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GOP lawmakers launch probe of Treasury unit’s hiring practices

Two powerful congressmen have opened separate inquiries into whether a Department of the Treasury bureau charged with policing money laundering may have flouted federal hiring rules, including regulations that require military veterans be given preference for government jobs. Darrell Issa, a California Republican who chairs the House oversight panel, expressed…

CA Republican blasted for saying primary opponent supports Sharia law

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa sharply criticized a California gubernatorial candidate from the Republican Tea Party faction who erroneously suggested a rival of Indian descent was supportive of Islamic Sharia law. The squabble on Thursday among fellow Republicans in the most populous U.S. state comes in a race where Democratic Governor…

House Oversight Committee subpoenas John Kerry over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the panel wanted…

Congressional approval of D.C. marijuana bill would allow lawmakers to light up

A recently passed D.C. bill decriminalizing marijuana must now pass through a GOP-controlled committee before going into effect, allowing the public and politicians alike to light up without facing criminal charges. The bill, signed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), now goes before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee…

Raw Story’s top 10 villains of 2013

There are literally too many villains in the news. Here at The Raw Story, we reported so many awful things our elected officials and opinion shapers said or did this year — whether they’re imprudent, malicious or just ridiculous — that there were too many villains to fit into a…

Federal judge slaps down Darrell Issa over request for shutdown exception

A federal judge was less than amused when Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) requested that a lawsuit he filed two years ago be allowed to move forward in spite of the fact that federal courts have been immobilized by the Republican shutdown of the U.S. government. According to Think Progress, Judge…

Worth $355 million, Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

Republican Darrell Issa of California was 2012′s richest member of Congress, worth at least $355 million, according to a ranking published Tuesday. The congressman, who made his fortune in car security systems, topped the annual list of the 50 wealthiest lawmakers published by The Hill newspaper, a trade publication about…

Rep. Elijah Cummings warns: Don’t assume Issa has evidence for what he says

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday that facts were not often on the side of Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). Speaking with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Cummings was asked if he thought Issa was going to be more transparent about investigations into the…

Rep. Darrell Issa accuses IRS contractor of making false statements

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia company inappropriately secured contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service based on false statements and personal ties to an IRS official, the top Republican investigator in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday. A report issued…

Republicans name witnesses for May 8 Benghazi hearing

Republicans pursue probe of Benghazi attacks, name witnesses for hearing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington in October 2012. On Saturday, Issa named three witnesses who will appear at a May 8 hearing on…

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