OPEN GOVERNMENT — The Associated Press reports that, on the last full day of the Bush Administration,  a federal judge ruled that Vice President Dick Cheney had broad discretion in determining what records created during his eight-year tenure must be preserved.

Absent any evidence that Cheney's office is failing to safeguard records, it is up to the vice president to determine how he deals with material, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled.
    "Congress drastically limited the scope of outside inquiries related to the vice president's handling of his own records during his term in office," the judge said in a 63-page opinion.
    The judge said Congress must change the law before substantial outside oversight can take place.