Republican Representative Darrell Issa has been a thorn in President Obama's side ever since he launched an investigation into Obama's favored corrupt company, Fannie Mae, over a patent they acquired as part of the cap and trade system. Issa then furthered his "pesky" reputation with the President when he called for an investigation of Obama's use of American tax dollars in the campaign for Kenya's new constitution. Now, as ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Issa released a report accusing the White House of "unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, considered a rising star and possible presidential contender in the Republican Party, is advising Republicans to back away from their heated opposition to a Muslim center two blocks from New York's "Ground Zero." Christie has called on both parties to stop making the issue a "political football."
On August 12, Devin Dwyer of ABC News wrote that eight percent of U.S. births are to illegal immigrants, each child becoming a U.S. citizen at birth, by virtue of our federal government's application of the 14th Amendment, while one or both of the parents remains undocumented. He referenced a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, one of seven projects of the Pew Research Center, a Washington-based think tank that provides information on trends and issues shaping the U.S. and the world.
USA Today seems surprised at the number of ethics cases making headlines recently, referring to the trials being faced by Representatives Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), noting that the number of such cases “has jumped dramatically in the past year.” In the first six months of 2010, “an independent congressional watchdog began 44 ethics investigations,” while the Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended that the House ethics committee “take action against 13 lawmakers.”