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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Dan Burton
In an increasingly polarized world, the small Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan is a tantalizing study in contradictions.
As congressional Republicans' chief investigator, Rep. Darrell E. Issa is following in the footsteps of his predecessors at the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who often used the post to keep the pressure on presidents of the opposite party.
At Wednesday's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Chairman Darrell Issa's questioning made one thing certain: The Obama administration's initial explanation — that the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were directly related to Islamic rage over a YouTube video — becomes more troubling with each passing day.
As anti-American sentiment boils in Islamic countries like Egypt, lawmakers are moving to release billions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid under a governmentwide funding bill expected to clear Congress this week.
Tucked away in what is colloquially known as the "post-Soviet space," the tiny, landlocked Central Asian republic of Tajikistan seems like an unlikely strategic prize. Yet a potentially significant geopolitical tug of war is brewing there between the United States and Russia. The stakes of this unfolding contest are high and involve continued Western access to Central Asia and, quite possibly, the political future of at least part of the region.
The third anniversary of CNBC analyst Rick Santelli's famous on-camera rant that many grass-roots folk cite as an early catalyst of the tea party movement has passed - but Mr. Santelli's spell still lingers.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was warned Thursday by key members a House committee that he faces a contempt of Congress citation if the Justice Department fails to turn over documents subpoenaed in the investigation of the failed Fast and Furious gunrunning operation in Arizona.
Rep. Dan Burton, the Indiana Republican whose ardent investigations of Bill Clinton in the 1990s lifted his national profile, announced Tuesday that he is ending a three-decade career in the U.S. House because of an undisclosed family health concern.
Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, understands what many Americans still don't: President Obama is on track to undermine the American way ("The danger of underestimating Obama," Commentary, Aug. 9).
I appreciate the recent column by Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, from the bottom of my heart ("The danger of underestimating Obama," Commentary, Tuesday). Mr. Burton has laid out the truth about dismissing Mr. Obama in a most clear, concise and factual manner. This should be required reading for all Republicans in America.
A Virginia man was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents in a suspected influence-peddling scheme to funnel millions of dollars from the Pakistani government, including its military intelligence service, to U.S. elected officials to help drive India out of the disputed Kashmir territory in South Asia.
Just as they did the last time the party captured the House of Representatives, Republicans are pushing a major overhaul of the nation's welfare system.
For an early idea of how the Democratic White House and emboldened House Republicans will get along next year, keep an eye on Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican.
CASA and tax dollars
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Azerbaijan's bilateral trade with Israel reached $4 billion last year and about 40 percent of Israel's oil imports come from Azerbaijan, he noted.
Its human rights record aside, Azerbaijan has plenty of advocates inside the United States, including former Rep. Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican who wrote in a Washington Times op-ed last month that America must be patient with its Caspian ally.