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Corrections
8:58 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Oklahoma Won't Review Execution Drugs Despite Inmate Complaints

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., home of the state's death row.
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Oklahoma officials say they have no plans to review the state's execution protocol after two inmates given lethal injections this month made complaints as the drugs began to flow through their bodies.

Michael Lee Wilson, who was executed Jan. 9, said he felt his "whole body burning" within 20 seconds of receiving the injection. Kenneth Eugene Hogan, who was executed Thursday, complained of a metallic taste in his mouth after his injection.

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It's All Politics
6:52 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Survivor D.C.: Why One Top Official Will Skip The State Of The Union

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
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While much of official Washington will be present in the House chamber during the State of the Union address Tuesday evening, one member of President Obama's inner circle will be noticeably absent.

Each year one Cabinet secretary is chosen to be the "designated survivor," the official who skips the president's speech to ensure the continuity of government in the case of a catastrophe where the nation's senior leaders — including the president, vice president, Supreme Court justices and the remaining 14 Cabinet secretaries — are wiped out by an attack on the Capitol.

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Politics
3:58 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Obama Prepared To Bypass Congress If Needed

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 7:20 am

When President Obama gives his State of the Union Address, he's likely to hit on familiar themes: expanding opportunity for all Americans, pushing for immigration overhaul and investment in infrastructure. And he's expected to say that if Congress doesn't act, he'll move forward with his own initiatives through executive action. This comes as Congress gave him very little of what he asked for last year.

Politics
2:42 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Brothers Levin Near The End Of A 32-Year Congressional Partnership

Sen. Carl Levin (left) huddles with his brother and fellow Michigan Democrat, Rep. Sandy Levin, during testimony on the automotive industry bailout in 2008.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 12:57 pm

During President Obama's speech Tuesday night, Sen. Carl Levin will be doing what he's done at every State of the Union for decades: sitting with his older brother and fellow Michigan Democrat Rep. Sandy Levin.

No two siblings in the nation's history have served longer than the 32 years the brothers Levin have been together in Congress. Both have held powerful committee chairmanships.

But this will be their last State of the Union together. Carl, who was first elected to Congress four years before his brother, has decided to retire at the end of the year.

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Coburn's Empty Senate Seat
6:17 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Corn And Keating Withdraw Names From Candidacy

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Former state Sen. Kenneth Corn is the latest to withdraw his name as a potential Democratic candidate for Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

Corn said in a statement he decided not to seek public office "at this given time."

The 37-year-old from Poteau says he's particularly concerned the race for the open U.S. Senate seat will be heavily influenced by special interest groups and "power brokers from outside of Oklahoma."

Former Republican Gov. Frank Keating also announced Monday he wouldn't seek the post.

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Fire Chief Gary Bird
5:13 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Moore Fire Chief To Be At Annual State Of The Union Address

Fire Chief Gary Bird
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Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird will be among the guests who sit with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.

Bird and his team worked through the path of the May 2013 tornado to rescue survivors. The tornado killed 25 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses.

Bird and his team searched every damaged home at least once for survivors, and his goal was to conduct three searches of each building.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

President Hopes His Pen May Be Mightier Than Gridlock

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:56 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A couple of minutes ago, we heard White House aide Dan Pfeiffer speak of using every ounce of creativity to advance policies that the president favors and that Congress will not approve. That is an illusion to the realm of executive orders, directives from the White House that bypass Capitol Hill. And joining us to explore that realm is Kenneth Mayer, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and author of "With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power." Welcome.

KEN MAYER: Thank you.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The President Hopes For State Of The Union To Be A Big Reset Button

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:56 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. President Obama prepares to hit the proverbial reset button on his second term tomorrow night. The president will lay out his agenda in the State of the Union address. After a rough and tumble 2013 sparing with Congress over the budget and Obamacare, the president is expected to make some adjustments.

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It's All Politics
3:29 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Of The Union Invitation List: Who Makes The Cut

First lady Michelle Obama and invited guests in her box applaud during President Obama's State of the Union address in Washington, Jan. 25, 2011.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 5:58 pm

Just like the issues and themes that color the annual State of the Union speech, the list of White House invitees is intended to send a message about what an administration cares about and prioritizes.

The State of the Union guests, after all, are announced beforehand with biographies attached. And the typically staggered announcement of names allows the media to chew them over for several news cycles.

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U.S.
11:28 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Gay Politicians: Washington's In Crowd Is Out

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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