On January 9, 2010, an apparently fit, though slightly limping Umar Abdulmutallab entered the courtroom wearing the familiar khaki trousers, plain white t-shirt, and ankle bracelets that are the usual uniform of federal prisoners. The defendant was flanked by his attorney, a federal public defender, Miriam Siefer. Abdulmutallab was arraigned in a Detroit federal court. The 23-year-old Nigerian stood before a magistrate, and Siefer pled not guilty to all charges on behalf of her client.
U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-N.H.), is insisting that the government obey the law, an idea some Washington insiders might find rather quaint in 21st century America. Gregg has taken sharp issue with President Obama's plan to use money repaid by beneficiaries of the 2008 bailout of large financial institutions to fund a new program aimed at helping small businesses. Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, helped write the Toxic Assets Relief Program law and the Granite State Republican argues the repayments should be used to bring down the national debt, as the law requires.
Congress is acting to shackle Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the its efforts to impose strict regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. Two bills before Congress and a resolution in the Senate have already garnered impressive bi-partisan support.