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Rep. Elijah Cummings: Darrell Issa broke own rules on Libya trip. Oops.

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It goes without saying that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is a hypocrite. We've covered that here at TPC over and over again.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the committee, is blasting Issa for his hypocrisy, too, this time for violating his own rules on committee travel. Bummer.

Guess why Issa decided it's time for a trip... Hint:

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Yes, Investigator Issa's off to Libya to look into (again) the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and oops! Per TPM, he "failed to specify a clear enough purpose and provide sufficient opportunity for Democratic lawmakers to join the delegation."

Here are some excerpts from a letter from Rep. Cummings to Rep. NoCredibilityWhatsoever:

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I am writing to request that you immediately postpone your upcoming delegation to Libya and several other countries until you come into compliance with your own Committee directives, stop your partisan efforts to deliberately exclude Democrats from this trip, and provide adequate notice to allow Democratic Members to join this delegation at a later date. [...]

The only congressional travelers on this itinerary are you and your Republican staffer.  No Democratic Members are listed on the itinerary, and you have not contacted me or my staff about this trip. [...]

I have obtained other documents showing that you have been planning this delegation for more than a week, so there are no exigencies that would have prohibited you from consulting with Democrats.  Although you claim that your investigation of the Benghazi attacks is bipartisan, your efforts to secretly plan an official trip to Libya—and then deliberately exclude Democrats from joining—is part of an unfortunate pattern of partisanship that undermines the credibility of this investigation.

Busted.

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Supervisor: Paul Ryan campaign event, "a highly inappropriate use of hangar space," violated county rules

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One might conclude that Paul Ryan felt "entitled" to break a few county rules when he held a rally for thousands in a local airport hangar in Wisconsin.

Via JS Online:

A Nov. 5 rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at a county-owned Mitchell International Airport hangar violated county rules and lease terms for the firm that rents the space, a county supervisor said Wednesday.

Supervisor Patricia Jursik called Ryan's election eve rally "a highly inappropriate use of hangar space." She said the rally violated the county's hangar lease with Sterling Aviation, where Ryan spoke to more than 2,000 supporters.

"It turned that hangar into a big convention hall," Jursik said in an interview.

He also caused traffic jams and violated the county ethics ordinance, but who's counting?

In case anyone is wondering, Supervisor Jursik is an independent, so this wasn't about politics.

The airport manager said Ryan was originally given approval because they thought it would be nothing more than a landing and takeoff, as other national candidates have done. But it turned into something bigger and "inappropriate," you know, kind of like the Romney-Ryan campaign.

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PhotOH! Mitt Romney broke a Facebook rule. Do we sense a pattern?

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Ruh-roh, Willard, you got some 'splainin' to do to Facebook. According to their rules, you can't include a web address in your cover photo. I took a screen grab to prove it, and even highlighted the relevant parts:

But on the Romney page, as Gizmodo points out, Willard has clearly posted a web address, right there on his cover photo. Here's a screen grab of that, too:

Willard broke their rule, no doubt about it. Then again, we already know that he plays fast and loose with rules, so this is nothing new.

Besides, he probably feels entitled to his very own rules, to do whatever he wants whenever he wants. After all, he's running for office, for Pete's sake. He's a contender! He's somebody!

Or, hey, maybe he bought himself a new rule that allows only him to post a web address on his Facebook cover photo.

Or perhaps he had someone fired for trying to prevent him from displaying "MittRomney.com" across the page.

Or maybe, just maybe, he secretly bought Facebook!

The presumptive Republican presidential candidate is setting some example there, isn't he? Quite the little role model. A man we can always trust to follow the law rules.

Now if President Obama had done such a thing, had he dared to do as he pleased with total disregard for Facebook's demands, he would have been vilified.

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