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  •  oh, I see. They got rid of this provision: (5+ / 0-)
    allow the public to search, sort, and download
    data contained in the reports.
    and the bill now states that the info has to be on public databases.  I mean.....we'll see what happens, but I'd be surprised if it weren't easily searchable.  
    •  I posted my reply (2+ / 0-)
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      catilinus, JesseCW

      before I saw your admission of fault.

      Kudos for coming out before I could correct you :P

      Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

      by aguadito on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:29:33 AM PDT

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    •  Seems a bit symbolic to me (3+ / 0-)
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      nextstep, Sylv, Twodaiquiris

      Some blogger is going to find a niche downloading and scanning this stuff and putting it up in an RDBMS with a query page out front.  And over time, those tools will be much better than any search tool the public website would have had.

      •  We will no longer ever know that Senator (4+ / 0-)
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        aguadito, Rick Aucoin, mrkvica, aliasalias

        Mumblenut's chief of staff owns 8 million in Exxon stock when Senator Mumblenut introduces the Exoon Tax Exemption Bill.

        This isn't about where you can access that information - it no longer ever has to be made public.

        dEar Ellois: U send Fud down holez, we no eaTz u. That iz deAl. No forget. MooRlockz Haz 2 eats. Stoopid Elloiz.

        by JesseCW on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:44:19 AM PDT

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        •  Well, the bill was secret (1+ / 0-)
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          aguadito

          So they decided to quietly get their staffers off the hook.

          These days, most senators are wealthy before they get there, and in any event aren't past a little bit of not-quite-insider trading even if they have to disclose it.  A senator from Texas is not going to get booted from office for owning Exxon stock, even if it obviously affects his voting and other activities.

          On the other hand, it is now open season on bribing congressional staff.

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