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Covering Trump the Reuters Way

In a message to staff today, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler wrote about covering President Trump the Reuters way: “The first 12 days of the Trump presidency (yes, that’s all it’s been!) have been memorable for all – and especially challenging for us in the news business. It’s not every day that a U.S. president calls… Continue Reading

Scientists collaborate in effort to preserve and distribute research and government data

Follow up to previous posting – Will Government Science from agencies be deleted from public sites? – via The Intercept: “American scientists are under siege in the Trump administration because their work threatens to undermine Trump’s anti-science policies. As a result, some scientists have already begun trying to preserve government data they worry will be deleted,… Continue Reading

ALA Midwinter 2017: Librarians Ponder the Future Under Trump

Via Publisher’s Week – “In his opening keynote at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, just hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, W. Kamau Bell made a plea to librarians: don’t let Trump’s vision of America become the new normal. “Everything that’s happening right now… Continue Reading

White House dismisses veteran DOJ acting AG stating she betrayed her agency

Follow up to previous posting and numerous related articles – Trump Refugee and Visa Order Generates Dissents from Diplomats, DOJ, Goldman Sachs, Silicon Valley Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was a 27 year veteran of the DOJ. Via The Atlantic: “President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates only hours after she instructed Justice… Continue Reading

WaPo Trump officials order agencies to restrict dispatches to public

Washington Post: “The new limits on public communications appear to be targeting agencies that are charged with overseeing environmental and scientific policy, prompting criticism from officials within the agencies and from outside groups focused on climate change. A memo to EPA communications staff said “no social media will be going out” and incoming media requests… Continue Reading

EPA staff directed to cease use of social media, blogs, press releases, agency site content updates

Via MediaITE: “In a memo sent out to staff at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Trump Administration has prohibited press releases, social media postings, blog posts or new content placed on the agency’s website.” Continue Reading

Archive of public tweets, deleted by politicians around the world

“What is Politwoops? An archive of public tweets deleted by politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn’t see.” Continue Reading

Human Rights Watch World Report 2017

“In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that a new generation of authoritarian populists seeks to overturn the concept of human rights protections, treating rights not as an essential check on official power… Continue Reading

Tech Giants Partner in Effort to Fight Online Terror Content

News release: “Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online. There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services. When alerted, we take swift action against this kind of content in accordance with our respective policies. Starting today, we commit to… Continue Reading

The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information

The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information. David E. Pozen. Dec 20, 2013. 127 Harv. L. Rev. 512. “The United States government leaks like a sieve. Presidents denounce the constant flow of classified information to the media from unauthorized, anonymous sources. National security professionals decry the consequences. And yet… Continue Reading

Will Government Science from agencies be deleted from public sites?

Motherboard – Researchers are preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web Written by Jason Koebler, December 13, 2016 – “When Donald Trump takes over the federal government on January 21, his administration will also gain complete control over much of the .gov suite of websites, which currently hosts a treasure trove of… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Electoral College Members Request Intelligence Briefing On Russia

Follow up to previous posting – Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – see this follow on – Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper via Christine Pelosi (CA) “We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016.… Continue Reading