President Barack Obama signalled that open access to information will be a top priority for his administration, issuing two memos to all executive agencies and one executive order at a January 21, 2009, session open to reporters and cabinet members.
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EPA has begun a "National Dialogue" about what information the public needs from the agency and how the agency can better provide that information.Topics on the Beat:
In every Congressional district - including yours - there are dozens of "pork barrel" politics stories.Topics on the Beat:
"'If you're going to start taking pictures of me, you're liable to get shot,' the chairman of one of the country's biggest coal mining companies, Don Blankenship of Massey Energy, told an ABC News reporter before grabbing the reporter's camera,"
Under industry pressure, the U.S. Agriculture Department is considering hiding from consumers information about which retailers might be selling the tainted meat recalled because of health and safety risks.Topics on the Beat:
A federal district judge ruled that agencies can't use delay to create secrecy when the Freedom of Information Act requires them to disclose records.Region:
"Attorney General Michael Mukasey and three other top Bush administration officials are weighing in against legislation that would allow reporters to protect the identities of confidential sources..."
Environmental reporters who want to keep track of accidents on their beats may want to know about these useful tools and resources.
The heads of Obama administration Congressional committees and subcommittees will likely be in the spotlight in the coming months. This overview will help you get a feel for who these people are, or who will soon be chosen.SEJ Publication Types:
The Southern Environmental Law Center's top 10 places in America's South that face "immediate, potentially irreparable threats in 2009" represent a cross-section of the major environmental issues facing these states.SEJ Publication Types:Topics on the Beat: