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Secrecy in the So-Called "Most Transparent" Administration in US History

BY Jason Ross Arnold | Wednesday, March 18 2015

How much has changed, really? (Eric Draper/White House)

We used to hear more from President Obama about his aspirations to lead the “most transparent” administration in American history. From the 2008 campaign through early 2013, administration officials – including the big guy – continued to beat the most transparent drum, promising the (clear) sky, and insisting they had already delivered, or were on the cusp. The White House has since toned down the lofty, boastful messaging. Perhaps they were chastened by all of the bipartisan criticism and late-night television mockery of the administration’s actions in light of its claims. But Obama’s pledge to create an “unprecedented level of openness” still stands proudly at the top of the White House’s open government webpage, a sign that it remains a priority (or a monument whose removal would be too embarrassing a concession). Sunshine week provides a perfect opportunity to evaluate the record: where between most transparent and “most closed, control-freak” should we place Obama-Biden?

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"Cyber Dissidents Make Headlines, Mrs. Laura Bush Launches New Website

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 13 2010

File that one under "Subjects of Emails I Didn't Expect to Get from George W. Bush Center Mailing List." The Center's recap of its recent cyber dissidents conference is here, and Mrs. Bush's book-focused new ... Read More

George Bush Throws a Cyber-Dissidence Conference

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 9 2010

Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush are two peas in a cyber-dissident pod, it seems: Read More

Bush Blogs, Sort Of

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 21 2008

Looks like President Bush or one of his ghost-writers had time to post some "Trip Notes From the Middle East" that are almost bloggish in their style. Now we know who picks out the president's suits and ties. (Hat tips ... Read More

Best Political Web Videos of the Week

BY Editors | Friday, September 28 2007

It’s that time again when we take a look at our favorite political videos of the week. Some are produced by the campaigns, some are about the campaigns, and some have nothing to do with the campaigns. But in our ... Read More

Political Videos Weekly Roundup

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, September 14 2007

Our second semi-subjective, semi-scientific list of the best new political videos of the week. As before, we're focusing on voter-generated content, but will include interesting videos from the campaigns too. If you have ... Read More

The White House v2.0

BY David All | Wednesday, February 28 2007

I just received a note from President Bush's eGuru, David Almacy, alerting me to check out The White House's new and improved website at Read More