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GOP seeks Countrywide mortgage documents

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- A Republican lawmaker says he's seeking records relating to a defunct "VIP" mortgage loan program associated with U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.

Dogs of War: A small step for contractors

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- For a long time now, much of the discussion of the use of private contractors on the battlefield and war zones has been sensationalistic and not particularly helpful. Either contractors are just patriots helping out their former comrades, as most of them are former military themselves, or they are just war profiteering money-grubbers who trample on human rights. Neither view is correct.
DAVID ISENBERG
GOP Rep. opposes sick Sept. 11 worker fund

GOP Rep. opposes sick Sept. 11 worker fund

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- A California congressman said Wednesday he has reservations about a proposed new fund for rescuers sickened by the 2001 terror attacks, not supporting victims.

U.S. lawmakers visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Four Republican members of the U.S. Congress met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to urge the restoration of democracy.

Cheney accuses Pelosi of 'bad behavior'

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of "bad behavior" for visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Scientist feeling White House pressure

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- A top U.S. scientist said in Washington he shouldn't have a bureaucrat looking over his shoulder whenever he comments on issues in his field of expertise. James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, deplored what he called the "p

New bill to enhance patent litigation

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- To address the growing number of patent disputes, two House Representatives introduced a bill to improve patent litigation in District Courts.

Imprisoned JDL member killed

PHOENIX, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A member of the Jewish Defense League imprisoned for planning to bomb a California mosque was beaten to death in his cell in a federal prison.

Bush pushes guest-worker plan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is quietly pushing its plan for a guest-worker program that would give illegal immigrants a temporary status in the United States.

Bomb plotter gets 20 years in prison

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Jewish Defense League member who plotted to bomb a California congressman's office and a Culver City mosque in 2001 has drawn 20 years in prison.

Assad meets U.S. congressman

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad held talks Saturday with U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R, Cal.) on future relations between the two countries.

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Radio station set to sacrifice Republican

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles radio station asked listeners to identify one Republican candidate soft on immigration issues for an on-air campaign to defeat the politician.

GOP's Jones scores two big endorsements

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Two California GOP leaders from opposite ends of the party have endorsed former state Secretary of State Bill Jones's 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Arnold turns down Davis debate challenge

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger will apparently not take Gov. Gray Davis up on his invitation to a one-on-one debate before the Oct. 7 recall election.
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Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California) participates in the third annual Zestiest Legislator Contest in Washington D.C. on June 22, 2004. The contest is hosted by "Chile Pepper" magazine. (UPI Photo/ Rick Steele)
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Darrell Edward Issa (pronounced /ˈaɪsə/; born November 1, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district, and previously the 48th, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was formerly a CEO of Directed Electronics, the Vista, California-based manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. His district consists of portions of southern Riverside County and northern San Diego County. The district was numbered as the 48th District during his first term and was renumbered the 49th after the 2000 Census. Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Aside from his service in Congress, Issa is also known for being a major contributor to the 2003 recall election of Governor Gray Davis, and a guest speaker at Republican events. His net worth has been estimated at more than $220 million, making him the second richest member of Congress.

Issa was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Lebanese immigrants. His mother was a Mormon and his father Eastern Orthodox; he was the second of their six children. The family moved to the predominantly Jewish suburb of Cleveland Heights later in his childhood. Many of his friends were Jewish, and Issa worked for a rabbi at one point. He became very familiar with Jewish culture. His family identified as Lebanese rather than Arab, following the example of entertainer Danny Thomas.

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