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July 28, 2011 5:55 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Dreier Pretends Boehner Plan Will "Ensure" Safety Net Is "Not Touched"

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July 28, 2011 12:20 pm ET filed under Blog

Curtains For Rep. Issa's Credibility

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July 28, 2011 11:30 am ET filed under Blog

Oversight Committee Invites Meat Mogul Donor To Testify About Health Care Plan

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July 25, 2011 3:34 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa Conducting "Embarrassment" Of A Hearing

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July 19, 2011 4:03 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa: Obama Trying To "Extort" Congress With "Artificial" Default Date

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July 19, 2011 11:29 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa's Disappearing FCIC Hearing

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July 18, 2011 11:31 am ET filed under Blog

Issa Plans To Investigate DHS Over Criticism Of Oversight Leaks

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July 15, 2011 12:02 pm ET filed under Blog

Balanced Budget Amendment Requires Budget So Draconian Even The GOP Voted Against It

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July 14, 2011 11:01 am ET filed under Blog

Will Issa Investigate News Corp.?

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July 14, 2011 10:42 am ET filed under Fact Check

The "Cozy Ties" Rep. Issa Covered Up Between The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission And Big Banks

This week, a House Oversight subcommittee indefinitely suspended a scheduled hearing entitled "What Went Wrong At The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission?" The commission's final report, which blamed the "captains of finance" for causing the financial crisis, was roundly criticized by Republicans. Prior reporting had indicated that Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) Oversight Committee investigation centered on the "cozy ties ... between key Democratic commission members and trial lawyers suing banks on behalf of state employee and union pension funds." In choosing to target the GOP's political enemies, the Issa investigation appeared to be covering up parallel relationships between the financial industry and Republican commission members and commission staff. Indeed, a report from the committee's Democratic staff, the preparation of which may have triggered the hearing's cancelation, found that Republican FCIC Vice Chair Bill Thomas' FCIC staff was providing confidential information to Thomas' law firm, which represents major banks.

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July 13, 2011 2:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Latest Issa Investigation Rejected by Fox

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July 13, 2011 1:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Issa Cancels FCIC Hearing As Dems Expose GOP Commissioners

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July 13, 2011 12:06 pm ET filed under Blog

Will Oversight Antics Engulf Warren's Return?

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July 12, 2011 11:11 am ET filed under Blog

A History Lesson For Rep. Issa: President Reagan Solicited Contributions In The White House

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July 08, 2011 2:16 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights - Week of July 3

A weekly roundup of what House Republicans are and aren't doing with their committees.

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July 08, 2011 12:50 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Discovers The Value Of Crime Gun Traces After Years Of Suppressing Them

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July 07, 2011 1:40 pm ET filed under Blog

The Hill: Rep. Issa's Oversight Committee Is A Lot Of Bark, Little Bite

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July 01, 2011 12:34 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa's Fast And Furious Investigation Tainted By Politics

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June 30, 2011 9:40 am ET filed under Blog

Please Step Away From The Gavel: Chairman Issa's First Six Months

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June 30, 2011 8:03 am ET filed under Fact Check

Chairman Issa's First Six Months: A Litany Of Ethics Problems

Since taking over as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been accused of a wide variety of ethics scandals. These include the revelation that his firm underpaid tariffs for years; his use of committee resources to promote major campaign contributors; his purchase of a building that benefited from earmarks he sought; and his hiring of staffers with "close connections" to industries that could benefit from his investigations.

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June 30, 2011 8:03 am ET filed under Fact Check

Chairman Issa's First Six Months: Support For Corporate Donors, Not The Middle Class

In his first six months as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has done the work of his corporate donors while ignoring the needs of middle-class Americans. Issa has repeatedly used committee resources to promote his major donors, often calling them to testify in hearings. Following the 2010 election, he asked trade associations, companies, and right-wing think tanks to "tell him which Obama administration regulations to target," then used the letters he received in response as the centerpiece of a hearing he said was intended to "validate" the concerns of Big Business so that other committees could push for deregulation. He has attacked the National Labor Relations Board for trying to protect workers, refused to subpoena documents for banks related to illegal foreclosures, and submitted a bill to kill government jobs.

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June 30, 2011 8:03 am ET filed under Fact Check

Chairman Issa's First Six Months: Relentlessly Partisan "Oversight"

Before he became chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) promised that if he attained that position, he would not use it as a "political weapon." But the first six months of his tenure have seen him using his power as just that. Rather than performing common-sense oversight in a bipartisan fashion to help government better do its job, Issa has repeatedly accused the Obama administration of "Nixonian" actions and compared administration policies to Iran-Contra. Issa has also pushed conspiratorial theories about the administration's response to the BP oil spill, smeared administration officials, and even refused to allow the committee's Democrats to choose their own witnesses.

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June 29, 2011 1:05 pm ET filed under Blog

OMB Report Contradicts Rep. Issa's Rhetoric On Regulations

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June 22, 2011 9:48 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa Sits Idly By As Rep. Gowdy Hijacks His Hearing To Attack Unions

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June 15, 2011 12:25 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa Tries To Stop His Own Witness From Testifying On Weak Gun Trafficking Laws

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June 15, 2011 8:16 am ET filed under Blog

The ATF Scandal You Won't See At Today's Oversight Hearing

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June 14, 2011 11:44 am ET filed under Blog

$75,000 Buys Boeing An Oversight Hearing

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June 13, 2011 12:47 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Weak Gun Laws: The ATF Scandal Rep. Issa Won't Talk About

This week, Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) will hold hearings into Operation Fast and Furious, a controversial effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate the flow of guns from southwest across the border into Mexico by allowing certain shipments of firearms to pass. Issa's hearing will likely focus solely on attacking members of the Obama administration for their possible involvement in approving the program, rather than also investigating the weak statutory authority that law enforcement have to stop gun trafficking to Mexican drug cartels. Law enforcement officials have noted that without a federal firearms trafficking statute, they are forced to rely on lesser statutes that carry low penalties. While gun dealers are required to report the sale of multiple handguns, there is no such requirement for the sale of assault weapons, making it more difficult for law enforcement to identify possible trafficking activity. Furthermore, traffickers can purchase such weapons without needing to pass a background check.

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June 09, 2011 11:41 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Nunes: Conservation Efforts Are "Eco-Terrorism" And A "Liberal Concentration Camp"

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June 07, 2011 6:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bilbray Imagines "Discrimination" Against American Citizens At California Universities

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