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  • Judicial Watch: FBI Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Found in Obama White House

    04/23/2019 2:13:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | APRIL 23, 2019 | Press Room
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath, that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President. The FBI also admitted nearly 49,000 Clinton server emails were reviewed as result of a search warrant for her material on the laptop of Anthony Weiner. E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue. U.S District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Obama administration senior State...
  • Jason Chaffetz: On Mueller report, hypocritical Dems suddenly embrace transparency they rejected...

    03/23/2019 11:20:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2019 | Jason Chaffetz
    Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finished his report on Russia’s inference in our 2016 presidential election, Democratic congressional leaders have done something remarkable. In a dramatic flip-flop from their embrace of secrecy during the Obama administration, they now say: “Release the full report.” I never thought I would hear those words cross the lips of the same Democrats who took the polar opposite position when I and other Republicans in Congress made quite reasonable and legitimate requests for information during the term of Democratic President Obama. Yet on Friday, when Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Seminary Board Blasts Cupich for Lack of Transparency

    03/13/2019 4:18:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant | March 13, 2019 | Anita Carey
    [Catholic Caucus] Seminary Board Blasts Cupich for Lack of Transparency Board Letter: 'While talk about transparency and accountability is a noble goal, here there was neither' CHICAGO ( - The advisory board of St. Joseph College Seminary is advocating to keep the undergraduate seminary open. In January, Cdl. Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago, shocked Chicagoans by announcing he was closing the newly renovated St. Joseph College Seminary on the campus of Loyola University. Cupich cited the low enrollment numbers as the cause and said seminarians wishing to continue their studies could transfer to St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of...
  • Keeping OMB job opens White House chief Mulvaney to Democrat subpoenas

    12/18/2018 7:45:58 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec. 18, 2018
    President Trump's new acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney isn't giving up his old job as White House budget director, meaning he can be forced to testify before Congress when Democrats retake the House of Representatives next month. White House chiefs of staff generally are off-limits to congressional subpoenas, but Mulvaney's decision to be both acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget sets up potentially ugly fights over his testimony. "I think this is a huge mistake for Mulvaney and for the president because it creates a real possibility for separation of...
  • Nunes: ‘We need an Office of Transparency’ to declassify documents

    12/17/2018 12:40:15 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/17/18 | USA Features
    Plausible Deniability: Frustrated by the lack of progress on holding guilty parties involved in the dubious Obama-era “Spygate” scandal accountable, outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said there should be an “Office of Transparency” connected to the White House that is responsible for deciding which documents can be declassified and released to the public. “Our investigation is essentially over. We have everything that we need. What we’re lacking now is that we’re lacking the declassification by the president,” Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News of his panel’s look into the handling of the “Russia” inquiry by the Justice Department and...
  • Trump Forces Chuck and Nancy to Debate Him in Front of America, They Didn't Like It

    12/11/2018 11:32:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 184 replies ^ | December 11, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    For the first time since the 2018-midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with President Trump at the White House Tuesday. Their meeting was originally supposed to be closed press, but that all changed when the White House press pool was invited into the Oval Office to broadcast their remarks. President Trump started the meeting by thanking Pelosi and Schumer for showing up and made his case for additional border security. "I am proud to shut down the government over border security," Trump said. "I will take the mantle." "They're pouring into our...
  • Cath Cauc: US bishops’ silence on meeting w/ Pope could put their credibility on sex abuse at risk.

    09/18/2018 9:48:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ANALYSIS ROME, September 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Have the jocular images and low-key statements of US Bishops following their meeting with Pope Francis last week set back their attempts to address the grave situation in the Church, especially the handling of sexual abuse cases by bishops? The details that have been revealed of the bishops’ meeting with Francis last Thursday give no indication that they addressed the extent of the McCarrick coverup or the need for an investigation into the troubling allegations against the Pope contained in Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň’s testimony.  Given Viganň’s widely accepted character and credibility,...
  • Nunes: ‘I expect’ to release Russia investigation docs BEFORE midterms

    09/17/2018 7:08:14 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 4 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 9/17/18 | USA Features
    Disclosure: House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes said Sunday he is likely to release the panel’s documents regarding its probe of all things POTUS Donald Trump and Russia before the midterm elections. That would include transcripts of witness testimony and other documents and materials, the California Republican told Fox Business‘ Maria Bartiromo on “Fox Sunday Futures.” “We believe that the depositions that we took, I think nearly about 70 people, those need to be published, and they need to be published I think before the election,” he said.
  • [Catholic Caucus] On Cardinal Sodano and the meaning of ‘accountability’

    08/12/2018 6:16:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | August 12, 2018 | John L. Allen Jr.
    On Cardinal Sodano and the meaning of ‘accountability’ In News AnalysisJohn L. Allen Jr.Aug 12, 2018 EDITORPope Francis, left, greets Cardinal Angelo Sodano at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Credit: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP.)Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano may not be guilty of a crime or a cover-up on the Church's abuse scandals, but his record has raised questions about whether the system is serious about "zero tolerance." News Analysis ROME - In the mounting conversation about accountability amid the Church’s sexual abuse scandals, one question that often doesn’t get as much attention as it should is what, exactly,...
  • Former EPA Head Turns Out To Be A Huge Fan Of Secret Science

    03/27/2018 4:03:15 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 21 replies ^ | 3-27-18 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall our recent discussion about a new EPA policy which will require all scientific studies used in considering new regulations to make not only their findings but their methodology and underlying data available for public scrutiny and comparative analysis. What’s not to like, right? These are investigations being done by the government and funded by the taxpayer, so the information used to reach any conclusions should be freely available. Everyone’s a big fan of transparency when it comes to those sneaks in Washington so this should roll through smoothly. Not even close. It turns out that a previous...
  • Open Government Isn't Just Good Government. It's the Public's Right.

    02/28/2018 10:23:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 28, 2018 | Michelle Malkin
    In Florida, the Broward County Sheriff's office and Broward County school district are fighting to keep exterior surveillance video from the day of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hidden from view. As journalists and citizens who've waged uphill battles against secrecy well know, government agencies too often invoke broad disclosure exemptions in the name of protecting public safety when they're really just trying to protect their own jobs. Feckless Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and media-luvin' school Superintendent Robert Runcie are defendants in an open records lawsuit filed Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the...
  • White House reopens petition website that promises official responses

    02/01/2018 8:24:07 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 1, 2018
    The White House made good on plans to reopen its online petition site by the end of January, relaunching the platform minutes before midnight Wednesday. Many doubted the administration would stick to quick turnaround plans for the site, which was taken offline “for maintenance” in December as part of a vendor change projected to save $1.3 million annually. The petition platform — hosted at — relaunched under its original name, “We the People,” with all 17 Trump-era petitions that cleared a 100,000-signature threshold for an official response restored.
  • Nomiki GOES OFF At DNC Unity Reform Meeting (a short 4:28 Video)

    12/17/2017 11:30:19 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/11/2017
    DNC Unity Reform Commission Member, TYT's Nomiki Konst (, gives her thoughts on the DNC's budget resources and transparency during the Unity Reform Commission meeting.
  • Clinton Struck Deal With Obama State Dept. to Keep Records Private

    12/14/2017 8:35:28 AM PST · by gubamyster · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/14/2017 | Jack Heretik
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton struck a deal with the State Department while serving in the Obama administration that allowed her to take ownership of records she did not want made public, according to recently released reports. Clinton and her then-deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin were permitted to remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were "personal" materials and "unclassified, non-record materials." Judicial Watch made the revelation after filing a FOIA request with the State Department and obtaining a record of the agreement. The newly released documents show the deal allowed Clinton and Abedin to remove...
  • The FBI is now investigating the NY Governor’s office

    12/10/2017 8:52:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot ^ | December 10, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Governor Cuomo? The gentlemen don’t have an appointment but said you’d want to see them...”Over a year ago I wrote about the discovery of a curious aspect of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s staffing situation. Nearly half (roughly 40%) of the people working directly for Cuomo were paid by other government departments rather than falling under the payroll umbrella of the executive branch. While not technically illegal in the view of most legal analysts at the time, it was yet another indicator of a general lack of transparency in the state capitol. But as it turned out, that practice continued...
  • EPA's Scott Pruitt drains the swamp like no one else in Washington

    11/17/2017 4:22:12 PM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2017 | Emmett McGroarty and Erin Tuttle
    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is a man who gets things done. Despite resistance from within his own agency and an environment lobby bent on stopping him, he’s doing his part to drain the swamp and return government to the people. He’s bringing what citizens demand of a federal agency: Transparency and reasoned, fact-based decision-making resting on sound statutory footing. Take the contentious issue of global warming. Pruitt called for a reasoned debate. But his critics mocked the suggestion, claiming it would be an outrage to place “fringe” views on an even platform with “established, peer-reviewed research.” But it is tyrants...
  • Kill the Bill

    11/06/2017 7:22:24 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 124 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6 Nov 17 | Matt Labash
    Ask Matt Labash, who says the GOP should have called its tax reform measure the "Robbing Peter to Pay Apple Act." Dear Matt, Republicans have called their tax bill “The Tax Cut and Jobs Act.” President Trump wanted to call it “The Cut, Cut, Cut Act” (And here we thought his specialty was branding.) What would you have named it? H.R. Block I’d be fine with calling it “The Republicans Pissing Down Your Leg While Telling You That You’re Bathing In A Warm Mineral Spring Act.” Or maybe “The Robbing Peter to Pay Apple Act.” (In this scenario, you,...
  • Manafort Calls On DOJ To Release His Intercepted Communications With Foreigners

    09/19/2017 7:16:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/19/2017 | Chuck Ross
    Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is calling on the Justice Department to release transcripts of any intercepted communications he may have had with foreigners. Manafort, a longtime Republican political consultant, also called on the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leak of details of secret surveillance warrants obtained by U.S. investigators. “Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement. On Monday, CNN reported that investigators...
  • Every judicial decision has been liberated from the US court system's paywall

    08/15/2017 11:31:50 AM PDT · by pharmacopeia · 18 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | Cory Doctrow
    US court records are not copyrighted, but the US court system operates a paywall called "PACER" that is supposed to recoup the costs of serving text files on the internet; charging $0.10/page for access to the public domain, and illegally profiting to the tune of $80,000,000/year. The response to PACER is RECAP, a browser plugin that captures all the pages anyone pays for in PACER and puts them in a free repository mirrored on the Internet Archvie that anyone can access for free. Among other things, RECAP revealed that the courts were failing in their duty to remove sensitive personal...
  • Trump applauds son's transparency

    07/11/2017 4:06:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/7/17 | Ben Ariel
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised his son, Donald Trump Jr., after he released the “entire email chain” of the conversations in which he set up a meeting with a Russian attorney shortly after his father had won the Republican nomination. “My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” Trump said in a brief statement, which White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters during an off-camera briefing and was quoted by The Hill. Sanders acknowledged that, “the president is, I would say, frustrated with the process of the fact that this continues to be...