Oct 11

United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is a United States House of Representatives committee that has existed in varying forms since 1816.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. After Republicans gained control of the House in 1995, the committee was reorganized to include just seven subcommittees. This reorganization consolidated the jurisdiction previously covered by 3 full committees and 14 subcommittees, and resulted in a 50 percent cut in staff.[1] In 2007, Henry Waxman, (D-CA) the chairman of the committee proposed an additional reorganization which combined the duties of the seven previous subcommittees into five. This reorganization was adopted by the full committee January 18, 2007.[2]

As of the 114th Congress, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and the Ranking Member is Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.

The Committee’s government-wide oversight jurisdiction and expanded legislative authority make it one of the most influential and powerful committees in the House. The Committee serves as Congress’ chief investigative and oversight committee, and is granted broad jurisdiction. The chairman of the committee is the only committee chairman in the House with the authority to issue subpoenas without a committee vote.[3] However, in recent history, it has become practice to refrain from unilateral subpoenas.[4]

It first appeared as the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments, which was created in 1927 by consolidating the 11 Committees on Expenditures previously spread among the various departments of the federal government to oversee how taxpayer monies were spent. The Committee’s immediate predecessor, the Committee on Government Operations, was established in 1952. The name change was intended to communicate the primary function of the committee: to study “the operations of Government activities at all levels with a view to determining their economy and efficiency.” It is the Committee’s government-wide oversight jurisdiction that sets it apart from other House committees. The committee was renamed in the 106th Congress as the Committee on Government Reform. While retaining the agenda of the former Committee on Government Operations, the Committee also has the responsibilities of the former Committee on Post Office and Civil Service and the Committee on the District of Columbia. On January 4, 2007, the 110th Congress changed its name to its current name.

This Committee was very active during President Bill Clinton’s term; it issued 1,052 subpoenas to probe alleged misconduct by the Clinton Administration and the Democratic Party between 1997 and 2002, at a cost of more than $35 million. Under this period, subpoenas could only be issued by the Committee chair, a rule change during the Clinton administration to facilitate investigations without delays caused by objections from minority members. By contrast, in the period between 1998 and 2007, chairman Thomas M. Davis and the Republican majority had permitted three subpoenas to the Bush administration, including one to the Defense Department over Hurricane Katrina documents.[5] The Boston Globe reported that an “examination of committees’ own reports found that the House Government Reform Committee held just 37 hearings described as “oversight” or investigative in nature during the last Congress, down from 135 such hearings held by its predecessor, the House Government Operations Committee, in 1993–94, the last year the Democrats controlled the chamber.”[6]

There was high interest in the priorities of the then newly installed Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) who told reporters after the November elections that “The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose” what to investigate.[7] Congressional leaders also renamed the Committee and five of its subcommittees to emphasize its new commitment to oversight responsibilities, and added a subcommittee on transparency.[8]

Between 2000 and 2006, various scandals were in the news that generated one or no subpoenas for testimony or documents. These events include the September 11, 2001 attacks, a leak of classified or secret information naming Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame, abuses and war crimes traced to the CIA in Abu Ghraib prison, evidence that charges that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction were knowingly false, illegal campaign contributions by lobbyists including Jack Abramoff, billions of dollars in preventable damage and thousands of deaths due to an incompetent response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its contractors during Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the suppression of accepted scientific data such as that of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration supporting the theory of global warming by Philip Cooney. After revelations in the Downing Street memo, a document containing incriminating information on the buildup to the Iraq War, Democrats in the minority were refused even a hearing chamber and were forced to meet in the basement of the U.S. Capitol Building on the matter.[9]

Since the November 2006 elections, The Washington Post published a series of investigative articles on the poor Congressional oversight of government contracts.[10][11][12][13]

The committee, under Davis’s chairmanship, launched two notable investigations that were considered controversial. One was an inquiry into the decision to remove life support from Terri Schiavo. The Committee issued a subpoena, without any Democratic objections, requiring Schiavo to “appear” so that members could “examine nutrition and hydration which incapacitated patients receive as part of their care.” The apparent objective of this, beyond providing a learning opportunity to committee members, was to delay the pending termination of Schiavo’s life, whose wishes were in dispute, while the Congress considered federal legislation specifically targeted at Schiavo’s death order.[14] Minority members opposed the action. Chairman Davis said it was “a legitimate legislative inquiry.”[15] Davis issued a joint statement with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) that stated: “This inquiry should give hope to Terri, her parents and friends, and the millions of people throughout the world who are praying for her safety. This fight is not over.”[15][16]

Another controversial investigation was one into the use of anabolic steroids by players in Major League Baseball.[17] The trigger for the hearings was publication of a memoir, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, by Jose Canseco.

They also investigated World Wrestling Entertainment regarding their talent wellness/drug policies, after speculation of possible links between steroid use and the death of WWE performer Chris Benoit.[18]

On July 8, 2009, the Committee Republicans released an investigative staff report discussing the financial collapse of 2008–2009.[19] The report alleges that the government was the cause of the collapse, due what it described as government meddling in the United States housing and lending market in the name of “affordable housing”.

The committee hold hearings and conducts investigations as part of its oversight duty.

March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed that would “require all employers to cover birth control free of cost to women”.[20] In January 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services released the rules governing religious institutions that needed a Conscience clause. Those new rules were widely condemned for infringing on the Free Exercise Clause.

In February 2012, the committee held a hearing entitled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” [2]

The hearing “was supposed to be about religious freedom and a mandate that health insurers cover contraception in the United States”, according to ABC News,[21] which also reported that “Issa said the hearing is meant to be more broadly about religious freedom and not specifically about the contraception mandate in the Health Reform law.”

The agenda, speakers list, and topics were finalized and published Monday, February 13, and were divided into two panels, the first, in the morning, to be of clergy/religious leaders/theologians, who could authoritatively speak for various religious denominations about their needs or lack thereof for a conscience clause, to hear testimony from leaders of different faiths who “are concerned that government, under this Administration, is encroaching on their First Amendment rights.”[22]

The second panel met in the afternoon, and was composed of lay or religious leaders of religious-affiliated institutions that would be affected by the wording of the conscience clause.[23] Democrats were offered two spots on each of the two panels, but failed to nominate any speakers by the 13th. Rep. Issa verbally confirmed that Democrats had asked Rev Barry Lynn, a prominent theologian, to speak, and his name was added to the speakers list, though without topics, or assignment to a panel, since no complete written nomination had been received by deadline.

On the day of the hearing, Democrats demanded the committee also add Sandra Fluke, a woman enrolled at Georgetown, to the panel (clergy) that had just sat, and that she be allowed to speak “now”, but committee chairman Issa said Democrats could not add their witness because she was not a member of the clergy.[21]

As an accommodation, Ms. Fluke’s speech at a media event from the previous week (substantially the same as the speech she intended to give), was added to the hearing record,[24] Criticism of the views contained in that speech, (which was also delivered again a week later at a venue outside the Committee) especially by Rush Limbaugh, launched the Rush Limbaugh–Sandra Fluke controversy.

Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, announced that he is investigating the Justice Department’s actions in prosecuting Swartz’s case.[25] In a statement to the Huffington Post, Issa praised Swartz’s work toward “open government and free access to the people.” Issa’s investigation has garnered some bipartisan support.[26]

On January 28, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Issa and ranking member Elijah Cummings published a letter to Attorney General Holder, questioning whether prosecutors intentionally added felony counts to increase the amount of time Swartz faced in prison.[27] Indeed, the former 4 felony counts on July 14, 2011, jumped to 13 counts on Sept. 12, 2012.[28] Their letter read, in part:

It appears that prosecutors increased the felony counts by providing specific dates for each action, turning each marked date into its own felony charge, and significantly increasing Mr. Swartz’s maximum criminal exposure to up to 50 years imprisonment and $1 million in fines.[28]

Boston’s WBUR has reported that US Attorney in charge for the Swartz prosecution, Carmen Ortiz, is expected to testify before the committee’s upcoming probe into the handling of the Aaron Swartz case.[29]

Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees Website

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Sep 25

Wigs You Wish They Hadn\\’t Used In The Movies

Wigs You Wish They Hadn\\’t Used In The Movies

by

Keith Fernandes

It takes a lot of effort and preparation on the part of an actor to get into the character that he or she is supposed to be playing. The preparation not only involves getting the dialogue, the accent and the body nuances right, but also means getting into the look of the character.

Sometimes, getting into the look will involve changing your hairstyle and color. It may so happen that an actor may be shooting simultaneously for two films. In such a situation, the actor has to take care to maintain the continuity of both the films and hence he or she may have to resort to a wig in one movie and style his or her natural hair for the other movie.

While the actors have no problems with getting accustomed to wigs, there are some wigs that have ruined the role despite a good performance.

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This article takes a look at some of the worst wigs seen on screen.

1.Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls: Remember Regina George, the Queen Bee of The Plastics – well yeah, she wore a wig. Rachel McAdams, who played Regina George was working on another movie at the same time as Mean Girls and so, she couldn\\’t dye her hair blonde as the character required. In order to play the role to perfection, she wore a wig while filming her parts. But the wig did not play its role well. The lifeless blonde wig did nothing to accentuate her performance as the horrible and wily, Regina George.

2.Ginnifer Goodwin in He\\’s Just Not That Into You: Ginnifer played the role of the romantically vulnerable Gigi Phillips to perfection. In real life Ginnifer sports a short cropped hairdo that really suits her. However, for this film, she had to wear an unflattering bob style wig. With that hair, no wonder she couldn\\’t find love in the movie, until the very end.

3.Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones: Emilia Clarke brought to life the character of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of the king. The character is supposed to have silver hair but the wig that the wardrobe department came up with was atrocious. It didn\\’t impact her performance but it did make the viewer want to yank the wig out of the way.

4.Christina Aguilera in Burlesque: Christina Aguilera made her debut as an actress in this movie. Her character Ali Rose is club dancer and for this role, Aguilera had to wear different wigs for the performances. However, the hair that has been shown as her original hair in the movie is also a wig and though the color did seem a mellow change from her own peroxide blonde hair, it still looked like a wig, which was a disappointment.

There are several movies that have made the stars look like a joke because of the wrong hairdo. Most actors have managed to give a stellar performance despite the wig. However, the entire look and feel of the character is lost due to one wardrobe department error.

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Sep 25

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

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Sep 25

Tour de France: Michael Rasmussen wins stage 16

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 

Michael Rasmussen of Denmark has won stage 16 of the 2007 Tour de France in a time of 6h 23′ 21″.

Rasmussen increased his overall lead by 35″ over Alberto Contador of Spain, who finished third.

After a rest day, the riders faced the third-longest, 218.5 km, and arguably the Tour’s hardest, stage. The first challenge was the brutal Port de Larrau (14.7 km climb at 8.1%), which is just 79km into the stage. The race dips into Spain for some 50 kilometres at the summit, the fourth country visited in this year’s Tour. From there, there was little reprieve for the riders, hitting the Alto Laza and the Col de la Pierre St Martin (14.2 km climb at 5.2%) before descending to the start of the difficult, and very steep, first-category Col de Marie-Blanque (9.3 km climb at 7.4%). The riders then climb the infamous Col d’Aubisque (16.7 km climb at 7%), which will reward out-and-out climbing ability and punish the legs of all the major contenders.

The entire Astana Team withdrew from the Tour prior to this stage due to Alexander Vinokourov testing positive for blood doping. Some riders staged a protest against doping at the start.

Another doping scandal hit the Tour today. Cristian Moreni of Italy tested positive for testosterone in a test conducted after Thursday’s stage 11. Moreni was questioned by police. Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer told Reuters: “He accepted his wrongdoing and did not ask for a B-sample.”

Like Astana did, Cofidis has withdrawn its entire team from the Tour. François Migraine, the team president and CEO of the sponsoring insurance company, Cofidis, said: “It’s the only thing to do in such circumstances.”

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Sep 25

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Jul 21

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Sep 18

Building Your Physical Fitness A Step Each Time

Building Your Physical Fitness A Step Each Time

by

Brian Pearsono

There is more to getting physically fit than simply exercising every once in a while. Everybody has episodes of \\”I want to get fit!\\” and \\”I want to be healthier!\\” In order to truly become more fit, you need to prepare yourself to commit fully to the health of your whole body (and spirit). You cannot get fit without also eating a healthy diet and following a healthy lifestyle. Of course, those are topics for another time. Here are some tips that you can use to help get you started on the road to fitness.

Before you start doing any sort of regular fitness routine (running, lifting weights, etc), you should see your doctor. A health care professional\\’s opinion and assessment is vital to making sure that you approach your new fitness routine correctly. Your doctor will help you figure out which parts of your lifestyle you need to work on. Your doctor will also help you develop an exercise routine that fits your health history as well as your current lifestyle. Don\\’t go it alone…especially if this is the first time you have ever tried to exercise regularly. Getting your doctor\\’s opinion on your starting point will help you decide exactly where you want to go and the way in which you will get there. You do want to increase your workout intensity over time but not every day. Constantly increasing the intensity of your workouts won\\’t actually build up your muscles. This will only tear your muscles down more quickly. This is because your muscles need time to heal and get stronger between vigorous workouts. You need to give your muscles time to heal after they have been worked on. You want to alternate your workouts. Do a hard workout one day and then an easy workout the next day. This helps you get the exercise you want while still allowing your muscles time to heal.

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Get together with your friends and get fit. Even if nobody in your social circle is well versed in fitness you can work together to keep each other on track as you work to improve your health. It is a lot more fun to get fit with a group of friends than it is to try to get fit all by yourself. Doing this also gives you a built in group who won\\’t let you be lazy about getting fit. Having a friend or person on hand to help keep you focused on what you are trying to do is very helpful. Working out alone is no fun–fun is following a fitness regimen with your friends!

Nothing in your life is untouched when it comes to fitness. There is more to getting fit than simply going for a jog once or twice a week. Fitness involves a balanced diet, smart choices and a regular workout plan. When you decide to get healthy there are a lot of things you can do to help yourself reach your goals. Remember: working the body is only one small part of getting fit!

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Sep 18

21-year-old man sexually assaulted in New Zealand

Tuesday, January 2, 2007 

A 21-year-old New Zealander, who has not been named, was sexually assaulted by another man early yesterday morning (NZDT) in Wellington, New Zealand. The New Zealand police have described the sexual attack as “prolonged and terrifying”.

The man was first threatened with a weapon at a shopping center located in Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington and was then forced into a dark and isolated carpark where the sexual attack occurred.

Detective Sergeant Zane Smith, said that they have been given a very good description of the attacker and with that description have released an identikit picture. The attacker is a male M?ori aged between mid-20s and early 30s, measures around 1.8 metres and has a solid build. The most identifiable feature is a M?ori tattoo located on his chin. The attacker was also wearing a ’50 Cent’ green hooded top, faded black baggy jeans and was wearing sneakers coloured red and white.

The attacker has still not been found and police are asking for anyone who may have been in the Riddiford Street shopping centre between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras are being examined.

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Aug 16

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