but hopes remain that the coming 114th Congress could pass the bipartisan package. The bill's Senate passage was delayed by a "hold" placed on it by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), whose reasons were not clearly explained but were apparently due to banking interests' fears.

December 20, 2014

DEADLINE: IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications until Dec 20th for its African Great Lakes International Reporting Fellowships. Women journalists can apply to participate in one of two expenses-paid reporting fellowships to Rwanda and Uganda, February 13-23, 2015, to cover underreported economic and rural development issues.

"Keystone XL Pipeline May No Longer Make Economic Sense, Experts Say"

"Amid the shouting on Capitol Hill, the wads of campaign cash and the activist careers shaped around the Keystone XL pipeline, the project at the flash point of America's energy debate now confronts a problem bigger than politics. It may no longer pencil out."

12/16/2014
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"In Diplomatic Defeat, Putin Diverts Pipeline to Turkey"

"President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West."

Source: NY Times, 12/03/2014

House Passes Bill That Helps Silence Science on EPA Advisory Board

On a 229-191 party-line vote, the GOP-controlled House passed a bill reining in EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) — authorizing conflicts of interest for its members and gagging them in communications about subjects they are expert on. Science integrity and environmental groups had opposed the bill, which the House passed on November 18, 2014.

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