The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Justice Department to respond to the appeal filed by 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, who is seeking to have his conviction of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone overturned.
Attorneys for Behenna filed his petition on Jan. 2, but the Justice Department declined a few days later to give a government response. Supreme Court justices were scheduled to consider whether to hear Behenna’s case on Feb. 15. However, on Monday, the court asked the government to file a response by Feb.…
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President Barack Obama welcomed the Miami Heat, the NBA champs, to the White House on Monday. It might be hard for OKC Thunder fans to take, but here are the remarks. Maybe it will be the Thunder players next year.
For Immediate Release January 28, 2013
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
IN WELCOMING THE MIAMI HEAT
1:44 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Everybody please have a seat. Well, today I am honored to welcome a little up-and-coming basketball team — (laughter) — to the White House called the world champion Miami Heat.…
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Rep. Markwayne Mullin announced a series of town hall meetings for next week in his eastern Oklahoma district. Mullin, R-Westville, reported last week that he had received a death threat in his first month in Congress. The public schedule released Thursday shows that he’s not laying low because of the threat.
In a statement announcing the town hall meetings, Mullin said, “I’ve said from the very beginning that no one would outwork us and I meant it.
“We want to be very proactive to stay in contact with the District.…
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Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, was named Thursday to the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents by House Speaker John Boehner.
Cole said, “The Smithsonian Institution is an invaluable national resource for education and historic preservation. Millions of visitors to Washington, D.C., have enjoyed free access to Smithsonian museums and benefitted from the opportunity to learn more about our national and natural history by viewing the institution’s remarkable collection of artifacts.
“It’s an honor to serve this distinguished organization, and I look forward to working with the Board of Regents to continue the Smithsonian Institution’s prestigious legacy.”
Vested by Congress with the responsibility for administration of the Smithsonian Institution, the Board of Regents is made up of the chief justice of the United States, the vice president of the United States, three members of the United States Senate, three members of the United States House of Representatives, and nine private citizens, Cole’s office said.…
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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement Thursday after a briefing with Defense Department officials regarding changes to the policy on women in combat.
“I was on the House Committee in 1994 when Les Aspin first made these changes,” said Inhofe. “Because that policy has worked so well for so long, I am concerned about the potential impacts of completely ending this policy.
“While the Pentagon has rescinded the 1994 Direct Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, not all of the 237,000 positions previously closed to women will now be automatically open.…
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were formally sworn in to their second terms on Sunday in separate private ceremonies attended mainly by family members and friends. They will repeat their oaths on Monday before hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington.
Here is the schedule of events, scheduled to begin at about 10 a.m. central time:
Prelude: The United States Marine Band
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Sen. Charles Schumer
Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Musical Selection: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Oath of Office for Vice President Joe Biden, administered by Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Musical Selection: America the Beautiful, by James Taylor
Oath of Office for President Obama, administered by Chief Justice of the United States John G.…
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President Barack Obama, who will be giving his second inaugural address on Jan. 21, issued a proclamation on Friday declaring that day as the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
For Immediate Release January 18, 2013
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FEDERAL HOLIDAY, 2013
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
At a time of deep division nearly 50 years ago, a booming voice for justice rang out across the National Mall, reverberated around our country, and sent ripples throughout the world.…
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Here are the full statements from Oklahoma members of Congress regarding President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee: “The president is right to examine what can be done to prevent tragedies such as Sandy Hook from occurring again. I commend his effort and look forward to working with him on areas of agreement while we continue to honestly debate areas of disagreement. For instance, the president is right to take steps to strengthen mental health databases and reporting to the NICS system so we can ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of criminals or those who are a threat to themselves or others.…
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An outline of President Barack Obama’s proposals on guns can be found here.…
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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT
ON GUN VIOLENCE
South Court Auditorium
11:52 A.M. EST
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage — incredible courage — being here. And the President and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today.…
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