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  • David Boren: No one in current presidential field who can unite country

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren spent 15 years in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat known for working with members of both parties. As a longtime member and _ ultimately _ chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Boren was heavily involved in foreign policy, which is traditionally...

  • EPA study on fracking finds no widespread harm to drinking water

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ Hydraulic fracturing in thousands of oil and gas wells has had relatively no impact on drinking water, according to a five-year study released in draft form on Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Though there are mechanisms by which “fracking” could contaminate drinking...

  • Obama administration threatens defense bill veto

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The Obama administration has threatened to veto the defense policy bill that the Senate began considering on Wednesday morning, citing the proposed budgeting and numerous provisions that run counter to the military’s priorities. The president’s budget office reiterated the complaint it has made...

  • Huckabee: I wish I could've ID'd as female in HS gym

    Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Washington -- Mike Huckabee says there's a time he wishes he could've been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers, CNN reports. If he "could have felt like a woman," the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female...

  • Tulsa woman wins headscarf case against Abercrombie & Fitch

    Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Tulsa woman who was denied a job at clothing chain Abercrombie Kids because she wore a Muslim headscarf to the job interview. In an 8-1 decision, the court said civil rights law prohibited the...

  • SRLC: Ben Carson wins straw poll at Republican conference

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Ben Carson won the straw poll Saturday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Oklahoma City. Finishing second was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. In third was U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas.  

  • House votes to de-list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The U.S. House voted 229 to 190 on Friday morning to de-list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. The vote came on an amendment by Oklahoma Republican Rep. Frank Lucas and the other four Oklahoma members in the House. The vote was mostly along partisan lines. The amendment was made...

  • President Barack Obama Salutes Oklahoma Standard

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    President Barack Obama issued this statement today in observance of the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. “Twenty years ago today in Oklahoma City, two terrorists attacked their own country, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. We will never forget the men and women who...

  • Oklahoma House members support Republican budget

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The five Oklahoma members of the U.S. House _ all Republicans _ voted for their party’s budget Wednesday evening as the blueprint for deficit reduction was approved 228 to 199. The budget sets spending parameters for the fiscal year that begins in October. Though it sets goals for cutting...

  • President Barack Obama's remarks in Selma

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Remarks of President Barack Obama Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015 As Prepared for Delivery — It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning fifty years ago […]

  • High court sets dates for same-sex marriage, lethal injection arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ A day after hearing arguments in a monumental case about the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled two more important cases for back-to-back days in April. On April 28, justices will hear arguments in cases that will decide whether the 14th Amendment to the U.S....

  • A look at your federal tax subsidy for health insurance

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear arguments on Wednesday in the case involving federal subsidies for health insurance, it might be a good time to look at the subsidies most people get for health insurance. Many people probably aren’t aware that they receive a major tax subsidy from the...


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