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Obama overturns Bush policies on ethics, information

In his first full day in office, President Barack Obama set new policies on lobbying and the sharing of government information, the New York Times reports.

“President Obama moved swiftly on Wednesday to impose new rules on government transparency and ethics, using his first full day in office to freeze the salaries of his senior aides, mandate new limits on lobbyists and demand that the government disclose more information,” the story said.

“Mr. Obama called the moves, which overturned two policies of his predecessor, ‘a clean break from business as usual.’ Coupled with Tuesday’s Inaugural Address, which repudiated the Bush administration’s decisions on everything from science policy to fighting terrorism, the actions were another sign of the new president’s effort to emphasize an across-the-board shift in priorities, values and tone.”

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