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Obama Transparency

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster

Robert Reich | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The administration says the trade deal will boost U.S. exports in the fast-growing Pacific basin where the United States faces growing economic competition from China. The TPP is part of Obama's strategy to contain China's economic and strategic prowess. Fine. But the deal will also allow American corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. In other words, the TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big corporations and Wall Street banks a way to eliminate any and all laws and regulations that get in the way of their profits.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

The Sunshine Presidency Takes History to a Dark Place

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

President Obama hit the Oval Office and ordered State "to complete the processing of the backlog of 25-year-old records awaiting declassification by the end of December 2013." Didn't happen, of course. And that, it turns out, is the least of it.

Forget Black Helicopters, Meet the Ultimate Helicopter Mom: the NSA

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Thom Senzee

The easy question is, whether or not trading privacy for government (and corporate) transparency make society physically safer. The difficult and infinitely more important question is, can democracy still thrive without personal privacy and institutional secrecy?

Sabrina Siddiqui

WATCH: Carney In Testy Exchange Over Drone Transparency

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to skip the first Senate hearing on dro...

Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Ducks First Senate Hearing On Drones

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration failed to participate in the Senate's first hearing Tuesday on the use of drones for targeted killings, Senate ...

Obama's Legacy Of Secrecy

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

"Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama declared when he first took office in 2009. "My administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use." By almost any measure, that has not happened.

Court Rejects CIA's Alice-in-Wonderland Defense of Drone Secrecy

Ari Melber | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Ari Melber

A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's drone policy on Friday, ruling that the CIA stretched its considerable secrecy powers "too far." The stinging decision may be the biggest news in the war on terror that you've never heard about.

Obama Administration Faces Ultimate Transparency Test

www.newyorker.com | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama vowed that when it came to counterterrorism in his second term, he would be “even more tra...

Obama Raises Eyebrows

Posted 02.25.2013 | Media

President Obama raised some eyebrows at an event on Monday when he said, "What I want to do is clear out the press so we can take some questions." ...

Dan Rather: Obama Broke Major Promise

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 04.25.2013 | Media

Dan Rather joined HuffPost Live Friday and told host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that while he thinks President Obama has been a "fairly good president," he ha...

Privacy and Politics: The President Deserves Some Non-Transparency Time

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.22.2013 | Media
Steven Kurlander

It was President's Days Weekend and many Americans took advantage of the three day holiday to take a mini-vacation, recharge their batteries, and relax. So did President Obama.

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hides Targeted Killings With Legal Double Talk

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In October 2011, Scott Shane, a national security reporter for The New York Times, sent an email to a branch of the Department of Justic...

Obama Cabinet Fails Test

Bloomberg | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to "usher in a new era of open government" and "act promptly" to mak...

Sam Stein

Republicans Attack Obama For Secrecy

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report from House GOP documenting instances in which President Barack Obama's White House conducted business with an eye towards s...

Questionable Conclusions About Bias at White House Regulatory Review Office

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The somewhat obscure Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the White House, which considers the costs and benefits of new regulations, is being accused of bias in a recent report.

President Obama and Government Secrecy

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

As a longtime supporter and colleague of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, as well as an informal adviser to his 2008 campaign, I had high ho...

Will Rendition Always Remain a State Secret?

Emily Berman | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman

On President Obama's first day in office, he stated unequivocally that his administration was "committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness in government." It is time for the president to live up to his promise.

The Two Tribes of Open Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The federal government still has a long way to go. In the mean time, can't the two camps in the open government world peacefully coexist? There's just too much work to be done for us to get bogged down in denigrating each others' agendas.

Common Ground for the President and New Congress: Make Government Speak Plain English to the People

Alan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Siegel

As President Obama forges ahead with a more conservative Congress, Americans are wondering whether our nation's leaders will be able to work together ...

Uncle Sam Built it, but No One Came: Why Government Can't Communicate

Alan Siegel | Posted 10.25.2010 | Politics
Alan Siegel

So how can government communicate more clearly? Follow four rules from the disciplines of psychology, sales and simplification.

Crashing the Tea Party Joyride

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.

Gulf Residents Speak Out About Severe Sickness From Chemicals In The Gulf

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

"The health effects are the most frightening because everybody is sick and the doctors here don't know how to treat us. We are having a hard time finding doctors."

"Dotcom" Turns 25: My Predictions for What Comes Next

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Arianna Huffington

The first 25 years of .com have been a time of online miracles and I predict more explosive wonder ahead. The challenge will be to direct our creativity to solving our needs for more truth, more transparency, and more wisdom. READ MORE Celebrating Sen. Ted Kaufman, Accidental Leader Kaufman has emerged as one of the Senate's fiercest critics of Wall Street -- and is a shining example of what can happen if we remove money as a factor in our leaders' decision making. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna and Phil Angelides Discuss Financial Reform with Dylan Ratigan I will be on The McLaughlin Group this weekend, along with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift and Monica Crowley. Check your local listings for air times.

Obama and Transparency: What Happens Next?

Ellen Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Miller

It is imperative that the onus remains on the White House to fulfill its big promises, and incumbent upon the media and we as citizens to hold them accountable for doing so. That is the best way to open government.