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  • SRLC: Ben Carson wins straw poll at Republican conference

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Ben Carson won the straw poll Saturday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Oklahoma City. Finishing second was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. In third was U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas.  

  • House votes to de-list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The U.S. House voted 229 to 190 on Friday morning to de-list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. The vote came on an amendment by Oklahoma Republican Rep. Frank Lucas and the other four Oklahoma members in the House. The vote was mostly along partisan lines. The amendment was made...

  • President Barack Obama Salutes Oklahoma Standard

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    President Barack Obama issued this statement today in observance of the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. “Twenty years ago today in Oklahoma City, two terrorists attacked their own country, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. We will never forget the men and women who...

  • Oklahoma House members support Republican budget

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The five Oklahoma members of the U.S. House _ all Republicans _ voted for their party’s budget Wednesday evening as the blueprint for deficit reduction was approved 228 to 199. The budget sets spending parameters for the fiscal year that begins in October. Though it sets goals for cutting...

  • President Barack Obama's remarks in Selma

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Remarks of President Barack Obama Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 As Prepared for Delivery — It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning fifty years ago […]

  • High court sets dates for same-sex marriage, lethal injection arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ A day after hearing arguments in a monumental case about the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled two more important cases for back-to-back days in April. On April 28, justices will hear arguments in cases that will decide whether the 14th Amendment to the U.S....

  • A look at your federal tax subsidy for health insurance

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear arguments on Wednesday in the case involving federal subsidies for health insurance, it might be a good time to look at the subsidies most people get for health insurance. Many people probably aren’t aware that they receive a major tax subsidy from the...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Fund Homeland Security while courts consider immigration

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    House Republicans struggled Friday to pass a spending bill to keep the Department of Homeland Security open. They ultimately could only get a week-long extension through, meaning they will likely find themselves facing another high-stakes  deadline to keep the massive department _ which...

  • Sen. Inhofe throws snowball on U.S. Senate floor

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who often points to cold weather to refute global warming, brought a snowball (real Washington DC snow!) to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday afternoon and tossed it before delivering  remarks about how President Barack Obama and environmentalists keep...

  • Inhofe, Cole respond to Obama's request for force against Islamic State

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday criticized President Barack Obama’s draft resolution requesting congressional authorization to use military force against the Islamic State, also called ISIL and ISIS. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said, “My first concern is...

  • Lankford campaign: $40,500 for "faith-based consulting"

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Of the $4 million spent last year by James Lankford’s campaign to win a U.S. Senate seat, it was a relatively small amount. But it stands out for its unique _ and perhaps uniquely appropriate _ nature. There among the year-end bonuses and commissions to his staff members and advisers...

  • In Obamacare case, the views of lawyers and hospitals

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Early next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine whether the basic framework of the Affordable Care Act survives. We’ll have a lot more about the Virginia case as the arguments near, but the single issue is the wording of the 2010 law and whether it...



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