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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked [Congress] to investigate and hold hearings on the extent to which White House staff violated the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act by using private email accounts in exchanges with lobbyists and by holding meetings with lobbyists outside of the White House.
CREW has been involved in litigation against the Bush and Obama White Houses concerning both the preservation of electronic records and White House visitor logs.
CREW’s letter follows a June 25, 2010 New York Times article revealing that White House staff routinely use their personal email accounts rather than their official White House accounts to communicate with lobbyists to avoid any public scrutiny of this correspondence.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Chances that a deep breath inhaled today will contain a molecule from Julius Caesar’s dying breath:
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos, Hill and Wang (N.Y.C.)
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”