Congressional Republicans to grill Obamacare consultant at hearing
By Susan Cornwell and Roberta Rampton

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Gruber, a healthcare economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls the american people stupid.(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress plan to renew their attacks on President Barack Obama and his signature healthcare plan on Tuesday when they grill a consultant who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped ensure the law’s passage.

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said panel members will ask consultant Jonathan Gruber about possible deceptions and a lack of transparency in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

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Congressional Hearings This Week on IRS Targeting

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TruthTuesday 10:00 am Senate Finance Committee Hearing United States Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:00 AM 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building A Review of Criteria Used by the IRS to Identify 501(c)(4) Applications for Greater Scrutiny Witness Testimony Mr. Steven T. Miller, Acting Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC The Honorable J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, United States Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC The Honorable Douglas Shulman, Former IRS Commissioner, Washington, DC Wednesday  9:30 House Oversight Hearing Oversight Announces IRS Hearing Next Week May 15, 2013 WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on political targeting at the Internal Revenue Service next Wednesday. “The IG report indicts IRS for a colossal management failure, but leaves many questions unanswered,” said Chairman Issa. The full committee hearing, entitled “The IRS: Targeting Americans for Their Political Beliefs,” will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be streamed live at The Committee has invited the following witnesses to testify: Neal S. Wolin, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service Douglas Shulman, Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

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Issa Tells CIA: Plan for Massive Benghazi Probe

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Benghazi-attack-tapeEscalating his investigation of the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last year, Rep. Darrell Issa warned CIA and other government officials Wednesday to lawyer-up in preparation for a massive probe. The California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters Wednesday suggesting that some witnesses lawyer up before being called to testify, The Hill reported. He also suggested that some witnesses should be prepared for retaliation from their employer, depending on their responses. “Some witnesses may be required to retain personal counsel to represent them before the committee and in the event the agency subsequently retaliates against them for cooperating with the committee’s investigation,” the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said in separate letters to the CIA, State Department, and Pentagon.

Issa said some witnesses have already been cooperating with the investigation into the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, the Hill reported.

“During the course of the investigation, numerous individuals have approached the committee with information related to the attack,” he wrote in the letters.

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