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Cause of Action sues for answers on financial crisis panel

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Cause of Action wants answers about the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and has taken another step to get them.

A government accountability group, Cause of Action filed an appeal this week against the National Archives and Records Administration challenging its withholding of records about the commission.

The FCIC, a temporary commission, was created by Congress to investigate the causes of the 2008 financial crisis.

"Did the district court err in holding that the FCIC records were not agency records subject to the Freedom of Information Act?" the filing read.

Cause of Action's original Freedom of Information Act was filed in October 2011 and was denied two months later.

"Consistent with the controlling authorities, Cause of Action seeks a narrow ruling that if NARA lawfully exercises 'control' over the records of a temporary commission, as with FCIC, then those records are subject to FOIA," the group said in its filing.

The FCIC, which was created with the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, was terminated on Feb. 13, 2011.

For more information on Cause of Action and its inquiry into the FCIC, go here.

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It may seem counterintuitive for someone opposed to Obamacare to sue the government for not enforcing the landmark health care law, but a lawsuit filed by watchdog nonprofit Judicial Watch this week on behalf of a Florida orthodontist highlights some of the unusual costs associated with program's troubled rollout.

Judicial Watch sued the U.S. Treasury, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, the Internal Revenue Service and IRS Acting Director Daniel Werfel on behalf of Larry Kawa, the owner of Kawa Orthodontics, over President Obama's delay of the Obamacare employer mandate, which Kawa claims caused him to lose time and money in preparing for it.

“We obviously object to the employer mandate and the entire Obamacare law, but we understand that, under the U.S. Constitution, the law can only be changed by legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And to paraphrase Ulysses S. Grant, the best way to ensure the repeal of a bad law is to enforce it vigorously.”

The mandate requires large employers to offer affordable health care to their employees, and was originally set to take effect on Jan. 1. But Obama unilaterally delayed it until 2015.

The lawsuit argues that Obama's order of the delay "exceeded [the Obama administration’s] statutory authority, is arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, and is otherwise unlawful.”

Read the whole story here.

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