A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… But these claims are controversial. San Diego-area GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, downplayed the …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ll Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., added that the IRS wastes money, as …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… aud by holding accountable those banks and payment processors that violate federal law by facilitating fraudulent transactions,” Justice Department lawyer Pete …"

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

Committee has biggest spending month ever during a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 0 to dozens of politicians, political parties and other PACs in June, Federal Election Commission records indicate. KOCHPAC’s previous record for the most money given in …"

Lobbying firm PACs start 2013 slow

By Dave Levinthal

Few raising or spending big money early in 2013 — if at all.

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… ords show. On the left, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark N.J., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., are among its four-figure re …"

FEMA program finances dubious counter-terror toys

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Billions have been spent on an urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… used – by San Diego police outside a town hall meeting held by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.), Duncan Hunter (R-Cal.), and Susan Davis (D-Cal.).FEMA’s public …"

Issa committee accused of making 'sham' campaign ad

By Rachael Marcus

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… o was produced by House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The one-minute video criticizes Obama for the cost of state dinn …"

Issa wants to know if Dems are raising dollars for super PACs

By Michael Beckel

The House's chief investigator wants details of Obama officials campaign activities following Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kelly Ayotte":

"… the Center for Public Integrity previously reported.And last month, Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — both of whom may be under considerati …"

Report: Countrywide won influence with discounts

By The Associated Press

Subprime lender Countrywide bought influence of Washington elite with mortgage discounts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Angelo Mozilo":

"… he discounts were ordered personally by former Countrywide chief executive Angelo Mozilo. Those recipients were known as "Friends of Angelo."The Justice Department …"

A 'Fast and Furious' fight in the House

By Gordon Witkin

ATF investigation that led to contempt vote has a complicated past

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… xplosives.The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has been investigating Fast and Furious for months. The Justice …"

Attorney General Holder, Issa square off over Fast and Furious documents

By The Associated Press

Chairman of House Oversight Committee faces off with Justice Dept. during Fast and Furious testimony

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… s writer Pete Yost. …"

Obama rainmakers enjoy White House invites, appointments and contracts

By Fred Schulte and Aaron Mehta

Dozens of the president's top fundraisers enjoy White House invites, administration appointments and government contracts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee":

"… primary war chest for the President’s re-election effort; $30,800 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House, and $9,200 to the Democratic …"

EPA rules threaten older, coal-fired power plants

By The Associated Press

Coal plants servicing more than 22M houses will be shut down, likely raising electric bills

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… d Ryan Stensland, a spokesman for Alliant Energy, which has three units in Iowa and one in Minnesota that will be retired, and four in Iowa that are at ri …"

"… three units in Iowa and one in Minnesota that will be retired, and four in Iowa that are at risk of shutting down, depending on how the final rules look. …"

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "congressman":

"… an automobile security company best known for its Viper alarm system. The congressman’s own voice warned potential car thieves who got too close to his produc …"

Grassley puts hold on FCC nominees in tiff over LightSquared

By Fred Schulte

Senator holds up nominees until FCC answers questions about LightSquared

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… ent. …"

FACT CHECK: Did Rep. Darrell Issa run 'political interference?'

By FactCheck.Org

Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace suggests Rep. Issa may have advocated for a Solyndra-like green company

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform":

"… California as well as in other states.” Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is leading the congressional investigation of the Department of Energy’ …"

Senator asks LightSquared to release all communications with White House

By Fred Schulte

LightSquared pressured to release all communications with White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… ckholders again raises questions,” Grassley’s letter states.  …"

The weekly watchdog: Sept. 19 - Sept. 23

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… tly Subsidy SurvivesIt just goes to show that once a program is created in Washington, it’s very hard to kill. The Essential Air Service subsidy was designed …"

House Republicans scrutinizing decisions benefiting Obama donors

By Fred Schulte

Congressional committee to explore White House role in aiding fundraisers tied to companies such as LightSquared

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… moved quickly to respond to any red flags before getting this far,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement released to iWatch News. “If not, the …"

Fallout from Fast and Furious probe claims two high-level victims

By Corbin Hiar

Two federal officials lose their jobs in the aftermath of a controversial federal gun investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… ly intensified Tuesday with the reassignment of the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the resignation of the Phoenix U.S. attorney who oversaw the operation …"

Darrell Issa's tangled business and congressional interests

By Jeremy Borden

Do Darrell Issa's personal and congressional interests intersect?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… cleared the bank.Earlier this year, Issa launched an investigation into a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ gun-smuggling operation nicknamed Fast and Furious reported extensively …"

House hearing probes 'Fast and Furious' missteps, reveals White House link

By Corbin Hiar

GOP investigators criticize ATF gun-running probe, reveal White House link

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… ack up to the White House in a contentious House hearing Tuesday.While GOP lawmakers were largely unable to get six agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, To …"

"… ed in Mexico originate in the U.S. ATF Senior Special Agent Jose Wall told lawmakers that of the 2,000 or so guns he’d seen at Mexican crime scenes, le …"

CFPB has no plan to ban financial products, Warren tells GOP-led committee

By Shirley Gao

Elizabeth Warren says new consumer agency doesn't plan to ban any products

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… ll advance and enforce its regulatory assignment," said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican. “Consumers deserve opportunities to choose bet …"

Consumer advocate Warren returns to ring for more sparring with GOP-led panel

By Julie Vorman

Elizabeth Warren returns to GOP-led hearing for more sparring over consumer agency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Shelby":

"… ver entrust a single person with this much power and public money,” Sen. Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Banking committee, recently said. The CF …"

Family, agents decry "reckless" ATF gun operation on Mexican border

By Amy Biegelsen

Family of slain ATF agent testify at Congressional hearing on how guns slipped across border

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Oversight Committee":

"… the most emotional part of a hearing Wednesday that is part of an ongoing House Oversight Committee investigation of the so-called Fast and Furious operation that knowingly l …"

"… lawful.”The senator and another Republican, Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said the operation was “reckless” and produced a “tragic” outcome …"

House, Senate banking panels led by chairmen with modest personal wealth

By Julie Vorman

Annual disclosures reveal stocks, bonds, land, other assets held by Congress members

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… pectrum Group, a consulting and lobbying firm in Alexandria, Va. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform CommitteeEarned …"

Stimulus watchdog says combining data from 25-30 government contract agencies could save millions

By Peter H. Stone

INTERVIEW: Stimulus oversight chair says transparency kept fraud to a minimum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… covery Board’s system for collecting and displaying data.California Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the committee, discussed the proposed consolidation of governm …"

As Fannie, Freddie flounder, six top execs receive handsome rewards

By John Solomon and Julie Vorman

Obama administration approves $34 million in compensation without market analysis of executive pay

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fannie Mae":

"… lion in compensation to the top six executives of the financially troubled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage giants while lacking basic protections to ensure …"

"… r confirmed by Senate last year to watch over federal housing programs. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have received almost $154 billion in taxpayer funding to s …"

"… that guarantees payments on mortgage-backed securities.The current head of Fannie Mae, while still highly-paid by most Americans' standards, is earning signific …"

"… Mudd had as chief executive in 2006 during the peak of the housing market.Fannie Mae Chief Executive Michael J. Williams received a compensation package totali …"

Assistant attorney general's office approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

By John Solomon and David Heath

High-level Justice Department officials approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… overnment Oversight and Reform Committee  — a panel chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who a day earlier tussled with Attorney General Eric Holder dur …"

Rep. Issa, Attorney General Holder clash over ATF gun trafficking probe

By David Heath

ATF is still on the hot seat for Fast and Furious investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… . Attorney General Eric Holder clashed heatedly with California Republican Darrell Issa Tuesday as a House hearing raised questions about whether a  federal …"

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