This Thursday, when the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines the National Indian Gaming Commission, Sunlight Live will be on hand to show the connections between the committee members and the industry it oversees. The committee's members have received thousands, and in the case of Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz., millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the casino and gaming industry, and drawn interest from the Native American tribes many of the committee's members represent. During the hearing, we'll work to untangle the strings that tie legislators, witnesses and special interests in real time ...Continue reading
This Thursday, one year after the president signed a sweeping new financial reform bill into law, the Senate Banking Committee will ask tough questions of regulators in charge of making it real. And Sunlight will cover it live.
President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act (officially the “Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act”) into law on July 21, 2010. The final bill made massive changes to how the financial industry is overseen, in response to a devestating fiscal crisis that stemmed in large part, experts agree, from recklessness in the financial sector.
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Lawmakers on the Senate's Banking Committee will discuss Tuesday how to reform the housing market, focusing on smaller banks' access to the secondary mortgage market. This market includes mortgage-backed securities, the complex financial arrangements that helped topple the U.S. Economy a few years ago.
Sunlight Live will provide a video stream of the 10 a.m. hearing and blog during the event to provide more context to this discussion, including insights into the financial connections that could influences the senators on the committee and the witnesses testifying on the topic. Some of the listed witnesses have made campaign ...Continue reading
President Obama will unveil his plan tonight for pulling out the roughly 30,000 troops sent to Afghanistan during the December 2009 troop surge. While all kinds of factors go into foreign policy decisions, especially when it comes to putting troops in harm's way, it's worth noting that the Afghanistan operation has been the subject of intensive lobbying, has been prone to fraud, waste and abuse in federal contracting and raises issues of government accountability.
While Obama will cover a number of issues raised by the ongoing war in Afghanistan, the following topics most likely will not make ...Continue reading
How many email accounts did Sarah Palin use as Alaska governor? Last week, the answer, tallied in an earlier story, was “at least six.” This week, it’s “at least eight.”
Long-time Palin watcher Andrée McLeod wrote Sunlight to point out another address hiding in plain sight. Gov.firstname.lastname@example.org, which Sunlight identified, turns out to be a separate account from email@example.com (note the lack of a dot), which we didn’t. We skipped over that, because some email providers — including Gmail — ignore the dot, treating those as the same account, but a quick test confirmed ...Continue reading
On Friday, reporters in Juneau, Alaska, began to sift through and scan more than 24,000 pages of emails to and from former Governor Sarah Palin, just released in response to requests made when she was governor. But they had full coverage of just two of her email accounts--and perhaps not the most interesting ones--because Palin had at least six accounts: one for public contact, one for internal state business, one for anything confidential and others for a mix of state and personal business.
Palin’s use of private accounts has been previously reported, but the just-released emails--which Sunlight is ...Continue reading
Lawmakers on the Senate's Environment and Public Works committee will meet Wednesday, June 15, to hear from experts on public health as it relates to the longstanding Clean Air Act.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, passed in 1970, will have saved $2 trillion dollars by 2020 and 230,000 lives each year. But this spring, lawmakers in the House of Representatives attacked the law by passing a bill to keep the EPA from regulating green house gases. Similar legislation did not pass in the Senate.
The Sunlight Foundation will live blog during Wednesday's ...Continue reading
Thanks to a generous grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, Sunlight will be inaugurating on June 1 the John E. Moss Fellowships, an intensive, hands-on training experience designed to better prepare young journalists for the opportunities and demands of the digital news environment.
This first class of Fellows was competitively selected from applicants across the country and will work on a range of projects, from producing Sunlight Live events, to reporting on the 2012 presidential campaign; from daily blogging on issues of transparency to developing a curriculum and producing lessons to help other journalists better learn how to find, use and ...Continue reading
While we're participating in Google's Summer of Code, we're also looking for some great developers to come spend some time learning the ins-and-outs of public datasets over the course of the summer.
If you're a student who wants to pick up great skills-- learning how to scrape and transform data, learning how to research and verify data's accuracy or learning how to architect big-but-not-very-big datasets, or if you're a super engineer who just wants to give back this summer, we'd be happy to talk to you.
Here are our four Sunlight Labs summer slots:Continue reading