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Toyoda
AP / Itsuo Inouye

Toyota’s Big Apology

Amid major setbacks leading to massive recalls related to unintended acceleration, faulty brakes and other mechanical calamities, Toyota is shifting into damage control mode. On Tuesday, the Japanese carmaker’s president, Akio Toyoda, made a personal apology before the U.S. Congress, admitting that his company got ahead of itself, prioritizing growth over quality control.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Twitter theater
Composite image: Kleininstruments.com, twitter.com

‘Twitter Effect’ Hits Hollywood

The time frame for projecting the success or failure of a newly released film has already been compressed to the point of asphyxiation, thanks to the Internet, but with the popularity of social networking services like Twitter, the window of box office opportunity has become even shorter, according to The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich
SEIU International

Kucinich Says Climate Bill Might Make Things Worse

Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the climate bill that narrowly passed the House Friday: “It sets targets that are too weak, especially in the short term, and sets about meeting those targets through Enron-style accounting methods. It gives new life to one of the primary sources of the problem that should be on its way out—coal—by giving it record subsidies.”

Posted on Jun 27, 2009 READ MORE


smoker
Flickr / NeilsPhotography

Big Tobacco Targeted by Bigger Government

The Food and Drug Administration may soon have control over the tobacco industry, if legislation survives Senate obstacles. The bill passed by a wide margin in the House, where its principal sponsor, Rep. Henry Waxman, said, “It has taken us far too long to get to this point.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / M. Spencer Green

Health Care Reform Can’t Wait

The national health care crisis, intensified by the recession, is so bad that nothing can be permitted to stop reform of the system, not even the implosion of the president’s health czar.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Dems Dump Detroit’s Man on the Hill

House Democrats are serious about going green. To prove it, they just ousted auto hawk John Dingell from his perch as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Henry Waxman, a California liberal and occasional Dingell foe, supplied the boot.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


book cover

Karl E. Meyer on Sharon Waxman’s ‘Loot’

A new book investigates the illicit trade in antiquities and raises uneasy questions over cultural patrimony, the fevers of nationalism and the imperial ambitions of museums.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Shealah Craighead

Greenspan Admits Ideological Flaw

The former Fed chair told angry lawmakers on Thursday that after 40 years of buying into free-market ideology he had “found a flaw.” Rep. Henry Waxman told Greenspan “our whole economy is paying the price” because he ignored advice and resisted regulation.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



starwoodhotels.com

AIG Execs Enjoy Sun and Fun on Your Dime

What’s $85 billion if you don’t get to spend it? Just days after taxpayers saved AIG from ruin, executives of the insurance giant spent $440,000 pampering themselves at the exclusive St. Regis resort in Monarch Beach, Calif.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Richard Fuld Jr.
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Lehman Bros. Paid Execs Millions as Company Tanked

On Monday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee took a look into the collapse of Lehman Brothers as part of a larger review of the factors leading to the current economic crisis, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. Judging by the committee’s account, leaders at Lehman Bros. disregarded key warnings of impending trouble and cut hefty checks for their fellow executives even as the firm teetered on the brink of disaster.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Maria Lauterbach
marinecorpstimes.com

Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

There was quite a struggle in Congress this week [July 27-Aug. 2]. The Department of Defense refused to allow the senior civilian in charge of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office to testify in Thursday’s hearing on sexual assault in the military. Above, Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who reported being raped in 2007 and whose body was found buried in a backyard in 2008.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


Supersize Me

Your Weekend Documentary: ‘Super Size Me’

As Sharon Waxman points out in her WaxWord blog, a broader range of documentary films is now hitting the Web in toto thanks to Snagfilms.com, taking advantage of the Internet’s distribution potential to help boost interest in documentaries.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Bush Claims Privilege Over Cheney Interviews

One of the benefits of saturating the American people with scandal is that folks eventually stop paying attention. That’s certainly the case with Plamegate, which is still being investigated despite the president’s best efforts to the contrary and a public that has generally moved on.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


Issa and Waxman

Henry ‘the Hammer’ Waxman Shows Issa Who’s Boss

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson got the oversight chairman’s blood going by refusing to answer a straightforward question, but it was fellow Congressman Darrell Issa who sent Waxman’s gavel flying. The best part about being chairman is you get to say: “I will have you physically removed from this meeting if you don’t stop.”

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


Blackwater helicopter
flickr.com

Blackwater Bounces Back

Over the last year, Blackwater Worldwide has been under fire from critics at home and abroad, but that hasn’t stopped the private security firm. In fact, the State Department has just re-upped Blackwater’s Iraq contract, thanks in part to the magic of lobbying. Also, State Department officials don’t seem to think they have much choice.

 

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


Doan Resigns
vassar.edu

The Gravy Train Stops Here

It’s the end of an era for the friends of General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan, who resigned from her post Tuesday following years of allegations of corruption and other inappropriate uses of power. Doan’s reign over the government’s chief contracting agency was riddled with contract handouts and examples of using her appointed position for political (read Republican) purposes.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Case of the Missing E-Mails

The mystery of the missing White House e-mails is likely never to be solved, its plot so convoluted that even Henry Waxman, the dogged House investigator who has brought to light such unseemliness as contracting scandals in Iraq reconstruction, seems to be flummoxed.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Rice Takes a Licking in Congress

Typically cool as a cucumber, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice struggled to hold it together Thursday as members of the House Oversight Committee let her have it on everything from the enormous, expensive and incomplete U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Blackwater’s killing spree.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Gouging Grandma

The elderly are paying for waste in the GOP-crafted Medicare drug benefit.  Rep. Waxman, D-Calif., is lifting the lid on this kettle, and what’s inside ain’t pretty.

 

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


State Dept. Silent on Iraqi Corruption

Asked to what extent the State Department had covered up corruption in the government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the department’s top Mideast official told the House Oversight Committee that information that could “damage” the U.S. relationship with Iraq is considered “confidential.” That didn’t go over well with committee Chairman Henry Waxman, who then threw down the gauntlet.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


Blackwater Founder Takes a Beating in Congress

Blackwater USA founder and chairman Erik Prince stubbornly defended his company Tuesday while members of the House Oversight Committee grilled him with questions such as “Why are we privatizing our military to an organization that has been aggressive and in some cases reckless in the handling of their duties?”

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


wounded man
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

The State Dept.‘s Murderous Guardians

How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians?  More urgently, why did State Department employees and their bosses in Washington tolerate—and pay to conceal—the wanton murder conducted on their watch?

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Report Points to Blackwater’s Excessive Violence

According to a devastating new report from the House Oversight Committee, Blackwater USA employees engaged in at least 195 “escalation of force” incidents since 2005, with the private security firm firing 80 percent of the first shots (despite its purely defensive mandate). What’s worse, the State Department has provided little if any oversight, instead assisting the company as it carried out damage control.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Waxman: State Dept. Blocked Blackwater Investigation

Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, claims his panel’s attempts to look into Blackwater USA’s recent controversial actions in Iraq were derailed by the State Department.  The State Department, on the other hand, denies blocking the investigation and says Waxman’s charge is the result of a “misunderstanding.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Whistleblowers Expose State Department Bushie

Rep. Henry Waxman has accused the State Department’s top oversight official of looking out for the best interests of the Bush administration, and not the American taxpayer. A number of current and former subordinates of the State Department’s inspector general contacted Waxman to report interference with investigations into fraud and corruption in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Administration Plays Hide and Seek With Missing E-Mails

In an apparent effort to keep the estimated 5 million missing White House e-mails missing, the Justice Department is claiming that the White House Office of Administration, which handles IT support for the executive branch, is not covered by freedom-of-information law. Press-freedom advocate Lucy Dalglish notices a trend: “When they don’t want to comply with the law, they just shamelessly argue they are not subject to the law.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


rumsfeld
youtube.com

Rumsfeld Lies?:  Pat Tillman Case Review

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a cameo appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify about what he knew, and when, regarding the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman.  Facing Reps. Henry Waxman, Dennis Kucinich and others, a fidgety Rumsfeld denied that there was a cover-up, denied that he played any part in mischaracterizing Tillman’s death, and explained the difference between an “error” and a “lie.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Rumsfeld Denies Responsibility at Tillman Hearing

In a hearing before a House committee Wednesday, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testified he had not known the real circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death in April 2004 and that he would not characterize the Army’s handling of the friendly-fire case as a “cover-up.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
rawstory.com

Rumsfeld to Testify on Tillman Death

The Raw Story is reporting that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday to answer questions related to the killing of Pat Tillman.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Former Surgeon General:  Gov’t Squelched Health Reports

In an incendiary report Tuesday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona (who served from 2002 to 2006) pointed a finger at the Bush administration for prioritizing politics over truth. 

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE



AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

The Banality of Greed

War profiteering is hardly a new phenomenon, but it’s happening on unprecedented levels in Iraq, thanks to hefty contracts between the U.S. government and companies like Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR.  KBR’s bookkeeping has recently come under scrutiny as American taxpayers continue to subsidize its wartime projects.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


cheney
AP Photo/Eric Gay

Cheney Sidesteps White House Rules

In his typically reassuring style, Dick Cheney has stated that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the U.S. government and is therefore not bound by certain White House rules, reports “The Blotter” on abcnews.com.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
AP Photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

The Overseer: Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman, who more than any other politician is fulfilling the Democrats’ election promise to bring good governance and oversight back to Washington, tells Truthdig about Iraq corruption, the tragedy of post-traumatic stress disorder, and why it’s only a matter of time before Congress—Republicans included—pulls the plug on the war.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
AP Photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

The Overseer: Rep. Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman, who more than any other politician is fulfilling the Democrat’s election promise to bring good governance and oversight back to Washington, tells Truthdig about Iraq corruption, the tragedy of post-traumatic stress disorder, and why it’s only a matter of time before Congress—Republicans included—pulls the plug on the war.

Posted on May 28, 2007 READ MORE


Congress Probes White House Over Tillman Affair

The House Oversight Committee has sent requests to the White House and Pentagon asking for all documents related to the death of Pat Tillman. The committee is investigating why the Army misrepresented the circumstances of the Ranger’s death. Key to that effort is a letter sent by a top general urging Gen. John Abizaid to warn the White House.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


Condoleezza
socialitelife.com

Rice Resists Subpoena

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she’s not obligated under the principle of executive privilege to comply with a subpoena issued by the House, but would be happy to respond to questions by writing a letter.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


rice
africanamericans.com

Subpoena Time for Rice

The House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday to testify in May about what she knew about false intelligence linking Niger to Iraq’s supposed WMD program.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


Testimony

Tillman Family, Jessica Lynch Challenge Pentagon Misinformation

Testifying before the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman’s brother and mother criticized the Pentagon and the government, which they said manipulated the truth for the sake of political gain.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Congress to Investigate Tillman Cover-Up

From documents already released, it has become clear that the Army acted inappropriately following the death of Pat Tillman, destroying evidence, instituting an “information lockdown” and possibly even discussing a PR strategy. Congress will now investigate the matter, with the aid of uncensored documents and testimony from the Tillman family.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
washingtonpost.com

House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Oversight Hearing Reveals Contractor Abuses

Last year, the Army vehemently denied allegations that Halliburton had hired Blackwater, another private contractor, to provide security in Iraq, but in a hearing before the House Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday, the military reversed itself. The committee also made public an e-mail from a Blackwater employee who frantically demanded that the firm properly equip its guards, four of whom were killed hours after the message was written.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: What Lies Beneath

When the Democrats begin using the power of the subpoena to probe Bush administration malfeasance, will we have the fortitude (or inclination) to pay attention?

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Henry Waxman
hillnews.com

Waxman: A Thorn in Bush’s Side

Rep. Henry Waxman (Truthdig’s own congressman) spent his years in the minority generating headlines for his investigations into abuses of power and corruption.  Now that the Dems have taken over, he will have some teeth to sink into the Bush administration’s excesses.

Posted on Nov 25, 2006 READ MORE


Halliburton Tried to Double Its Pleasure, Fun

Even while a Halliburton subsidiary was being criticized for running up bills on a 2003 no-bid contract, government officials were finding similar problems on a simultaneous project.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


Congressman: Bush Signed Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the White House why the president signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that apparently did not pass the House.
Also, check out a lawsuit on the issue, and an earlier news report.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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