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  • 5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood

    Updated: 47 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of...

  • Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any...

  • Oklahoma Capitol box score: Election filing late fees, disaster aid and more

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    One group is paying $3,000 for filing election documents late, while 26 lobbyists and liaisons are also being asked to pay up.

  • Oklahoma's Cole talks Trump, Iran, Planned Parenthood and Confederate flag flap

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The longtime GOP lawmaker from Moore discusses gridlock in Congress and how efforts to unseat House Speaker Boehner are a distraction from what he sees as the real work at hand to help Oklahomans.

  • Obama gets early start on 54th birthday celebration

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama got a head start on turning a year older. Obama turns 54 on Tuesday. In what's become a birthday tradition, the president started celebrating on Saturday by taking a trio of friends from his Hawaii childhood for a golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base....

  • Woman arrested after jumping barricade near White House

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says a woman was arrested after jumping over a low barricade in front of the White House. The barricades have been placed several feet in front of the White House fence. They are roughly waist-high and described as "bike racks" by the Secret Service....

  • Trump sues celebrity chef over canceled DC restaurant

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's organization is suing celebrity chef Jose Andres for backing out of a hotel project in Washington. Andres had planned to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel. Trump's organization was selected by the federal government to renovate the historic Old...

  • Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of Obama's personal lobbying at the...

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Trump can't win the White House

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, sat down for an interview in his Capitol Hill office on Thursday and answered questions about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran, Planned Parenthood and whether Congress is in town enough to get its work done. Cole, who has decades of experience in...

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday. Last week...

  • From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is...

  • Clinton releases tax, medical records as emails made public


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is in "excellent physical condition," two facts that emerged in a flood of disclosures from the campaign of the Democratic presidential candidate. Within a three-hour period...

  • ACLU files for fees in Ten Commandments case

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma can't recover all of its expenses related to its so-far successful fight to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol Grounds. But as a victorious appellant in the case it took to Oklahoma's Supreme Court, it can recover some fees related...

  • Kerry to push Malaysia on human trafficking during visit

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will push Malaysia to redouble its efforts against human trafficking during an upcoming visit for regional security talks, a senior State Department official said Friday. Kerry's visit, starting Wednesday, comes a week after the department faced a...

  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the...

  • At a Glance: A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton released a letter from her doctor Friday that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States." Clinton is the first candidate for president in 2016 to release detailed information...

  • White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and says his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan." Taliban officials on Thursday confirmed that...

  • The latest: Coast Guard suspends search for missing teens

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The latest on the search for the two teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast: 8:15 p.m. The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two teenage fishermen who've been missing for a week. The agency said it ended the search at sunset Friday as...

  • Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is "excellent physical condition" — two facts that emerged Friday in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy...

  • Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government. Lawmakers obtained prior approval for the trip from the ethics panel "in good faith" and...

  • Clinton's doctor says 2016 candidate in 'excellent' health

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's physician said Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is in "excellent physical condition" and has completely recovered from the effects of a concussion she suffered in 2012, pronouncing her "fit to serve as president of the United States."...



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