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Michael Gerson: Lent is the annual invitation to focus on spiritual matters

WASHINGTON — A friend, reacting to the apparent thinness of Robert Mueller's case against the president, told me: "This year,...

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E.J. Dionne: Mayor Pete's case for community

WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg has broken through the noise of a cacophonous Democratic presidential field by raising issues that...

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Your Views Sunday, March 24

Question about “Medicare for all” proponents I didn't realize how many people think Medicare is free. It’s not. Retirees have...

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Speech bill a reflection of the times

Two Republican members of the Legislature visited Washington, D.C., last week to hear President Trump defend free speech on...

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George Will: Court should steer away from the politics of gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — If an adjective creates a redundancy, does preceding it with two other adjectives give the Supreme Court a reason...

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Dems should leave Electoral College alone

At a town hall in Mississippi last week, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined the ranks of those in...

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Point of View: Help retired officers, firefighters without spending more

Police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect their fellow Oklahomans. One thing they...

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Point of View: Program is a sound investment in Oklahoma's future

The Oklahoma’s Promise program (then called the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program) was created by the Legislature in 1992...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Lighting the way in Bricktown

The canal that runs through Bricktown, lined with shops and restaurants, is a longtime favorite of visitors. New lighting...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump's not the biggest threat to the Constitution

WASHINGTON — Who is the biggest threat to our constitutional order? It is not President Trump. Ever since Trump took office,...

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Rich Lowry: Why Warren is wrong about Electoral College

Elizabeth Warren, the pointy end of the spear of Democratic radicalism, has called for the end of the Electoral College. "My...

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Point of View: Once a Third World issue, water now a First World concern

World Water Day — March 22 — is recognized each March by the United Nations to highlight the importance of safe drinking water...

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Michael Gerson: Why should a Republican stay in a party that has gone off the moral rails?

WASHINGTON — A former Republican officeholder, who was highly effective at his job, recently asked me if returning to politics...

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George Will: Novel will have you pining for the days of George W. Bush

WASHINGTON — Nostalgia is what Thomas Mallon is counting on to help draw readers to his new novel, "Landfall," which takes them...

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Augusta Chronicle: Shouldn't happen to a dog

Sympathy is fine. But empathy — truly understanding another’s thoughts and emotions — is part of the big equation that makes...

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No shortage of executive overreach

In voting against President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the southern border, many of the dozen U.S....

OU football: Cody Ford's development lifts him into first-round realm of NFL Draft

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NORMAN — During the nearly month between the end of the regular season and the Orange Bowl, Cody Ford sat down with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh for a hard talk about his future. Riley and Bedenbaugh...

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E.J. Dionne: The reality and the limits of Beto-mania

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Whatever anyone says about Beto O'Rourke in the coming months, no one will ever accuse him of lacking...

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Jonah Goldberg: Beto-mania a prime example of our cult-of-personality politics

Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no...

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Clarence Page: White nationalists' appeal to alienated young men

By now, no one should be surprised to hear that the 28-year-old white supremacist who is accused of killing 50 people in two...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 20

Elect candidates concerned about the environment In 1970, President Richard Nixon presented Congress with a 37-point message on...

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Cal Thomas: The New Zealand massacre

Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social...

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Kathleen Parker: Too rich to run in 2020

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has given success a bad name. That is, the president's much-boasted-about wealth has soured many...

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Marc Thiessen: The losers running for the Democratic nomination

WASHINGTON — Look at the losers running, or considering a run, for the Democratic presidential nomination. I don't mean that...

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Point of View: Two pet store bills the Legislature should reject

When people hear the Switzer name, football is one of the first things that comes to mind. But our household also is passionate...

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Biden watch continues for Democrats

The Democratic campaign for the presidency, already interesting, would become downright fascinating if Joe Biden enters the...

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Oklahoma pension bill a bad idea

We wrote earlier in the legislative session about the perils of a bill that, if approved, would weaken Oklahoma’s state pension...

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Point of View: Still leading, still learning

Times have certainly changed since one saw bumper stickers in Oklahoma that said, “Lord, please send us another oil boom. We...

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E.J. Dionne: The autocratic Trump and "constitutional conservatives"

WASHINGTON — President Trump's opponents typically treat him as a clown, a fool and a garden-variety bigot. They only...

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Kathleen Parker: Hasta luego, Beto

WASHINGTON — It must be a grown-up thing, but every time I see Beto O'Rourke, I want to fix him a hamburger. He's precious....

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Your Views Sunday, March 17

Education history is repeating itself Led by then-Gov. Henry Bellmon, we were among the business leaders serving on the Task...

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George Will: Worse living through chemistry

WASHINGTON — On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo," was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa...

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OK County jail must do better

From inmate deaths to plumbing leaks to unsecure locks on cell doors to inmate-on-inmate violence, it seems that if something...

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Point of View: School-business partnership needed to fill Oklahoma workforce pipeline

We’ve heard over and over again about the need for a ready workforce and the role schools can play in making that workforce a...

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Point of View: A question of Capitol curiosity

I often wonder if the Legislature has lost its curiosity. I wonder if our desire for greater understanding has been replaced...

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Bill provides some unity

There is a touch of irony to the moniker — the Unity Bill — given to legislation creating a framework for Oklahoma’s medical...

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Marc Thiessen: Why Pelosi opposes impeachment

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she is "not for impeachment" has caused resistance on the left....

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Jonah Goldberg: When the diploma means more than the education

The college admissions scandal should be the populist issue of our time. Most of the talk in our politics about how “the system...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC charter vote on the way?

Should folks like incoming Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper be made to give up their job to serve on the council? The...

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Michael Barone: Chicago's clues for the 2020 Democrats

There was a record-sized field of candidates containing as many women as men. Their surnames ranged from the long familiar to...

Business

Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 16, 2019

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $43 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Cal Thomas: Why socialism fails

One of the rotten fruits produced by what passes for today’s American education system is the ignorance some young people have...

New boutique hotel planned for OKC's Midtown

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Pivot Project, which is wrapping up redevelopment of a brewery, food hall and offices in Midtown, is set to start a second phase with construction of a six-story boutique hotel with a coffee shop, bar and retail. Plans submitted with the...

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A new tool for Oklahoma governors

The Republican-controlled Legislature wasted little time approving one of the top items on Gov. Kevin Stitt’s wish list —...

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Washington Post: Maryland can't spend its way to better schooling

Maryland's commission studying public education gets credit for courageously facing the truth about the quality of schools in...

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George Will: Has the Catholic Church committed the worst crime in American history?

PHILADELPHIA — "Horseplay," a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, part of a...

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Kathleen Parker: Thank you, Bubba and Tuck

WASHINGTON — Some days you wake up and think, "Nope, not getting up." I call these column days. Then, there are those other...

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Marc Thiessen: Gillibrand's a hypocrite on sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON — In April 2018, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leaders to pass her bipartisan Congressional Harassment Reform...

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Point of View: Change will benefit Oklahoma's most vulnerable children

Oklahoma has made great strides in recent years in creating an effective child welfare system. As noted in the most recent...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 13

A poor excuse to infringe on our rights Like Harold Hutton II (Your Views, March 3), I was robbed at gunpoint, at 19 years old....

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Rich Lowry: Nancy Pelosi's threat to free speech

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump's alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a...

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Point of View: Local packaging laws hurt Oklahoma economy

In the discussion surrounding whether packaging regulations on consumer items such as paper and plastic grocery bags should be...

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Election system doesn't need fixing

With their “For the People Act,” or H.R. 1, U.S. House Democrats hope to “fix” many things they simply don’t like about current...

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Vaccine study another shot in the arm

It may be wishful thinking, but perhaps vaccine skeptics — and there are a good number in Oklahoma — will give consideration to...

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Point of View: Justice reform in Oklahoma must include civil legal assistance

Imagine living at or below the poverty line of $850 or less a month; now add involvement with the criminal justice system that...

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Stephen Moore: The tariffs nobody wants

In almost every case, whenever a tariff or quota is imposed on imports, that tax is strongly supported by the domestic industry...

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Cal Thomas: The Democrats' Jewish problem

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of...

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Kathleen Parker: Don't tell Martha McSally she can't

WASHINGTON — In December, I asked a question related to Martha McSally as she was about to fill the Senate seat left vacant by...

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E.J. Dionne: Let's stay united against bigotry

WASHINGTON — The polling is imperfect, but it's fair to say that more than 70 percent of American Jews and Muslims vote...

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Michael Gerson: Vaccination skeptics make intrusive public health methods more likely

WASHINGTON — Another massive study has discovered no causal connection between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and...

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Point of View: Legislature should vote to do more for homeless students

One year ago, I lived with my family in a homeless shelter. I was participating in a daily drug court diversion program. My...

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George Will: Democratic candidates are channeling late-night infomercials

WASHINGTON — A four-word phrase common on late-night television, exclaimed by announcers giddy about their offers: "Buy this...

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Your Views Sunday, March 10

Legislature should reject these two bills Oklahomans do not support puppy mills. That’s why we asked our state senator and...

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Let the sun shine in

Last week the governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, made available to the media a hand-written note that his predecessor, Scott...

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Point of View: Openness in government more important than ever

Your city council will vote to rezone your residential area in a way that could affect existing homes and your family. How do...

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Point of View: Oklahoma First!

I admire Gov. Kevin Stitt’s "hit the ground running" attitude in moving Oklahoma up the rankings in every way that we can....

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Marc Thiessen: GOP must vote to stop Trump's undermining of Congress's power of the purse

WASHINGTON — In February 2016, while Donald Trump was busy sweeping the Republican presidential field, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah,...

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Oklahoma DOC could use pay raises

Oklahoma lawmakers in recent years have warmed to the idea of approving policies to help reduce the state’s prison population....

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Michael Barone: Impeachment quest lets AOC types set agenda

Has the Democratic Party reduced its chances of denying President Trump a second term by continuing to concentrate on throwing...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Annual 'Federal Fumbles' report illuminating

With the fourth volume of his “Federal Fumbles” report, issued this week, Sen. James Lankford has provided taxpayers a service...

NFL Draft: Mock if you will, but unknown Joel Blumenthal might just get draft weekend call

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Joel Blumenthal wanted to block out every distraction. A solid plan on the biggest day of his life. But a couple times when a pass went high and he went just as high to snag it a couple Wednesdays ago, the crowd amassed for OU Pro Day would...

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Jonah Goldberg: At CPAC, Trump became a human pseudo-event

Two years ago, at the dawn of the Trump administration, Kellyanne Conway predicted that 2017’s CPAC would really be TPAC, or...

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A sensible judicial reform bill

The urban-rural divide that’s been a part of the Legislature since statehood has been evident to a degree this session in...

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George Will: Might the Democratic push for reparations benefit Trump?

WASHINGTON — Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be "at the table" with...

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School grades prompt concern

What does it say that Oklahoma's supposedly improved A-F school report cards grade schools on a curve? While there are now...

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E.J. Dionne: Renewing democracy after Trump

WASHINGTON — A central challenge of the Trump era is how to deal urgently with the president's transgressions while also taking...

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Kathleen Parker: Yes, Virginia, it's offensive

WASHINGTON — When Virginia first lady Pam Northam handed out raw cotton last month to black students on a governor's mansion...

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Point of View: Accountable, student-centric education

Oklahoma continues to rank near the bottom nationally on key educational outcomes. This unfairly limits Oklahoma students'...

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Your Views: Wednesday, March 6

COLA is needed for state retirees As the legislative session continues, one thing has been missing: a cost-of-living adjustment...

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Cal Thomas: Netanyahu and Trump agonistes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery....

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College rebuke sends message

It is remarkable how often colleges’ pursuit of nondiscrimination ends in government-sanctioned discrimination. The University...

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Marc Thiessen: This Lent, don't give Catholic bishops a dime

WASHINGTON — On Ash Wednesday, the holy season of Lent begins, and so do the annual fundraising drives by many of the nation's...

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Hoping for success of OKC district overhaul

The Oklahoma City school board has approved a plan intended to expand opportunities for students districtwide, and thus, it is...

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Point of View: Continued work, education vital in fight against HIV, AIDS

In our lifetime, there are few stories in medicine as compelling as that surrounding Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and...

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Stephen Moore: Why Trump must veto federal land grab bill

President Trump gave one of his most memorable and impactful speeches two weeks ago, when he systematically dismantled the case...

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Michael Gerson: When Trump demeans others, he is undermining democracy

WASHINGTON — "A great empire and little minds go ill together," said Edmund Burke. America is not quite an empire, but one...

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E.J. Dionne Democrats are the party of the left -- and liberal Republicans

WASHINGTON — The core political challenges facing Democrats are not the rise of those who proudly call themselves democratic...

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Point of View: Aiming for accountability

Information is empowering. It's a simple premise but a critical one to understanding the role of an accountability system, and...

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Point of View: An outsider's view of "Pathway to Greatness" plan

Every Oklahoma resident should be rooting for success for the Oklahoma City School District. Providing an excellent education...

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Your Views Sunday, March 3

Fiddle shop fire is a terrible blow Regarding “‘Voices’ silenced by angry flames” (News, Feb. 26): I was sick to my stomach...

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A bad move on pensions

They say there’s no education in the second kick of a mule, but Oklahoma politicians appear ready to give it a try. That’s the...

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George Will: So, Schultz would spoil the splendor of today's party duopoly?

WASHINGTON — As an upbeat Howard Schultz tucked into lunch here recently, he was having a good week because Democrats were...

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From the editor

The Oklahoman opinion pages starting Monday will be limited to four days per week. Opinion pages will be published on...

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Bold choices for parole board

Gov. Kevin Stitt made clear with an earlier funding proposal that he was interested in improving Oklahoma’s pardon and parole...

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Point of View: Tax credit expansion benefits too few

Kramer and Exline are with the Oklahoma Parent Legislative Action Committee (OKPLAC).

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Michael Barone: Dems are getting out on potentially shaky left-wing limbs

There's an old political saying that presidential candidates appeal to their parties' wings — left for Democrats, right for...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Oklahoma's notable selling point

Oklahoma’s affordable cost of living is often cited as a selling point, but nonetheless taken for granted. This year’s...

OSU football: Mike Gundy looking for physicality, toughness from new offensive line coach Charlie Dickey

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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had already identified his top candidate to fill his offensive line coaching vacancy, but still needed to do some background work on Charlie Dickey. Gundy called UTEP coach Dana Dimel, who had been...

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Marc Thiessen: Cohen's supposed "bombshell" testimony didn't explode

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen was supposed to provide "bombshell" testimony against President Trump. Well, the bombshell didn't...

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Point of View: Let criminal justice council do its job

At the end of the 2018 legislative session, Senate Bill 1098 was passed and signed into law creating the Oklahoma Criminal...

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Jonah Goldberg: Audience has decided about ‘Waiting for Mueller’

Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” a play in which two men sit around and wait for someone who never shows up, has been...

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Ignoring law a bad way to operate

If you wonder why some people think they can ignore federal law or Supreme Court rulings, here’s one explanation: because...

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The Providence Journal: Ignoring the unfathomable

The chilling quote is often attributed to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin: “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a...

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E.J. Dionne: Michael Cohen breaches Trump's wall of protection

Normally, presidents who are in trouble exploit historic foreign policy moments to associate themselves with the majesty of...

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George Will: Justices push to broaden the rights of national citizenship

WASHINGTON — There have been many memorable — and eventually consequential — Supreme Court dissents that affirmed principles...

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Justice reform piece could be a tough sell

Advocates of criminal justice reform in Oklahoma have offered several policy proposals designed to, at the very least, keep the...

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Bill could harm pro-life cause in Oklahoma

It says much about the strange state of abortion debate that Oklahoma lawmakers are being told they can’t call themselves...

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Cal Thomas: Picking up good migration

PALM BEACH, Florida — While most attention has been focused on immigrants trying to enter the United States over America’s...

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No reason for Oklahoma policymakers not to save state funds

Many problems in state government owe more to short-term thinking and short-term memory than outside forces. Gov. Kevin Stitt...

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Point of View: Bill would help curb fraud in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is losing money to fraud. With the stroke of a pen, this money — and a lot more — would flow into Oklahoma’s state...

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Point of View: Let's work to help Oklahoma shine

Growing and sustaining Oklahoma’s economy means getting serious about competing on a national and international level....

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Point of View: Trying to expand health care access in Oklahoma

There is an abundance of misinformation circulating by physician organizations to legislators and citizens of Oklahoma...

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Common sense and the high court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that may indicate whether common sense still has a place in this...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 27

State should accept Medicaid expansion In “Medicaid cost concerns are valid” (Our Views, Feb. 10), The Oklahoman editorial...

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Marc Thiessen: Pope's sex abuse speech was a disgraceful display of excuses

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis's closing address to the Vatican Summit on Child Protection was a disgraceful display of excuses and...

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Kathleen Parker: The MAGA curse

WASHINGTON — Humans do the strangest things. In two recent why-dunits, the curious have wondered why: (1) a successful TV star...

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Payday lenders' critics overstate case

In 2017, the Obama administration advanced regulations effectively designed to force most payday lenders out of business. Under...

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School board next stop for OKC district plan

The district reorganization plan that Oklahoma City schools superintendent Sean McDaniel recommended to his board closely...

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E.J. Dionne: The GOP's time for choosing

WASHINGTON — In 1964, Nelson Rockefeller, then the governor of New York, rose before the Republican National Convention to...

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Your Views Monday, Feb. 25

OU budget problems don’t seem insurmountable A recent story in The Oklahoman lamented money woes at the University of Oklahoma...

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Point of View: Permitless carry threaten's Oklahoma's safety

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a dangerous permitless carry bill that would allow almost anyone to carry a loaded...

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Michael Barone: Long-term progress on the border

Compromise reached. Donald Trump is going to build — his administration is said to be building already, with appropriated funds...

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Law enforcement should note SCOTUS ruling

It isn’t all that often the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous ruling, but it did so last week in a case involving an...

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Your Views Sunday, Feb. 24

GOP not solely to blame on immigration Regarding the letter by Roy Prevett (Your Views, Feb. 6): To compare the southern border...

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George Will: SCOTUS can undo past confusion with ruling

WASHINGTON — For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words...

Thunder's plummet on offense starts with elevated defense on Paul George

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The Thunder trailed by 10 early to the Warriors as Russell Westbrook dribbled into a halfcourt set. That Westbrook and Paul George eventually crossed into each other’s path, derailing the possession, wasn’t the problem. It was something larger,...

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Oklahoma savings prospects appear dim

Politicians are notorious for spending money faster than it comes in, even in times of strong economic growth. There are some...

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Democratic field continues to grow

SEN. Bernie Sanders is running again for president, hoping to capitalize on his success from 2016 when he forced Hillary...

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Point of View: Oklahoma Democrats working to create a brand new state

Thanks to last year’s needed revenue-raising legislation, Oklahoma has a budget surplus. This surplus is an opportunity to...

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Point of View: A funding promise we can count on

This year, legislators have an opportunity to address a critical need in Oklahoma by accepting federal dollars to expand...

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Point of View: Doing something about the weather

January was a month of extremes. While the polar vortex plunged the Midwest into deep freeze, Australians endured a record heat...

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Rich Lowry: The unbearable whiteness of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders catalyzed the Democratic Party's post-Barack Obama move to the left, and if he were elected president in 2020,...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Groups working to protect kids

Following a Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News series documenting incidents in which sexual predators moved from...

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Point of View: Oklahoma doesn't need constitutional carry

Oklahoma has a rich history of cultivating good guys with a gun. Many of our gun-owning citizenry have been granted an open or...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump shouldn't be forcing Republicans to choose fidelity to him or to the Constitution

WASHINGTON — If the goal is to build a border wall, then President Trump has made the wrong decision at every turn. In early...

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Hate crime hoaxes not rare

Actor Jussie Smollet recently claimed to be the victim of a politically inspired hate crime. Numerous politicians, public...

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So much for Oklahoma Senate GOP unity

Will Rogers famously said he was “not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Today that quip may better...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's casinos, communities working together to spur growth

For nearly three decades, Oklahoma’s casino gaming industry has been a reliable small-business incubator, innovation mechanism...

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Point of View: Oklahomans ill served by excessive occupational licensing requirements

Pope St. John Paul II stated in his 1981 encyclical "Laborem Exercens" that “work is a key, probably the essential key, to the...

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E.J. Dionne: A very British lesson for the American left

Does the bolt of eight members of Parliament from the British Labour Party out of frustration with its left-wing leader, Jeremy...

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George Will: The thrashing of the Constitution

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — America's most improbably popular governor, a Republican beginning his second term in perhaps the bluest...

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A nice win for OSBI cold case unit

Since June 2013 when Charles Nieman was shot to death outside a convenience store in Boise City, family and friends had been...

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Akron Beacon Journal: No time for religious liberty at the Supreme Court

Justice Elena Kagan described the decision as “profoundly wrong,” and it is hard to see otherwise. She made her point in...

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Michael Gerson: I was hospitalized for depression. Faith helped me remember how to live.

Adapted from a sermon delivered at Washington National Cathedral on Feb. 17, 2019. When the Dean of the Washington National...

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Cal Thomas: Premises,premises

Here is the problem for Donald Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have...

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Teacher supply data worth noting

It’s often said Oklahoma schools have experienced steep budget cuts throughout the past decade. Data in a new report on...

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Another reminder of vaccines' importance

The Wall Street Journal asked an excellent question with the headline to one of its recent editorials: Didn’t we already beat...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 20

A request for highway construction crews I have nothing but admiration for all the great men and women who are out in the...

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Point of View: Patient safety must be considered in NP legislation

A wide range of people have ideas for what’s best for patients: The Oklahoman, nurse practitioners (NPs) and even some of our...

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Point of View: Harding patrons won't forget OKC school board's move

Let us be clear. There is no structural problem with the Harding School building that could not be reasonably and not...

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Michael Gerson: Northam could be forgiven. But that doesn't mean he should stay in office.

WASHINGTON — With the continued refusal of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over his racially offensive past, we are...

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Stephen Moore: Where are the pro-trade Democrats?

Does anyone know where all those free trade Democrats went? Since Donald Trump burst onto the scene, liberal policy wonks and...

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Kathleen Parker: The three amigas

WASHINGTON — By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or...

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A disappointing attack on Oklahoma children

Last week, committees in the Oklahoma House and Senate each advanced legislation to raise the cap on the amount of tax credits...

OU report card: Not much to grade highly for the Sooners

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You figured Virginia would be a rugged opponent in the NCAA Tournament, and the Cavaliers most definitely were. They beat OU 63-51 Sunday night in the South Regional quarterfinals, and the grades reflect an uphill performance for the Sooners....

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A bad idea to double down on border

After putting a key piece of immigration-related legislation behind him and winning $1.375 billion for a border barrier,...

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Point of View: Data, academic studies should guide firearm policy

On Feb. 13, the day before the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed...

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Marc Thiessen: Green New Deal would mean new taxes on everyone

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally...

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Data link taxes, migration

Those who want to increase state taxes often suggest tax burdens have little impact on where people choose to live or where...

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Oklahoma lawmakers should focus on sound policy

If the state Senate signs off on the legislation, Oklahoma will soon become at least the 15th state to approve “constitutional...

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Federal bill raises many free speech concerns

The more that comes out about congressional Democrats’ gargantuan, 571-page “For the People Act of 2019,” the more reason there...

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Oklahoma drone bill needs careful review

The use of drones has raised reasonable concerns about their potential use in illegal activity. But legislative efforts to...

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George Will: Socialism has become a classification that no longer classifies

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!" — Karl Marx WASHINGTON — Norman Thomas was not easily...

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Your Views Sunday, Feb. 17

Broad brush a disservice to county treasurers Regarding “DA’s ideas are worthwhile” (Our Views, Feb 14): While I agree the...

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Point of View: Engineering infrastructure innovations start in Oklahoma

Annually we celebrate National Engineers Week by recognizing the latest engineering advancements and discoveries. Many of the...

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Point of View: A MAPS 4 idea to consider

As Oklahoma City considers what to include in a proposed MAPS 4 package of improvements, there is considerable discussion of...

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Rich Lowry: Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Prison program provides a way forward

Some inmates at the medium-security Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud are doing more than biding their time waiting...

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Point of View: A true public health hat trick

Public health was one of the items new Gov. Kevin Stitt highlighted in his first State of the State address. He specifically...

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The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle: EPA rules on water are ridiculous overreach

A few miles south of Dearing, Georgia, McCorkle Nurseries grows shrubs, vines, evergreens and perennials for just about any...

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Jonah Goldberg: Democrats' further movement leftward will help Trump

Donald Trump can’t win in 2020 but the Democrats can lose, and they seem determined to give it their best shot. Straight-line...

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Youth being served on OKC Council

When he takes his seat at the April 9 meeting of the Oklahoma City Council, Mayor David Holt will have plenty of company from...

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E.J. Dionne: Don't make it easy for Trump to hide his failure

WASHINGTON — President Trump's regular threats to close down parts of the government to vindicate an applause line make you...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's $48 billion miracle, and a solid prescription for growth

I recently returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, and am a regular at the TED conference. I find myself among the...

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County books in Oklahoma merit attention

Many Oklahomans no doubt share the sentiments of Chickasha’s school superintendent, who learned recently that his district had...

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Time to lift shackles on speech

When it comes to First Amendment rights, government should err on the side of more free speech, not less. Thus, members of...

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George Will: Reality continues to leak from American life

WASHINGTON — In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation...

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A re-imagining of capitalism

Irony enters the picture quickly, though, when mulling the activities listed above. We communicate using hardware and software...

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Requests highlight need for better OK state budget review

Among the agencies seeking a supplemental appropriation for the current fiscal year is the Department of Career and Technology...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 13

Nursing bills won’t help rural access Regarding “Nurses make strong case” (Our Views, Feb. 11): These independence bills will...

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Point of View: Opportunity scholarships vital to "Oklahoma's Turnaround"

As a proud Oklahoman, I am inspired by Gov. Kevin Stitt’s vision of making us a “top 10” state, and I believe education will be...

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Point of View: Moving beyond trauma to hope

‘Our future can be brighter than our past.” These words of hope are critical for hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma children...

Sooners wipe out a season of frustration in routing Rebels

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kristian Doolittle bullied Ole Miss 7-footer Dominik Olejniczak for two straight easy baskets, and Mississippi coach Kermit Davis had seen enough. Eighty seconds into the game, Davis sensed what was coming and called timeout....

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Stephen Moore: Green is the new red

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has released her Green New Deal plan to the nation — to great applause from...

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Michael Gerson: Mitch Landrieu's moment

WASHINGTON — It is the tragedy of America that a story of freedom, self-government, religious liberty, entrepreneurship and...

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Kathleen Parker: Bezos v. Pecker: A complexifying situation

WASHINGTON As stories go, the face-off between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker (paging Charles Dickens) has all the elements of a...

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Caution advised with changes to Oklahoma's JNC

Wyrick, whose nomination to be a judge for the western district of Oklahoma was approved last week by the U.S. Senate Judiciary...

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Want a voice? Vote in OKC Council elections

Unfortunately, the latter is unlikely. Municipal elections traditionally generate very low voter turnout. In the February 2018...

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E.J. Dionne: Why Trump's war on socialism will fail

NEW YORK — "We socialists are trying to save capitalism, and the damned capitalists won't let us." Political scientist Mason...

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Jonah Goldberg: Green New Deal backers embrace their fantasies

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t taking it too seriously. She didn’t put Ocasio-Cortez on the new Select Committee on the...

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Nursing home reimbursements getting attention

Things have improved, but one thing hasn’t changed: For-profit nursing homes can’t provide first-class service with third-class...

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Nurses make strong case for deregulation

There is reason to think the debate could end differently this year. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud and chairman of the Senate...

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George Will: Limited government requires a limited president

WASHINGTON Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that...

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Your Views Sunday, Feb. 10

A museum exposure proposal While reading recently about the now-back-on-track American Indian Cultural Center and the national...

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Medicaid cost concerns are valid

Under the Affordable Care Act, states can add able-bodied adults to Medicaid with the federal government covering 90 percent of...

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Better system needed for legal immigrants, too

The president called it a “moral duty” for the United States to have an immigration system that protects its citizens, and said...

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Point of View: Senate GOP agenda focuses on accountability, budget transparency

When I was elected as the leader of the Oklahoma Senate Republicans, I told my colleagues that our legislative agenda would be...

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Point of View: Link higher ed funding with reform

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have requested increased funding of $101.5 million for fiscal year 2020....

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Michael Gerson: Overwhelmed by a 'great hush'

WASHINGTON There is a whole movement dedicated to unplugging from digital devices on the theory that they are turning us all...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Caution needed with school funding formula

We raise this concern because Stitt said funding formula changes should “take the handcuffs off local communities wanting to...

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Marc Thiessen: Our political center is up for grabs. Trump just made a play for it.

WASHINGTON With Democrats embracing neo-socialist policies to eliminate private health insurance and fossil fuels, America’s...

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Extreme contrast on economy

Trump emphasized the strong economic improvement achieved on his watch. The president noted 5.3 million jobs have been created,...

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Your Views Friday, Feb. 7, 2019

“A sensible effort to conduct Senate work” (Our Views, Jan. 31) related that Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, “mentioned...

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Jonah Goldberg: The problem with 'social justice'

Noah Rothman, a brilliant young writer and editor at Commentary Magazine, has just published his first book, and it’s about...

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George Will: Iowa tractor driver now steers Senate Finance Committee

He is a non-lawyer who just left the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee to become chairman of the Finance Committee. In...

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Scholarship tax credits generate great outcomes

The scholarship tax credit program, established in 2011, provides income tax credits to businesses and individuals who donate...

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Oklahoma pension law could use scrubbing

The Oklahoman’s Randy Ellis wrote Sunday about Gerald Davidson’s appointment in 2017 as DPS chief of staff. Davidson was named...

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Monologue 2/7

“The Rams set a record for punts in a Super Bowl. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a punter on the sideline breathing into an...

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Point of View: Oklahoma government needs industrial and systems engineering

Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) is a relatively new branch of engineering, but it's quickly becoming the most...

Medical marijuana industry using specialized security services

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Every business works to secure its assets, and those in the marijuana industry are no different. The difference between Oklahoma’s cash-heavy medical marijuana industry and many others is the need to secure cash and other assets using armed...

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Kathleen Parker: Yearbook politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana's governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he...

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Stephen Moore: Donald Trump's monetary vindication

Call it street smarts or call it business moxie, but Trump was dead right when he attacked the Fed, first in September and then...

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Could Utah offer lessons for OK schools?

Still, when evidence arises to the contrary, it warrants review. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Utah “has had...

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Oklahoma justice reform efforts merit attention

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, a coalition of individuals and groups from across the political spectrum, is rightly...

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Point of View: Corrections reform must continue in Oklahoma

In December, I was honored to be named executive director for Oklahoma Corrections Professionals. During the previous six years...

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Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 6

An unneeded wall Regardless of what tall tales the president regularly tells, there is no excessive security crisis at our...

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Point of View: Raising resilient Oklahomans!

With the opening of the 57th Legislature, the Potts Family Foundation has been busy rebuilding its Early Childhood Legislative...

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Point of View: Oklahoma lawmakers can remove roadblocks to timely medical treatments

My daughter was 11 months old when she had her first epileptic seizure. The hours that followed were harrowing for us; though,...

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Stitt and the budget

Most Republican candidates campaign as fiscal conservatives. Gov. Kevin Stitt may break the mold by also governing as one....

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Point of View: Now's the time to change SQ 640

Let us begin by saying: No one wants to pay taxes! However, it has also long been said that nothing is certain in life but...

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E.J. Dionne: The State of the Union: Petrified

WASHINGTON — One should never feel sorry for anyone working in President Trump's White House. They volunteered for this...

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Amarillo Globe-News: Be vigilant of internet use — someone's always watching

THE advice that people shouldn't do anything online they wouldn't do in the middle of the day in plain sight of others should...

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Raising Oklahoma's smoking age merits debate

TO reduce Oklahoma's tobacco-related health woes, the American Lung Association is urging lawmakers to raise to 21 from 18 the...

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Jonah Goldberg: Abortion maximalists stand on shaky moral ground

A bill proposed by Virginia state Delegate Kathy Tran — ultimately voted down — would have made certain forms of baby killing...

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George Will: Only Democrats can save this president

Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is...

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Pain is a given with OKC school district reorganization

AT a series of community meetings about the planned realignment of Oklahoma City Public Schools, Superintendent Sean McDaniel...

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Your Views Sunday, Feb. 3

Plenty of alternatives Regarding the letter by Rep. Merleyn Bell, D-Norman (Your Views, Jan. 26): Pew Research Center states in...

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Meaty issues await Oklahoma Legislature in 2019

IN 2018, the Legislature approved a bill designed to help curb the opioid abuse problem in Oklahoma. Concerns about the scope...

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Marc Thiessen: Schultz would do country a service by running

WASHINGTON — Democrats are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing that he may launch an...

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Your Views Saturday, Feb. 2

Other potential “emergencies” It looks like we have been granted a reprieve from crisis mode to think long and hard about what...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A tragic fire safety reminder

BETTER building materials and wiring result in far fewer fatal structure fires than in years gone by, and thus make news like a...

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Michael Barone: Time for humility for Davos elite

Turnout at Davos was lousy this year. President Trump, preoccupied by the government shutdown, was a no-show at last week's...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump can regain his leverage on border security

WASHINGTON — Having lost the government shutdown standoff, President Trump has also lost his leverage. But there is one way he...

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ACA has failed to improve health, lower costs

THE underlying justification for passing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was to improve citizens' health by increasing...

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Ending Oklahoma's four-day school weeks may not be easy task

THE proliferation of school districts with four-day weeks has reportedly been a black eye for Oklahoma's reputation. Senate...

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E.J. Dionne: Howard Schultz and the Frappuccino Syndrome

WASHINGTON — Holy Chestnut Praline Latte! There was Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, making a case Wednesday for why...

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Kathleen Parker: Spoiler alert -- or not?

WASHINGTON — Billionaire coffee magnate Howard Schultz has two problems: Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. Schultz, a lifelong...

Thunder needs Friday's win over Toronto to be a turning point

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TORONTO — About 10 hours before the Thunder snapped its four-game losing streak, Paul George outstretched his arms in celebration. The 3-point shooting game he and his teammates played after shootaround Friday came to a dramatic end when George...

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A sensible reform idea for U.S. Senate

IN a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal noted that political gamesmanship in the Senate “is causing talented Americans...

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Shelving proposed Oklahoma lobbying rule was the right move

WE were among those who warned of potential problems with proposed Oklahoma Ethics Commission regulation of “indirect...

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George Will: Klobuchar could break Minnesota's presidential losing streak

WASHINGTON — Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats' 2020 presidential nomination is already known: "Beto," aka Robert...

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Providence Journal Opinion: A better way to conduct talks

IT is good news that Republicans and Democrats late last week agreed to reopen the government until Feb 15. The plan signaled...

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Oklahoma's next execution is a long way off

OKLAHOMA'S death row houses 18 inmates who have exhausted their legal appeals, meaning they're eligible for execution. When —...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 30

Citty's impressive legacy High-speed police chases resulting in two deaths within a short period of time occurred not long...

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Cal Thomas: Cave vs. wall

The first thing that needs to be said about President Trump's decision to sign a measure reopening part of the federal...

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Point of View: 10 years of spreading smiles for Oklahomans

On Friday and Saturday, the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy (OkMOM) celebrates 10 years of providing a free two-day dental clinic for...

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Jonah Goldberg: With few incentives to compromise, D.C. madness will continue

There are those who believe that the president came out the winner in the standoff over the government shutdown. They are what...

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Your Views Tuesday, Jan. 29

Where's the evidence? Regarding recent letters to the editor: The left is spewing vile names at President Trump like "racist,”...

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Stitt makes sense on government worker reforms

GOV. Kevin Stitt has made government reform a priority, and this includes grappling with a “merit protection” system that...

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Lifting Pell Grant ban for prisoners should be pursued

OKLAHOMA is among the many states that have approved criminal justice reform legislation in recent years, and continue to...

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Bipartisanship possible on medical device tax repeal

IF a tax is so destructive that Congress feels compelled to “temporarily” suspend it year after year, doesn't that suggest it...

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Your Views Monday, Jan. 28

Sequester Congress? “Food bank helps furloughed federal workers” (News, Jan. 22) was inspiring. Communities around the country...

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Oklahoma Academy offers food for thought

THE most recent Oklahoma Academy town hall focused on Oklahoma's tax code and offered several recommendations. Some proposals...

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E.J. Dionne: The intellectual shutdown on the right

WASHINGTON — The contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination seemed to have little relationship to the madness that...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 27

New commission needed Regarding “Senator seeks vote to add corporation commissioners” (Business, Jan. 24): I understand the...

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Point of View: Regulating your Qi in Oklahoma

“We need to cut unnecessary red tape and remove wasteful licensing fees for job creators in Oklahoma,” says Gov. Kevin Stitt,...

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Compromise seems possible on border debate

THE debate over border security, which prompted the partial federal government shutdown, drags on with seemingly with no end in...

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Point of View: Oklahoma's regional universities create chances to succeed

A recent article by The Oklahoman's Kathryn McNutt is an excellent example of the significant impact regional universities have...

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George Will: Democrats have their Thatcher in Elizabeth Warren, if they dare

WASHINGTON — Margaret Thatcher's description of herself as a "conviction politician" alarmed some Britons but delighted others...

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Citty puts OKC first with retirement

BILL Citty says he expected, when he was named to the job, that he might last five years as Oklahoma City's police chief....

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Your Views Saturday, Jan. 26

Wastes of time, resources "Men have company in debates on abortion law" (Our Views, Jan. 17) distorts recent academic findings...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Lawmakers busy filing bills

IN the Oklahoma House of Representatives, lawmakers filed 1,733 bills and 21 House joint resolutions before the deadline...

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Michael Barone: Actions hurt national media's cause

Is it true that Donald Trump's bad habits are contagious? Is it true that his Democratic opponents and, even more, his critics...

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Michael Gerson: Harris Wofford viewed service to others as a path to joy

WASHINGTON — Many of the most interesting and consequential Americans of the 20th century found greatness in politics, military...

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Report indicates Oklahoma’s racial progress is real

WHEN it comes to racial issues, public perception of states is often tied to stereotypes that break down along a North/South...

Virginia shows OU what Final Four team looks like

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Virginia’s Kyle Guy, a straight-out-of-“Hoosiers” Indianapolis kid who is a 45-percent 3-point shooter, missed all 10 of his deep balls. Virginia’s best player, De’Andre Hunter, encountered foul trouble and eventually fouled...

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Your Views Friday, Jan. 25

Backbones needed Regarding “Focus on savings is welcome move” (Our Views, Jan. 20): Gov. Kevin Stitt has promised to “run...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump could very well face a primary challenge

It's getting to the point where it'll be easier to list the Democrats who are not running for president in 2020. But the roster...

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Kathleen Parker: The Covington controversy and the narrative fallacy

WASHINGTON — When a white, Catholic-school boy wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap is shown staring down a Native American...

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George Will: Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

WASHINGTON — Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the...

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Sales pitch begins for OKC district overhaul plan

LEADERS of Oklahoma City Public Schools have presented three proposals that are being considered to reshape the district and...

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E.J. Dionne: There's nothing 'moderate' about caving in to Trump

WASHINGTON — This must be the last shutdown, ever. No politicians should be able to wreck government and inflict suffering on...

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Hoping for better after ugly rally at OU

AFTER getting jeered and cussed at during a “rally to stop racism” that turned into a call for his removal, University of...

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Clarence Page: Trump's wall is America's 'Brexit,' thanks to Facebook

Having trouble sorting out the United Kingdom's Brexit mess? Think closer to home. Think of Brexit as Britain's version of...

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Rich Lowry: Beto is ridiculous. But it might work

It's hard for presidential candidates not to lapse eventually into self-parody. Beto O'Rourke is breaking the mold by actively...

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Teacher strikes in L.A., Oklahoma offer lessons

LAST spring when teachers in Oklahoma and other states went on strike, it was described as a “red state” phenomenon caused by...

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One issue both political parties are happy to ignore

ONE issue in Washington that actually gets Democrats and Republicans to align is entitlement reform — neither side has an...