GOP to Investigate Obama: Incoming House Republican leaders have announced plans to hold congressional investigations into a wide range of issues, from corruption in Afghanistan to Washington's regulation of private industries, The Washington Post reports. The investigations may be be a way to use the power of their new majority to launch probes that could embarrass the Obama administration.
Scalia: Constitution Doesn't Protect Against Gender, Sexual Orientation Discrimination: In an interview in the California Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says that the 14th Amendment was not designed to protect against sexual discrimination or discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation when it was written in 1868. Scalia said, "[I]f indeed the current society has come to different views, that's fine. You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society. Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't. Nobody ever thought that that's what it meant."
Daley For Chief of Staff? Bloomberg reports that Obama is considering naming William Daley, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former U.S. Commerce secretary, to a high-level administration post, possibly White House chief of staff. The move, Bloomberg says, would bring a Washington veteran -- and someone with strong business ties -- into the administration as Obama sets out an agenda for the second half of his term while dealing with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
DNA Clears Texas Man after 30 Years: A Texas man was declared innocent of the rape and robbery that put him in prison 30 years ago thanks to a DNA test, The Associated Press reports. Cornelius Dupree served more years behind bars than any other DNA exoneree in Texas.
Navy Captain Relieved of Duty: ABC News reports that the U.S. Navy will temporarily relieve Capt. Owen Honors of his post pending investigation of the series of explicit videos he is said to have produced when he was second in command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. Honors, who is now the commanding officer of the Enterprise, is under investigation for a series of raunchy videos in which he appeared from 2006 to 2007.