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Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, asked the EPA's inspector general to sort out the missing message issue, saying that deleting the messages appears to break the EPA's own policy.

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"The Obama administration should stop trying to scare Americans and then impose costly, unnecessary regulations on them," said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. "When assessing climate change, we need to make sure that findings are driven by science, not an alarmist, partisan agenda." (Associated Press)

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"The Obama administration should stop trying to scare Americans and then impose costly, unnecessary regulations on them," said House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. "When assessing climate change, we need to make sure that findings are driven by science, not an alarmist, partisan agenda." (Associated Press)

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Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is charging that the Obama administration has “falsified” deportation records to artificially boost numbers by adding Border Patrol apprehensions to the total. (Associated Press)

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Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is charging that the Obama administration has “falsified” deportation records to artificially boost numbers by adding Border Patrol apprehensions to the total. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Lamar Smith, of Texas and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said President Obama was putting "illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of American citizens and legal immigrants." (Associated Press)

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder greets Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), right, as he appears before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about "Fast and Furious" a federal gun sting which allowed weapons to go to Mexican drug cartels through straw buyers, Thursday, December 8, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner (right), Ohio Republican — accompanied by (from left) Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, and Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican — speaks at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, accuses the Obama administration of having "cooked the books" for two years regarding U.S. border security facts.

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Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, wants the Justice Department to halt Utah's guest-worker program for illegal immigrants, calling it "unconstitutional." (Associated Press)

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Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said Tuesday that a Pew Hispanic Center report showed more than 7 million people are working in the country illegally and noted that the unemployment rates in minority communities are well above the national average. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Lamar Smith says both sides are "big boys" who didn't need Congress to "referee every business dispute." (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, wants a new policy for illegals involved in DUI cases.