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Woman barred from all-male panel: Using contraception makes me qualified

A woman who was recently excluded from a House Oversight Committee hearing on contraception says she was qualified to testify because unlike the all-male panel of witnesses, she actually uses birth control. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said at the time that he had rejected Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke…

Jon Stewart smacks down Rep. Issa’s all-male birth control hearing

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Monday night took aim at Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)’s all-male birth control hearing. The hearing focused on the president’s new rule that private insurance plans pay for preventative care, which is to include contraceptives for women. Chairman Issa lined up a collection of…

Dems walk out of House GOP’s contraception hearing

Female Democrats on Thursday walked out of a House GOP committee hearing on contraceptive coverage after the only female witness requested to speak during the first of two hearings was rejected by the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Reports from inside the hearing noted that some of the female…

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…

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