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September 08, 2011 6:00 pm ET

Oversight Report Doubles Down On Stimulus Inaccuracy

Rep. Issa's (R-CA) House Oversight Committee has issued a extensively titled report, Doubling Down on Failure: Before Asking for a New Stimulus Package, Will the Obama Administration Admit that the First One Failed?, which cites a debunked study from Ohio State University to make the claim that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 "destroyed" one million private-sector jobs.

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July 14, 2011 10:42 am ET

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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June 30, 2011 8:03 am ET

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

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

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 13, 2011 12:47 pm ET

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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May 20, 2011 12:44 pm ET

REPORT: Rep. Issa's Ongoing Ethics Problem

This week, it was revealed that DEI Holdings Inc., the car-alarm company founded by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and on whose board he sits, had for years underpaid tariffs on parts imported from China. This is only the latest ethical scandal to taint Issa since he became the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

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May 12, 2011 1:11 pm ET

Good Government Groups Praise Transparency Executive Order Rep. Issa Calls "Nixonian"

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has lashed out at a draft executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political donations, accusing the Obama administration of "Nixon-type" tactics. But good government groups have lined up to express their "strong support" for the draft order.

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May 03, 2011 8:51 am ET

Issa's Presidential Records Hearing Follows His History Of Bush Email Defense

Just days before a scheduled House Oversight Committee hearing on the Obama White House's adherence to the Presidential Records Act, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) defended the Bush administration's loss of millions of emails. Indeed, Issa has previously defended the Bush White House both for improperly archiving their emails and for improperly handling Republican Party-sponsored emails accounts used by aides for official business.

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March 24, 2011 3:18 pm ET

Rep. Darrell Issa: Captain Of Big Business' Deregulation Campaign

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has stepped up in the current Congress as the foremost proponent of deregulation. Following the 2010 election, he asked trade associations, companies, and right-wing think tanks to "tell him which Obama administration regulations to target." Issa used the letters he received in response as the centerpiece of a hearing on "Regulatory Impediments To Job Creation," which he said was intended to "validate" the concerns of Big Business so that other committees could push for deregulation. Issa also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the 2010 health care and financial regulation laws. These actions are only the latest in a House career focused on deregulation; indeed, Issa reportedly first ran for office because he was concerned that the federal government was "ruining America with taxes and regulations."

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March 21, 2011 4:02 pm ET

Rep. Issa Offers False and Contradictory Critique Of Health Care Reform Waivers

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, defied logic when, in the same week, he complained both that the Obama administration's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is simultaneously "politicized" to the benefit of Obama's "favored constituencies" and that the policy is being implemented "arbitrarily." In fact, neither claim is true.

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January 03, 2011 9:55 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 2, 2011

The first Sunday political shows of 2011 continued the grand tradition of conservatives casually tossing off fact-free, up-is-down talking points in order to demonize Democrats. On CNN, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) brazenly claimed the Recovery Act didn't actually create any jobs, and the Affordable Care Act didn't really reform the health care system. On Fox News, anti-tax Senator-elect Mike Lee (R-UT) was chagrined that cutting taxes by $800 billion over the next two years will cost approximately $800 billion. In a similarly fact-averse appearance on CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act is increasing health care costs. Meanwhile on NBC, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused the sub-prime mortgage meltdown that sabotaged the economy in 2007. That's a more complicated issue, but even experts who despise Fannie and Freddie say that private lenders, and not the government-backed mortgage giants, are responsible for the bad-mortgage bubble.

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November 09, 2010 2:45 pm ET

Rep. Issa's Inconsistent Pledges For The House Oversight Committee

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is expected to become chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee when Republicans assume majority party status next year. As chairman, he will gain the power to harass the administration via subpoenas and investigations. In recent media appearances, Issa has pledged to work with the administration and to avoid using the Oversight Committee for political ends, but that cooperative tone runs contrary to numerous previous statements in which Issa signaled his intention to interfere with President Obama's initiatives and act to return the country's politics to a "center right" alignment.

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June 01, 2010 10:34 am ET

Rep. Issa: A Past Filled With Suspected Arson, Weapons Charges & Auto Theft

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has received a lot of media coverage lately as he demands an investigation into an alleged job offer made to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA).  What's interesting about this scenario is not only the fact that it doesn't appear a crime was committed, but also that Issa himself has lived through numerous scandals and allegations without any judicial consequence.

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June 01, 2010 10:33 am ET

Rep. Issa's Partisan Approach To "Oversight"

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) seems to be enjoying his role as ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.  But his efforts to investigate any and all activity on the part of the White House that he deems necessary demonstrate his hypocritical approach to the rule of law.  Issa's history of defending the GOP's various suspect activities and his enthusiasm for pursuing all Democratic conspiracy theories show him to be a willing tool of the Republican Party.

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June 01, 2010 10:33 am ET

Rep. Issa's Career Has Been Driven By Greed And A Desire For Power

As Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) continues his campaign for an investigation into the non-issue of a job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), Issa's past becomes less of a biographical footnote and more an indication of the life patterns of a man used to hostile takeovers and accustomed to using his wealth to further his ambition.

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June 01, 2010 10:32 am ET

Rep. Issa, Duke Cunningham, And Brent Wilkes

For a man so (recently, at least) concerned with sniffing out anything that could possibly be construed and twisted into a scandal, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has had his share of less-than-upstanding associations with convicted criminals who have betrayed the American people by abusing their positions of power.

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June 01, 2010 9:36 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 30, 2010

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Darrell Issa repeated his claim that the Obama administration committed a crime when it offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job. Either Rep. Issa isn't paying attention to the expert consensus that there was nothing criminal about the Sestak affair, or he's determined to keep this story alive because the GOP is using it to criticize the president in an election year. On Meet the Press, Arizona's J.D. Hayworth decried any effort at comprehensive immigration reform as "amnesty."

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May 27, 2010 11:32 am ET

Rep. Issa Declares Sestak "Scandal" A Crime

During an appearance on Fox News' Hannity, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asserted that the ongoing "scandal" of the Joe Sestak job offer was a crime.  However, his declaration is nothing more than political posturing because there has been no official investigation and experts say that a job offer would not have been against the law.

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February 19, 2010 4:57 pm ET

Rep. Darrell Issa: ACORN Funder

On February 18, 2010, Rep. Darrell Issa released a report titled, "Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies." Not included in the report, however, is the fact the Rep. Issa himself has voted to provide millions of taxpayer dollars to ACORN, an organization he now claims is part of a dangerous conspiracy guilty of assaulting American democracy.

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June 23, 2009 11:28 am ET

Rep. Issa vs. Reality: Iran

In a June 22, 2009 MSNBC appearance, Rep. Darrell Issa claimed the President needed to play "catch-up" on Iran. It is Rep. Issa, however, who seems behind the times.

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June 09, 2009 4:39 pm ET

The GOP's Misguided Attacks On The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

Unable to escape the partisanship of Washington, DC, Congressional Republicans are out of touch with Americans who are witnessing the success of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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May 05, 2009 5:51 pm ET

Reps. Issa & Smith: A Day Late

On May 5, 2009, Congressmen Darrell Issa and Lamar Smith wrote a letter to President Obama chastising his White House for allegedly threatening to destroy the reputation of Perella Weinberg, a Chrysler bondholder.  The only problem?  Perella Weinberg publicly denied rumors of the threats a full day before the congressmen sent their letter.

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April 28, 2009 7:01 pm ET

False Tweet Alert: Rep. Issa

On April 28, 2009 Representative Darrel Issa, wrote a tweet that falsely implied President Obama knew in advance about the Air Force One flight over Manhattan.

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