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 "Texas":

"… and said she was in custody after a harrowing raft ride over the river in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Maria spent months in a U.S. Department of Health a …"

"… in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-run shelter in Houston, Texas, after her detention. Then she was transferred to a foster family in Los A …"

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 "White House":

"… mplement the tax code in a manner that is effective and fair​." The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, others worry Congress …"

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 "Comcast":

"… 's long lobbying client list includes broadcaster Al Jazeera America, Comcast, drugmaker Merck, the PGA Tour, defense contractor Raytheon and ZTE USA, t …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… sking for details.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is “investigating the frequency with which Cabinet Secretarie …"

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 "Christopher Dodd":

"… trywide, the report said, were:—Former Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.—Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.—Mary Jan …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… veral gun-smuggling investigations that dated back to 2006 when Republican George W. Bush was president."In light of Assistant Attorney General Breuer's commitment …"

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 "United States":

"… to the campaign. I’m there because … I can help promote trade for the United States.”Islam said that he supports Obama in 2012 because the election is about …"

"… rom the class of 2012.Two other groups have several bundlers on board: the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, with five, and the White House Council on Comm …"

"… d as “POTUS meeting” (Secret Service shorthand for “President of the United States”) attracted at least 20 bundlers, almost all from the 2012 campaign. The …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… of this issue."That hasn't stopped some critics from sounding alarms.Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a letter to the White House this month that the EPA mer …"

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 "Whistleblower":

"… ttle bit helps.Until next week,Bill BuzenbergExecutive Director …"

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 "inspector":

"… tic candidate in Chicago had received political favors from regulators; an inspector’s general report later cleared the bank.Earlier this year, Issa launched …"

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 "financial products":

"… Bureau, which opens for business next week, does not plan to ban specific financial products, presidential adviser Elizabeth Warren told Congress.Banning fraudulent fi …"

"… ts, presidential adviser Elizabeth Warren told Congress.Banning fraudulent financial products and services "is a tool in the toolbox, and that's where it should stay," …"

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 "government official":

"… hearing, flanked by the slain agent's mother and sister. "We ask that if a government official made a wrong decision that they admit their error and take responsibility …"

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 "model":

"… e White House that all government agencies adapt its unique data reporting model under one umbrella.In an interview with iWatch News, Earl Devaney, the cha …"

"… cies. It is slated to expire in the fall of 2013.Devaney stressed that the model that the Recovery Board uses for tracking spending is based on regular rep …"

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 financial officer":

"… nbsp;All three types of compensation are paid in cash. Fannie Mae’s chief financial officer, David M. Johnson, was paid $4.6 million in 2009 and 2010. The company’s …"

"… ing $7.8 million in salary, incentive awards and deferred pay. Freddie’s chief financial officer, Ross Kari, was paid $4 million and its general counsel, Robert Bostrom, t …"

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 "Dennis Burke":

"… mo also divulged that the top federal prosecutor in Arizona, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, approved of the strategy along with the ATF agent in charge of the Phoeni …"

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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