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  • Carbon rule gives states leeway to meet climate change goal, EPA chief says

    Chris Casteel | Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON _ The Obama administration's final rule for reducing carbon emissions at power plants across the nation will be released on Monday and will give states wide latitude to adopt an energy mix and efficiency measures, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. All of...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Trump can't win the White House

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, sat down for an interview in his Capitol Hill office on Thursday and answered questions about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, Planned Parenthood and whether Congress is in town enough to get its work done. Cole, who has decades of experience in...

  • Senate clears Inhofe's long-term highway bill

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Senate easily passed a six-year highway bill on Thursday that promises a huge boost in road and bridge funding for Oklahoma. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Jim Inhofe, passed 65-34 , but it faces an uncertain future. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House GOP...

  • GOP presidential candidates slam Trump comments on McCain

    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Republican presidential candidates on Saturday quickly denounced comments made in Iowa by GOP hopeful Donald Trump about Sen. John McCain. Trump, who has been feuding with McCain, R-Arizona, over immigration, said at an event that McCain is "not a war hero." “He was a war hero because he was...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Confederate flag wavers disrespectful, embarrassing

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, released this statement on Thursday in regard to the people who waved Confederate flags at President Barack Obama in Durant and Oklahoma City during the president's visit to those cities. “I was shocked and disappointed by those who showed up to wave Confederate...

  • Oklahoma Sen. Inhofe makes (mostly negative) statement on president's visit

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, released a statement on Wednesday a few hours ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to the state. Inhofe, a frequent critic of the president, said, "I hope President Obama enjoys his time in Oklahoma, a great state where we understand what it takes to create...

  • President to discuss new internet access program in Durant

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama plans to announce in Durant on Wednesday that the Choctaw Nation has been chosen to participate in a pilot program aimed at linking more low-income people to high-speed internet service. The president, who will spend parts of the next two days in Oklahoma,...

  • Stillwater, Owasso science and math teachers win presidential award

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday named Mark Thomas, of Stillwater High School, and Sarah Vann, of the Owasso Eighth-Grade Center as Oklahoma's outstanding mathematics and science teachers. Thomas and Vann were among 108 to receive the honor on Wednesday. They will receive their awards and...

  • The 10 Commandments Case: The Thomas Jefferson side won

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court's written opinion regarding the 10 Commandments display at the state Capitol offered little background into the history of the challenge or the history of the Constitutional provision at issue. It's hard to understand the justices' reticence, particularly in a case...

  • Same-sex marriage a national right, high court rules

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage a national right on Friday with a landmark ruling that sealed the nation’s rapid shift toward acceptance of unions that were banned in most states just last year. In its 5-4 decision, the court extended the 14th Amendment guarantees...

  • Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, ruling that Americans who buy health insurance through a federal marketplace are entitled to receive taxpayer subsidies. In a 6-3 decision, the court held that Congress did not intend to restrict...

  • Gov. Mary Fallin: Obamacare SCOTUS ruling leaves taxpayers with 'deeply flawed' law

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin released the following statement: "The Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell means that taxpayers will be, for the time being, stuck with a law that is deeply...



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