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Special Election in the Fall May Follow Inhofe Retirement
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Republican Senator Plans to Retire

Jim Inhofe's decision could prompt a special election in Oklahoma in the fall

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to announce his retirement next week, Politico reports, probably putting his seat up for grabs in a special election in the fall. The 87-year-old Oklahoman, who already had said this would be his final term in the Senate, would serve out this congressional session. If...

Senator Puts Trump on Speakerphone in Busy Restaurant

'We're going to keep the name of Robert E. Lee?' president asked Inhofe

(Newser) - When Sen. James Inhofe took a call from President Trump at a restaurant in Washington, DC, on Wednesday night, the 85-year-old put the president on speakerphone so he could hear him better. But other diners at the Trattoria Alberto could hear the president as well—and one of them supplied...

Sen. Jim Inhofe's Son Dies in Plane Crash

Source says Dr. Perry Inhofe is the sole victim

(Newser) - The son of Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe died yesterday in an Oklahoma plane crash, a source confirms to KOCO . Dr. Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, was onboard the plane, and News on 6 reports that he owned the aircraft, but no further details are available. It crashed five miles north...

Republicans Turn Up Heat on Sebelius (Sort of)

President stands by health secretary despite (some) pressure from GOP

(Newser) - Ten Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama yesterday demanding that he fire Kathleen Sebelius over ObamaCare's online debut, but Obama wasted no time in reaffirming his support for the embattled Health and Human Services secretary. "If a similar rollout from any other national company or private-sector...

NY Rep to Okla. Senator: I'll Overlook Your Hypocrisy

Inhofe opposed Sandy aid but wants tornado aid

(Newser) - You knew this was coming: Peter King, who fought hard for Superstorm Sandy aid for his home state of New York, thinks there's "a lot of hypocrisy" when it comes to lawmakers who opposed Sandy aid but are in favor of tornado aid. The subject of his attention...

Toomey, Manchin Unveil Deal on Background Checks

Not quite universal, but checks would include gun shows, online sales

(Newser) - Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin this morning unveiled their bipartisan deal on background checks, anonymous sources tell NBC . “Background checks are not a cure-all, but they can be helpful," said Toomey, in announcing the deal. It wouldn't create truly universal background checks—some transactions, like those...

RFK Jr. Calls Sen. Inhofe Big Oil 'Prostitute'

Popular insult jumps political divide

(Newser) - The prostitute insult has jumped the aisle. Democrat Robert Kennedy Jr. is calling Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe a hooker for getting into bed with Big Oil. "Speaking of prostitutes, Big Oil’s top call girl, Sen. Inhofe, wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, and...

GOP Staffers Meet With 'Birther Queen'

Orly Taitz says top aides receptive to her concerns

(Newser) - Even a birth certificate can’t stop the Birther Queen. Orly Taitz, who literally made a name for herself in the heyday of Birtherism, is still pushing her message—and it seems that top GOP congressional aides are listening. She tells Justin Elliott of Salon that she headed to Washington...

Lawmakers Describe 'Gruesome' Osama Photos

'He's dead. He's gone ,' Sen. Inhofe says

(Newser) - The first lawmakers invited to see photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse say the gruesome photos are definite proof that the terrorist is dead. "That was him," Sen. Jim Inhofe, told CNN . "He is gone. He's history." The Republican says he saw 15 photos...

Inhofe Defends 'Happy Face' of Gbagbo

Senator condemns UN, French for making the nice man sad

(Newser) - Most of the world may have turned against recently arrested Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo, but he’s still got one friend: James Inhofe. The Oklahoma senator took the floor yesterday and showed a picture of Gbagbo smiling. “This is the happy face of President Gbagbo,” Inhofe said....

Sen. Inhofe Takes a Stand for Earmarks

...putting him at odds with fellow Oklahoma GOPer Tom Coburn

(Newser) - Not all Republicans are in a hurry to ban earmarks . Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is taking a stand in favor of the perennial political punching bag, and it’s put him in direct conflict with his state’s other Republican senator, Tom Coburn, Politico reports. Inhofe recently derided an unnamed...

BP Funding Tea Party's Climate Change Deniers

Big polluters give $240K to Senate campaigns

(Newser) - Big-time big-polluting European firms are funding the Tea Party's climate change deniers, finds the Guardian . The paper discovered that 80% of campaign donations from major European firms like BP and Bayer went to politicians opposed to action on climate change. Recipients include Tea Party-backed incumbents Jim DeMint and James Inhofe...

Mag Names Most Liberal, Conservative Lawmakers

Rankings show ideology trumping Obama's change agenda

(Newser) - National Journal 's rankings of the most liberal and conservative lawmakers confirm that President Obama's first term has had little effect on the partisan atmosphere in Congress. Most members stick to the ideological positions they've staked out for most of their careers, with Sherrod Brown, John Kerry, and Chris...

Bernie Sanders: Climate Deniers Like Nazi Deniers

Skeptics hope warming, like Hitler, will just go away

(Newser) - Sen. Bernie Sanders used a hearing today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget to lay into those, including some Republican colleagues, who doubt the science behind climate change. “It reminds me in some ways of … the late 1930s,” said the Vermont independent. “During that period...

Climate Doubters Gleeful Over Snow Storm

But climate scientists say it's almost evidence for global warming

(Newser) - Climate change skeptics are having a chilly field day with the snow strewn across the East Coast, even as climate scientists say it is, if anything, evidence of global warming. James Inhofe’s family built a 6-foot-tall igloo on Capitol Hill adorned with a sign reading “Al Gore’s...

GOP's Inhofe: 'I Believe in Racial And Ethnic Profiling'

And 'all terrorists are Muslims or Middle Easterners'

(Newser) - Republican James Inhofe is all for racial profiling, political correctness be damned, he told a Senate committee hearing today on the Fort Hood shootings. Why? Because “all terrorists are Muslims or Middle Easterners.” Check the video above for the Oklahoman’s statement.

Inhofe: Hey, I'm the Planet's Worst Enemy!

Senator upset with No. 7 ranking

(Newser) - Sen. Jim Inhofe ranked No. 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “planet’s worst enemies,” and he’s hopping mad about it: He thinks he deserved to be first. “I should have been number one, not number 7,” the Oklahoma Republican tells the Tulsa ...

20+ Lawmakers Hit Copenhagen on US Dime

Full delegation—including staffers, plus wives—over 100

(Newser) - More than 20 members of Congress hit the Copenhagen climate conference last month, a CBS investigation finds—and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, which was in charge of the guest list, is being shifty about what it all cost. Of the fact that lawmakers (and some wives) commandeered three...

Teabagger Fears Prayers Killed Wrong Senator

Georgian worries that plea for Byrd's death backfired

(Newser) - A self-described teabagger who apparently believes his prayers have the power to kill lawmakers cracked up C-Span viewers yesterday. The caller—alarmed by Sen. Jim Inhofe's absence from a vote—told Sen. John Barrasso over the phone that he feared his prayers for 92-year-old Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd to die...

Meet the Birthers in Congress

Salon calls out lawmakers reluctant to admit Obama's a citizen

(Newser) - The “birther” movement isn’t relegated to backwoods crazies—many members of Congress are perfectly willing to throw fuel on the fire. Salon calls out the Hill’s known birthers:
  • Rep. Bill Posey: Congress’ first birther, the Florida Republican is the sponsor of a bill requiring presidents to submit

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