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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 07, 2011 11:25 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith Trumps Up Investigation Into Justice Kagan's Role In Health Care Reform

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July 06, 2011 2:34 pm ET filed under Blog

Gun Trafficking Hearing Sheds Light On Mexican Cartel Weapons of Choice

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July 05, 2011 3:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cummings Investigates Weak Gun Trafficking Laws After Talks With Mexican Officials

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July 01, 2011 1:51 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights - Week of June 26

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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 24, 2011 12:39 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights - Week of June 19

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June 24, 2011 10:24 am ET filed under Blog

Zuhdi Jasser Returns To Congress, Still Missing Credentials

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June 23, 2011 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog

Legal Experts Say Rep. Lamar Smith's Bill "Encourages Neighbors To Spy On Neighbors"

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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 21, 2011 11:49 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa: NLRB Victory Will Mean The "Forced Unionization Of America"

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June 20, 2011 3:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa's Hatch Act Credibility Gap

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June 17, 2011 5:40 pm ET filed under Blog

NLRB Oversight Hearing Explodes With Unsubstantiated Accusation Of "Prosecutorial Misconduct"

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June 17, 2011 1:10 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights - Week Of June 12

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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 11:01 am ET filed under Video

Rep. Cummings Demands Minority Oversight Hearing On Weak Guns 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 9:44 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith's Fight to Make Bribery Easier For Big Business

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June 06, 2011 3:11 pm ET filed under Blog

House Republicans Introduce Bill Designed To Kill Jobs

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June 03, 2011 12:25 pm ET filed under Blog

House Oversights — Week Of May 29

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