Open government

President Donald Trump listens as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought speaks during an event on "transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 09, 2019 - 7:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders designed to improve transparency when government agencies enforce guidance on how best to comply with a particular law or regulation. The White House framed the executive orders as protecting Americans from government...
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July 03, 2019 - 7:19 pm
Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, speaks about NAFTA and Canada-US relations at an Empire Club meeting in Toronto. Craft is President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The email went out from senior Environmental Protection Agency officials to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, responding to questions she had about a funding matter. But the acknowledgment email the EPA got back a few hours later wasn't from the ambassador. It was from...
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Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren is seen in a May 29, 2019 booking photo provided by the Bacon County Sheriff Department. Prosecutors on May 29 charged Cothren with elder abuse, battery and violating his oath of office after a 75-year-old man reported the sheriff to Alma police a week earlier. The booking photo of Cothren was released five days after his arrest in response to an open records request. A county attorney provided Cothren's booking photo Monday in response to an open records request from the AP. (Bacon County Sheriff Department via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 4:35 pm
ALMA, Ga. (AP) — The booking photo of a rural Georgia sheriff has been released five days after his arrest in response to an open records request. Prosecutors on May 29 charged Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren with elder abuse, battery and violating his oath of office after a 75-year-old man...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, second from right, meets with representatives of Rafael, a military and defense technologies development firm, during a trade visit to Israel Monday May 27, 2019. DeSantis is leading a delegation on a four-day trade mission to help boost the state's economy and solidify its bonds with Israel. (Jeff Schweers/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 11:21 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida. The Republican governor then signed...
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With the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to reporters Monday, May 27, 2019, ahead of the first full day of a Florida trade delegation trip to Israel. DeSantis is leading a delegation on a four-day trade mission to help boost the state's economy and solidify its bonds with Israel. (Jeff Schweers/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
May 28, 2019 - 5:20 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An open-government watchdog group and several news outlets sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday in an effort to stop them from holding a Cabinet meeting while on a trade mission in Israel. The lawsuit argues that the meeting, scheduled for...
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May 07, 2019 - 8:05 am
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is suing Horry County police for not providing him with evidence from his case. The Sun News reports John Kubilis is accusing the department of violating the Freedom of Information Act. Kubilis was arrested in March 2018 on charges including unlawful...
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, investigators in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden, after an explosion ripped a hole in the U.S Navy destroyer. A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings in the already-delayed military commission case against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)
April 16, 2019 - 5:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings in the already-delayed military commission case against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship. An appellate panel in Washington said Tuesday that a military judge improperly continued to...
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The redacted, right, and the unredacted versions of the biographical intelligence file report on Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from 1975 is photographed on April 15, 2019, in Washington. In 2003, the Defense Intelligence Agency declassified the documents that included a biographical sketch of Pinochet. Attorney General William Barr’s announcement that he would release a “redacted” version of Mueller’s findings will likely set off a long debate over what’s behind the darkened patches. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
April 16, 2019 - 12:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights...
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April 08, 2019 - 3:48 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Longtime Associated Press South Carolina Bureau Chief John Shurr has been inducted into the South Carolina Press Association Hall of Fame. The association honored the late Shurr at its annual meeting Saturday. He died in 2015. Shurr was the AP's bureau chief in South Carolina...
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