Lankford, Mullin bill removes barriers for tribe

MiamiTribeOKSenator James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced legislation in the Senate and House to remove an outdated charter that limits business and economic development opportunities for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

 “Outdated laws and regulations hold communities back all around Oklahoma,” said Lankford. “This federal corporate charter is unused by the Tribe, and yet its existence raises concerns for prospective business partners due to restrictive conditions within the charter. Taking the federal charter off the books eliminates uncertainty for these partners and ensures that the Tribe is free to pursue new opportunities that will benefit the community now and for years to come.”

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The evil defeated 70 years ago today

Survivors of Auschwitz. Photo by The Mirror

Survivors of Auschwitz. Photo by The Mirror, UK

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of Allied forces freeing the survivors of Auschwitz:

“Seventy years ago, Allied forces liberated the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland. 7,000 survivors were mercifully freed. Some 1.3 million souls, however, did not emerge from those cursed gates.

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State session starts, craziness begins

The Honorable John Reif, Chief Justice-Elect of the Supreme Court, administers the oath of office to newly elected and reelected members of the Senate.

The Honorable John Reif, Chief Justice-Elect of the Supreme Court, administers the oath of office to newly elected and reelected members of the Senate.

Editor’s Note: One of the most strident pundits in Oklahoma is Charlie Meadows of the Oklahoma Political Action Committee. Charlie, who produces a regular email blast of commentary, event notices, news and views provides this analysis on the forthcoming Oklahoma legislative session.

Opinion: The 2015 legislative session is set to begin next Monday, February 2nd. As with all legislative sessions some good will be done and some bad. Some of it is just craziness.
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NASA’s best ever view of dwarf planet

NASA Artist illustration of Dawn Spacecraft

NASA Artist illustration of Dawn Spacecraft

The Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.

“We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved,” said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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Argentina’s President denies link to lawyer death

Argentina President Cristina Fernand

Argentina President Cristina Fernand. Photo: Sky News

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez has announced an overhaul of secret services while dismissing claims that government officials had any involvement in the mysterious death of a leading lawyer the day before he was to testify on government corruption.

Sky News reports that Alberto Nisman was found dead in his flat in Buenos Aires on 18 January with a gun nearby. Initially it was claimed he had committed suicide, but officials later said homicide or “induced” suicide could not be ruled out.
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