Posts Tagged ‘darrell issa’

D.C., Free?

As the shutdown dragged on, the mayor complained louder and louder: “We’re governed by the federal government’s action and unless the federal government authorizes it, D.C. workers are going to be in a bind.” Shuttered museums had local businesses worried about a drop in tourism. And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called it a “very special [...]

National Park Service Director to Congress: Seriously, the Parks Are Closed

Republicans put the Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, under fire Wednesday morning, subpoenaing him to testify in front of Congress to investigate, in part, why open-air parks like the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial are shuttered.
Jarvis' explanation: Well, there's a government shutdown, and the NPS is funded by the government.
The [...]

District Line Daily: How to Fix Everything

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.
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Build more parks. Fix the ANCs. Nix the ANCs. Install cupholders on Capital Bikeshare bikes. The [...]

District Line Daily: Waiting for Good Snow

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.
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Snowstorm mania! While he wait to see whether the "snowquester" will be worth the hype, here's [...]

District Line Daily: Flood Relief

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What better way to enjoy a short week than by seeing the D.C. Shorts Film [...]

The Needle: Forget It, Vince, It’s Chinatown

Baseball Batman: I'm not much of a baseball guy, so when I go to Nationals Stadium, it's for the stuff that has nothing to do with America's Pastime—beer and the presidents' race. Lately, though, the race has seemed uninspired—just a straight-up footrace, without even a preplanned pratfall to knock Teddy out of the running. Now, [...]

Scenes From Occupy D.C.’s Tent of Dreams

The National Park Service began actively enforcing regulations against camping in public parks at noon today, sending Occupy D.C. participants scurrying to erect a "tent of dreams" in protest.
Last week, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., held a hearing regarding NPS’s regulation of camping in [...]

House Oversight Committee, Occupied

The House Oversight Committee's D.C. subcommittee held a hearing today on the legality of Occupy D.C.'s presence in McPherson Square. Let's set aside, for a moment, the absurdity of spending significant time on a protest that isn't impacting the lives of most D.C. residents in any measurable way—despite the assertion that Occupy has brought the [...]

Issa Investigating Occupy D.C.

Based on his recent comments, this may be the kind of congressional meddling Mayor Vince Gray can get behind:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar alleging that Occupy DC's presence in the park "appears to violate the law" and questioning why the National Parks Service has not cleared [...]

Issa Introduces Bill To Give District Budget Autonomy, Sort Of

Perhaps I'm a cynic, but I'm not convinced Darrell Issa's new bill to offer the District budget autonomy was made in good faith. The California Republican (who tried to micromanage D.C. government just a few weeks ago), has attached a clause to the bill that would prevent the D.C. from using its own tax dollars to [...]

The Needle: Shots Fired Edition

Armed And Dangerous: The national news media got very excited Friday night, as word broke that there had been some gunshots a few blocks from the White House. Early reports made it sound like the weapon might have been aimed at the executive mansion. But quickly, it became clear that it was just a coincidence; [...]

Kwame Brown to Rep. Darell Issa: “We’ve Got This”

At WAMU, Patrick Madden reports that Rep. Darrell Issa is pumping the brakes on his plan to make more rules for people who don't live in his home district:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has agreed to set aside a bill that would require background checks for top-level D.C. government appointees, according to D.C. government officials. Issa [...]

The Needle: Taxation Without Fingerprints Edition

Your Papers, Please, D.C.: The United States is tied up in two wars, and the unemployment rate is so high that a drop to 8 percent would be cause for celebration. So naturally, Congress is turning to what's really important—making sure every senior-level D.C. government appointee has never committed "willful engagement in acts or activities [...]

Meet Your New D.C. Council: Congress!

The budget deal struck by Congress and the White House last weekend kept D.C. libraries and rec centers open by averting a government shutdown. But it also included policy “riders” that banned the District from spending any of its local budget on abortion and ordered the city to continue a school voucher program. Since federal [...]

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