White House blasts senator for blocking nominees
The White House ramped up its criticism of Republican senators blocking presidential appointments Friday after complaints that Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby has placed a hold on more than 70 administration nominees in order to secure funding for home-state projects. "If that's not the poster child for how this town needs to change the way it works, I fear there won't be a greater example of silliness throughout the … year," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. His office said Shelby is concerned about the future of the KC-135 Air Force tanker fleet, a project that could generate thousands of jobs in Alabama.
New York: Christopher Cox, 30, son of state party chairman Ed Cox and grandson of former President Richard Nixon, said he will be among seven Republicans seeking the nomination to challenge Long Island Democratic Rep. Timothy Bishop.
Miami: A federal judge awarded five Liberian torture victims $22.4 million in damages for torture overseen by Charles McArthur Emmanuel, the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
Nevada: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management finished a major roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno, removing 1,922 mustangs from the Calico Mountains Complex, officials said.