New York Times Continues To Dodge The Truth On Eric Lichtblau’s Issa Story – UPDATED

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(Update in section toward the end about the alleged golf course view.) As most Rostrafarians probably know, the New York Times has corrected two more errors in its article implying improper financial dealings by Rep. Darrell Issa. But the paper is still far from admitting the truth that the story is rotten at its core, and refuses to retract it. …

David Weigel’s Feeble Defense of NYT’s Lichtblau, Plus Issa/Bardella Conspiracy Theory!

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David Weigel, the former conservative movement columnist for the Washington Post, is running interference for Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times. Lichtblau authored the falsified New York Times article claiming Darrell Issa was engaging in business practices that led to profits improperly tied to his position as a Congressman. Weigel’s column in Slate attempts to dispute Issa’s recent suggestion …

Project Gunrunner Emails Released By Issa

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Item of interest from Michelle Malkin, news on Project Gunrunner plus emails from Rostrafarian Darrell Issa: I’ve been keeping you abreast of all the Obama administration’s Project Gunrunner stonewalling since March (links/chronology below). Today, vigilant GOP House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa is holding another hearing to pressure Team Obama for the whole truth. On Monday, Issa and …

Daily Caller Hires Bardella

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An anonymous commenter notes here that former Darrell Issa aide and erstwhile Rostrafarian Kurt Bardella has been tapped by the Daily Caller. Huffington Post has the full story, including the following message from Neil Patel, co-founder of the Daily Caller with Tucker Carlson… Please join Tucker and me in welcoming Kurt Bardella who will join us tomorrow as Director of …

Sham “Courage Campaign” is Simply the Far Left’s Smear Campaign Against Local Congressman Darrell Issa

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From San Diego GOP Chairman Tony Krvaric Courage Or Cowards? Exposing The Left’s Fear Of Congressman Issa Wednesday, March 2nd As you probably know, local congressman Darrell Issa is the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and is about to shake up the “business as usual” culture in Washington D.C. on behalf of hard working …

The ‘hitmen’ of SD Rostra need a “beer summit” with Two Cathedrals

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The call to “civil discourse” was never anything more than a call to censorship of the right. The local “progressive” blog Two Cathedrals objected to my use of “hitmen.”  I used it to describe the men of the left who are coming after Darrell Issa.  Never mind that the liberal allies of these particular operatives have bragged that Averell “Ace” …

The hitmen of the left coming after Issa — Are they invincible?

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Since Representative Darrell Issa became Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he has become an obsession of the left.  This isn’t one of their happy obsessions (bankrupting the country or driving around in old Volvos) but one of  their angry ones (like when they’d camp outside GW’s ranch in Crawford, TX ). The left is giddy …

Issa the “New Sheriff” in D.C.?

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The Daily Beast brings us this little nugget in the sea of top lists of this or that: The Top 11 Politicians to Watch in 2011 (guess spotlighting 11 rather than 10 is a play on the year). And sliding into the No. 1 spot of this distinguished list: San Diego’s own Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). Reason: He’s expected to …

Start Getting Used to It

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Wa-a-a-y back when Election Day 2010 was a distant mirage, I predicted in the October 9, 2009 post titled “Moonbeam Shining Bright In Governor’s Race” that as crazy as his chances seemed, former Governor Jerry Brown would succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today, poll results released by the Public Policy Institute of California, show Jerry Brown leading challenger Meg Whitman by eight …

Whitman or Poizner, A Choice Between Those Who Say and Those Who Do

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Since he began his campaign for Governor, Republican candidate Steve Poizner has tried to claim a conservative mantle, working tirelessly to convince Californians that his liberal record was nothing more than a mirage. Having been involved in California politics for the better part of two decades, I’ve seen so many candidates go to extreme lengths to try and reinvest themselves …

What I learned about Christine Rubin in the Gray Davis recall campaign of 2003

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In 2003 Rep. Darrell Issa gave our state a chance for change by starting the “Rescue California” campaign. With great leadership by his aides Scott Taylor and Dale Neugebauer, the campaign gathered 75% of the signatures which forced the historic October 2003 recall election. Scott Taylor recruited me to the campaign staff, and also picked Christine Rubin to handle media relations. …

Time to Outsource America’s Air Travel Security… to Israel

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Congressman Issa’s call for an immediate and bipartisan Committee investigation and hearing looking at the Christmas Day terrorist incident narrowly averted on a plane heading for Detroit is well intentioned.  But we could save ourselves a lot of trouble if we would simply outsource airline security to the same folks who overseeing security for El Al Airlines, the national airline …

Issa Calls for Oversight Committee to Probe ‘Systemic Failure’ of Homeland Security and Intelligence Stove-Piping

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is calling for an immediate and bipartisan Committee investigation and hearing examining systemic failure that allowed an apparent Al-Qaeda terrorist to board a passenger plane with a bomb. “The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform played a central role in …

Voices on Healthcare

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My Sunday San Diego column at FlashReport… I attended the annual Grossmont Hospital Foundation gala last night while Congressional voting was taking place on healthcare.  Some say it wasn’t a good night for hospitals to celebrate, but the Grossmont event was scheduled long ago and Nancy Pelosi didn’t ask about any scheduling conflicts. Any night that the community comes together …

Democrats Health Care Reform Tried and Failed: Haven’t We Learned from the Mistakes of the Past?

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – With unemployment rate rising to 10.2 percent (crossing the double-digit threshold for the first time since 1983), representing a loss of 190,000 jobs, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) questioned the sincerity of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats today who claim they are “saving or creating” jobs yet continue to …

CONGRESS GETS SERIOUS ABOUT COUNTRYWIDE SCANDAL

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Congress is now one step closer to uncovering the full scope of the collusion between reckless mortgage lenders and high-ranking government officials that ultimately inflated the U.S. housing bubble and brought the world economy to the brink of total collapse.  One of the chief offenders in the mortgage meltdown was, doubtlessly, Countrywide Financial, a now-defunct corporate giant that exploited lax government policies to issue trillions of dollars in subprime mortgages on the guarantee that the burden of these toxic assets would ultimately fall on the shoulders of the American taxpayer.

Treasury IG Agrees to Request by Issa and Collins to Conduct a Review of ACORN

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Treasury Department Inspector General, J. Russell George agreed to comply with a request submitted by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) to conduct a review of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and of the IRS’s oversight of nonprofit organizations.