January 31st, 2006

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This day in history:

This day in history: Tuesday, January 31, 2006.

Coretta Scott King died at age 78. Samuel Alito was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, replacing Sandra Day O’Connor, on a mostly party-line vote of 58 to 42 after the failure of a filibuster attempt yesterday. Later this evening George W. Bush will give the State of the Union address for 2006. The Federal Reserve Board raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point for the fourteenth consecutive time today. Alan Greenspan’s term as Fed Chairman came to a close, and Ben Bernanke took up the job. Jury selection was completed for the trial of former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. ExxonMobil reported record profits. It was rumored that in his speech Bush would push for increased reliance on nuclear energy at home, while insisting that the pursuit of the same policy in Iran threatens the world.

Martin, you had a dream.