• What’s with Ajit Pai’s Reese’s mug? FCC resorts to high fees and invasive questions to avoid telling

    What’s with Ajit Pai’s Reese’s mug? FCC resorts to high fees and invasive questions to avoid telling

    After several stories about the Federal Communications Commission abusing FOIA exemptions to avoid releasing embarrassing emails, the agency appears to have switched tactics, demanding a requester provide personal information not required under the law and charging hundreds in search fees.

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  • Getting records from a presidential library can take longer than their term in office

    Getting records from a presidential library can take longer than their term in office

    The National Archives and Records Administration’s recent announcement that there will be no Barack Obama Presidential Library was met with understandable outrage from historians and transparency advocates, who saw it as a blow to a functioning democracy. However, as the National Security Archive’s Nate Jones was quick to point out, this discussion needs to be understood in the larger context of NARA’s current failings in the presidential library system, where FOIA requests can take years, even decades.

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  • Ernest Hemingway's death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI

    Ernest Hemingway’s death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI

    As we’ve written about before, Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation would charitably be described as “strained.” Hemingway would tell anybody who’d listen that he thought the Bureau were a bunch of Nazi mediocrities, and the FBI in turn dismissed Hemingway as a drunken phony. As his file shows, however, all of that changed when Hemingway finally did something the Bureau agreed with: he died.

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  • The CIA's classified crank call

    The CIA’s classified crank call

    Formerly SECRET meeting minutes uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives show the Agency on the receiving end of an incredibly specific crank call.

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  • Explore over a century of FBI history with our new and improved timeline

    Explore over a century of FBI history with our new and improved timeline

    Back in 2016, MuckRock celebrated our 100th article in our ongoing project to release the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on prominent figures with an interactive timeline of the FBI’s history. Now, over a 100 articles and thousands of pages later, we’re launching a new and improved version of the timeline, making it easier than ever to explore who and what the Bureau was investigating, and when they were doing it.

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  • FCC releases complaints from Michelle Wolf's infamous White House Correspondents Dinner remarks

    FCC releases complaints from Michelle Wolf’s infamous White House Correspondents Dinner remarks

    The Federal Communications Commission has released 13 pages of complaints received regarding the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner, focused mainly on Michelle Wolf’s controversial remarks. While most took issue with Wolf’s language (one viewer equated network profanity with bank fraud) , one irate Floridian went so far as to demand a written apology to the “American People.”

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  • CIA looked into possible conspiracy behind Soviets' surprise upset in 1972 Olympics

    CIA looked into possible conspiracy behind Soviets’ surprise upset in 1972 Olympics

    A journal entry from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Legislative Counsel uncovered in the CIA’s declassified archives shows Agency interest at the possibility of a conspiracy behind the Soviet’s surprise victory over the American basketball team in the 1972 Olympics.

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  • UPDATED: FBI's new FOIA portal comes with same old duplication costs

    UPDATED: FBI’s new FOIA portal comes with same old duplication costs

    When the Federal Bureau of Investigation officially launched its FOIA portal last year (amid much grumbling from the transparency community) the FBI presented it as a much-needed step towards modernization, with electronic releases replacing costly and inefficient CDs. However, in a series of puzzling FOIA responses - most recently to Emma Best, the Bureau appears to be charging a duplication fee of $15 for 500 pages - exactly as much as it did for CDs.

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  • Throughout the '50s, the FBI hung on Dorothy Parker's every word

    Throughout the ‘50s, the FBI hung on Dorothy Parker’s every word

    After a little over two years of processing, the National Archives and Records Administration has released the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on the writer Dorothy Parker - the first time those files have been made public since the FBI removed them from their FOIA reading room over a decade ago.

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  • The FBI protects Superman's secret identity from FOIA

    The FBI protects Superman’s secret identity from FOIA

    Included in the most recent batch of Federal Bureau of Investigation records regarding the Church of Scientology is the script for a play written by COS’s Ministry of Public Relations in order to counter the “inflammatory statements” being made by a “dissident church member.” Making light of what they call the “comic book flair” of the rogue ex-Scientologist’s claims, the play consists of an interview between him and “the greatest reporter of them all,” Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent - whose secret identity is safe, thanks to the Bureau’s redaction.

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