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  • DC celebrates another year of record-breaking tourist crowds

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation's capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession. Foreign and domestic tourists spent a...

  • Freddie Mac posts $354M loss in 1Q; no dividend payment


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported a net loss of $354 million for the first quarter, mostly due to losses it sustained on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in interest rates. The government-controlled company said Tuesday the January-through-March loss mainly...

  • The Latest: Trump says Indiana win means 'it's over'

    Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race on the eve of Indiana's primary (all times EDT): 8:30 p.m. Donald Trump is telling supporters at his final rally ahead of Indiana's primary that if he wins the contest Tuesday, the Republican nomination in his. "If we win in Indiana,...

  • Advocates: High court signals it won't stop $15 minimum wage

    Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle's law, which franchise owners...

  • Halliburton, Baker Hughes eye future after merger scuttled

    Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — Halliburton and Baker Hughes, whose planned merger is the latest big deal to be shot down by antitrust regulators, now must pick up the pieces and shore up their companies during a severe slump in oil and gas drilling. The two Houston companies are key components of the U.S....

  • FDA effort aims to curb smoking in LGBT community

    Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. The $35.7 million effort targets the estimated 40 percent of 2 million LGBT young adults...

  • US construction spending up 0.3 pct., led by home building

    Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects. Construction spending rose 0.3 percent in March after a 1 percent gain in February, the...

State Political Coverage

  • Huge Edmond water tower coming

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Council members recently agreed to spend nearly $5.9 million to build a 167-foot tall water tower north of Coffee Creek Road and east of Boulevard. Kris Neifing, Water Resources Department superintendent, said the 2-million-gallon tower will be the largest in Edmond. The city has six water...

  • Is the prairie chicken a national security threat?

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The U.S. House Armed Services Committee this week approved an amendment by Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, that would prevent listing the bird as threatened or endangered for the next five years. The provision is now part of the annual defense bill, expected to be considered soon by the full House...

  • Some budget bills may finally surface amid Oklahoma's record funding shortfall

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    House Appropriations and Budget Committee Chairman Earl Sears said Gov. Mary Fallin's office along with Republican leadership in both chambers agree on some legislative approaches that will take the form of bills likely to be heard the second week in May in the Oklahoma Legislature.

  • Coburn on Trump versus Clinton: I'll just be quiet

    Chris Casteel Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Former Sen. Tom Coburn, asked last week whether he thought Trump could make America great again — the slogan of the New York businessman — Coburn said, "I’d love for him to. I’d love for him to count to ten before he spoke.

  • Questions remain regarding proposed Medicaid reform plan in Oklahoma despite widespread support

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    DURANT — Nico Gomez stood before a small group of 25 concerned residents.  How will we save Oklahoma's Medicaid program?  That's the question at hand.  Gomez, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO, has his answer: the Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020. Under Gomez's...

  • Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, May 1, 2016

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Rick M. Green: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore is a look at the happenings at the Oklahoma Capitol in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has history of inflated projections

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has built nine turnpikes since 1961. Actual revenues have failed to meet projections for every one of those nine turnpikes during their first five years of operations.

Politics articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Survey: Growth at US services firms strengthened in April

    Updated: 48 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey says growth accelerated in April at U.S. services companies, a potential positive for the economy after a sluggish start to 2016. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index climbed to 55.7 in April, the highest level this year....

  • Obama visiting Flint for first time since water crisis began

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to meet with residents of Flint, Michigan, to hear how they're managing after lead from old pipes tainted their drinking water. And he is bringing a message to Flint on Wednesday: a promise for change. Obama declared a state of emergency in...

  • US services firms grow at faster pace in April, positive sign for economy after weak growth at the start of 2016

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US services firms grow at faster pace in April, positive sign for economy after weak growth at the start of 2016.

  • Survey: US businesses add jobs at slowest pace in 3 years

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could be weighing on hiring. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 156,000 jobs in April, down from...

  • US factory orders rose in March

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories advanced by a modest amount in March, reflecting strength in demand for military hardware and machinery. The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.1 percent, rebounding from a 1.9 percent drop in February. It was only the second increase in...

  • US factory orders up modest 1.1 percent in March as demand for defense equipment climbs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders up modest 1.1 percent in March as demand for defense equipment climbs.

  • US productivity shrinks again in first quarter

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The productivity of American workers fell again in the first three months of the year, while labor costs for employers rose at the fastest pace in more than a year. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 1 percent in the January-March period, following a 1.7 percent...

  • US trade deficit in March smallest in 16 months

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in March to the lowest level in 16 months as imports plunged by the largest amount since the depths of the recession seven years ago. The trade deficit narrowed to $40.4 billion in March, a drop of 13.9 percent from February, the Commerce Department...

  • Freight moving again through DC derailment site

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A CSX spokesman says freight has begun moving again through the site of a weekend train derailment in Washington. CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said in an e-mail that the first train moved through the site Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. and that normal operations have resumed....

  • Obama to name Stonewall 1st national monument for gay rights

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve. Designating the small swath of land...

  • Oklahoma City Council reviews fiscal year budget

    By William Crum Staff Writer | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The city council got its first look at City Manager Jim Couch's proposed budget on Tuesday. Three public hearings will follow, with a vote on the final budget set June 14.

  • At a glance: Understanding Medicaid

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A look at Medicaid in Oklahoma

  • More than 300 Oklahomans rally at Capitol to tell state lawmakers that 'Medicaid matters'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    “Let’s make sure our legislators are informed of how Medicaid protects vulnerable Oklahomans and is a job creator before they go in and build our state budget in the coming weeks,” said Erin Taylor, advocacy coordinator at the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rules against alcohol initiative

    By RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau | Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling does not affect a competing and more comprehensive attempt to end the ban on these products in grocery and convenience stores.

  • Trump virtually clinches Republican presidential nomination

    BY JULIE PACE and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press | Updated: 13 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donald Trump took a major step toward sewing up the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a victory in Indiana's primary election, dashing the hopes of rival Ted Cruz and other GOP forces who fear the brash businessman will doom their party in the general election....

  • Exit poll: GOP men fuel Trump's victory in Indiana primary

    BY CHAD DAY and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump can thank male voters for his big victory in the Indiana Republican primary. The billionaire won the support of Republican men by a more than 25-point margin over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who dropped out of the presidential race after his defeat Tuesday night. On...

  • Ted Cruz ends his bid for Republican presidential nomination

    BY SCOTT BAUER and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press | Updated: 14 hr ago

    A senior adviser to Ted Cruz says he has ended his campaign for president, putting Donald Trump on a glide path to claim the Republican Party's nomination.

  • New federal programs bring deportation relief for some undocumented Oklahoma residents

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Jair Pacheco, 20, has applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program after an executive order by President Barack Obama gave undocumented residents protections if they had entered the country before turning 18, were not yet 30, and were able to pass a background check.

  • Oklahoma nursing home residents, health workers rally at Capitol for Medicaid

    AP | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of health care workers, nursing home residents and other Medicaid recipients are rallying at the state Capitol in support of a plan to draw down hundreds of millions of federal dollars offered to states for Medicaid expansion. About 300 people rallied Tuesday on...

  • Brazil judge orders WhatsApp blocked, affecting 100 million users

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's (FB.O) WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America's largest country on Monday, the second such move against the popular messaging application in five months.   The decision by the judge in the...



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