NRA Wins Again: US Calls Gun Stores ‘Essential’

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun-control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense lobbying by the gun industry.

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FOIA Requests

A federal court in Washington upheld a majority of Freedom of Information Act request withholdings challenged by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman who seeks every record in federal intelligence agencies’ files that mentions his name. Gellman, who is writing a book about intelligence gathering, reported on documents leaked to him from Edward Snowden.

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Cover-Up

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al. in federal court to stop them from destroying “records documenting mistreatment of individuals detained in ICE custody, including records of detainee deaths, sexual assault and abuse, civil rights violations, inhumane solitary confinement practices, and violations of ICE detention standards.”

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Records Request

A federal court in Washington ruled that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence properly withheld certain documents relating to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that had been requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a Buzzfeed reporter and government transparency nonprofit director.  

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Firefighter Fights Feds for Radio Records From Deadly Arizona Wildfire

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is knowingly hiding some radio traffic recordings from the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott, Arizona, instead telling a firefighter who sued to get the recordings that they were turned over to state investigators and made public shortly after the fire, the firefighter’s attorney told a Ninth Circuit panel Friday.

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