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  • Three takeaways from same-sex marriage arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Three judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Denver on Thursday in Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case. The same judges heard arguments on April 10 in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, which is very similar to the one from Oklahoma. In both, a federal judge...

  • Coburn: Feds sell reports I post for free on my website

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, are among the bipartisan authors of a bill to eliminate an agency that sells free government reports to other federal agencies and the public at a loss to taxpayers. According to lawmakers, the National Technical...

  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Some CIA interrogation "could be considered torture"

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that he voted “present” on declassifying portions of a report on CIA torture. Coburn, R-Muskogee, said he didn’t vote for or against declassifying the report sections because he was not on the...

  • Tulsa County court clerk defends state right to define marriage

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals should uphold Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states have the power to define marriage, attorneys defending the law said in a brief filed Tuesday night. If the appeals court rules that the Oklahoma ban...

  • Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened species

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The Obama administration has listed the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species but has minimized the restrictions on energy production, agriculture and other activity in Oklahoma and neighboring states where the bird’s historical habitat has been. The category of threatened is a step...

  • President Obama thanks Belgian company for Oklahoma investment

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    President Barack Obama met Wednesday in Brussels with executives from the Belgian aerospace company ASCO Industries to thank them for investing in a plant in Stillwater that will eventually employ 600 people at a former Mercury Marine engine plant. According to a report from the White House...

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe pleased president beefing up effort to capture Joseph Kony

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa _ who has been an unrelenting critic of President Barack Obama on national security issues _ said Monday that he’s pleased the president is dispatching more troops and aircraft to central Africa to search for warlord Joseph Kony. The Washington Post...

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeals in Edmond killings

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Rocky Dodd, who is on Oklahoma’s death row for the 1994 killings of two next-door neighbors in Edmond. The court also rejected an appeal from Oklahoma in the same case. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year said...

  • Coburn amendment approved to kill child care subsidies for millionaires

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, that would bar federal child care grants for people with assets over $1 million. The amendment passed 100-0. According to Coburn, the Child Care and Development Block Grant program has an income test but not an...

  • Google, Facebook and other businesses argue against Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    Some of the biggest corporations in the United States _ including Google, Facebook and Starbucks _ say Oklahoma’s law against same-sex marriage forces them to violate their values and differentiate among their workers. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the federal appeals court that...

  • OU poet chosen for Library of Congress fellowship

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    Award-winning poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, an English professor and creative writing director at the University of Oklahoma, has been named the recipient of the Witter Bynner Fellowship, the Library of Congress announced Tuesday. Jeffers was chosen by Natasha Trethewey, the Poet Laureate...

  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds new trial ruling for Oklahoma death row inmate

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal appeals court ruling granting a new trial to a man who was sentenced to death for killing a Tulsa woman in 1997. Without comment, the high court rejected an appeal from Oklahoma, which wanted the justices to review the decision by the 10th U.S....

  • Inhofe: U.S. must respond urgently to Russia moves in Crimea

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Friday night that President Barack Obama should develop a plan for aiding Ukraine and not let the United Nations lead on the situation. Inhofe said, “I was just in Georgia shortly before the...

  • Texas judge borrows heavily from Oklahoma, Utah judges in gay marriage decision

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia struck down Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday with a decision that borrows heavily from the rationale _ and wording _ of similar decisions issued recently by federal judges in Oklahoma and Utah. Garcia found the Texas constitutional amendment,...

  • Michael Behenna: I regret taking another human being's life

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    This is the text of the letter former 1st Lt. Michael Behenna sent to the Parole Division at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, late last year. Behenna met with the parole division before members of his family met with the U.S. Army Clemency and Parole Board in Arlington,...

  • Michael Behenna wins parole

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna has won parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on March 14, his mother, Vicki Behenna, said Wednesday. Behenna, who was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone, learned early Wednesday morning and called his parents in Oklahoma...

  • Oklahomans overwhelmingly oppose making pot legal

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Nearly two-thirds of Oklahomans oppose legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a new edition of Sooner Survey. Sixty-five percent said recreational use of the drug should not be legal, with 30 percent saying that it should. Of those opposing, 59 percent strongly oppose it....

  • President Barack Obama: I love Sen. Tom Coburn dearly

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    President Barack Obama gave a shout-out Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington to Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn. “And there is one colleague of mine who is missing today _ a great friend of mine who I came into the Senate with, Senator Tom Coburn,” Obama said....

  • Republican Randy Brogdon talks U.S. Senate race in Washington

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Former Oklahoma state Sen. Randy Brogdon, an Owasso Republican, announced in December that he would challenge Gov. Mary Fallin this year. He was in Washington, DC on Tuesday to talk to “very important” people about switching to the U.S. Senate race, a campaign adviser said. Louis Waller...

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine says he has not endorsed a U.S. Senate candidate

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, who announced Wednesday that he would not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, said Thursday he has not endorsed a candidate in the race _ meaning either Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, or Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton....



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