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This week’s FOIA round-up: Alaskans sue Interior for oil drilling information, data shows federal aid favors the wealthiest farmers, and Los Angeles pension trustees spend big on international getaway

This week’s FOIA round-up: Alaskans sue Interior for oil drilling information, data shows federal aid favors the wealthiest farmers, and Los Angeles pension trustees spend big on international getaway

In this week’s FOIA round-up, Alaska natives sued the Trump Administration for concealing information regarding oil drilling, an environmental advocacy group shows that the bulk of U.S. farm aid goes to wealthy farmers, and members of the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement draw public scrutiny after going on pricey international vacations.

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A glimpse inside the FBI Investigation into Judi Bari and Earth First!

A glimpse inside the FBI Investigation into Judi Bari and Earth First!

Environmental activist Judi Bari’s Federal Bureau of Investigation file contains fake press releases, the FBI’s take on the Civil Rights movement, and a redacted description of The Nation magazine.

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Help explore Judi Bari’s 3,000+ page FBI file

Help explore Judi Bari’s 3,000+ page FBI file

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released more than 3,000 pages of its files on the activist and Earth First! organizer Judi Bari, with more on the way. We need your help going through it.

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Don’t fear the Green Reaper: The story of the Department of Energy’s dubious mascot

Don’t fear the Green Reaper: The story of the Department of Energy’s dubious mascot

The Green Reaper, a Grim Reaper colored green and holding a flower, is the Department of Energy’s National Security Technologies Energy Program’s idea of how to communicate “sustainability goals, successes and best practices,” including “energy awareness and recycling programs,” to the community, and to small children specifically. Why anyone thought this was a good idea is much harder question to answer.

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Lead Standing Rock responder wants $19,000 for emails with pro-DAPL PR firms

Lead Standing Rock responder wants $19,000 for emails with pro-DAPL PR firms

Looking to build off our reporting on the National Sheriffs’ Association and their help with linking North Dakota law enforcement with the public relations firms Delve and Off the Record Strategies during the #NoDAPL protests, we filed a request with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, which took on a central role in law enforcement’s response to Standing Rock. Their reply was shocking: over nine thousand documents were responsive, resulting in a bill of over $19,000.

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