Journalist Once Called a ‘FOIA Terrorist’ Sees Uptick in Government Secrecy

Jason Leopold knows a thing or two about the Freedom of Information Act. Buzzfeed’s senior investigative journalist currently has about 2,000 outstanding FOIA requests with federal agencies — 150 of them submitted this year alone. He says that while he found the penchant for government secrecy to be “really bad” under the Obama administration, things have gotten worse since President Donald Trump took office.

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Law Professors See Legal Torpedo Aimed at Environmental Rules

Former Obama administration officials said Wednesday that it won’t be easy for President-elect Donald Trump to reverse national environmental laws, but one panelist predicted that congressional Republicans would use a little-known law to torpedo regulations and roll back the nation’s most crucial environmental protections.

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Putin Says Russia Won’t Retaliate Over U.S. Sanctions

President Vladimir Putin rebuked the United States on Friday for imposing sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats in response to allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election, but said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in reprisal for Washington’s moves.

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