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  • 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...

  • Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Hobby Lobby and other closely-held corporations can deny health insurance coverage for some contraceptives if they object to them on religious grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices ruled 5-4 that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects the...

  • 10th Circuit Court Says States Can't Ban Gay Marriage

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    In a ruling that strikes down gay marriage ban in Oklahoma, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said today that the 14th Amendment protects same-sex couples’ right to marry. The decision is in the Utah case, which  was considered on a fast track with the Oklahoma case. In both cases,...

  • Who is James Lankford?

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    A profile of U.S. Rep. James Lankford from his first race four years ago. Lankford, of Oklahoma City, easily won the GOP nomination Tuesday night for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn and appears to be headed for the U.S. Senate.


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