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November 2, 2001 | From the Washington Post
President Bush signed an executive order Thursday night allowing either the White House or former presidents to veto release of their presidential papers, drawing criticism from President Clinton and several historians. The order reinterprets the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which put papers of future presidents in the public domain, following a court fight over President Nixon's papers. It envisioned the release of most sensitive records 12 years after a president had left office.
October 25, 1985
Leave it as it is, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole says of the presidential executive order that tells federal contractors that they must hire women and minorities. Good advice. Leave as is an order that has been enforced by every President since Lyndon B. Johnson, that has opened many doors of opportunity and is now accepted as good for business by many corporations. Atty. Gen.
May 18, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Hewlett fire in Colorado has grown to 7,673 acres, prompting officials Friday to declare an emergency.  In an executive order, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared the emergency because of the fire in Larimer County. The move makes $3 million in state emergency funds available for firefighting. “The Hewlett Fire's proximity to numerous homes and property poses an imminent danger to life and property and, therefore, constitutes a disaster for the purposes of the act,” according to the executive order.
April 13, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- President Obama signed an executive order Friday creating an interagency task force to coordinate oversight of the country's booming natural gas development, a step that eased industry concerns about the relatively high number of federal agencies involved in the process. The task force will be chaired by White House energy adviser Heather Zichal and have "deputy-level representatives” from the departments of Defense, Energy, Interior and Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
October 26, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
In a recent speech to business leaders, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed for the first time how a virus wiped data from more than 30,000 oil company computers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Panetta said the "Shamoon" virus was probably the most destructive attack the business sector has experienced. All of the computers were rendered useless and had to be replaced. The virus replaced crucial system files with a burning American flag and rewrote all the data on the machines.
December 18, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered his administration to start posting vast troves of city data on a public website early next year, saying he wanted to “promote transparency and accountability.” Scholars, journalists, developers of smartphone apps and others will be able to download data on street repairs, crime trends, dog parks, historic monuments and a wide array of other things tracked by the city. Garcetti said the executive directive that he signed Wednesday to establish the program “empowers Angelenos to participate in their government with greater understanding and impact.” The website's launch will mark a significant step forward in the city's effort to catch up with New York, Chicago and other cities that have embraced “open data.
Even before President Bush stepped to the microphone Wednesday to announce his mobilization of military reserves to support the Persian Gulf deployment, phones were ringing in the homes and offices of citizen-soldiers across the nation. Reserve unit commanders were checking their rosters and getting the word out to make sure the frequently practiced but rarely executed call-up process would go smoothly, once the Pentagon designates which units must report and where they will be going.
August 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
In a surprising setback for conservatives Wednesday, the House rejected a proposal by Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) to void President Clinton's executive order barring bias against homosexuals in the federal work force. In an election year in which Republicans have repeatedly taken on the homosexual community in word and in votes, the 252-176 roll call saw 188 Democrats joined by one independent and 63 Republicans who said the proposal went too far.
July 21, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed an order Friday that clears the way for the CIA to resume some of the harsh interrogation methods it has used against terrorism suspects, but the order prohibits techniques that had caused an international outcry, including sexual humiliation and the denigration of religious symbols.
A group of historians and journalists went to court Wednesday seeking to block President Bush's recent executive order that overrides a 1978 law calling for the release of White House records after 12 years. Directly at issue is 68,000 pages of "confidential communications" from President Reagan's White House. Beyond that, the legal battle may decide whether Bush's presidential records become public after he leaves office.
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