Darrell Issa

Elijah Cummings took Issa to task for ending the hearing.

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Who will Republican leadership crown the next Darrell Issa? With leadership rules forcing the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to step down after this year, it’s a favorite parlor game in certain corridors of Congress to guess at his successor.

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When news broke last month that the IRS had targeted for extra scrutiny conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, politicians wasted no time in jumping on it. “These actions by the IRS are an outrageous abuse of power and a breach of the public’s trust,” said one. “The actions of the IRS are unacceptable and un-American,” said another. “There’s no excuse for ideological discrimination in our system,” said a third.

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Cheryl Mills’s Loyalty Problem

Why Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman might hurt more than help

Why Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman might hurt more than help.

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Life After the Ivory Coast

Lanny Davis's book party was a beacon of bipartisanship. Just don't mention Laurent Gbagbo.

Lanny Davis's book party was a beacon of bipartisanship. Just don't mention Laurent Gbagbo.

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Rush Limbaugh has said many outrageous and offensive things over the years. But he may have hit a new low over the last two days. I'm talking about a series of statements Limbaugh has made about Sandra Fluke. Fluke is the third-year Georgetown Law Student who testified before a congressional panel about the Obama Administration's controversial new health insurance regulation, the one requiring that nearly all plans cover contraception. During that session, Fluke told the story of a classmate who needed birth control medication to control ovarian cysts.

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wants to zero-out federal funding for scientific research that sounds silly to people who watch Fox News. Issa's proposals: AMENDMENT NO. 417: At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of integral yoga on hot flashes in menopausal women. AMENDMENT NO. 418: At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: Sec. __.

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The Escape Artist

How Timothy Geithner survived.

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Ryan Lizza's New Yorker profile of Darrell Issa has to be read in its entirety. The main upshot is that Issa, the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform who is charged with exposing what he sees as massive corruption in the Obama White House, either has a lengthy history as a hardened criminal, or he's been the victim of an extraordinary series of coincidences.

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Scandal TBD

Hear me now and believe me later: If Republicans win and maintain control of the House of Representatives, they are going to impeach President Obama. They won’t do it right away. And they won’t succeed in removing Obama. (You need 67 Senate votes.) But if Obama wins a second term, the House will vote to impeach him before he leaves office. Wait, you say. What will they impeach him over? You can always find something. Mini-scandals break out regularly in Washington.

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