Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Photo: The Hill
Justin Sink and Tim Devaney writing for The Hill this morning suggest that Republicans in the Senate will use their first high-profile confirmation hearing to put Eric Holder on trial today.
Wednesday’s examination of Loretta Lynch, the federal prosecutor picked by President Obama to replace Holder as attorney general, they suggest, will allow Republicans air long-standing grievances with the Obama administration. Actually, if the committee has read the book “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams, the question is very simple.
Senator 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 Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced legislation in the Senate and House to remove an outdated charter that limits business and economic development opportunities for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.
“Outdated laws and regulations hold communities back all around Oklahoma,” said Lankford.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.”
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.
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.
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.