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Obama and Open Government: Turning Vision Into Reality

Posted January 5, 2011 | 13:09:06 (EST)

On his first full day in office, President Obama promised an administration premised on transparency, participation, and collaboration. If Obama is successful in transforming government in this way, what does that mean for you?

First, openness breeds accountability. The transparency built into the Recovery Act, for example, helped the public...

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Obama Tax Cut Compromise Capitulates on Estate Tax

Posted December 7, 2010 | 17:05:01 (EST)

President Obama's tax cut deal with congressional Republicans, if enacted by Congress, will achieve what President George W. Bush could not get done: create a path to effectively kill the estate tax.

Some elements of the "compromise" reached Dec. 6 that would extend the expiring Bush tax cuts are well...

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GOP 'Pledge' Is Simply a Way of Shutting Down a Large Part of Government

Posted September 23, 2010 | 18:22:16 (EST)

As Yogi Berra's redundant saying goes, "It's déjà vu all over again." Back in 1994, congressional Republicans unveiled what they called the "Contract with America." The Contract was chock-full of policy proposals intended to shrink the size of government, kneecap agencies' ability to protect the public, and decrease the burden...

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Another Shameful Attack on Our Public Protections

Posted July 21, 2010 | 11:04:12 (EST)

There they go again. Amid some of the most spectacular market failures the country has ever seen, business lobbyists and their friends in Congress want to reinvigorate their discredited deregulatory agenda.

They have such gall: for years, they have attacked regulatory protections to the point that government is significantly...

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Could These Corporate Failures Have Been Prevented?

Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:05:57 (EST)

In recent months, failures at BP's Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico facility injured and likely killed 11 oil rig workers and spawned an unprecedented environmental catastrophe; an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners; and a recall of millions of Toyota vehicles...

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White House Sidelines the Public in Coal Ash Debate

Posted April 2, 2010 | 13:14:11 (EST)

On Dec. 22, 2008, an earthen dam holding back a pond of coal ash in Kingston, Tenn., broke, sending 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic goo cascading across the landscape. That's enough to fill the White House from top to bottom 200 times over.

Coal ash is nasty stuff. The...

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