Role reversal: From The National Law Journal: "In her first appearance as a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came out swinging." Warren yesterday grilled financial regulators during a Senate banking committee hearing. More coverage here.
No longer opposing: Two one-time election opponents will lead President Obama's new commission to asses the state of voting. The New York Times reports: "Robert Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, two of the nation’s pre-eminent election lawyers, have long been on opposing sides of legal arguments. Last fall they were quarreling over voter registration, early voting laws and how the debates should be staged between their respective clients, President Obama and Mitt Romney."
Charged: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sobbed in court today as he was charged with murder. The authorities in South Africa contend Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner," fatally shot his girlfriend. More coverage here.
Settled: The National Law Journal reports today: "Toyota Motor Corp. and its U.S. subsidiaries agreed on February 14 to pay $29 million to resolve investigations by attorneys general in 29 states into whether it misled consumers about the safety of its vehicles."
Stalled: The nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department has hit a snag on Capitol Hill. The Washington Post reports: "The confirmation process stalled Thursday when GOP senators deprived Hagel of the 60 votes needed to move it to its final stages. Republicans said they were seeking a delay so they could look more closely at the nominee."
Moving forward: A federal trial judge in Washington says the top FBI agent in Seattle can proceed with a gender discrimination and retaliation suit. The agent, Laura Laughlin, contends she has been denied at least ten promotions.
Boom goes the meteor: A rock estimated to weigh ten tons hurtled through Russian airspace, injuring dozens on impact. This space rock should not be confused with the asteroid that will closely pass by earth--17,150 miles up--later today.