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  • Federal judge sides with Pruitt in Obamacare lawsuit

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    A U.S. district judge in Muskogee has sided with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt against the U.S. government in the state’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. Pruitt’s suit, like similar ones in other states and the District of Columbia, claimed the IRS improperly allowed subsidies...

  • Rep. Tom Cole comments on beheading in Moore

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, expressed sympathy on Saturday for the victims of the horrific attack at Vaughan Foods in his home town and  urged people to reserve judgment as the investigation continues. In a statement, Cole said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this brutal...

  • Medal of Honor recipient, family members go to Capitol

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Medal of Honor recipient Bennie G. Adkins and the siblings of Medal of Honor of recipient Donald P. Sloat attended a White House ceremony on Monday and a Pentagon ceremony on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they were on Capitol Hill, meeting congressional leaders. President Barack Obama awarded the medals...

  • Text of President Barack Obama's address on Islamic State

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Here are President Barack Obama’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, in his address to the nation Wednesday night: Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation September 10, 2014 Washington, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what...

  • Tulsa County couple urges high court to hear same-sex marriage case

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The Tulsa County couple that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban before a federal judge and appeals court urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to affirm the rulings that the ban is unconstitutional. A brief filed with the justices says the time has come for...

  • Two small-town Oklahoma soldiers to receive Medal of Honor

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor next month to two U.S. Army soldiers who hailed from small Oklahoma towns and showed “conspicuous gallantry” during the Vietnam War. A White House press release issued Tuesday noted the home town of Army Spc. 4 Donald P.  Sloat, who was...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers support Republican border legislation

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    All five U.S. House members from Oklahoma, all Republicans, voted for legislation Friday night to address the tens of thousands of Central Americans _ many of them minors _ streaming across the nation’s southern border. The Republican legislation would provide more money for temporary shelters...

  • Split decisions rendered on Obamacare tax subsidies

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON _Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory decisions Tuesday on whether the Affordable Care Act allows people to get tax credits for health insurance purchased on federal exchanges. The circuit court based here ruled 2-1 that the tax subsidies are available only on policies...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to Fort Sill as shelter for minors

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation said Monday they don’t want Fort Sill, the U.S. Army artillery post near Lawton, used to house unaccompanied alien children past the October deadline. The delegation’s comments came after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a request...

  • Bridenstine to bring Tennessee congresswoman on Fort Sill tour

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, plans to bring a colleague along Saturday for his tour of the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the southern U.S. border. Bridenstine, who has been in a week-long struggle with the Department of Health and Human Services over...

  • Inhofe secures equipment deal for rural firefighters

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe has brokered a deal to allow rural fire departments continued access to surplus military vehicles that don’t meet Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, began working with the EPA and the Department of Defense after The Oklahoman reported...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: White House not telling truth about illegal minors

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said Tuesday he would listen to the Obama administration’s arguments for needing nearly $4 billion to deal with the current wave of illegal aliens. “I recognize that we have a real problem,” said Cole, a key member of the House Appropriations Committee. “What I have to...


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