TransPacific Partnership: Darrell Issa Releases Some Text, Full Document Still Secret

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 5:10 pm

Despite a petition with over 44,000 signatures, as well as recommendations by NGOs, legal experts, and congressmen, the Office of the United States Trade Representative still refuses to release the text of the TransPacific Partnership.

The Thing That Couldn’t Die: Yucca Battle Continues in Congress and in the Courts

By: Friday May 11, 2012 2:10 pm

It is hard not to think of this black and white bubbe meise while reviewing the most recent chapters in the battle over the future of the partially excavated, purportedly moribund Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in southwestern Nevada.

I Agree With Darrell Issa

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 6:01 pm

When Darrell Issa says that we currently have “the most corrupt government in history,” he’s actually not that far off.

Women Fight Back: House Dems To Hold Own Hearing With Woman Issa Excluded; Virginia Gov. McDonnell Ducking?

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 7:15 am

After the all-male panel on birth control in the House Oversight Committee last week (wait, I’m supposed to be fair and say that the SECOND panel of the day had a couple women on it), plenty of people joked on Twitter about an all-female panel on Viagra. House Democrats aren’t doing that, but they are giving their star witness from the Oversight Committee panel, the one Darrell Issa didn’t allow to testify, a chance to speak.

Random Thoughts on the Contraception Battle

By: Saturday February 18, 2012 9:00 am

Catholic Bishops who want the government to do what their own preaching cannot, Lutherans and Episcopalians who disagree with the Catholic bishops, and Virginia Republicans who give new meaning to the term “statutory rape.”

And you thought birth control was a settled issue.

House Oversight Democrats Told Birth Control Access Hearing “Not About Reproductive Rights”

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 8:20 am

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee complained loudly about the Republican majority’s refusal to allow minority witnesses at a hearing on the Administration’s birth control access rules. The panel, which is happening live right now, was announced by Chairman Darrell Issa with the participation of nine panelists, all of whom oppose the new rules, including a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Issa to Hold Hearing on Birth Control Rules with Only Opponents, Catholic Bishop Testifying

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 2:25 pm

In their ongoing quest to make themselves look completely retrograde and ridiculous, House Republicans will hold a grandstanding hearing on the Administration’s birth control access rules tomorrow, featuring testimony from a leader of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and other opponents.

Riot Police Converge at Occupy DC: Inspection Develops into Eviction

By: Saturday February 4, 2012 7:44 am

Police clad in riot gear from the National Park Service showed up to McPherson Square between 5 and 6 am ET. They arrived to make sure the occupiers were “in compliance” with the “no camping” rule for the park. They conducted an inspection of tents and seized any camping gear or sleeping materials they thought could be or were used to violate the rule.

SOPA Stopped in House Until “Consensus” Reached

By: Monday January 16, 2012 10:20 am

Pressure on House Republicans may have doomed anti-piracy legislation for the year. Darrell Issa, who along with Ron Wyden has been out in front of the opposition to SOPA and PIPA, the respective bills on this issue, says that he secured a promise from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that no bill will hit the House floor without “consensus.”

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