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Another Washington Post Secret Service report comes under scrutiny

US Secret serviceCarol Leonnig's recent Washington Post story about two U.S. Secret Service agents drunkenly running a car into White House barricades and over a suspicious package may not be as dramatic as was initially reported.

Surveillance video of the Secret Service’s latest scandal shows that on March 4 the two agents were driving “at a very low rate of speed onto the White House complex," according to testimony from new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy. One source told The Huffington Post the speed was “perhaps just 1 to 2 mph."

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Military restrictions hinder Gitmo coverage, media say

GitmoOnly a handful of news organizations were represented at the latest installment in the trial of the alleged co-conspirators of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A major factor in the lack of robust coverage is the location — Guantanamo Bay, the controversial detention center where journalists are often hindered by the military's media restrictions and limitations.

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NBC News medical editor Nancy Snyderman resigns

Dr. Nancy SnydermanNancy Snyderman – who breached voluntary quarantine after she was exposed to the Ebola virus while on assignment in Liberia – has decided to leave NBC News.

"I stepped out of the OR a few years ago and it is now time for me to return to my roots, so I am stepping down from my position as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News," Snyderman announced Thursday.

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NY Times Fails To Disclose Oil Funding Behind Pro-Oil Op-Ed

NY TimesThe New York Times recently published an op-ed attacking renewable fuels from the Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce without disclosing his ties to the oil industry, despite a directive from its former public editor for the paper to fully disclose its op-ed contributors' financial conflicts of interest.

In a March 10 New York Times op-ed, Robert Bryce falsely characterized the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as an expensive "tax." The standard, which requires oil refiners, blenders, and gasoline and diesel importers to blend a set amount of renewable fuel into their gasoline supply, was dismissed by Bryce as a "boondoggle" and a "rip-off."

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AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

Hillary ClintonThe Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

The legal action comes after repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone unfulfilled. They include one request AP made five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013.

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Wikimedia joins civil rights groups in lawsuit against NSA internet spying

James ClapperThe Wikimedia Foundation, Amnesty International and a host of civil rights groups sued the National Security Agency and the US Department of Justice on Tuesday challenging the mass surveillance programme uncovered by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“We’re filing suit today on behalf of our readers and editors everywhere,” said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, in a statement on Wikimedia’s blog. “Surveillance erodes the original promise of the internet: an open space for collaboration and experimentation, and a place free from fear.”

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Documentary Maker Alex Gibney: News Networks Fear the Church of Scientology

ScientologyWhen Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was putting the finishing touches on Going Clear—his expose of the Church of Scientology that premieres March 29 on HBO—he asked for permission from America’s broadcast and cable networks to use some of their Scientology-related material in his movie.

Even though he was willing to pay for the privilege, he says their answer was unanimous: No.

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