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PRM examination of OLC “targeted killing” memo

On June 23rd, the White House produced the so-called al-Awlaki “targeted killing” memo, which had long been sought by government transparency and civil liberty groups. The memo was released after an appeals court victory by the ACLU and the New York Times. Public Record Media had also sought the al-Awlaki document through a 2011 Freedom […]

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Mining records: DNR document review #2

Public Record Media has posted a second set of documents obtained through a public data request made to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The documents largely center on metallic mineral leases sought by DMC (USA) LLC, a subsidiary of Duluth Metals Limited. Other documents detail activities undertaken by Twin Metals Minnesota, which is a […]

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Mining records: DNR document review #1

Public Record Media has been reviewing documents released under a 2013 Data Practices Act request to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The documents relate to several mining projects situated in the northern portions of the state, including traditional “ferrous” taconite operations, as well as proposals for “nonferrous” copper-sulfide mines.  The later form of […]

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FOIA update: FBI reviewing Marv Davidov records

In 2012, PRM submitted a public records request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for access to the files of deceased political activist Marv Davidov. During his life, Davidov had been active in a variety of causes, including civil rights and anti-war activities. The FBI responded to PRM’s records request in March of 2012, […]

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Walker administration releases protest documents

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) has released a batch of records to Public Record Media relating to the arrests of demonstrators at the Wisconsin capitol complex. The arrests were largely conducted in 2013, and involved a group of so-called “Solidarity Sing-a-Long” protesters who gathered at the capitol each workday at noon.  The protest group […]

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PRM on release of targeted killing memo

The New York Times and the ACLU have prevailed in an open records lawsuit to gain access to an Obama administration memo on the targeted killing of American citizens overseas. According to the Times, the administration decided to release much of the memo in response to an April 21 appellate court order.  The Times likewise notes that […]

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Forest Service produces land exchange records

In November of 2013, PRM submitted a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for state and federal records relating to mining operations in northern Minnesota – both existing, and proposed. One highly visible proposed project is the PolyMet “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine. The project has been in development for several years, and is currently under […]

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Checking in on Minnesota managed care

In 2012, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that would – for the first time – require independent, third-party audits of Minnesota’s public health care programs. Such programs are paid for by state and federal dollars disbursed through the Department of Human Services (DHS), and are administered by private, non-profit health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Managed care […]

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EPA mining document highlights

Since November of 2013, Public Record Media has been collecting agency correspondence related to mining operations in northern Minnesota, including the proposed PolyMet “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine. The NorthMet project has been the subject of an environmental review process conducted by three “co-lead” agencies – the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Army Corps […]

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Update on FAA drone record request

Public Record Media has received an update from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its request for Certificate of Authorization (COA) records related to drone use in the state of Minnesota. Since 2011, PRM has sought information regarding drone operations from the FAA and other agencies.  At present, the operation of unmanned drones requires a […]

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