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January 21, 2009:

“On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama signed an executive order and two presidential memoranda heralding what he called a “new era of openness.”…President Obama said that “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”

April 30, 2010:

“The Senate is getting ready to kick its financial reform debate into high gear next week when they start voting on amendments on all kinds of issues from both parties.

Obama administration officials have declined to weigh in on any specific amendments, with one exception: a move by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) to give the government more power to audit certain operations at the Federal Reserve. Fed and administration officials have signaled they would fight to stop it at all costs.”

So I guess the definition of an “era” is now about 15 months.

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