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  • After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky., warned...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to...

  • Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. The Senate approved the bill by voice vote early Saturday; the measure passed the House earlier in the...

  • Highlights of Clinton emails on Benghazi

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday released 296 emails, totaling 896 pages, that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned over to the State Department and the special committee investigating the 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed...

  • A closer look at Clinton email censored prior to its release

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the several hundred Hillary Rodham Clinton emails released Friday is a message, sent to the then-secretary of state, that the FBI asked be redacted before it was made public. The email, sent to Clinton on Nov. 18, 2012, originated with Bill Roebuck, then director of the...

  • Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how...

  • Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When senators left town after approving a brief extension of the nation's highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, lawmakers often keep the program alive temporarily and...

  • DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said. During their ordeal, the business executive and his wife told others to stay away — even ordering a pizza deliverer to leave two pies at the door —...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has cleared a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects under a bill. The Senate on Saturday approved the bill by a voice vote and sent it to President Barack Obama. It's the 12th...

  • Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to end the...

  • Oklahoma House reverses course, agrees to fund Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    The Oklahoma House voted 51-40 Friday to approve funding for a popular culture museum in Tulsa. The vote came just one day after House members rejected the same measure by a vote of 44-49.

  • Oklahoma Legislature passes bill extending probationary promotions for third-graders with reading difficulties

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill Friday to extend for three academic years a program that allows probationary promotions for third-graders who read below grade level.

  • Lawmakers vote to give raises to Oklahoma appellate judges

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Oklahoma appellate judges who got left out of last year’s judicial pay raise bill would receive 6 percent pay raises under a bill approved Friday by both sides of the Oklahoma Legislature.

  • Oklahoma legislators discuss opportunities on 'emerging leaders' panel

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Urban leadership is an untapped frontier as Republicans seek to extend their reach, state senator from Oklahoma City says.

  • Governors rule on second day of Republican conference in Oklahoma City

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Two current governors and a former governor in the Republican presidential race told family stories, stressed their experiences as executives and outlined domestic and foreign policy positions at Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

  • Republican faithful rally around red-meat speeches in Oklahoma City

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writers | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Kenneth Johnson stood and applauded Chris Christie until the New Jersey governor exited the stage, then took a deep sigh of relief as he sat back down to wait for the next speaker. Johnson wasn’t sure what to expect Friday during the second day of the three-day Southern Republican Leadership...

  • Straw poll will provide ammunition for donors, candidates

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Standing in the middle of a hallway in the Cox Convention Center, Bill Shapard watched Friday as a woman walked up to one of his pollsters and began answering questions that could eventually lead to the election of the next U.S. president. In the first two days of the three-day Southern...

  • Saturday speakers scheduled for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Saturday speakers scheduled for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

  • Speech excerpts from Southern Republican Leadership Conference

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush spoke during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Federal energy regulations criticized at GOP leadership conference in Oklahoma City

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Federal regulations on energy production are limiting investments and entrepreneurship, an oil executive and attorney told attendees at Friday’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

  • Former Oklahoma legislators' bribery convictions upheld

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the political bribery convictions of former state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich



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