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July 24, 2011
". . . how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies. . . . The project coordinator should then determine what sorts of dealings these individuals have with the Federal Government and how we can best screw them (e.g., grant availability, federal contracts, litigation, prosecution, etc.)" - John Dean memo, Aug. 16, 1971 David W. Marston and John Yoo Punishing political enemies? So Nixonian, so last century. Yet, 40 years later, the Obama administration found a good government way to pursue the same objective.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
TRENTON - A measure that would require New Jersey's government-related authorities, commissions, and other agencies to have an online presence will go before both houses of the Legislature this week. The bill would require the agencies to put certain information online - including financial data and meeting minutes - to provide more transparency about their mission, spending, and activities. It would implement changes recommended by the state comptroller, whose office issued a report that found more than one-third of New Jersey's independent local authorities and commissions did not have websites.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | Associated Press
Jerry Sandusky's attorney wants the judge in his child-sex-abuse case to delay the start of his trial until mid-July. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach filed a motion Monday that says he needs more time to contact and interview witnesses, subpoena records, and hire experts. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal charges that he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years. He has denied the allegations. Two weeks ago, Judge John Cleland tentatively scheduled jury selection in the trial to start May 14 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
NEWS
June 28, 2016
WILL BUNCH attacked me and the Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention for not being transparent about the list of our donors. I certainly agree with Will that transparency is important, especially when it comes to donating to candidates and conventions. What Will is missing is that there will be transparency. A comprehensive list of donors, as well as information related to our fundraising and spending, will be made available to the public 60 days after the conclusion of the convention.
NEWS
August 26, 2009 | By Cary Coglianese
After the nation endured eight years of an administration with a reputation for excessive secrecy, promoting open government must have seemed like a political slam dunk to our new, basketball-loving president. As a candidate and as president, Barack Obama has promised to bring so much openness to the federal government that one might have expected Washington to be as transparent as a fishbowl. But instead of restoring public confidence in government, Obama's rhetoric on transparency seems to have raised unrealistic expectations.
NEWS
March 28, 2008 | By Kevin Ferris
"An honest government has nothing to fear from transparency. " So said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in an address on ethics and spending reforms to his state legislature on Feb. 10. That's right. Jindal intends to give his much-derided state an honest government. When he took office in January, Jindal issued an executive order putting the state's checkbook online - a searchable, user-friendly database that lets citizens see where their tax dollars go. After his February speech, the legislature seconded his order with a bill ensuring the site outlasts a Jindal administration.
NEWS
May 26, 2006 | By Thomas Raleigh
"In war, truth is the first casualty. " - Aeschylus As often as commentators criticize the Bush administration for its failure to sufficiently shape the strategic conditions to succeed in Iraq, others criticize the media for failing to give proportionate attention to positive stories related to the war. Given the nature of the news business, this is unlikely to change. But there is another front in the information war that the military can affect. Instead of letting insurgents and al-Qaeda operatives exploit the rare lapses of U.S. soldiers - or make false accusations about lapses - to boost recruiting or turn public opinion against the coalition, the military needs to take control of this area of operations.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | HELEN UBINAS, Daily News Columnist ubinas@phillynews.com, 215-854-5943
THE OFFICERS who lined the front of their district headquarters Saturday stood mostly stone-faced as protesters pelted insults at them: Murderers! Pigs! Racists! At one point, a black protester got within a breath's reach of a black officer's face and screamed: Sell-out! If I were a Philadelphia police officer, I'd be furious. And not at the protesters who marched to the 15th District headquarters on Levick Street, demanding answers in the December police-related shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
Apparently immune to irony, new City Council President Darrell L. Clarke on Wednesday promised more transparency in Council's budget and then would not say how it would happen. Clarke, like Council presidents before him, rejects the idea of Council's holding a hearing on its own budget. The question comes up during every budget cycle: Why does Council take nearly two months to ask detailed questions about the budgets of city departments and agencies such as the Mayor's Office, Managing Director's Office, Police and Fire Departments, the Sheriff's Office, and the First Judicial District, but never answers questions about how Council's own budget?
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvanians could register to vote online, and get quicker access to data about who funds their legislators' campaigns and who spends money to influence policy-making in the Capitol, under a trio of bills passed unanimously Wednesday in the state Senate. It's all in the name of government transparency and efficiency in a state that has made a big push over the last decade to be more open when it comes to open records. The voter bill, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster)
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NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Andy Carter
  We are hearing quite a bit about the transformation of health care, but what does that really mean? If you are Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it is the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you are the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, it is modifying the existing platform. Regardless of the interpretation, we are a long way from implementation of any significant policy shifts. We simply shouldn't delay tackling the challenges right in front of us while the presidential campaign drags on and a new administration sets up shop.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
We may never know whether Hillary Clinton's several private email servers and numerous mobile devices were hacked by hostile actors, but we certainly do know that her actions imperiled the public's right to know. Despite her claim to the contrary, her communication choice was never a matter of simple convenience. It was about asserting control at the expense of transparency and possibly national security. The former has been made clear through results obtained in litigation initiated by Judicial Watch, the self-described "conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation," the latter by the FBI investigation.
NEWS
June 28, 2016
WILL BUNCH attacked me and the Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention for not being transparent about the list of our donors. I certainly agree with Will that transparency is important, especially when it comes to donating to candidates and conventions. What Will is missing is that there will be transparency. A comprehensive list of donors, as well as information related to our fundraising and spending, will be made available to the public 60 days after the conclusion of the convention.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
ISSUE | POLICE Transparency needed to build trust The well-reasoned, well-modulated commentary about deleterious Pennsylvania legislation on police use of force was appreciated greatly ("In Pa., a misguided attempt to protect police," Thursday). To prohibit or criminalize divulging the identity of police officers involved in on-duty shootings or questionable use of force misses the mark. Moreover, difficulty in protecting public safety grows from police union codes of silence and circling the wagons.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016
More TV fame for Cait I Am Cait reality personality Caitlyn Jenner has signed to appear as a guest star on on the third season of Amazon's Transparent , series creator Jill Soloway tells the Associated Press, calling the casting a "dream come true. " Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman trying to maintain the peace among her three adult children. "We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her show, I Am Cait ," Soloway says.
NEWS
March 16, 2016
By Bruce E. Cain Is American government too open? The short answer is yes in many instances. Determining the right amount of democratic transparency is surprisingly complicated because public officials must govern effectively, not simply in the most democratically pure way. When we make naïve assumptions about citizen capacity, democratic opportunities to observe and participate can be captured by highly motivated and well-resourced interest groups...
NEWS
February 16, 2016
Zach Robbins, 29, of Center City, is founder & CEO of Margo, an online marketplace for auto, homeowners and rental insurance based in University City. The start-up's goal is to make shopping for insurance less confusing and more transparent. Through partnerships with various carriers, Margo matches consumers with policies to fit their individual needs and monitors their policies. Q: How did you come up with the idea? A: I noticed how underserved consumers were in the auto, home and rental insurance market, which hasn't seen a lot of innovation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | Ellen Gray
TRANSPARENT. Friday, Amazon. When "Transparent" premiered on Amazon last year, Caitlyn Jenner hadn't yet had her Vanity Fair closeup, and the story of 70-year-old Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) revealing herself, at last, to those who knew her only as Mort put the dysfunctional-family comedy in a class of its own.   As it returns on Friday for a second 10-episode season (the first episode is already available online), "Transparent" is still in a class of its own. But it's also just one of the shows - along with "I Am Cait," "I Am Jazz," "Becoming Us," and, of course, "Orange Is the New Black" - that have helped make 2015 the year in which TV turned its attention more fully to the T in LGBT.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
When former Inquirer writer Buzz Bissinger made the media rounds after penning the Vanity Fair cover piece announcing to the world Caitlyn Jenner's transition, reporters kept asking him how much he knew about transgender issues before working on the story. (I know, because I was one of those reporters.) He didn't know much, he told me and others he talked with, but what he did know he learned from Amazon's Transparent , the second season of which debuts Friday. Transparent was one of the first shows to present a transgender person as a human being - not comic relief or crazy, but a member of a family whose decisions affect not only her, but everyone else in her orbit.
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