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  • 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...

  • New Rep. Steve Russell defends Boehner vote on Facebook

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Freshman Rep. Steve Russell, an Oklahoma City Republican sworn into  office on Tuesday. took to Facebook Tuesday night to defend his vote for House Speaker John Boehner. Russell was heavily criticized on his Facebook page from some who wanted him to vote against another term for Boehner, the...

  • Bridenstine leading cheers for effort to sack Boehner as speaker

    Chris Casteel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Tulsa Republican, is cheerleading for the effort to replace Rep. John Boehner as speaker of the House. Since Friday, the soon-to-be sophomore has issued four separate press releases about his opposition to Boehner and the alternatives to the Ohio Republican,...

  • On Throwback Thursday: Sen. Tom Coburn and the Bridge to Nowhere

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau For an upcoming piece I’m doing on departing Sen. Tom Coburn, The Oklahoman’s awesome archivist and researcher Linda Lynn pulled this 2005 story (below) on Coburn’s floor fight with his colleagues over pork barrel projects, including the Bridge to Nowhere. Look...

  • Oklahoma's U.S. House members split on spending bill

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    In the cliff-hanger vote late Thursday night to fund most of the government through September, three of Oklahoma’s House members backed the Republican bill and two opposed it. The bill passed 219-206 and is now before the Senate. Voting for it were Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore; Frank Lucas,...

  • Sen. John McCain pays tribute to Departing Sen. Tom Coburn

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, paid tribute Wednesday afternoon to departing Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, in a speech on the Senate floor. Coburn and McCain worked closely together on several issues, including the elimination of pork barrel projects. Coburn made several campaign appearances for...



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