Jan 21, 2009


President Barack Obama today signed a few executives orders that will place new restrictions on lobbyists, bar anyone who leaves the Obama administration from lobbying the Obama administration, and, most important to journalists, shift the way the Freedom of Information Act is interpreted so that there is a presumption of openness rather than a presumption of secrecy. He also froze executive salaries and set up a system whereby he'd need to seek Attorney General approval before asserting executive privilege over administration records.

*Update: Some thoughts from CJR on Obama's transparency moves and a link to Obama's executive orders.

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