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Issa Apologizes After Cutting Off Critic's Microphone

Says he could have handled situation with Elijah Cummings better

(Newser) - The normally unrepentant Darrell Issa has personally apologized to a fellow congressman over a high-profile snub on the House floor, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . The chairman of the House Oversight panel offered his mea culpa to Democrat Elijah Cummings after a testy exchange amid this week's grilling of... More »

Deputy AG: NSA 'Probably' Has Congress' Call Data

Lawmakers lambaste deputy attorney general James Cole

(Newser) - Just how sweeping is the NSA's data collection? So sweeping that it likely includes members of Congress and President Obama himself, Deputy Attorney General James Cole conceded yesterday. In a contentious Judiciary Committee hearing, Darrell Issa asked Cole directly if the government collected data on numbers beginning with (202)... More »

For First Time, Most Members of Congress Are Millionaires

More than half qualify, says new tally

(Newser) - It isn't too much of a stretch to say that John Boehner now presides over a millionaires' club, reports the Center for Responsive Politics . Its analysis of financial disclosure forms reveals that more than half of the members of Congress qualify. Specifically, 268 of the 534 current members had... More »

IRS Targets Secret Campaign Cash

Administration looks to limit big-spending groups' political activity

(Newser) - The IRS and Treasury Department are looking to crack down on 501(c)4 groups—tax-exempt organizations that spent a reported $309 million in last year's election without having to reveal their donors. The groups (which the IRS code defines as promoting "the common good and general welfare") are... More »

Dems Lash Faltering House GOP Bill

Boehner says 'no decision has been made'

(Newser) - House Republicans don't look ready to fall in behind Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell's plan to end the shutdown, and Democrats are lining up to take a swing at their effort. The House leadership today proposed an alternative plan that would include extra changes to ObamaCare, including a... More »

ATF Lost $127M in Cigs in Unapproved Stings

Due to 'serious lack of oversight,' says Justice Department report

(Newser) - Apparently firearms aren't all that go missing over at the ATF: a Justice Department report says feds lost track of some 2.1 million packs of cigarettes, worth $127 million, from at least 20 undercover and unapproved stings between 2005 and 2011, the Washington Post reports. The $162 million... More »

Proposed USPS Fix: End Door-to-Door Service

We may end up getting our mail from neighborhood boxes

(Newser) - Rep. Darrell Issa says he has a potential solution to the Postal Service's money problem: Mail carriers could stop delivering your items right to your door. The House Oversight Committee is poised to vote on the proposal—potentially affecting 37 million homes and businesses—today. It could cut costs... More »

GOP Loves Stalled ObamaCare, Wants Repeal

The gloating, and calls to ditch it, commence

(Newser) - Republicans are in elephant heaven today over the Obama administration's decision to postpone the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, gloating that it proves what they've been saying all along: that the law is, to quote Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, "unaffordable, unworkable, and unpopular."... More »

House Panel: IRS' Lerner Waived Rights

Republicans demand she return to testify again

(Newser) - Darrell Issa isn't done with Lois Lerner. Lerner, you might recall, is a central figure in the fizzling IRS scandal, who invoked her Fifth Amendment rights when testifying before Issa's House Oversight Committee. But today the committee voted that Lerner had waived her right not to testify by... More »

IRS Agent Who Eyed Tea Party Is Republican: Top Dem

Elijah Cummings says partisan politics wasn't involved; Issa begs to differ

(Newser) - The top Democrat investigating the IRS scandal says that an IRS manager who identifies as a conservative Republican fueled the targeting of Tea Party groups, leading Rep. Elijah Cummings to conclude that partisan politics weren't involved and "the case is solved." As Reuters reports, Cummings yesterday unveiled... More »

GOP to Darrell Issa: Calm Down

Politico says top Republicans think he's making White House fight personal

(Newser) - When Darrell Issa called White House press secretary Jay Carney a " paid liar " on Sunday, House Republican leadership was aghast. They immediately called Issa's staffers, sources tell Politico , and their message was simple: Tell your boss to calm down. The staff agreed that the remark was out... More »

Latest IRS Sin: $50M Spent on Conferences in 3 Years

'Inappropriate' outlay included line-dancing lessons

(Newser) - Sympathy might be in short supply for the IRS, which has been hit by an audit at a very inconvenient time. A government watchdog's look at the scandal-hit agency's books found that it spent around $50 million on more than 200 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012,... More »

Karl Rove: Bachmann Was Useless to Tea Party

Sees opportunity for someone else to take the reins

(Newser) - Count Karl Rove as solidly among those not mourning the departure of Michele Bachmann: It will be an opening for the Tea Party,” he said today on This Week, per the National Review . “Michele Bachmann was the chairman of the congressional Tea Party caucus and in that position... More »

Holder-Issa Showdown: White House Is Loving It

Team Obama likes having people they can ridicule lead charges against them

(Newser) - Things got heated on Capitol Hill yesterday as congressman Darrell Issa grilled Eric Holder over the recent White House troubles. At one point, Issa cut off one of the attorney general's answers to laugh about it, and Holder wasn't having it. “No, no, that’s what you... More »

IRS: Hey, We Targeted Lefty Groups, Too

Three of them; says groups 'of all political views' were scrutinized

(Newser) - The IRS is defending itself against the Inspector General's report on its targeting of Tea Party groups, saying they made up only a "minority" of the 471 political nonprofit groups scrutinized. And, hey, three—three!—of those 471 were Democrat-leaning groups, including one, Emerge America, that was... More »

1/3 of House Committees Investigating White House

Congress looking into IRS scandal, Benghazi, ObamaCare ...

(Newser) - If President Obama looks even grayer by the end of summer, this line in Politico might explain it: "All together, roughly one-third of House committees are engaged in investigating some aspect of the Obama administration." That includes two heavyweight panels—Darrell Issa's Oversight and Government Reform, along... More »

Benghazi Testimony: Stevens Said, 'We're Under Attack'

Greg Hicks says his 'jaw dropped' over Rice's testimony

(Newser) - The House Oversight Committee held its much-anticipated hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack today, and as expected, the testimony was both explosive and unflattering for the administration. Perhaps the most gripping testimony came from Ambassador Chris Stevens' top deputy, Greg Hicks, who said he'd known the attack was terrorism... More »

Official: Benghazi Looked Like Terror Attack From Start

Diplomat Hicks contradicts initial White House account of attack

(Newser) - A senior US diplomat has disputed the White House's account of the attack on the US mission in Libya last year, and claims that the State Department's review "let people off the hook," CNN reports. In an interview with congressional investigators, Greg Hicks, the former deputy... More »

Congress Could Force Saturday Mail to Continue

Spending bill includes 6-day-a-week measure

(Newser) - Congress is poised to derail plans to limit Saturday mail , via a spending bill that contains a provision for six-day-a-week mail. The provision, the same measure seen for the past 30 years, has already passed the House, and the Senate could vote tomorrow. But some Republicans say it's time... More »

Official Targeted in Fast, Furious Probe Resigns

Darrell Issa says it's high time Gary Grindler left

(Newser) - House Republicans appeared to claim a scalp today in their battle over the Fast and Furious case, as Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler announced his resignation. The administration says Grindler's departure was little more than standard second-term turnover, but Grindler came under harsh criticism in Darrell Issa's investigation,... More »

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