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    President Donald Trump’s decision to elevate the White House physician to lead the Veterans Administration was in peril on Tuesday, as top Senators in both parties announced that a confirmation hearing set this week for Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson would be ‘postponed until further notice,’ as the Senate requested all documents on “allegations or incidents” involving Jackson since 2006. “We take very seriously our constitutional duty to thoroughly and carefully vet each nominee sent to the Senate for confirmation,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, and Sen. John Tester (D-MT), the top Democrat on that panel. “We will continue looking into these serious allegations and have requested additional information from the White House to enable the committee to conduct a full review,” the two said in a joint statement. The move came amid reports from various news organizations that raised questions about Jackson’s stewardship of the White House Physician’s Office. The delay of the hearing was a major setback for the White House, again raising questions about vetting operations for nominees in the Trump Administration. Jackson was already facing questions about whether he was the right person to manage the sprawling VA, which has been beset by a series of troubles in recent years. President Trump fired his first VA chief, David Shulkin, in late March.
  • A huge four-alarm fire broke out in New York City's Bronx borough early Tuesday, blazing through businesses in Fordham. >> Read more trending news 
  • Can’t wait until you get home to open that package you ordered? You’re in luck: Amazon announced Tuesday that it is now offering in-car package delivery.  >> Read more trending news 
  • Investigators in Broken Arrow need your help tracking down a missing woman.   It’s believed she could be in serious trouble.   In a press release, police say Justin Korf forcibly took Morgan Rower out of her home during a domestic dispute.  The scene reportedly happened at a residence on North 30th Street last night around 9:30 p.m. “The most recent information we have describes Morgan as a 29-year-old white female, approximately 5'2' and 102lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes,” police said in the release. “The suspect is described as a 36-year-old white male, 6’2” and 175lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.” His vehicle is said to be a white 1999 Dodge Durango bearing Oklahoma license plate BAX210.  Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call the Broken Arrow Police Department at at 918-259-8400.          
  • For the second time in a week, late decisions by a pair of GOP Senators provided the margin of victory for a nominee of President Donald Trump, as after fears of a rare confirmation rebuke, Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday got in line behind the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, setting up a vote later this week for his confirmation in the full Senate. The key votes were delivered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – who last week made a late switch to help salvage the nomination of Mr. Trump’s choice to run NASA – and by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who had talked for weeks that he would never vote to shift the CIA Director over to the post of Secretary of State. But after a late lobbying effort by President Trump, Paul stuck with the White House on Pompeo. Per source w/ knowledge: @POTUS called @RandPaul multiple times today. This may be the clearest personal role @POTUS has had in changing the outcome of a vote. (Pompeo.) — Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) April 23, 2018 “I have changed my mind,” Paul said at a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Back in March when the President fired Rex Tillerson from the Secretary of State’s job, Paul had made clear he was not going to vote for Pompeo, worried the CIA chief was too set on excessively using U.S. military force around the world. Labeling Pompeo a “neocon,” Paul had said at the time that he would not vote for the CIA chief, worried that Pompeo was too much like the Republican Party that strongly backed with war in Iraq on Saddam Hussein. “I simply cannot support Pompeo’s nomination to be our chief diplomat,” the Kentucky Republican made clear. But after talks with Pompeo and the President, Paul gave in. The late changes saved the GOP from an embarrassing foreign policy setback for the President – at a time when he is hosting the French President, and will later in the week receive the German Chancellor. “He is extremely qualified for the position,” the President’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued for Pompeo, as she joined GOP Senators in reminding Democrats of the bipartisan votes for past Secretaries of State. “John Kerry was confirmed 94-3. Hillary Clinton was confirmed 94-2. Condoleezza Rice was confirmed 85-13. Colin Powell was confirmed unanimously by voice vote,” Sanders told reporters. The turn of events came hours after the President had blasted Democrats for delaying many of his nominees, by stretching out debate time on the Senate floor, leaving little time for work on legislation. Hard to believe Obstructionists May vote against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2018 While the President accurately nicked the Democrats for slow-walking many nominations on the Senate floor, certain high-profile choices like Pompeo, Jim Bridenstine for NASA, and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell have been held up in the Senate not because of Democrats – but because of a lack of unity among Republicans. For example, Grenell’s nomination was sent to the Senate floor back on January 18. While Democrats did object to action in March, there has been no effort by Senate Republicans to hold a vote – which likely means there aren’t fifty votes for his nomination. When Monday began, that was in question for Pompeo as well, but the support of Paul, Flake, and a handful of Democrats, means the President will get his Secretary of State. “The President deserves to have a Secretary of State that agrees with him or her, in general, on a foreign policy direction,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), as he argued for Pompeo’s approval. There was a bit of irony, as Rubio last week had been one of the holdouts on the President choice to run NASA – a reminder, that with a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, and the absence of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Republicans can’t afford to lose more than one vote on anything in the U.S. Senate.
  • A website ranks the number of fatal DUI crashes around the U-S, and the news for Oklahoma is not good. The site ValuePenguin says we have the 10th highest rate of fatal alcohol-related wrecks with nearly 5 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. Montana, ranked number one, has just over 8 per 100,000. North Dakota, South Carolina, Alabama, and New Mexico round out the top 5. New York had the least number of fatal DUI crashes with just 1.4 per 100,000. They say there's one fatal DUI wreck every 50 minutes in the U.S. You can read more about the story here.
  • A police officer in Pennsylvania has the serve portion of “to protect and serve” perfected. Roger Baker, 84, had to get to his local hospital after his wife had a medical emergency. No friends or family could take him, so he called police for help, WHP reported. >> Read more trending news  Deputy Chief Bentley from Montoursville Police Department responded, taking Baker to the medical facility, and escorted him to the building, WHP reported.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  In the police department’s Facebook post, which has been shared more than a thousand times, the department said that Bentley held Baker’s hand, walking him to the building until hospital workers brought a wheelchair out for Baker and took him to his wife in the emergency room.
  • Investigators Monday said they’ve solved the disappearances of two 16-year-old girls, the murders of one of the girls’ parents, and the fire that destroyed the victims’ home near Welch, Oklahoma in 1999. Danny and Kathy Freeman were found inside the burned mobile home - although family members actually found the husband’s body the next day, after investigators left the scene. That’s just the beginning of the missteps that led the case to languish for nearly two decades. Private investigators had identified the suspects years ago, but police ignored them and actually threatened to confiscate their licenses if they persisted. That’s according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday for the arrest of Ronnie Busick, 65, the only surviving suspect. Two other men believed to have carried out the murders, Warren “Phil” Welch II and David Pennington, have died. Disturbingly, DA Matt Ballard said Monday, it appears the girls were kept alive for days. They were raped, and possibly tortured, and their tormentors took Polaroid photos of them which apparently survived for years and were shown to a number of people. But none of those people stepped forward. The case was apparently solved after a cache of evidence related to the investigation was recently found in a storage area at the sheriff’s office.
  • A van apparently jumped onto a sidewalk Monday at a busy intersection in Toronto and struck down pedestrians before the vehicle was found and the driver taken into custody, Canadian police said. >> Read more trending news The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Ending almost fourteen months of temporary leadership at NASA, Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was sworn in Monday afternoon as the new leader of the space agency, as Trump Administration officials vow that Bridenstine will help revive manned space exploration efforts by the United States. After taking the oath – with his wife and three children at his side – Bridenstine told NASA employees that he was committed to seeing that the U.S. remains the world’s leader in space. “I will do my best to serve our storied agency to the utmost of my abilities, as we reach for new heights, as we reveal the unknown for the benefit for human kind,” Bridenstine said. “NASA represents what is best about the United States of America,” Bridenstine added. “We lead, we discover, we pioneer and we inspire. I look forward to our journey together.” “It’s an important moment in the life of this agency,” said Vice President Mike Pence, who trekked over to NASA Headquarters for the swearing-in, again saying that President Trump is strongly behind a forward-looking NASA. “We will send American astronauts back to the moon,” Pence said,’ vowing that the Trump Administration will lay the groundwork for travels to Mars. “And NASA will lead the way,” the Vice President said to applause. Bridenstine’s nomination was bitterly opposed by many Democrats in the Congress, who bristled at his conservative political views, and questioned his lack of space expertise, which also gave a handful of GOP Senators second thoughts. But after months of delay, the White House was able to convince Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to vote for Bridenstine, pushing him over the top to a bare majority confirmation vote of 50-49 last week. Bridenstine inherits an agency which just saw a big boost in its budget courtesy of a recent spending deal in the Congress, as NASA for the first time now has a yearly budget of over $20 billion. . @Space_Station #Expedition55 crew talking to NASA's new Administrator, James Bridenstine; . @VP saying 'thank you for your service in space you have our prayers and gratitude. ' pic.twitter.com/RsaTDF76fm — Gene J. Mikulka (@genejm29) April 23, 2018 “He will be an excellent leader,” said Rep. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was one of a handful of lawmakers there for the ceremony. After the swearing-in and Bridenstine’s remarks, NASA then checked in by video relay with several astronauts aboard the International Space Station. “I thank you for being part of the vanguard in space,” said the Vice President.
  • A huge four-alarm fire broke out in New York City's Bronx borough early Tuesday, blazing through businesses in Fordham. >> Read more trending news 
  • Can’t wait until you get home to open that package you ordered? You’re in luck: Amazon announced Tuesday that it is now offering in-car package delivery.  >> Read more trending news 
  • Investigators in Broken Arrow need your help tracking down a missing woman.   It’s believed she could be in serious trouble.   In a press release, police say Justin Korf forcibly took Morgan Rower out of her home during a domestic dispute.  The scene reportedly happened at a residence on North 30th Street last night around 9:30 p.m. “The most recent information we have describes Morgan as a 29-year-old white female, approximately 5'2' and 102lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes,” police said in the release. “The suspect is described as a 36-year-old white male, 6’2” and 175lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.” His vehicle is said to be a white 1999 Dodge Durango bearing Oklahoma license plate BAX210.  Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call the Broken Arrow Police Department at at 918-259-8400.          
  • For the second time in a week, late decisions by a pair of GOP Senators provided the margin of victory for a nominee of President Donald Trump, as after fears of a rare confirmation rebuke, Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday got in line behind the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, setting up a vote later this week for his confirmation in the full Senate. The key votes were delivered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – who last week made a late switch to help salvage the nomination of Mr. Trump’s choice to run NASA – and by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who had talked for weeks that he would never vote to shift the CIA Director over to the post of Secretary of State. But after a late lobbying effort by President Trump, Paul stuck with the White House on Pompeo. Per source w/ knowledge: @POTUS called @RandPaul multiple times today. This may be the clearest personal role @POTUS has had in changing the outcome of a vote. (Pompeo.) — Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) April 23, 2018 “I have changed my mind,” Paul said at a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Back in March when the President fired Rex Tillerson from the Secretary of State’s job, Paul had made clear he was not going to vote for Pompeo, worried the CIA chief was too set on excessively using U.S. military force around the world. Labeling Pompeo a “neocon,” Paul had said at the time that he would not vote for the CIA chief, worried that Pompeo was too much like the Republican Party that strongly backed with war in Iraq on Saddam Hussein. “I simply cannot support Pompeo’s nomination to be our chief diplomat,” the Kentucky Republican made clear. But after talks with Pompeo and the President, Paul gave in. The late changes saved the GOP from an embarrassing foreign policy setback for the President – at a time when he is hosting the French President, and will later in the week receive the German Chancellor. “He is extremely qualified for the position,” the President’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders argued for Pompeo, as she joined GOP Senators in reminding Democrats of the bipartisan votes for past Secretaries of State. “John Kerry was confirmed 94-3. Hillary Clinton was confirmed 94-2. Condoleezza Rice was confirmed 85-13. Colin Powell was confirmed unanimously by voice vote,” Sanders told reporters. The turn of events came hours after the President had blasted Democrats for delaying many of his nominees, by stretching out debate time on the Senate floor, leaving little time for work on legislation. Hard to believe Obstructionists May vote against Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people, including the Ambassador to Germany. They are maxing out the time on approval process for all, never happened before. Need more Republicans! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2018 While the President accurately nicked the Democrats for slow-walking many nominations on the Senate floor, certain high-profile choices like Pompeo, Jim Bridenstine for NASA, and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell have been held up in the Senate not because of Democrats – but because of a lack of unity among Republicans. For example, Grenell’s nomination was sent to the Senate floor back on January 18. While Democrats did object to action in March, there has been no effort by Senate Republicans to hold a vote – which likely means there aren’t fifty votes for his nomination. When Monday began, that was in question for Pompeo as well, but the support of Paul, Flake, and a handful of Democrats, means the President will get his Secretary of State. “The President deserves to have a Secretary of State that agrees with him or her, in general, on a foreign policy direction,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), as he argued for Pompeo’s approval. There was a bit of irony, as Rubio last week had been one of the holdouts on the President choice to run NASA – a reminder, that with a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, and the absence of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Republicans can’t afford to lose more than one vote on anything in the U.S. Senate.
  • A website ranks the number of fatal DUI crashes around the U-S, and the news for Oklahoma is not good. The site ValuePenguin says we have the 10th highest rate of fatal alcohol-related wrecks with nearly 5 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. Montana, ranked number one, has just over 8 per 100,000. North Dakota, South Carolina, Alabama, and New Mexico round out the top 5. New York had the least number of fatal DUI crashes with just 1.4 per 100,000. They say there's one fatal DUI wreck every 50 minutes in the U.S. You can read more about the story here.