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 "U.S. Court of Appeals":

"… how higher-level federal courts have ruled on asylum cases. In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, Virginia, upheld an i …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… cycle from next to nothing only a few years before, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Aghast, watchdog groups and politicos filed numerous complaints wit …"

"… cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.  Millions of dollars more have been spent by social welfare nonprof …"

"… o the FEC. Said Robert Maguire, a political nonprofit investigator at the Center for Responsive Politics: “The amount of 'dark money' this cycle will far eclipse what we saw in …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, last month demanded more information on the issue from the Just …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ion campaign.) KOCHPAC last month also gave $9,000 to the campaign of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. A Koch Industries official could not immediately be reached for …"

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 "DLA Piper":

"… kin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; K&L Gates; Ernst & Young and DLA Piper — have reported spending more than $100,000 during the year's first …"

"… top 40 PACs have chosen to report their finances semiannually this year. DLA Piper's PAC, on balance, is the nation's most active among firm-sponsored commit …"

"… ion and spent more than $951,000 for the same period.  All the same, DLA Piper's PAC has spread the cash it is spending far and wide, federal r …"

"… ndidate committee and $15,000 per year to a national party committee. The DLA Piper PAC also ended April with more than $143,800 in reserve — behind only Er …"

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 "Republican presidential candidate":

"… as Priorities USA Action, which has been recently running scathing ads of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.Requests for co …"

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 "Bank of America":

"… volume of Countrywide's subprime mortgages. Countrywide was taken over by Bank of America in January 2008, relieving the financial services industry and regulators …"

"… er chairman of the Oversight Committee. Towns issued the first subpoena to Bank of America for Countrywide documents, and current Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., su …"

"… re documents. The committee said that in responding to the Towns subpoena, Bank of America left out documents related to Towns' loan.—Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif. …"

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 "Congress":

"… r some of the material. And so the House will likely vote on a contempt of Congress recommendation against Attorney General Eric Holder. No sitting attorney g …"

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 "entrepreneur":

"… er January 2010, records show.Frank F. Islam, a successful Washington area entrepreneur, shows the varied roles these major donors can play.He sits on a governmen …"

"… an agenda or sought favors in return for his donations.The Indian-American entrepreneur built an information technology company into a powerhouse which he sold in …"

"… t … simply have no basis in fact.”Green for greenSteve Westly, a green entrepreneur, also has bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 for the 2012 campaign. Dur …"

"… ication pending with the Department of Energy.Simon Ahn is an Atlanta area entrepreneur and has bundled between $100,000 and $200,000 for Obama’s re-election. A …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… ," Moura said.NERC, along with some power plant operators, is pressing the Obama administration to give companies more time to comply with the rules to avoid too many pla …"

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… e over their counterparts in the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California bucks the trend. His average net worth of $448 million makes …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… : Jessica Rosenworcel of Connecticut and Ajit Varadaraj Pai of Kansas.Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, also …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… not hear back. If we do, we will update this item. – Eugene Kiely …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… te House emails were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is sc …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… red story as well as the tale of the bankrupt solar company Solyndra. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is co …"

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 "Obama":

"… Issa’s investigation comes amid mounting criticism in Congress that many Obama fundraisers and other supporters have enjoyed close ties to his administra …"

"… ties to his administration. In the run-up to his 2008 election, candidate Obama had pledged to curb the influence of lobbyists and campaign donors in gove …"

"… y."An iWatch News investigation earlier this year found that nearly 200 of Obama’s 2008 campaign bundlers have landed plum government jobs and advisory p …"

"… two of his deputies appealed for meetings with top technology advisers to Obama, according to White House emails obtained under The Freedom of Information …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ing majority of decisions,” said Langholfer, now a private attorney.Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) who has spearheaded a Congressional probe of the Fast and Furi …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… efit. Those ties were the subject of a 2007 iWatch News investigation. …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… separate incidents in Mexico.The report was compiled by staff working for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House panel, and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa …"

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 "payday loan":

"… aring in late May, grilled Warren about whether the CFPB may try to outlaw payday loans and try to regulate new car loans."The American people have a right to kn …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… be expected to testify.The Thursday hearing, which will be led by Chairman Darrell Issa of California, is scheduled for 0930 ET through 1130 ET and carries the om …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… d be “unfair, unwise and unlawful.”The senator and another Republican, Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said the operation was “reckl …"

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 "Chief Economist":

"… also review comparability data that we have purchased independently," FHFA Chief Economist Patrick Lawler said in the letter. GOP wants to curb payRepublicans s …"

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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