Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Uncovering information that should be available to the public has become increasingly difficult under the presidency of Barack Obama, an Associated Press bureau chief says. In some cases, it surpasses the secrecy of the George W. Bush administration.

The White House’s penchant for secrecy does not just apply to the federal government, according to AP’s Washington bureau chief, Sally Buzbee. During a joint meeting of news editors, she stated that the same kind of behavior is starting to appear in state and local governments.

Buzbee pointed out eight ways that the Obama administration is stifling public access to information – including keeping reporters away from witnessing any military action the United States takes as it battles Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

10 death row inmates challenge electric chair use in Tennessee

A judge has allowed 10 death row inmates to challenge the use of the electric chair in a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee. The prisoners were already suing the state over its use of lethal injections in executions.

The group is suing Tennessee over how it conducts executions, with inmates claiming the state’s methods violate state and federal laws. 

The inmates filed their original lawsuit over a state law that allows correction officials to use one drug instead of three when administering lethal injections. 

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Chicago abandons plan to name high school after Obama

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to boost support among African-Americans has backfired again, leaving him walking back plans to name a highly selective high school in a wealthy neighborhood after President Barack Obama.

Earlier this year, Emanuel cheerfully announced the city would build a new selective-enrollment high school in the Near North Side area of Chicago. The school would be called ‘Barack Obama College Preparatory High School,’ a title meant to honor the first African-American president in US history.

In the wake of strong criticism and backlash from the black community, however, the Chicago mayor has changed his tune. On Thursday, he revealed the school will not be named after President Obama after all.

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