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  • Tom Cole's name mentioned as possible speaker candidate

    Chris Casteel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON _ Members of the U.S. House, presumably Republicans, were actually crying off the House floor on Thursday after Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, dropped out of the race to replace John Boehner as speaker. The Washington Post reported the tearful scene, quoting a New York...

  • White House threatens to veto bill lifting crude export ban

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto legislation lifting the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The House is expected to pass the bill on Friday. It has been a top priority of Republican leaders and of oil-state lawmakers. Here is the statement from the White...

  • Purple Heart amendment stripped from defense bill

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Steve Russell lost his fight, at least for this year, to award the Purple Heart to the six active duty personnel killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. The final version of the defense bill, unveiled on Tuesday, does not include the provision, which was strongly opposed by the...

  • People Magazine alleges Ranger course "fixed" to graduate first women

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    A People Magazine story claims that two women who recently became the first to graduate from the Army's elite and grueling Ranger school received special treatment. That prompted what Military.com described as a "blistering denial" late Friday from the U.S. Army that the...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers react to speaker's resignation

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Oklahoma lawmakers reacted Friday to the surprise resignation of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “It has been a great personal privilege to serve with Speaker John Boehner. “I’ve had the honor of knowing the Speaker since he was a young freshman Congressman,...

  • West Point women call for Rep. Russell's Ranger records

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, center, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right. A group of female West Point graduates is asking the Army to turn over the Ranger records of Oklahoma congressman Steve Russell, Stars and Stripes is reporting.  The Republican freshman reignited debate this week...

  • Oklahoma City Archbishop: "People sense in him a man of God."

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, of Oklahoma City, who sat in the House gallery on Thursday for Pope Francis' address to Congress, said he was proud as an American and a Catholic to have witnessed the speech. "You really had the sense that that was an historic event,'' Coakley said in a phone...

  • Inhofe responds to Pope's call to protect the planet

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and an outspoken skeptic of man-made climate change, issued the following statement Thursday after Pope Francis called on Congress to protect the planet. The pope has previously warned that carbon...

  • Oklahoma Muslim group to protest presidential candidate's comments

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    An Oklahoma Muslim organization is condemning what the group calls anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Oklahoma City chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold the conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol's...

  • Stage lineup for tonight's prime-time GOP debate

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    During tonight's prime-time debate among Republican presidential contenders, real estate mogul Donald Trump once again will be center stage, this time flanked by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the GOP...

  • Animal rights group says it will bill Inhofe for downed drone

    Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    An animal rights group said in a press release Monday that it plans to bill U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe for a drone that was shot down Friday while being flown over the Tulsa Republican's annual pigeon-shooting fundraiser. The Illinois-based group, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, was...

  • White House to honor two young Oklahoma women

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Two young Oklahomans will be honored at the White House on Tuesday for their "courage and contributions" to their communities. Among the "champions of change" recognized by the White House 15-year-old Katie Prior, of Oklahoma City, who organized a program in multiple states to...


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