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  • Sen. Tom Coburn criticizes federal tax giveaways in new report

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In his last report on government waste before leaving Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn on Tuesday detailed hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax giveaways, including ones for some of the nation’s richest corporations and individuals. Coburn, R-Muskogee, even took on tax breaks for the oil and...

  • High court rejects case of Tulsa police officer who refused to attend Islamic event

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Tulsa police officer who sued the city after a controversy over attending an event held by an Islamic group. Without comment, the high court declined to review the case of Paul Campbell Fields, who refused to attend or assign others to...

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Tom Cole respond to Hagel resignation

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Sen. Jim Inhofe,  of Tulsa, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being made a “scapegoat” by the Obama administration. Inhofe strongly opposed Hagel’s nomination last year and worked hard against it. But in a statement...

  • Oklahoma County's shocking — or at least surprising — vote results

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who is expected to run for governor in four years, had a good night on Tuesday. He won every county and  had a better winning percentage (68.5) than any other Republican on the statewide ballot. Pat McFerron, Republican pollster, consultant and expert on nuts-and-bolts...

  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin fixes campaign report glitch

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin filed an amended campaign finance report Thursday afternoon after a software glitch led many of the contribution and expenditure numbers to be erroneously inflated. A report filed by Mullin’s campaign on Wednesday, covering the period from July 1 through September...

  • Inhofe, Fallin point fingers as Ebola scare turns political

    Chris Casteel | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, criticized the White House on Thursday as the national scare over Ebola began to take a political turn. Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called for a travel ban from West African countries that have...

  • Same-sex couples and the front page of The Oklahoman

    Chris Casteel | Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    This morning, looking at the front page of The Oklahoman and the picture of the same-sex couple getting a marriage license in Oklahoma County I thought of a front page from The Sunday Oklahoman in the spring of 1983, when I was working in the Norman bureau of The Oklahoman and Times.   I...

  • High court rejects Oklahoma, other same-sex marriage cases

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review same-sex marriage cases from Oklahoma, Utah and three other states, possibly paving the way for marriages to begin immediately in those states and many others. Without comment, the justices left intact decisions from federal appeals...

  • Federal judge sides with Pruitt in Obamacare lawsuit

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    A U.S. district judge in Muskogee has sided with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt against the U.S. government in the state’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. Pruitt’s suit, like similar ones in other states and the District of Columbia, claimed the IRS improperly allowed subsidies...

  • Rep. Tom Cole comments on beheading in Moore

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, expressed sympathy on Saturday for the victims of the horrific attack at Vaughan Foods in his home town and  urged people to reserve judgment as the investigation continues. In a statement, Cole said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this brutal...

  • Medal of Honor recipient, family members go to Capitol

    Chris Casteel | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Medal of Honor recipient Bennie G. Adkins and the siblings of Medal of Honor of recipient Donald P. Sloat attended a White House ceremony on Monday and a Pentagon ceremony on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they were on Capitol Hill, meeting congressional leaders. President Barack Obama awarded the medals...

  • 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...


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