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This week’s FOIA roundup: taxpayers covered Trump’s bar tab, USA TODAY debuts police misconduct records database, and the D.C. Metro is sued over customer satisfaction survey records

This week’s FOIA roundup: taxpayers covered Trump’s bar tab, USA TODAY debuts police misconduct records database, and the D.C. Metro is sued over customer satisfaction survey records

In this week’s FOIA roundup, records reveal that taxpayers paid for a Mar-a-Lago liquor bill, USA TODAY starts a national police misconduct records database, and the D.C. Metro is sued over customer satisfaction survey records.

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One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

This month marks the one-year anniversary since the citizens of Nicaragua began a fierce civic uprising against President Daniel Ortega’s administration. A former leader in the Sandinistas, Ortega has faced international criticism over his elimination of term limits, and the revival of broad censorship and repression of the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

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This week at the CIA: Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter congratulates James Webb on his State Department appointment

This week at the CIA: Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter congratulates James Webb on his State Department appointment

Memos show James Webb, who led the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for much of the ‘60s, regularly checked in with the Central Intelligence Agency as part of his roles at the State Department and NASA.

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What ever happened to that State Department FOIA from Hell?

What ever happened to that State Department FOIA from Hell?

Back in 2016, we wrote about how Shawn Musgrave’s FOIA request to the State Department about how long it takes to process FOIA requests was stuck in the department’s infamous bureaucratic limbo. We are happy to report that earlier this year, over four years later than the original estimated completion date, Musgrave had finally been given the fruit of his labors: Two whole pages, released in full.

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Brazil’s military dictatorship leaves a paper trail in the CIA archives

Brazil’s military dictatorship leaves a paper trail in the CIA archives

While Brazilian presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro’s overt embrace of authoritarianism may seem aberrant to many foreign observers, it differs only in degree from decades of United States influence in Latin America. Declassified Central Intelligence Agency and State Department records from the midst of the Brazilian military dictatorship reveal an official US policy of support for the very brutality Bolsonaro intends to revive.

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