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NATIONAL
February 2, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
House Republicans threatened Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. with a criminal contempt of Congress citation Thursday, alleging the Justice Department has refused for a year to turn over key documents in lawmakers' investigation of the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told Holder in a Capitol Hill hearing that the Justice Department had provided only 6,400 pages of "heavily redacted" documents of about 93,000 that the committee sought.
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BUSINESS
December 19, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Four current members of the House of Representatives received special VIP loans from Countrywide Financial Corp., according to the chairman of a congressional committee, raising new questions about the extent of the company's attempts to win favor with Washington policymakers as it built its subprime mortgage business. The disclosure came in a letter last week from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, informing leaders of the House Ethics Committee about "possible wrongdoing" by lawmakers.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is asking the Obama administration to explain why federal authorities haven't cracked down on the Occupy D.C. protesters camped out in a federal park downtown. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the chairman of the House oversight committee claimed that the encampment appears to violate a ban on "camping" in the park. Issa also notes that the square was also recently refurbished with $400,000 in new grass, light fixtures and other upgrades, paid for with stimulus money.
NEWS
September 22, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the conservative Californian who has moved into the national limelight as a sharp stick in the side of the Obama administration,  endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential bid, it was announced Thursday. The endorsement is the latest among congressional Republicans as Romney seeks to solidify the establishment GOP in his fight with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the front-runner for the Republican nomination according to most polls. “As someone who shares my background in business, Congressman Issa understands that we need to make fundamental changes in Washington,” Romney said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that he plans to launch an investigation into government loan programs, in response to the implosion of solar equipment maker Solyndra, which got a $535-million federal loan guarantee in 2009. Solyndra was the first recipient of a loan guarantee under a program authorized by the Bush administration in 2005 and beefed up under President Obama's stimulus act.  But in the last few weeks, the company has shuttered its operations, laid off nearly all of its 1,100 workers and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who runs the House committee charged with weeding out government abuses, fired his press spokesman Tuesday after it was revealed that the aide had been sharing private correspondence from reporters with a New York Times writer. The actions marked the end of a colorful pairing between the press-savvy Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his outspoken spokesman, Kurt Bardella, who was known in some Washington circles as "Mini-Me.
NEWS
March 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who runs the House committee charged with weeding out government abuses, fired his press spokesman Tuesday after it was revealed that the aide had been sharing private correspondence from reporters with a New York Times writer. The swift-moving drama marked the end of a colorful pairing between the press-savvy Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his outspoken front man, Kurt Bardella, who was known in some Washington circles as "Mini-me.
OPINION
January 6, 2011
Waste's new watchdog Re "GOP lawmaker has big plans for his new power," Jan. 3 You quote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) as saying, "They've played fast and loose with the money Congress gave them. " Issa is a millionaire whose ability to play fast and loose with his own money ended up giving the state to Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, who in turn played fast and loose with his mouth and thought he could run California with low-class theatrics. Issa spent $1.7 million of his own money to collect the signatures to recall then-Gov.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Darrell Issa used to be an entrepreneur. Now he aims to use his position to help business owners reverse what they see as onerous federal regulations. As the new head of the House's top investigative committee, the conservative Republican from Vista, Calif., recently sent letters to more than 150 business leaders asking for their wish list of rules they think are too burdensome. Issa's effort also is aimed at setting up him and his GOP colleagues as business-friendly lawmakers who want to clear obstructions to job growth and competition.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
The California Republican who is poised to become chief congressional watchdog over the Obama administration struck a note of restraint Sunday, promising to wring waste out of government even as he steered away from accusing the administration of misconduct. In a round of appearances on talk shows, Rep. Darrell Issa (R- Vista), who this week takes the helm of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, did not lay out a list of alleged scandals he plans to investigate.
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