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  • 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...

  • Bridenstine demands "unfettered access" to Fort Sill facility for children

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Jim Bridenstine has put the Obama administration on notice that he plans to make recurring visits to the Fort Sill facility housing some of the unaccompanied alien children who have been streaming across the U.S. border from Central America. Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, released a...

  • Bridenstine: I couldn't get in to see illegal minors at Fort Sill (updated)

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, said he was denied access Tuesday to the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border. Bridenstine made a visit to the Health and Human Services Department facility at the U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma and was...

  • Hobby Lobby case wasn't just about 4 contraceptives

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Much of the coverage about Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act detailed the retailer’s specific objections to four birth control methods. David Green, the co-founder of Hobby Lobby, and his family considered four of the mandated...


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