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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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Marc Thiessen: Trump shows leadership; Democrats pander

WASHINGTON — Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current...

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Kathleen Parker: Reality checks in with congressional fresh(wo)men

WASHINGTON — As the new freshman class of congressional women bopped, hopped and doo-wopped into town, old sourpusses smirked —...

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Stephen Moore: Shutdown now belongs to Pelosi

On Saturday, Donald Trump shrewdly flipped the table on Nancy Pelosi in the government shutdown standoff. He has now proposed a...

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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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Point of Views: Accountability not an issue with Oklahoma public virtual schools

With the legislative session nearing, most lawmakers are dedicated to sincere reflection on how to improve Oklahoma but are...

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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...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 23

A cheap defense “Men have company in debates on abortion law” (Our Views, Jan. 17) insinuated that women legislators are...

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Federal stalemate has lasted far too long

WHILE President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrangle over border security and play political games, it's everyday folks...

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Your Views Tuesday, Jan. 22

Abandoning our allies Here we go again, saying goodbye to our allies and leaving them in the gunsights of their enemy! We did...

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Tough but needed changes for OKC school district

OKLAHOMA CITY's superintendent of schools, Sean McDaniel, will use Tuesday's school board meeting to present the three best...

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Cal Thomas: Trump's State of the Union options

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given President Trump an opportunity to change the dynamic of the State of the Union address, an...

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Amarillo Globe-News: Decline in cancer stats encouraging, but battle far from over

A recently released study by the American Cancer Society indicated cancer deaths across the country have been on the decline...

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Skepticism warranted over reversing Oklahoma IT reforms

THE chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee has filed legislation to give state agencies more independence when...

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Your Views Monday, Jan. 21

Appropriation bills suggestion President Trump has asked why Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting paid during the government...

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Michael Gerson: Anti-Catholic bigotry is alive in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Those who want to understand how Democrats manage to scare the heck out of vast sections of the country need look...

Terrance Ferguson is performing above his pay grade

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Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson is playing defense at a level above his weight class. More importantly for the Thunder, he’s also performing above his pay grade.

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U.S. energy protests pack an economic punch

WE have written more than once about the irony involved in efforts to block construction of oil pipeline projects such as...

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Point of View: Moving beyond the border wall

As the trench warfare of the government shutdown grinds on, it's clear the outcome will do little to mend America's frayed...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 20

Better testing window needed Sharon Tytgat (Your Views, Jan. 13) expressed distress over superintendent salaries for Tulsa and...

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George Will: Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

WASHINGTON — Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of...

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Focus on Oklahoma state savings a welcome development

AFTER multiple years of budget shortfalls, the 2019 Legislature will have a significant surplus. What's encouraging is that...

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Clarence Page: How to control the overwhelming fire hose of news

Having trouble keeping up with news that seems to be flowing out of Washington with even more fire-hose ferocity than usual? If...

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Michael Barone: Will elites ever respect voters' decisions on Brexit, Trump?

It was no coincidence that Donald Trump scheduled a trip to Britain to promote one of his golf courses in Scotland, on June 23,...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A worthwhile justice reform bill

AS planned, two Oklahoma House members from opposite parties filed a bill this week to make a voter-approved piece of criminal...

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Your Views Saturday, Jan. 19

About the wall We support a better wall, where one is needed, mostly in populated areas, as part of comprehensive immigration...

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Marc Thiessen: Pelosi not being truthful about State of the Union

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address,...

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Pelosi on to something with her SOTU suggestion

CITING security concerns, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Trump to postpone his State of the Union speech,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump-Russia conspiracy theories unlikely to pan out

Before we get to the question of whether the president of the United States is a Russian asset, let's consider another...

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Tax increase rhetoric, reality often at odds

WHEN politicians talk about taxes, they often suggest the average voter will be exempted from tax increases. But when...

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Marc Thiessen: Given Trump's problem with leakers, why not protect Putin notes?

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post's report that President Trump "has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his...

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Legislative abortion debates not driven solely by men

WHEN it comes to abortion politics, activists on the abortion-rights side often argue opponents should listen to women. New...

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Britain, into chaos leaping?

LONDON — The poet Rupert Brooke voiced the exhilaration of those Britons who welcomed the war in 1914 as a chance to escape...

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Less rancor would be welcome in 2019 session

GOV. Kevin Stitt talked in his inauguration speech about the pride that Oklahomans take in being a national leader in energy...

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Kathleen Parker: What did they do with Lindsey Graham?

COLUMBIA, S.C. — If loyalty only goes so far, Sen. Lindsey Graham's goes every which way — depending on the day, week, month —...

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A broader focus ahead on Oklahoma education?

THERE is no doubt education will be a legislative focus this year. What's most encouraging are indications that lawmakers'...

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Point of View: Medicaid work requirements make for bad policy

According to America's Health Rankings, Oklahoma slipped to 47th in overall health in 2018, down from 43rd in 2017. Oklahoma is...

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Mental health gaps seen in OK County jail death

WHILE struggling with mental health issues, Krysten Gonzalez wound up in trouble with the law and, eventually, in the Oklahoma...

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Opinion: Trump’s right about wheels, less so about walls

President Trump has sought to conflate walls with wheels. In a call-in to Fox and in several tweets, he declared both as having...

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Cal Thomas: Cough up, America

When you receive your paycheck and look at the withholding for federal, state and sometimes city taxes, along with Social...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 16

Decision looming Stephen Moore (Commentary, Jan. 9) stated that he saw two possible ways to deal with the vast cultural divide...

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Stitt offers new direction for Oklahoma

IN his inauguration speech Monday, Gov. Kevin Stitt laid down a marker: Business as usual must end. Turning that vision into...

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Point of View: Great ideas stand the test of time

Strong communities are built by visionaries who see a need and are willing to work and make the personal sacrifices necessary...

Thunder's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot maintains relationships with scattered former teammates

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Former teammates are scattered throughout the country due to trades and free agency. All their schedules are packed with travel for at least six months out of the year. Players go from spending every day together to hanging onto friendships...

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Your Views Tuesday, Jan. 15

Different choice available Marsha Newman Greiner (Your Views, Jan. 9) said Rep. Kendra Horn's only option was to vote for Nancy...

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Fiscal prudence remains a must for Oklahoma leaders

TWO news stories in recent days underscore the need for Oklahoma lawmakers to take a cautious approach to budgeting for the...

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E.J. Dionne: The media's bias should be toward democracy

WASHINGTON — The belief that constitutional democracy is superior to other forms of government rests in part on its capacity to...

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OK Health Department proposals should be just a start

AMONG the biggest Oklahoma political scandals of 2018 was financial mismanagement at the state Department of Health, which...

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Rich Lowry: No, don't declare an emergency

President Donald Trump is playing with the idea of declaring a national emergency to build a border fence despite congressional...

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100 percent “green” energy far from feasible

WISHING something is so doesn't make it possible, and nowhere in politics is the gap between aspiration and reality larger than...

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Will new governor disrupt Oklahoma status quo?

KEVIN Stitt won the 2018 governor's race by tapping into voter dissatisfaction with “politics as usual.” A businessman who...

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Seemingly no end to OK County jail's problems

WE wrote recently about Ray Vaughn's parting remarks at his final meeting as District 3 Oklahoma County commissioner, including...

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George Will: Brexit shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done." — Winston...

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Jonah Goldberg: Iowa's King out of step with American ideals

As a percentage of its population, Iowa sent more troops to fight in the Civil War than any other state. Iowans fought on the...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 13

Salaries and performance “What they make” (News, Jan. 6) noted the Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent is paid $240,000...

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Point of View: Collective bargaining not worth it for teachers

Oklahoma should follow the example of other states that are moving away from collective bargaining in K-12 education. It's not...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A kind gesture to FAA students

THE general manager of an Oklahoma City apartment complex is practicing the Oklahoma Standard by seeing to it that the partial...

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Michael Barone: Shutdown stalemate as Trump goes factual, Dems illogical

The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people...

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The Fayetteville Observer: Signs the VA is making progress

FOR the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, the recent outbreak of quiet has been a reassuring thing. The agency has been...

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No need to change Electoral College system

ALABAMA this week finally lost a football game. In the process, the Crimson Tide failed to defend its college crown. What...

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Your Views Friday, Jan. 11

Immigration changes I support legal immigration but for the past 50 years, illegal immigration has plagued the United States....

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Opinion: The rising support for single-payer health care

Public support for single-payer health care is soaring. Seven in 10 Americans want to adopt a “Medicare for All” system,...

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Jonah Goldberg: ‘Green New Deal’ a product of ideological recycling

It's fitting that the Green New Deal pushed by many but popularized by Democratic phenom Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had...

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George Will: A look at Germany's largest opposition party

BERLIN — Armin-Paulus Hampel, a former journalist and commentator who now is a member of the Bundestag, is ebullient, affable,...

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Taxing the wealthy won't cover ambitious green plan

SINCE the night in June when she upset a 10-term incumbent in a primary, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been...

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OKC test scores support move to overhaul district

THE academic struggles evident within Oklahoma City's public schools highlight why the district is in the process of changing...

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E.J. Dionne: After Trump's dud, it's up to the Senate GOP

WASHINGTON — President Trump's "big, beautiful wall" was never a serious policy proposal. It was a symbol to reassure his...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump won the night.

WASHINGTON — President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential...

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Improved tone after latest Oklahoma child welfare report

THE latest report from experts overseeing reform of Oklahoma's child welfare system is a mixed bag — some positive reviews,...

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Michael Gerson: Trump's "authenticity" is merely moral laziness

WASHINGTON — In the carnage of American civic culture, some of the damage is obvious: the dehumanization of political...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 9

Licking their chops The Democrats are licking their chops to impeach President Trump. The president has a block of people who...

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Point of View: Regifting our gifts and talents through service-learning

The recently completed holiday season is a time of gift giving and, sometimes, of regifting those gifts that you might already...

Legislature dipping into self-driving vehicle regulation

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For the first time since the technology became a reality, the Legislature is poised to begin regulating self-driving cars and trucks.

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Stephen Moore: Navigating the Great Divide

In the months after the election of Donald Trump, there was a mini-political movement in California to get the Golden State to...

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On campaign finance, leave well enough alone

THERE is an obvious conflict between free-speech rights and politicians' desire to micromanage their opponents' campaign...

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Kathleen Parker: Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

WASHINGTON — I'm betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity...

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Clarence Page: R. Kelly allegations raise the question: Do BlackGirlsLivesMatter too?

After viewing "Surviving R. Kelly," Lifetime's riveting six-part documentary on the R&B star's decades of child and sexual...

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Cal Thomas: What's the point of a carbon tax rebate?

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with...

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Latest employment numbers are reason for cheer

AN increase in the unemployment rate isn't usually considered good news, but that is the case for December's jobs report, in...

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A proposal to end border wall stalemate

WE'RE well into Week 3 of the partial government shutdown, with no apparent end in sight. Talks late last week involving...

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E.J. Dionne: The next two years are about democracy itself

WASHINGTON — "This is what democracy looks like." It's the chant heard again and again at the women's marches the day after...

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Trump’s agenda carries weight with GOP voters

ONETIME Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in a column in The Washington Post, recently said President Trump “has...

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Rich Lowry: The irrational allergy to the wall

It's a wonder that Democrats haven't staked out a negotiating position demanding the destruction of already-existing barriers...

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Providence Journal: N.H.’s primary role is a good thing

PITY poor California. Sure, it has world-beating weather, spectacular scenery, the country's largest population and its largest...

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Your Views Sunday, Jan. 6

Outstanding series Thanks for “Looking for Logan Tucker,” the six-part series by The Oklahoman's Josh Dulaney. Many kudos for...

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Key to reduced school shootings: reporting

A recent Federal Commission on School Safety report tackled issues related to school shootings. Among the findings, officials...

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George Will: Today's Germany is the best Germany the world has seen

BERLIN — In one of contemporary history's intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a...

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Jonah Goldberg: Dogs have their day in our politicized society

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that...

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Point of View: Don’t succumb to the siren song of Medicaid expansion

Oklahoma's political leaders in 2019 will again be pressured to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They should...

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Oklahoma progress on smoking is slow but real

THE American Lung Association's 2018 State of Tobacco Control report rates Oklahoma poorly on smoking-related metrics. No one...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Signs of progress on state buildings

OKLAHOMA legislators are notorious for their failure to properly maintain government buildings. Their years-long refusal to...

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Your Views Saturday, Jan. 5

Uplifting story “Switch on the lights” (Business, Dec. 30), related to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and...

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Stephen Moore: 2018, the Year of the Worker

If 2017 was the year of the investor — with stock market gains of more than 25 percent during President Donald Trump's first...

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Warren strikes familiar chord in testing waters

AND they're off. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's announcement this week that she is forming an exploratory committee for president is...

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Retiring commish has praise for OK County government

THE recent death of an Oklahoma County jail inmate, the sixth to die in jail custody during 2018, once again cast a negative...

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Cal Thomas: Decision time on Brexit

LONDON — To Brexit, or not to Brexit, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare). The answer to whether the United Kingdom...

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Michael Gerson: Evangelicals falsely believe they have found a champion in Trump

WASHINGTON — By all indications, the reluctant support by white evangelicals for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton in 2016...

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E.J. Dionne: Tough love from Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON — Incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to be clear about what the new Democratic House majority will not be: They...

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George Will: In Illinois, a sign of intelligent life in the Democratic Party

WASHINGTON — If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The...

Shut up and tackle? Not if OU wants to remedy racism

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On the day our country commemorated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly announced that two women involved with a blackface video have withdrawn from the university and "will not return to campus." It's a...

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School discipline reform failed, repeal was needed

THE federal Department of Education has withdrawn 2014 guidance on school discipline that led schools to severely curtail...

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Stats underscore inherent dangers for police, firefighters

WE tend to take law enforcement officers and firefighters for granted — or, in the case of police, find reasons to criticize...

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Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 2

Cost comparison lacking “Here's why closing the government costs taxpayers” (Bloomberg, Dec. 25) listed reasons why the...

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Point of View: Helping our states get healthier, smarter

Health care is voters' No. 1 concern according to midterm election exit polls — the first time in a decade the issue has risen...

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Cultural shift needed on opioid use

AT some point in the not-to-distant future, we hope, Americans may look back at the opioid crisis with bafflement, wondering...

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Rich Lowry: Movie of the year

The filmmaker Peter Jackson deserves more than an Oscar; he deserves a medal. What the director of the "Lord of the Rings" and...

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Will new Oklahoma program reduce uninsured driving?

A new initiative to crack down on uninsured driving in Oklahoma has generated thousands of tickets within its first months of...

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Jonah Goldberg: Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

As we close out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage...

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New year's wishes for Oklahoma, elsewhere

HOPE springs eternal and with a new year upon us, our thoughts turn to our aspirations for Oklahoma and the nation in 2019....

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A sound decision on OKC panhandling ordinance

AN Oklahoma City ordinance that outlawed panhandling from traffic medians always passed the common-sense test. But common sense...

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Rich Lowry: Trump should chill about the stock market

Donald Trump may watch the stock market more closely than any day trader. For a president who underlined the increasing...

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The Florida Times-Union: Bill would help fight climate change

A rash of turbocharged weather events have convinced most Americans that the climate is changing. Now a recent report, the...

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Marc Thiessen: Send Islamic State fighters held in Syria to Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON — President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria is already having unintended consequences. The...

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E.J. Dionne: Getting identity politics right

WASHINGTON — Progressives have some intellectual and moral work to do. What are cast as political challenges to liberals and...

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Budget failure a black mark for GOP control

WHILE the GOP has achieved some significant policy successes in the past two years, one of the great disappointments of unified...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 30

Dangerous moves President Trump's actions are jeopardizing America's security. It isn't “the wall” that protects America. It is...

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Point of View: Tips for enjoying the holiday

Office and family holiday parties are in full swing with New Year's Eve on the horizon, and for many Oklahomans consuming...

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Michael Barone: Military deployments needed to prevent unknowable threat

The numbers are small, the terrain unfamiliar, the cast of characters chaotic and the clash of interest hard to decipher....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Helping right a longstanding wrong

OKLAHOMA'S congressional delegation deserves praise for helping right a longstanding wrong. Under a 1947 law known as the...

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Fallin departing after lengthy career in public service

GOV. MARY Fallin says she looks forward to a vacation with her husband once she leaves office Jan. 14. This has been a rough...

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Democrats face a challenge in finding best 2020 fit

RECENT straw polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders remains a popular choice among progressive Democrats to represent the party on the...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s character will be his downfall

For a very long time now, I have been predicting the Trump presidency will end poorly because character is destiny. I've said...

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MAPS 3 surplus presents a welcome problem

TOM McDaniel, chairman of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, put it quite well in describing the challenge presented by a...

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Akron Beacon Journal: Mattis delivers a devastating critique of the president

FOURTEEN months ago, Sen. Bob Corker pointed to three men who “help separate our country from chaos.” The Tennessee Republican...

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Your Views Thursday, Dec. 27

Not adding up The downtown streetcars are up and running. I see predictions are that half a million people per year will ride...

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Prison reform bill shows bipartisan work still possible in D.C.

AMID their regular displays of fierce partisanship, members of Congress showed that compromise was possible when they approved...

Ex-wife wants child support from powerful state lawmaker

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Rep. Kevin Wallace has been ordered to appear on the second day of the upcoming legislative session for his arraignment in Lincoln County District Court on a contempt of court citation.

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Stephen Moore: The Fed needs a new pilot

In one of the most remarkable Abbott and Costello routines in modern times, the economic wizards at the Fed again raised...

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Kathleen Parker: The Grinch has lost his mind

WASHINGTON — 'Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from...

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Point of View: Put safety first during holidays

Oklahoma holiday festivities will include alcohol, setting up prime opportunities for impaired motorists to be on our roads....

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 26

A generous man Congratulations on the special edition featuring the most desirable workplaces in the state. I was particularly...

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Point of View: Polling precincts staffing needs to be addressed

Voter turnout during the Nov. 6 midterm election was incredibly invigorating with 1,186,385, or 56 percent, of citizens casting...

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Net neutrality repeal still the right call

IT has been a year since the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back “net neutrality” regulations imposed by the...

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Okla licensing panel makes reasonable suggestions

WE have written several times about the need to ease the burden created by requiring licenses for so many occupations in...

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Cal Thomas: No peace or goodwill

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the...

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Rich Lowry: The Grinch's heart problem

There's no stopping the Grinch. The latest film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic has been cleaning up at the box office,...

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He continues to make glad the hearts of world's children

IN 1897, an 8-year-old girl wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun inquiring about Santa Claus. The response was...

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John Kass: Oh, holy night

For all the children who should be loved always, but especially on this wondrous night, with our arms around them and a long...

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Your Views Monday, Dec. 24

Terrible idea Republican leaders and Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt want him to be able to appoint and control unelected state agency...

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Earmark revival in Congress could end badly

WHEN Democrats take over the U.S. House next month, one of the changes the partisan shift may bring is a new attitude toward...

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Nicotine's impact on teens subject of vaping concern

IN full-page advertisements in The Oklahoman and other newspapers, the company that makes the Juul e-cigarette is touting its...

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E.J. Dionne: Merry Christmas, Chreasters

WASHINGTON — Christmas remains wondrous, but it arrives at a difficult moment for Christianity in the United States. We still...

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Oklahoma surplus a chance to save, not just spend

NEWS that lawmakers will have $612 million more to spend in the 2019 session than in 2018 quickly led to calls to open the...

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Jonah Goldberg: The congressional recessional

America is often described as a constitutional democracy or constitutional republic. That's not really true. The best you could...

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Efforts ongoing to help Oklahoma's children with mental illness

THE pending, and welcome, reopening of the Laura Dester Children's Center in Tulsa should provide much-needed treatment for...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 23

Disingenuous In "Yemen debate" (D.C. Notes, Dec. 16), Sen. Jim Inhofe, as the Senate voted on a resolution to end America's...

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Point of View: Charting a new path on education reform in Oklahoma

Reform: to bring back, reshape, or restore. Education continues to be at the top of the state's priorities, but as we head into...

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Point of View: After 25 years, MAPS is a legacy to celebrate

This month marks the silver anniversary of the most transformational program in Oklahoma City history — MAPS. Twenty-five years...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC scooter ordinance a workable fit

THE Oklahoma City Council's adoption of regulations for dockless scooters represents a measured and reasonable response to a...

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Cal Thomas: Tough on criminal justice reform

Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan “tough on crime” and its corollary...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump is about to repeat Obama's mistake in the Middle East

WASHINGTON — During his time in CIA custody, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his interrogator something prophetic....

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Your Views Friday, Dec. 21

Walk the walk Regarding the letter by Susie Shields Derichsweiller (Your Views, Dec. 14): I'm not a climatologist and have no...

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Amarillo Globe-News: Screen time and children -- be careful

THE approaching Christmas holiday will no doubt lead to numerous young people receiving a smartphone or tablet. These are...

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Overreach a concern with proposed “indirect lobbying” rule

BY its own admission, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission has more on its plate than it can handle, so one wonders why it would...

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Michael Barone: American fertility headed to all-time low

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That's an 11...

Free dental care offered during 2-day clinic

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Those in need of dental care can receive it free of charge Feb. 1 and 2 during Oklahoma Mission of Mercy dental clinic at State Fair Park.

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Michael Gerson: Even if Trump's actions were not illegal, they're still impeachable

WASHINGTON — As Mueller time approaches, it is likely that President Trump's defense will consist of two phrases: "But that is...

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E.J. Dionne: The Trump that might have been

WASHINGTON — The week before Christmas may go down as the strangest and most revealing of Donald Trump's presidency. Over just...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump sabotaging himself, his party, by pandering

Remember the old saw about the salesman who loses money on every sale but thinks he can make up the shortfall by selling in...

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An alternative to the border wall

PRESIDENT Trump appears dead set on allowing a partial shutdown of the federal government if Congress doesn't provide $5...

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Student needs matter more than school delivery model

TRANSPARENCY and high standards are much needed in Oklahoma schools. This is as true of virtual charter schools as traditional...

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Michael Gerson: Caring about the quality of prisoners' lives helps all of us

WASHINGTON — Cleveland has written the latest chapter in the unfolding scandal of the American criminal justice system. A...

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The Augusta Chronicle: Remember your rights

FOLKS are so busy in the run-up to Christmas that the significance of Dec. 15 tends to sail by without much of a second...

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Point of View: Remembering a longtime public servant

He was known as a simple man who loved his community in Edmond. On Dec. 11, Charles Lamb, 72, died after a life of being a...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 19

Plan to adjust The Paris yellow-vest riots send a message: People will not simply roll over and accept draconian limits on...

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Point of View: OKC superintendent can't do it alone

Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle...

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A misguided targeting of Oklahoma prenatal care funding

IN 2003, a conservative member of the Legislature authored a bill to provide in-state college tuition to Oklahoma children of...

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E.J. Dionne: The collapsing gun lobby

WASHINGTON — Sometimes, dramatic shifts in American politics go unnoticed. They are buried under other news or dismissed...

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Cal Thomas: And now the Boy Scouts

The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not...

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Stephen Moore: Follow the (climate change) money

The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains, oh, about 80 percent of what goes on in...

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Your Views Tuesday, Dec. 18

A memorable day Stepping onto the new Oklahoma City Streetcar to ride Bricktown Loop on the first day of service gave feelings...

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Time to rethink treatment of some mental illness?

IN politics, unintended consequences can outweigh the good intentions of a policy. There's reason to think some of the nation's...

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Strides being made on untested Oklahoma rape kits

FOR those who have been victims of sexual assault, Oklahoma's effort to address its backlog of untested rape kits has no doubt...

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Rich Lowry: If there's no collusion, there's always Stormy Daniels

The most legally fraught part of the Russia probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of...

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Tough but necessary fight against opioids, suicide

THE U.S. surgeon general made some important points recently in discussing what is needed to put a dent in the nation's opioid...

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Supreme Court could have provided clarity to states

THE U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving state efforts to bar Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. This...

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George Will: Three legislators rightly aim to claw back trade power from the president

"You're the top! You're an Arrow collar. You're the top! You're a Coolidge dollar. You're the nimble tread of the feet of Fred...

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Point of View: Oklahoma City needs ranked-choice voting

Thirteen people filed as city council candidates for Oklahoma City for the election on Feb. 12. Ward 8 will be decided on that...

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OSBI request one lawmakers should consider

AS chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Ricky Adams saw how the Legislature's approval of pay raises for troopers a few years...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 16

Distracted by a mouse “Data finds buildings inefficient, underused” (News, Dec. 10) comports well with my own admittedly rough...

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Point of View: None of the above

Scientists working for the startup Prellis Biologics are getting closer to developing 3D-printed organs. We live in an age when...

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Utah shows marijuana compromise is possible

THIS month, lawmakers in Utah passed legislation that rewrote portions of a medical marijuana law enacted via citizen petition....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: OERB gives OKC school district a boost

IT became fashionable among some activists to blame problems in Oklahoma schools on the supposed nefarious influence of oil and...

OSU pursuing improvement through ShotTracker system

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Over the summer, OSU added the ShotTracker system to its auxiliary gym, which the team uses every other practice. With the aid of sensors in the ceiling, small trackers attached to players’ shoes and chargeable basketballs, the Cowboys’ movements...

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Your Views Saturday, Dec. 15

Memorable predictions Mark Welch (Your Views, Dec. 9) claims we should heed the latest government report on climate change....

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Michael Barone: Parties need to up their game

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe,...

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Climb aboard! OKC streetcars open for business

NINE years after Oklahoma City voters approved a streetcar system as part of the 1-cent MAPS 3 sales tax, they're getting it...

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Technology will produce a solution to wastewater problem

CARBON capture technology, like hydraulic fracturing, has been in use for decades. Carbon dioxide is “captured” from power...

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Your Views Friday, Dec. 14

Time to act is now Regarding “Skepticism a reasonable response to climate report” (Our Views, Dec. 2): Like the U.N. report...

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Marc Thiessen: Democrats should use the wall, not refuse it

WASHINGTON — Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants:...

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E.J. Dionne: Don't just laugh at Trump's fecklessness

WASHINGTON — The democratic world is burning, and we have a president obsessed with a purely symbolic, trivial and politically...

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Striving for a more diverse police force

A story in The Oklahoman explored the challenge of recruiting minorities to join the Oklahoma City Police Department. “I'd like...

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Link between politics, extremism is weak

FOR a host of reasons, there's been an increased focus on the white nationalist fringe in recent years with some commentators...

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Kathleen Parker: A vote for animals is a vote for humanity

WASHINGTON — For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America's dinner plates,...

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George Will: Brown's muscular progressivism would challenge Trump in 2020

"The money man dealing himself a hot royal flush. Then giving you and me a phony hand like a pair of tens or something." —...

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Megan McArdle: Democrats just might be most at risk from Russia investigation

WASHINGTON — Is this the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency? On Dec. 7, federal prosecutors dropped two bombshells....

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Michael Gerson: Pathogens couldn't care less about Italian politics

FLORENCE, Italy — It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing...

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Point of View: Federal prisoners need a step in the right direction

Gov. Mary Fallin recently commuted the sentences of 21 people, mostly women serving lengthy sentences for nonviolent drug...

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Rich Lowry: Britain's Brexit self-abasement

Shakespeare famously wrote of the "sceptered isle" of Britain acting as a moat "against the envy of less happier lands."...

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Akron Beacon Journal: Congress still has a pension problem to solve

IN February, Congress created a joint select committee to craft a way forward for the country's troubled multi-employer pension...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 12

Clinging to a myth I am incensed at “Mandatory vaccines: Bad medicine and bad politics” (Point of View, Dec. 10). It would have...

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Oklahoma prison data should drive further reforms

OKLAHOMA lawmakers and the public have shown a willingness in recent years to support criminal justice reforms. A slight...

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Stephen Moore: The Bush tax betrayal

The eulogies for George H.W. Bush keep rolling in, and a great American hero's life has been given proper tribute. But there...

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Jonah Goldberg: Borrowing from the Trump playbook

One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I'm...

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Switching political parties has less impact than in past

LAST week, state Rep. Johnny Tadlock of Idabel announced he had left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican caucus. The...

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Point of View: Anti-vax argument has no basis in fact, science

Without a doubt, the most important achievement in human health was the discovery of vaccinations, starting with the smallpox...

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Your Views Monday, Dec. 10

Polar opposites Reflecting on the passing of President George H.W. Bush, it's impossible not to compare him with President...

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A welcome shift to Oklahoma education reform

AT a recent luncheon, Oklahoma's legislative leaders said education will remain a focus in the 2019 session. And, to their...

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Point of View: Mandatory vaccines are bad medicine, bad politics

TO anyone interested in understanding myth verses fact regarding vaccines, I would recommend the relatively new book, “How to...

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Valid numbers needed in Oklahoma budget writing

FOLLOWING several years of state budget problems, it's now striking how many financial claims were either likely false or...

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George Will: Movie tells the ignored story of 'America's biggest serial killer'

WASHINGTON — A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer," the...

Find your thrill at the Grill on the Hill

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The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, spotlights The Grill on the Hill, Capitol Hill's living heartbeat and great place for a meal.

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Oklahoma's governor elect needs to actively sell his plans

KEVIN Stitt campaigned for governor promising that Oklahoma's turnaround “begins right here, right now.” It falls to Stitt to...

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Point of View: Dealers are different than addicts and should be treated as such

I have worked alongside Oklahoma law enforcement for 17 years. I've prosecuted drug networks operating within our communities,...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 9

Transit dreams “Options for getting around OKC set to grow” (News, Dec. 5) details plans to improve public transit in Oklahoma...

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Kathleen Parker: #MeToo's unintended consequences

WASHINGTON — A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: "Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All...

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Rich Lowry: Yes, voter fraud is real

Maybe ballot security isn't such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud...

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Point of View: Walking off the job at taxpayers' expense

Some teachers in Oklahoma got paid by taxpayers to walk off their jobs in April, newly released information reveals. Thousands...

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Your Views Saturday, Dec. 8

Laughable suggestion Regarding “Encouraging responses” (ScissorTales, Dec. 1): To suggest that the senatorial delegation from...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A new use for a closed school

THESE are tough times for many small private colleges, but the demise of one such school in Oklahoma may benefit one of its...

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Michael Barone: The most successful one-term president

George H.W. Bush "gave the nation its most successful one-term presidency." He "was the best one-term president the country has...

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Jonah Goldberg: George H.W. Bush was a steward of stability

There are a few movie scenes guaranteed to put a lump in my throat every time. Near the top of the list is the end of “Saving...

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Rachel Marsden: What’s the endgame for the rebellion by France’s working poor?

PARIS — Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson moved from Malibu to Marseille recently and made a trenchant observation on...

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In death, harsh criticism gives way to fond remembrances

IT'S normal to emphasize a person's best qualities following death. What's notable whenever prominent Republican figures die is...

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Law enforcement tool not likely to be altered in Oklahoma

THE U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments recently about civil asset forfeiture by law enforcement, a topic that's been of some...

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Clarence Page: Bush 41 was ‘an American closer,’ says GOP rival Buchanan

Could former President George H.W. Bush have defeated President Donald Trump? In a way, it already happened — in 1992 —...

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E.J. Dionne: The GOP's church tax

Republicans tax churches to help pay for big corporate giveaway. You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a headline...

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George Will: GHW Bush was summoned by events

WASHINGTON — At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic,...

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Good trade policy starts with free flow of goods

IN 2016, Hillary Clinton's plan to woo coal state voters was to pump $30 billion of taxpayer money to bail out an industry that...

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Precinct workers are key to successful elections

MORE often than not, Oklahoma's voting precincts are staffed by retirees — people who have the time, and the willingness, to...

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Point of View: Inhofe is right about defense floor for 2020

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, recently called $733 billion the “floor” for the defense budget in 2020. He is correct. In the summer...

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Point of View: More BSN degrees would serve Oklahoma well

Most Oklahomans are aware that registered nurses are in high workforce demand in Oklahoma and the nation. RNs are at the top of...

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Reasons to applaud gun prosecution rise

GUN crimes often prompt calls for more gun control. But critics have long countered that enforcing the gun laws already on the...

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Your Views Wednesday, Dec. 5

One possible explanation Regarding “OKC homicides down in 2018” (News, Nov. 27): How about the strong economy? With such a...

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Michael Gerson: Bush's life proves that sometimes things go gloriously right

WASHINGTON — All the talk about the attributes of this or that generation is usually overblown. But there is an exception when...

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Stephen Moore: Regaining trust on money issues

Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the...

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Marc Thiessen: For just a few days, let's be the nation George H.W. Bush wanted us to be

WASHINGTON — President George H.W. Bush called on us to be a "kinder, gentler nation." Sadly, we are far from that ideal. Our...

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As speaker, will Pelosi be pulled further to the left?

AS Rep. Nancy Pelosi gets ready to assume once again the speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives, it will be...

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Remembering George H.W. Bush, the man and president

THE death of former President George H.W. Bush has prompted renewed assessment of his presidency, political career and personal...

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Cal Thomas: George H.W. Bush was a man of character

I first met the man who would become America's 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter...

20-40-60 Etiquette: Save your reply for the invitation

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QUESTION: I received a save-the-date card for a wedding to be held out of state late this summer. Does this require a reply or is this a courtesy, telling me to, indeed, mark my calendar for the wedding? I probably won't attend the ceremony,...

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Oklahoma cities need power to regulate marijuana

WHILE policymakers want to be forward-looking when the 2019 legislative session convenes, a notable part of their agenda must...

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E.J. Dionne: The virtues of a public-spirited patrician

George H.W. Bush was legendary for his thank-you notes. He wrote thousands of them, expressing appreciation for kindnesses...

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Point of View: A women’s voice: asset or liability

With two highly successful Women's Marches, the “Me Too” movement, “Time's Up,” “Enough is Enough” and the numbers of women...

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Two decades-plus of lawyers helping Oklahoma foster kids

TWENTY-one years ago, Joe Crosthwait Jr. joined Kent Meyers and Don Nicholson II, and other local attorneys, on a tour of the...

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Rich Lowry: Sorry, you can't protect Mueller

Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill,...

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Marc Thiessen: Gene editing is here. It's an enormous threat.

WASHINGTON — A Chinese scientist's claim to have created the first genetically edited babies has evoked widespread condemnation...

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Skepticism a reasonable response to climate report

A new federal report on climate change predicts dire consequences if action isn't taken. Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living...

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Your Views Sunday, Dec. 2

Checks, balances needed Our Founders, especially George Washington, were very concerned about excessive power in one man or in...

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Point of View: Sooners must address their spending practices

Across the nation, public universities are facing serious fiscal challenges amid statewide funding reductions and declining...

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Georgia film credit can’t earn actors’ love

TO tweak the adage, money can't buy you love from Hollywood. That's something Georgia is learning and something citizens in...

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George Will: The Supreme Court jumps to unanimity on frog case

WASHINGTON — Unanimity is elusive in today's America but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Endowed chairs backlog a problem

THE state made a promise to Oklahoma's colleges and universities a decade ago — raise private money to pay for endowed chairs...

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Cal Thomas: Apocalypse when?

Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered — whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians or scientists...

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Sheriff: Say no to bigger trucks on Oklahoma roads

I have spent the majority of my career in law enforcement, including more than a decade as sheriff of Payne County. Protecting...

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Charles Krauthammer: The enduring miracle of the American Constitution

This column is excerpted from Charles Krauthammer's forthcoming posthumous book, "The Point of It All." The book and column...

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Point of View: During AEP, it's important to evaluate health and health care options

Every year, Oklahomans who are enrolled in Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans can make changes to their coverage during the...

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Lack of forethought apparent in Oklahoma tax debate

NO doubt it's welcome news to Oklahomans who need a new or used vehicle that some lawmakers are considering repeal of the...

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Class shows there's an interest in municipal governance

STEVE Agee, dean of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, wasn't sure what to expect when he offered to...

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Jonah Goldberg: Hillary Clinton is right (and wrong) about immigration, populism

Hillary Clinton is right, mostly. In an interview with The Guardian last week, the former next president of the United States...

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E.J. Dionne: The complicated but necessary anti-Trump coalition

Politically, our country is divided into four camps, not two. Only one of these, largely rooted in rural America and bolstered...

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Kathleen Parker: Bipartisanship, thy name is Woman

WASHINGTON — As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically...

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George Will: Republicans should study Colorado's change in tint

DENVER — Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and...

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Education report merits review in spending debate

STATE politicians say improving Oklahoma's school system will be a focus next year. If they're serious, then they should take...

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Mars landing a reminder our nation's best, brightest

THERE was whooping and applause and high fives all around this week by a bunch of rocket scientists — no kidding. They had...

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Megan McArdle: What's good for GM isn't necessarily good for America

WASHINGTON — In 1953, Charles E. Wilson, then the president of General Motors, famously told a congressional committee that...

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Michael Gerson: In Trump era, life imitates melodrama

WASHINGTON — The new History Channel documentary on the Watergate scandal may not be great art, but it is timely as heck. It...

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The Florida Times-Union: Be smart with federal regulations

GOVERNMENT regulations are needed to protect public health and safety; they also can make sure there is a level playing field...

Oklahoma Regional Food Bank helps furloughed federal workers

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Oklahoma Regional Food Bank volunteers set up at state fairgrounds to distribute staples to federal workers missing paychecks because of government shutdown.

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Your Views Wednesday, Nov. 28

School district involvement Thank you for your “Cause for concern in district response” (Our Views, Nov. 25). Education is the...

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Program offers a new way to help traumatized kids

A program begun in West Virginia is taking hold in the Oklahoma City area, and has the potential to do considerable good for...

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Stephen Moore: The recession myth

There's an old saying that Wall Street economists have predicted eight of the last two recessions. The bears in the economics...

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Point of View: Adoption, after the cheering stops

In courtrooms all across Oklahoma and the United States, a special event has been occurring this month: adoption. People are...

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Murphy case one to watch in Oklahoma

THE U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that bears close attention in Oklahoma, for a few reasons. One is...

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Recent announcement underscores Tinker's solid footing

AN announcement that Tinker Air Force Base will maintain the B-21 Raider once the bomber comes on line is good news for the...

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Marc Thiessen: Chief Justice Roberts is wrong on this point

WASHINGTON — For someone trying to demonstrate that the judiciary is not political, getting into a political fight with the...

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Council keeps it local in selecting OKC city manager

AFTER receiving applications from 52 people, the Oklahoma City Council took a “Why mess with success?” approach in hiring a new...

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E.J. Dionne: Speaking autocrat to autocrat: Trump and his Prince

WASHINGTON — Critics of President Trump are regularly accused of exaggerating his corruption, his predilection toward...

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Rich Lowry: Trump should fear Uncle Joe

Joe Biden is a gaffe-prone 75-year-old Washington veteran — who is exactly what Democrats need. The suburbs have turned against...

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DeVos proposal seeks to bring balance to system

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a regular target of the left, which (among other things) despises her support for...