However we will start to glean a minimum of the outlines of what occurred when Donald Trump met the regulation that the late New York Occasions columnist William Safire said “has performed extra to inhibit the abuse of Authorities energy… than any laws in our lifetime.” The outcomes of that conflict are as revealing concerning the forty fifth president as they’re about FOIA.

Trump got here into workplace with the FOIA bar already low. The Obama administration, regardless of lofty marketing campaign rhetoric about transparency and a first-day-in-office memo urging companies to “undertake a presumption in favor of disclosure,” set records for FOIA non-compliance and was caught at one level—by a FOIA lawsuit, naturally—contradicting its public posture by lobbying against FOIA reform behind closed doorways. Thus, as MuckRock co-founder Michael Morisy put it, evaluating Obama and Trump’s transparency data is a case examine in “setting excessive expectations after which failing to satisfy them in some actually important methods versus setting some actually low expectations and delivering what of us anticipated.”

Trump as president lied prodigiously, withheld White House visitor logs, went months between formal press briefings, made employees sign non-disclosure agreements, attempted to stop the publication of books about his administration, and dedicated a long list of other offenses against openness.

And with regards to FOIA, it’s onerous to seek out any statistical class the place the Trump administration cleared even the low bar set by Obama. […]

THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READING

Despite the Pandemic, Republicans Are Fighting Paid Sick Leave All Over the Country, by Walker Bragman. Beneath the guise of serving to companies, the GOP is working to bar medical depart mandates in state by state throughout the nation.

More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid, by Arvind Dilawar. With a civil rights grievance filed in federal courtroom, inmates accuse directors of flouting CDC pointers.

‘ I can’t keep doing this’: gig workers say pay has fallen after California’s Prop 22, by Michael SainatoDrivers say working circumstances stay poor after voters accepted measure exempting Uber and different apps from labor legal guidelines


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On this date at Day by day Kos in 2010—Vice President Biden: ‘The take a look at ban treaty is as vital as ever.’

It is turning out to be a reasonably eventful week for nuclear weapons information, on each the home entrance and the worldwide stage. For the sake of readability, I will cope with what is going on on within the US on this put up, and handle worldwide points individually.

To start with, the Obama administration is within the residence stretch concerning the Nuclear Posture Evaluation (NPR); the President’s nationwide safety staff met yesterday to debate the choices they are going to current to the president, so he could make his last choice concerning “U.S. nuclear coverage, technique, capabilities and drive posture” for a minimum of half of the subsequent decade. It’s a legislatively mandated evaluate, and I’ve written about it in a number of earlier posts. For the reason that assembly was behind closed doorways, we do not know many specifics, however nationwide safety professional and Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione has laid out what type he thinks the ultimate NPR ought to take.

Secondly, at the moment, the administration continued to show its capacity to multitask on nuclear weapons points. Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech on the Nationwide Protection College by which he mainly expanded on his Wall Avenue Journal op-ed piece from a number of weeks in the past, by which he mentioned the proposed price range for the nuclear weapons complicated, and why it’s important within the general nationwide safety image.

As Travis Sharp famous on the Nukes of Hazard, Biden’s speech at the moment took the center floor concerning criticism of the brand new nuclear price range.