Senate Confirms Tillerson For Secretary Of State
America has a new chief diplomat after the Senate voted to confirm Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Republicans touted the former Exxon Mobil CEO as well qualified to run the State Department. Democrats argued that Tillerson has no diplomatic experience.
Trump Making Big Push For Supreme Court Pick
President Trump wants Senate Republicans to “go nuclear” if his Supreme Court nominee is opposed. Democrats may try to block the federal judge through a filibuster. In a White House photo op, Trump said he would favor a Senate rules change that is known as a “nuclear option.” It would allow Gorsuch to be approved on a simple majority vote. Under current Senate rules, a Supreme Court pick needs 60 votes to be confirmed.
Collins, Murkowski To Oppose DeVos Confirmation
Two Republican senators are announcing their opposition to President Trump’s nomination for education secretary. Speaking on the Senate floor, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they will vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. They are first Republicans to break ranks with Trump over his cabinet picks. Murkowski said she had too many serious concerns about DeVos. DeVos is a Michigan billionaire who has been an advocate for charter schools and voucher programs.
Inspectors Rule Fatal DC Fire Intentionally Lit
Authorities believe a Northeast DC fire that left one person dead was intentionally lit. DC Fire and EMS officials say an investigation has been ongoing since the blaze broke out in the 11-hundred block of Queen Street, NE on January 26th. Sixty-six-year-old Awlachew Ayele was pronounced dead at the scene. Inspectors say the fire was intentionally set, but there are no arson charges and no suspect has been identified.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.