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Glasnost on the Potomac under Obama? Not quite

June 16, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this March 31, 2011, file photo House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., right, seen with the committee’s ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., presides over the committee’s hearing on the Freedom of Information Act on Capitol Hill in Washington. Acting on his promise to reinvigorate FOIA on his first day in office, President Barack Obama told all federal agencies to adopt a “presumption in favor of disclosure”. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s as if the United States has two governments, one open and one very much not. President Barack Obama leads both, trying not to butt heads with himself.

Since becoming president, Obama has churned out an impressive stream of directives flowing from his promise to deliver “the most transparent administration in history.”

He established a center devoted to declassifying records and making them public. He announced an open government initiative. Dizzying quantities of information poured into public databases. New ways were devised to show taxpayers how their money is spent. Allegiance Login to read more

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