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WATCH LIVE: Issa holds hearing on Occupy D.C.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), will hold a hearing on Tuesday regarding possible health and safety issues at the Occupy D.C. encampment. Watch this live video from The Washington Post, broadcast Jan. 24, 2012.…

Democrat seeks GOP names on Countrywide VIP loan list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democratic member of a congressional oversight panel turned up the heat on its Republican chairman on Tuesday to identify the four GOP lawmakers who got special treatment in the controversial “Friends of Angelo” mortgage program run by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial Corp. Representative Elijah Cummings…

Issa ‘committed’ to blocking anti-piracy bills

Appearing on a panel of tech experts and activists opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (SOPA/PIPA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) promised that so long as he’s in Congress, legislation that looks anything like either of those bills will not go through. “I am…

New bill would block public access to publicly-funded studies

Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There you’ll find thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and…

Rep. Paul Ryan warns anti-piracy bill may lead to Internet ‘censorship’

One of the most conservative members of Congress signaled on Monday what may be the beginning of the end for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the GOP’s frontmen against so-called “job killing regulations,” has officially come…

Sen. Wyden: Online piracy bills would ‘turn websites into web-cops’

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) blasted anti-online piracy bills in the U.S. House and Senate, the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Privacy Act, during an appearance on C-SPAN’s The Communicators on Saturday. Critics of the bills say they could destroy the fundamental structure of the Internet in the U.S,…

Nuclear industry seeks end to regulatory spat

(Reuters) – The nuclear industry asked the White House and Congress on Monday to resolve a nasty power struggle at theNuclear Regulatory Commission, an internal fight that will be scrutinized at two Congressional hearings this week. The Nuclear Energy Institute, the main lobby group for the utilities and power companies that run the…

Issa: On second thought, I don’t know Rupert Murdoch

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) apparently disagrees with his own memory. The House Oversight Committee Chairman indicated in the past that he trusts News Corp, saying he “personally knows Rupert Murdoch.” But when asked Tuesday morning on C-SPAN if his conflict of interest led to him declining an investigation into News…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Anti-union measure ‘doesn’t save any’ money

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Thursday that his decision to strip the collective bargaining rights of public workers “doesn’t save any” money for taxpayers during a House committee hearing on ways to handle state and municipal debt. Nearly all collective bargaining rights were stripped from Wisconsin public workers in March…

WaPo columnist compares Darrell Issa to Joe McCarthy

A longtime columnist and associate editor of the Washington Post suggested the new House oversight chairman might follow in the footsteps of one of US history’s most notorious demagogues. David Ignatius on Wednesday warned Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his Republican colleagues not to get too comfortable with their new…

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