House Oversight Committee

Be Careful What You Wish For, Police Body-Cam Edition

After the recent deluge of videos showing police abusing and sometimes flat-out murdering more-or-less innocent citizens, the willingness of a growing number of cities to equip officers with video cameras has been hailed as a victory by civil libertarians. But what if those cameras also extend the surveillance network exponentially?

Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is recusing himself from investigations into Russian interference in American politics and contacts with associates of President Donald Trump, after the DOJ acknowledged he had contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

Chaffetz Seeks Charges Against Former Hillary IT Aide Bryan Pagliano

After being held in contempt of Congress for twice failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to Trump's new Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to convene a grand jury or bring charges against Bryan Pagliano, the now infamous IT-aide who was responsible for setting up Hillary's private email servers.

Fed's Harker Blames 'Prime-Aged' American Male Joblessness On Drug Abuse

For 60 years the labor force participation rate of 25-54 year old men in America has declined. There are many reasons for this existential decline, but Philly Federal Reserve President Pat Harker explained today during a Q&A session that he is concerned that more 25-54 year old men are out of the workforce and blamed "drug abuse" for the problem. Of course, this is not the first time Fed officials have claimed 'drug abuse' as an excuse for the failure of their policies. 

Ethics Office Recommends "Disciplinary Action" Against Kellyanne Conway

"Under the present circumstances, there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct Act and that disciplinary action is warranted,” Walter Schaub wrote in a Tuesday letter to White House legal counselor Stefan Passantino. "I recommend the White House investigate Ms. Conway’s actions and consider taking disciplinary action against her."

Democrats Call For Sept 11-Style Commission To Probe Russia

Democratic members of the U.S. Congress called on Monday for the creation of an independent commission to investigate Russia's attempts to intervene in the 2016 election, similar to the Sept. 11 panel that probed the 2001 attacks on the United States.