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  • House reverses course on LGBT rights for federal contractors

    House reverses course on LGBT rights for... Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House reversed itself late Wednesday and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. More than 40 Republicans helped Democrats power the gay rights measure over the opposition of GOP...

  • Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote

    Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee... Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee. The bill to create a financial control board and restructure some of the U.S. territory's $70 billion debt has support...

  • Most American households doing better financially

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most American households say their finances have strengthened slightly, but nearly half report that they would struggle to meet $400 in expenses from an unexpected emergency, according to the Federal Reserve's annual survey on economic well-being. The latest Fed survey,...

  • TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines

    TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long... Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Most of...

  • Feds spend billions to run museum-ready computer systems

    Feds spend billions to run museum-ready... Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is squandering its technology budget maintaining museum-ready computer systems in critical areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. They're still using floppy disks at the Pentagon. In a report released Wednesday, nonpartisan congressional investigators...

  • FDA delay raises slim hope for muscular dystrophy drug

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will take more time to review a highly-contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine. Drugmaker Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. said the Food and Drug Administration will miss...

  • Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to scrap a new catfish inspection program that critics have argued is wasteful and unnecessary. The vote Wednesday came just after President Barack Obama visited Vietnam, a major exporter of catfish to the United States that has criticized the program. The...



State Political Coverage


  • Oklahoma City shifts focus to streets

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The poor condition of city streets has had the attention of motorists for a while in Oklahoma City. Officials seem to be getting the message.

  • Oklahoma Senate passes $6.78 billion budget bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted 30-16 to approve a $6.78 billion general appropriations budget. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

  • Most Oklahoma agencies see cuts, but there's a big exception

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Under a budget proposal making its way through the Oklahoma Legislature, funding for the Legislative Service Bureau, which does research and provides computer services for lawmakers, would grow to $13.89 million per year.

  • Oklahoma House passes $200 million transportation bond issue

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma lawmakers in favor of the plan say it will free up funds for other agencies.

  • Sen. Lankford recognizes anniversary of Tulsa's 1921 race riot

    Sen. Lankford recognizes anniversary of Tulsa\'s... By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford mentioned in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor that this year is the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, talked about how white Tulsans burned down the prosperous Greenwood area and more than an estimated 300 people died in the...

  • Oklahoma House votes to lessen job requirements of corrections director

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma lawmakers had voted down the measure previously.

  • Oklahoma House reverses course on court fee vote

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com   | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The measure adding a fee to court fees now goes to the Oklahoma Senate.



Politics articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman


  • Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector's report

    Clinton email use broke federal rules:... Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling...

  • Oklahoma City shifts focus to streets

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The poor condition of city streets has had the attention of motorists for a while in Oklahoma City. Officials seem to be getting the message.

  • House reverses course on LGBT rights for federal contractors

    House reverses course on LGBT rights for... Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House reversed itself late Wednesday and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. More than 40 Republicans helped Democrats power the gay rights measure over the opposition of GOP...

  • House votes to bar purchases of heavy water from Iran

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to bar the U.S. government from future purchases of heavy water from Iran, undercutting the controversial nuclear pact with that nation and earning a certain veto threat on a key government funding bill. Wednesday night's 251-168 vote came on an...

  • Oklahoma Senate passes $6.78 billion budget bill

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted 30-16 to approve a $6.78 billion general appropriations budget. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

  • Most Oklahoma agencies see cuts, but there's a big exception

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Under a budget proposal making its way through the Oklahoma Legislature, funding for the Legislative Service Bureau, which does research and provides computer services for lawmakers, would grow to $13.89 million per year.

  • Oklahoma House passes $200 million transportation bond issue

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma lawmakers in favor of the plan say it will free up funds for other agencies.

  • Sen. Lankford recognizes anniversary of Tulsa's 1921 race riot

    Sen. Lankford recognizes anniversary of Tulsa\'s... By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford mentioned in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor that this year is the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, talked about how white Tulsans burned down the prosperous Greenwood area and more than an estimated 300 people died in the...

  • Oklahoma House votes to lessen job requirements of corrections director

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma lawmakers had voted down the measure previously.

  • Oklahoma House reverses course on court fee vote

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com   | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The measure adding a fee to court fees now goes to the Oklahoma Senate.

  • Oklahoma joins lawsuit against Obama administration over transgender bathroom policy

    Oklahoma joins lawsuit against Obama... By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma and other state are asking for an injunction

  • Real estate world aflutter as Obama looks for his next home

    Real estate world aflutter as Obama looks for... Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate circles buzzed Wednesday over reports that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided to lease a nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington's poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January. With a sprawling terrace and a castle-like...

  • Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote

    Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee... Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee. The bill to create a financial control board and restructure some of the U.S. territory's $70 billion debt has support...

  • GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense bill delay

    GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense... Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator angrily denounced the Senate's top Democrat Wednesday for delaying debate on defense policy legislation, calling Minority Leader Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."...

  • House wading into California's long-running water war

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wading into a longstanding California water war, the House Wednesday endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., tried to strike that...

  • Florida 6th-grader wins National Geographic Bee

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida sixth-grader has won the 2016 National Geographic Bee. Twelve-year-old Rishi Nair of Seffner, Florida, won the top honors Wednesday at the 28th annual Bee in Washington. Nair clinched the win by correctly answering "Galapagos Islands" to the question: "A new marine...

  • Most American households doing better financially

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most American households say their finances have strengthened slightly, but nearly half report that they would struggle to meet $400 in expenses from an unexpected emergency, according to the Federal Reserve's annual survey on economic well-being. The latest Fed survey,...

  • TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines

    TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long... Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Most of...

  • Oklahoma among 11 states suing over Obama's school transgender directive

    Oklahoma among 11 states suing over Obama\'s... By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin,...

  • Gresham-Barlow School District agrees to pay transgender teacher, add gender-neutral bathrooms after complaint

    Gresham-Barlow School District agrees to pay... Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Gresham-Barlow School District has agreed to pay $60,000 and make sweeping changes across its nearly two dozen campuses after a transgender elementary school teacher complained of more than a year of harassment from coworkers.   Leo Soell, a fifth-grade teacher at Hall Elementary...



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