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  • 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...

  • Inhofe says Jordan paid "costly price" in fight against Islamic State

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, released a statement Tuesday after Jordanian King Abdullah II met with the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. The meeting came amid the news that the Islamic State had executed a Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. Inhofe visited Jordan last...

  • Obamacare framers attack lawsuit over subsidies

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Key congressional leaders at the time the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 filed a brief with the U.S.  Supreme Court on Wednesday maintaining that federal subsidies for health care coverage were meant to be provided to people in all states. It may be the key brief in the case, ...

  • U.S. Supreme Court stays Oklahoma's scheduled executions

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay the executions of three Oklahoma inmates using a contested drug while the high court reviews their legal case. The execution of Richard Glossip was scheduled for Thursday. John Marion Grant’s execution was set for Feb. 19 and Benjamin Robert Cole’s...

  • High court declines to review Oklahoma case against Affordable Care Act

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider Oklahoma’s case against Affordable Care Act subsidies as part of the justices’ review of the issue. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt had asked the court to pair the state’s case with one from Virginia. In that case, a federal appeals...

  • Supreme Court to hear Oklahoma death row inmates' case

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to determine whether Oklahoma’s execution procedures violate the Constitution’s guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment. In a one-sentence order, the court announced that it had accepted the case filed by 20 death row inmates earlier this...

  • Roe v Wade: Excerpts from the 1973 Decision

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court released its 7-2 decision in the Texas abortion law case Roe v Wade. On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of people who oppose abortion marched from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building, and the U.S. House approved a bill barring taxpayer funds...

  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide same-sex marriage issue

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to determine whether state bans on same-sex marriage violate 14th amendment protections. The court will decide _ probably this summer _ whether states must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages from out of state. The...



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