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Clinton foundation eases muzzle on volunteers

Anonymous Patron writes "NWAnews.comreports The Clinton presidential foundation this week relaxed confidentiality rules barring volunteers in Little Rock from speaking publicly about their work, after the foundation’s New York office discarded standards that threatened legal action against volunteers who spoke out of turn."

The "relaxed" guidelines still seem pretty stiff for a quasi-public institution:

"The shorter form instructs volunteers not to disclose any information acquired while working unless it is publicly disclosed by the foundation. They must also get permission from the foundation’s communications office before granting media interviews. It makes no mention of penalties — except to state that unauthorized communication with the media is grounds for dismissal."

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Yahoo! News - U.S. Archivist to Visit Nixon Library

Anonymous Patron writes "Yahoo! News reports The newly appointed archivist of the United States will visit the privately run Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., next week to seek assurances about the facility's commitment to professionalizing its operations before receiving federal funding and the former president's publicly held archives."

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National Council of Women's Organizations Calls for Congressional Inquiry

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), the oldest and largest coalition of the nation's largest women's groups, representing 200 groups and 10 million women, called on the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate the decision by the National Archives and Records Administration to cancel a forum on Social Security.

Kim Gandy, co-chair of NCWO's Task Force on Women and Social Security and president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), observed:
"In keeping with the Bush Administration's determination to quash anyone who disagrees with them, Federal Agencies now consider it 'partisan' to hold any opinion that is not identical to the President's."

Other articles at The Washington Post, CNSNews, and The Poughkeepsie Journal

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FDR Library Cancels Social Security Forum

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Only one side of the story on social security has been presented at taxpayer expense by Bush to dozens of pre-screened controlled audiences as described by
Hubert G. Locke.

Now in a disingenuous move Cynthia Koch, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, has informed a number of women's groups, including the Older Women's League, that a forum on Social Security scheduled for April 9 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park can not be held. It is historical fact that FDR's administration crafted the New Deal but the Bush administration finds ways to close the public sphere over and over.

Read more about the FDR Library controversy in Newsday."

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New Lincoln Library/Museum Goes High Tech

NPR's Morning Edition had a lengthy piece on the soon-to-open museum portion of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. While some argue that the "Six Flags Over Lincoln" approach is way over the top, other claim that it's important to provide interpretation that is not only accurate, but compelling, as a foil to history illiteracy. Audio will be available at 10 a.m. EST

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Clinton Library a popular spot

A Columnist from Fredericksburg, VA visits The Clinton presidential library in Little Rock., Ark., and finds some surprises.

"The longer I stayed, the more I roamed, the more I thought I could enjoy a longer stay in the city by the Arkansas River. I went with modest expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. My map and my guidebook spoke of many, many sights unseen. Alas, a glance at my watch warned that I must move on, rejoining the concrete conveyor of I-40 for my journey."

More from Fredericksburg.com

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U. of Texas forms presidential library committee

The Daily Texan, the student newspaper at the University of Texas, says UT is writing a proposal for the Bush library:

A month after the UT System expressed interest in a bid for the presidential library of President George W. Bush, a committee has been selected to develop the proposal for the first family, according to the UT System.

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Director of Nixon Library Will Release Political Tapes

Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Times Reports the director of Richard M. Nixon's presidential library, under fire from historians for canceling a conference on the Vietnam War, has agreed to eventually make public hundreds of hours of tapes that have been kept secret because they involve Mr. Nixon's political rather than governmental work."

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When history gives you lemons

Anonymous Patron writes "The Sentinel Online - Editorial on the proposed presidentail library for James Buchanan, "the worst chief executive in the country's history."They author, Rich Lewis, says Yes, several presidents deserve consideration as the worst of all time because they were especially evil, incompetent, unpleasant or irrelevant.

But Buchanan wins the title because he scores well in all four categories."

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