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VW Boss Blames 'a Couple of Software Engineers'

Michael Horn says 3 VW employees have been suspended

(Newser) - Volkswagen's US chief started testimony at a congressional hearing on Thursday by offering "a sincere apology for VW's use of a program that served to defeat the emissions regime," Michael Horn said, per NPR , before blaming its use on "a couple of software engineers."... More »

GSA Scandal: Jeff Neely Pleads the 5th

Agency to former officials: You owe us Vegas money

(Newser) - Rep. Darrell Issa said never before in his career had a witness at a government hearing refused to testify. But Jeff Neely, former official at the General Services Administration, invoked his fifth amendment right today during a congressional hearing into the agency's use of $800,000 for a Las... More »

CIA to Examine Its Own Ties With NYPD

Agency helped police monitor Muslim communities

(Newser) - Newly minted CIA director David Petraeus says the agency’s inspector general is investigating the agency’s role in helping the NYPD gather intelligence in Muslim neighborhoods, the AP reports. The NYPD’s unit, revealed in this AP investigation , was set up beginning in 2002 with the help of an... More »

Homeland Security Hiding Its Emails: Insiders

Employees concerned over lengthy vetting process for internal records

(Newser) - Homeland Security insiders spent months complaining that top Obama appointees were improperly delaying the release of potentially embarrassing files sought under the Freedom of Information Act. In a raft of uncensored emails obtained by the AP , insiders called the vetting process “meddling," "crazy" and "bananas!”... More »

Petraeus: My Son Served in Afghanistan

Deployment was kept 'very quiet'

(Newser) - In the midst of an emotional exchange today on Capitol Hill, David Petraeus revealed that his son had recently served a combat tour in Afghanistan, "which thankfully we were able to keep very quiet," the AP reports. Republican Rep. Walter Jones had pressed Petraeus to "be honest"... More »

Muslim Rep Breaks Down at King Hearing

Peter King defiant, says radical Islam must be investigated

(Newser) - Peter King’s hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims got off to an emotional start today, when Rep. Keith Ellison—the first Muslim American elected to Congress—broke down in recounting the story of a Muslim paramedic who died while responding to the 9/11 attacks and was later, according... More »

Peter King's Critics Are Too PC

Ruth Marcus: His Muslim hearing raises an 'important' question

(Newser) - OK, Peter King isn't exactly a master of tact, but his upcoming congressional hearing on the radicalization of Muslims in America is both "appropriate" and "important," writes Ruth Marcus. "To ignore the religious nature of the terrorist threat is to succumb to politically correct delusion,"... More »

Bigoted Islam Hearings Ditch GOP Values

Peter King's prejudiced stance embraced by party, writes Peter Beinart

(Newser) - The upcoming House hearings on American Muslim terrorists showcase a bigotry that has seeped through the GOP, writes Peter Beinart for the Daily Beast . Rep. Peter King “isn’t holding hearings on domestic terrorism; he’s holding hearings on domestic terrorism by one religious group,” and that group... More »

Colbert (Briefly) Breaks Character in Testimony

'I like to talk about people who don't have any power'

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert mostly yucked it up during his congressional testimony today, but towards the end, Democrat Judy Chu actually got him to break his faux-pundit facade. After relating the story of a worker overcome by heat stroke, but unable to find medical help, she asked Colbert why he had chosen... More »

Colbert to Testify Before Congress

But will he be in character at immigration hearing?

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert is getting serious tomorrow. Or not. The Comedy Central host will testify before Congress during a hearing on immigration , alongside United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez, who appeared on his show in July. Rodriguez talked to Colbert about the UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign, which... More »

Tony Hayward's Favorite Line: I Don't Know

If Tony Hayward is a guide, you need to know nothing

(Newser) - Joe Barton may have stolen some of the thunder at yesterday's congressional hearing with his BP apology and retraction , but let's not forget the performance of CEO Tony Hayward, who did "his best imitation of a blowup doll," complain Jason Linkins and Ben Craw. If Hayward is to... More »

Hayward Faces Down Lawmakers, Protesters

Will say he grasps 'the terrible reality'

(Newser) - Tony Hayward went to Capitol Hill to take his lumps today, and Democrats, at least, delivered them. Henry Waxman praised the BP boss for setting up a $20 billion clean-up fund, but then slammed him for his safety record. When Hayward took his job he said he’d focus “... More »

GOP Rep. Apologizes to Hayward, BP for $20B Fund

Calls White House pressure a '20B Shakedown'

(Newser) - While other congressmen were heaping abuse on BP CEO Tony Hayward in this morning's hearings, one Republican abruptly shifted gears in his opening remarks and apologized to the man in the hot seat. Rep. Joe Barton told Hayward he was "ashamed" of the pressure the White House put on... More »

BP's Tony Hayward Will Go Before Congress

CEO will testify before House panel on June 17

(Newser) - President Obama isn't all that interested in a one-on-one conversation with BP's Tony Hayward, but Congress is. The CEO famous for his gaffes is scheduled to testify June 17 before one of the House committees investigating the oil spill, reports the Hill . Hayward will face Bart Stupak's Energy and Commerce... More »

Wall Street's Finest Head to DC Showdown

Commission styled after 9/11 inquiry probes meltdown

(Newser) - Four of Wall Street's fattest fatcats are headed to Washington this morning to do some explaining about how exactly it was that the United States of America came to teeter on the brink of financial Armageddon. A 9/11 Commission-style panel appointed by Congress has the job of writing the narrative... More »

Vaccine Scarier Than Swine Flu: Poll

Concern high and building, but 60+% don't plan to get a shot

(Newser) - Americans are spooked by the growing threat of swine flu but even warier of the vaccine. Half of respondents in a recent Washington Post poll are a “great deal” or “somewhat” worried they or a family member will catch H1N1, up from 39% in August. But more than... More »

Emails Show Rove Knee-Deep in Attorney Firings

(Newser) - Karl Rove was intimately involved in the firing of at least three of the US Attorneys sacked for purportedly political reasons during the Bush administration, emails obtained by the Washington Post show. One note mentions a senator who “asked that we remove the US Atty” and “couldn’t... More »

Feds Start Criminal Probe Into Salmonella Outbreak

FDA, Justice Dept. team up for investigation of Georgia peanut plant

(Newser) - The federal government has begun a criminal investigation into the peanut-driven salmonella outbreak, after it was revealed that a supplier shipped product that initially tested positive for the bacteria, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The House has called representatives from two testing labs, which certified negative results, to testify. Peanut Corp.... More »

Once United, Big 3 Take Different Roads to Bailout

Automaker bring different bailout concerns in appeal for federal aid

(Newser) - When the automakers return to Congress this week to beg for a federal bailout, they’ll no longer be presenting one case among them. Each company will unveil its own rejuvenation plan, reports the New York Times. Ford, in best financial shape, wants only the promise of access to federal... More »

Congress Gets Ugly Portrait of Lehman's Last Days

Investment giant knew of liquidity concerns, gave out $5B in bonuses

(Newser) - Lehman Brothers’ departing executives were negotiating millions in bonuses while the bank begged for taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy, a House committee finds after reviewing documents. At a hearing today on Capitol Hill—the first on the financial crisis—the investment firm was painted as one run by irresponsible leaders... More »

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