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Thursday, November 15, 2007

In Washington, D.C., today...

I'm in D.C. attending a conference and presenting a paper on media coverage of the Department of Homeland Security sponsored by the St. Mary's Center for Terrorism Law, and will attempt to blog a bit as we go.

Sen. John Cornyn is opening the conference as I blog, and he laid it all out nicely: if we open everything, we risk everything; but if we close everything, we risk everything....and the devil lies in the balance. Sen. Cornyn, of course, is a co-sponsor of the FOI reform bill awaiting House approval. He also mentioned the Presidential Records Act bill, which he also is co-sponsoring, and he made a great point: information that belongs to the people should be presumptively public. I haven't heard that simple, yet important formulation uttered in the Beltway in a long, long time.

Now if we could just get the rest of Congres (paging Sen. Bunning) and the president to agree.

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