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 "United States":

"… om violence so chilling her family thought it better to smuggle her to the United States in the spring of 2013. “Two years ago a friend of mine died in a very c …"

"… whatever they need to say to get to stay here because the President of the United States has told them, in no uncertain terms: If they get here, he won’t enforce …"

"… illed him. She also said she was threatened for testifying and fled to the United States. Her case had previously reached the Board of Immigration Appeals, the BI …"

"… , fearing his son would be killed, arranged to have him smuggled up to the United States. The asylum officer asked Francisco details about various parts of his st …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… were intimidated by their own [colleagues’] politics,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Governm …"

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 "American Bankers Association":

"… ctions,” Justice Department lawyer Peter Kadzik wrote in a letter to the American Bankers Association and Electronic Transfer Association. …"

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 "Strauss":

"… e. For top lobbying firms that do sponsor PACs, only four — Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; K&L Gates; Ernst & Young and DLA Piper —  …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… tion.”According to Paul Ryan, an election law and ethics attorney at the Campaign Legal Center, the video amounts to an “electioneering” campaign ad — it supports …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… lican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.Requests for comment from the Cabinet officials were not immediately retur …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ubpoena to Bank of America for Countrywide documents, and current Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., subpoenaed more documents. The committee said that in respondin …"

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 "Eric Holder":

"… ely vote on a contempt of Congress recommendation against Attorney General Eric Holder. No sitting attorney general has ever faced a contempt vote.Against that b …"

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 "George Kaiser":

"… illion Department of Energy loan guarantee.Solyndra was partly financed by George Kaiser, a 2008 Obama bundler. Kaiser has denied any role in seeking the loan and …"

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 "Coal":

"… t Virginia and Virginia — where dozens of units probably will be retired.Coal "is the fuel that is local to this area," said Leonard Hopkins, the fuel a …"

"… e sewing factory leave and doesn't understand why Coal has to do the same."Coal's Coal. If you are going to dig and ship it to China, you might as well bu …"

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… e than the next wealthiest senator, Mark Warner, D-Va.) Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is the Senate’s wealthiest Republican with an estimated average $59 mill …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… o know if campaign contributions to Democrats influenced a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to grant initial government approval to the company’s plans in late Janu …"

"… White House has denied LightSquared received any special treatment. “The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency with its own standards and procedures for conside …"

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 "LightSquared":

"… ther benefits, and are requesting information on White House contacts with LightSquared, a company whose employees made large contributions to Democrats while gai …"

"… ions to Democrats while gaining access to presidential aides. We broke the LightSquared story as well as the tale of the bankrupt solar company Solyndra. Rep. Dar …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ng dangers to aircraft, military operations and search and rescue missions.Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has …"

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 "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 "CFPB":

"… cast. …"

"… ve vowed to block an Obama administration nomination of Warren to head the CFPB. They’ve even gone one step farther and threatened to block anyone nomin …"

"… arther and threatened to block anyone nominated for the job – unless the CFPB is restructured to weaken the director’s authority."We should never entr …"

"… by, the top Republican on the Senate Banking committee, recently said. The CFPB director is supposed to have a five-year term, much like the head of the F …"

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 "Banking":

"… alued at less than $15,000 Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman, Senate Banking CommitteeEarned income: NoneMajor assets: Two rental properties in Vermill …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ves want to earn Wall Street paychecks they should work on Wall Street,” Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and government Reform Committee, said in …"

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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