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How transactional politics will affect journalism – Aljazeera.com

Friday, March 10, 2017

The concept of transactional politics has regained popularity after the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States. It basically refers to a political practice where governments reciprocate each other’s actions in an equal measure, in other words establish a certain type of give-and-take politics. The term may also refer to a businesslike attitude of governments when it comes to national spending. The idea is that a…

FBI Can Withhold Sensitive FOIA Processing Records, DC District … – Lawfare (blog)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Documents the FBI creates when it processes a FOIA request can be withheld from future FOIA requests in certain sensitive cases, D.C. District Judge Randolph Moss ruled on Monday. At issue are “search slips” and “processing notes”—internal documents the FBI creates when it responds to FOIA requests. The court determined that those records may be withheld under FOIA’s Exemption 7(E) on a case-by-case basis when their release could allow a…

Newspaper GM testifies against Assembly Bill 70 – hngnews.com

Friday, March 10, 2017

The general manager of The Herald-Independent and McFarland Thistle testified Wednesday against legislation that would remove the requirement for local governments to publish meeting minutes in newspapers. Robb Grindstaff, general manager of the newspaper division of W.D. Hoards & Sons Company in Fort Atkinson, including Hometown News Limited Partnership, gave testimony opposing Assembly Bill 70 during a morning hearing before the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Local Government. If approved by…

FBI Can Withhold Sensitive FOIA Processing Records, DC District Court Rules – Lawfare (blog)

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Documents the FBI creates when it processes a FOIA request can be withheld from future FOIA requests in certain sensitive cases, D.C. District Judge Randolph Moss ruled on Monday. At issue are “search slips” and “processing notes”—internal documents the FBI creates when it responds to FOIA requests. The court determined that those records may be withheld under FOIA’s Exemption 7(E) on a case-by-case basis when their release could allow a…

Foundations create $900000 fund to support local journalism – Crain’s Detroit Business

Thursday, March 09, 2017

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Let’s stop worrying about the daily newspaper – OnMilwaukee.com

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Published March 8, 2017 at 7:20 p.m. It’s easy to pick on newspapers. Readers do it, advertisers do it, and even the President does it. Sometimes we at OnMilwaukee do it, too. Print media has become a punching bag, and when it comes to the medium of dead trees, it’s earned all its detractors. However, despite the tact of newspapers shunning their evolution into the digital space up…

Mizzou journalism dean to tout role of journalism – STLtoday.com

Thursday, March 09, 2017

ST. LOUIS • En route to Washington on Wednesday to help bolster the media’s role in political reporting, David Kurpius, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, quickly found himself on the defensive from an off-handed comment. “Oh, journalism,” said the random person sitting next to him on the airplane in a manner that was dismissive of his field of study. “Yeah,” Kurpius said. “It’s important.” Media…

Muted response from Louisiana Republicans on health plan – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Louisiana’s majority-Republican congressional delegation hasn’t exactly embraced the GOP proposal to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law, with most members instead offering a cautious, noncommittal response. Only Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican and a member of the leadership team pushing the replacement plan, has given a full-throated endorsement to the legislation. He described it Wednesday as a plan to “put patients back in charge of their health…

Rangeland wildfire fuel breaks planned for Idaho, Oregon – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A plan to create a fuel break system along 271 miles of roads in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon to limit the size of destructive rangeland wildfires and protect habitat for sage grouse has been approved, federal authorities announced. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a decision released Wednesday says the fuel breaks will be along existing roads on BLM-managed land in and around a 2015 rangeland wildfire that…

Foundations create $900000 fund to support local journalism – Crain’s Detroit Business

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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Montana Editorial Roundup – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Livingston Enterprise, March 3, on combatting invasive species in the Yellowstone River and Montana: Boaters and fly flingers all over Park County are getting the itch. Mother Nature has given us a few promising days already in 2017, when wind speed and temperature cooperated just enough to make for an outstanding day on the Yellowstone River. And with daylight savings on the horizon and spring just a few weeks…

Maryland Democrats back Planned Parenthood funding bill – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Maryland Democrats announced backing Wednesday for legislation in the state to continue family planning services provided by Planned Parenthood, concerned the federal government will cut such funding in a Republican health care bill in Congress. Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said the proposed GOP health care plan could cut family planning services that help 25,000 women in the state. The Maryland measure would direct $2 million in the…

Libya’s eastern parliament calls for elections next year – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for elections to be held early next year, after it backed out of a United Nations-brokered peace deal with rival authorities in the capital, Tripoli. The widening split has stoked concerns that violence could escalate in the fractured country. In an open letter to the country’s electoral commission released late Tuesday, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives requested the national election commission make “all the necessary…

Foundations create $900000 fund to support local journalism – Crain’s Detroit Business

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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PepsiCo bidding for Brazilian dairy company Vigor: newspapers – Reuters

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

SAO PAULO PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) has bid to acquire Brazilian dairy company Fábrica de Produtos Alimentícios Vigor SA, according to reports published in two Brazilian newspapers on Wednesday. Valor Econômico cited unnamed industry sources in reporting that U.S.-based PepsiCo had made two bids, the second of which was about 6 billion reais ($1.9 billion). It said the current owner, J&F Investimentos Ltda, had not agreed on the value of a…

NATO, US warn Kosovo against move to form army – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

NATO and the United States warned Wednesday they could scale back cooperation with Kosovo’s security services if the government goes ahead with plans to transform its lightly-armed security force into an army without the required constitutional changes. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he told Kosovo’s leaders by telephone “that unilateral steps such as these are unhelpful.” He warned that if Kosovo goes ahead as planned “NATO will have to…

Libya’s eastern parliament calls for elections next year – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for elections to be held early next year, after it backed out of a United Nations-brokered peace deal with rival authorities in the capital, Tripoli. The widening split has stoked concerns that violence could escalate in the fractured country. In an open letter to the country’s electoral commission released late Tuesday, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives requested the national election commission make “all the necessary…

Real Time: Don’t cut off access to public notices in newspapers – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (left) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (right) are pushing legislation that would impinge on the public’s ability to access some public notices of government meetings. (Photo: Journal Sentinel files, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) The state Assembly’s Committee on Local Government has scheduled a hearing Wednesday morning on a bill that would impinge on the public’s access to government notices. Let your legislators know that this measure is unnecessary and unacceptable….