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FEC approves Colbert ‘Super PAC’

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) Friday gave Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert permission to set up his so-called Super PAC. Colbert was seeking to be able to use unlimited donations from corporations and individuals on independent expenditures to support or oppose candidates in the 2012 campaign cycle. Campaign finance reform advocates…

U.S. vows to support India’s nuclear waiver

The United States will support India’s continued exemption from global nuclear trade rules despite moves to tighten up restrictions, the US ambassador to India said on Thursday. Last week the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which governs global nuclear trade, decided to tighten guidelines for transfers of sensitive uranium enrichment and…

Indiana lawmaker: Women will lie about rape to get abortion exemption

Indiana Republicans vote down rape exception, calling it a ‘giant loophole’ Republican Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner insisted this week that women will pretend to be raped just to get around proposed abortion laws. Turner legislation, HB 1210, would impose some of the strictest restrictions on abortion in the country.…

Supreme Court rules against Navy’s right to withhold information

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that the government could not use an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold certain Navy maps and data from the public. FOIA requires federal agencies to make documents publicly available upon request, but contains various exemptions…

Supreme Court: Corporations don’t have ‘personal privacy’ rights

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that AT&T and other corporations do not have personal privacy rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to make documents publicly available upon request, but contains an exemption for documents that “constitute…

BP among companies Obama excluded from US environmental oversight

A number of the nation’s biggest polluters received exemptions from basic environmental oversight for federally funded stimulus projects, according to a published report. While the stimulus bill was being debated in Congress in 2009, numerous companies lobbied for environmental exemptions, but their efforts were ultimately rebuffed by environmental advocates. But…

Republican gubernatorial candidate curses at reporter

Maine GOP gubernatorial candidate angrily deflects questions about tax exemption Maine Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage angrily deflected questions about taxes paid on a Florida home at a news conference to present his plan to create jobs in a state he said “desperately needs” more jobs. After concluding his presentation…

Obama agencies invoking secrecy provision more often than under Bush

One day after being sworn into office, President Barack Obama instructed federal agencies to ensure government transparency by complying with the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act law. “All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in…

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