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Your Views Sunday, May 26

Clumsy, suspect choice by OU regents Regarding “Law dean selected to lead OU” (News, May 18): Did exhaustion and working into...

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A Memorial Day quiz

Another Memorial Day is here, the day we honor those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy. Memorial Day’s birthplace...

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Point of View: Oklahoma takes major steps to prevent wrongful convictions

Timothy Durham was living in Tulsa and working at his family’s business in 1993, when his life was turned upside down. An...

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A boost for tobacco age change?

Walmart is a favorite target for critics who don’t like its pay practices, or its business model, or its impact on small-town...

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Point of View: Navy plays important role in Oklahoma

During the past decade, much of our attention has focused on military forces in the Middle East. America’s Navy has continued...

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Bold changes needed on justice reform

Criminal justice reform in Oklahoma, which seemingly has been studied to death in the past several years, is going to get yet...

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George Will: Trump, Obama and Congress to blame for disturbing Iranian policy

WASHINGTON — Difficulties with Iran will recur regularly, like the oscillations of a sine wave, and the recent crisis — if such...

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Point of View: U.S. has no business starting military conflict in Iran

President Trump’s declarations that he has no intentions of going to war with Iran seem a reversal of two years of anti-Iran...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A monument to support

If all goes as planned, the Oklahoma Capitol will be the site of a Bill of Rights monument sometime in 2022 — and its...

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Rich Lowry: The worst cover-up of all time

President Donald Trump may be guilty of many things, but a cover-up in the Mueller probe isn't one of them. House Speaker Nancy...

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Michael Barone: Using the Big Lie to delegitimize election results

The Big Lie is back in style. Wikipedia tells us that the term was invented by Adolf Hitler to describe what others did —...

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Jonah Goldberg: Abortion debate leaving no room between extremes

"Democrats are aggressively pushing late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother’s womb right up until...

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New chapter for OK County jail

There are many unknowns regarding how financing and operation of the Oklahoma County jail might change under the oversight of a...

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Hope, healing close to home for Oklahomans

Sometimes, dreams come true. They will this month for four local mental health advocates with the opening of a state-of-the-art...

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George Will: For the Democratic candidates, winnowing is already at work

WASHINGTON — "We're cutting out some of this ear hair that you get when you get older," said the 46-year-old manchild who is...

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E.J. Dionne: Trump goes on strike

WASHINGTON — It's often said that when our Founders wrote the Constitution, they had a leader like Donald Trump in mind when...

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Point of View: Lawmakers should focus on Oklahoma's real health care crisis

On May 2, the Oklahoma Supreme Court announced its ruling in OCRJ & Nova Health Systems v. Cline. This case challenged a...

Jerami Grant’s season was a surprise, even to Sam Presti

SportsMay 11, 2019

Jerami Grant was supposed to be the second unit power forward this season. That lasted a grand total of three games. This year was a breakout season for Grant from every angle. He had career-high-setting games scattered throughout the season,...

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Marc Thiessen: Iran sanctions are working, but it'll take more to topple the regime

WASHINGTON — President Trump's Iran policy appears to be careening between diplomacy and belligerence. One day Trump tweets,...

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Point of View: Reason to applaud Oklahoma AG

I was disappointed to read "State's lawyers and the public interest" (Point of View, May 19) attacking the state of Oklahoma’s...

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Opinion: Immigration troubles need fixing at the source

The flood of asylum seekers at our southern border has put a point on the severity of the United States’ immigration problem....

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Cal Thomas: The pro-life movement’s moment

Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and...

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A better review for DHS

During the six years that outside experts have monitored the state’s efforts to improve Oklahoma’s child welfare system, there...

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Harroz a good pick for OU

Joeseph Harroz sought the job of University of Oklahoma president last year and would love to get after his 15 months as...

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Health care access a priority for Oklahomans

To improve Oklahomans' quality of life, we know that more of our citizens need access to health insurance. At OU Medicine, we...

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Stephen Moore: How to modernize immigration laws

When I used to talk to candidate Donald Trump about immigration, I would tell him, Make sure your "big, beautiful wall" has...

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Rich Lowry: Comrade Sanders targets charter schools

Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students...

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Kathleen Parker: Bats in the belfry

WASHINGTON — When author Mark Childress penned "Crazy in Alabama," he wasn't just whistling Dixie. "I haven't been quoted this...

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E.J. Dionne: Alabama's unexpected lesson on abortion

WASHINGTON — It's instructive that Alabama has handed the anti-abortion movement a great victory by passing the most...

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Your Views Sunday, May 19

Large national debt demands attention For those who think our economic expansion is a recent phenomenon, you should look at any...

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George Will: Blaine paid a steep price for his bigotry, but children shouldn't have to

WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is...

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Point of View: States' lawyers should serve public interest

In 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter decided to sue opioid makers, and instead of hiring one of the many plaintiffs’...

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Tough work faces OU regents

Not even a year after hiring its 14th president, the University of Oklahoma is in the market for No. 15. Finding that person...

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Dems' never-ending assault on fossil fuels

Democratic presidential candidates are climbing over each other to win the backing of environmental activists, although they’ve...

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Point of View: On Oklahoma bail reform, facts win over innuendo

Bail and jail in Oklahoma have become about money before justice. The Legislature can fix this with Senate Bill 252. This...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Health care success story

Oklahoma’s poor health outcomes are widely known. Less known is a collaboration that is helping to improve those outcomes,...

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Rich Lowry: What if Trump has driven Democrats sane?

The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality. What if Donald Trump hasn't driven...

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Michael Gerson: Biden faces a difficult rhetorical and substantive challenge

WASHINGTON — Every so often, America's party of the left is seized by the fear that its platform of anti-militarism, sweet...

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Point of View: We need to act to save wildlife in crisis

This Endangered Species Day, it’s more important than ever to acknowledge the crisis facing wildlife and to take action....

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Point of View: Religious freedom for all Native Americans

It was a beautiful morning for worship. As a spiritual leader for my tribe, the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, I wore my...

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Oklahoma state budget hits priorities

Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican legislative leaders have produced an $8.3 billion budget that may not be perfect, but it helps...

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Jonah Goldberg: Holding Barr in contempt is a case of dirty politics

Ever since Donald Trump came down that Trump Tower escalator to announce his candidacy for president, we’ve heard a great deal...

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The Daytona Beach News-Journal: A new weapon in opioid fight

Florida’s new attorney general, Ashley Moody, deserves credit for her quick and consuming focus on one of the biggest threats...

Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson plans to 'build up' his body to make another defensive jump

SportsMay 10, 2019

Terrance Ferguson couldn’t move more than a few steps without running into Portland center Enes Kanter. It was late in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Thunder and Trail Blazers’ Western Conference first-round series. Kanter set screens for...

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George Will: The Ex-Im Bank and the essence of socialism

WASHINGTON — Briefly suspending their warnings about the rising tide of socialism, a large majority of Senate Republicans...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump didn't start this trade war, China did

WASHINGTON — Before President Trump announced that he was imposing 25% tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of...

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Kathleen Parker: Que será, será

WASHINGTON — Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, there was no avoiding the adorable Doris Day. She was cute as a bug, wholesome,...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 15

Additional information about feeding the hungry In “Working to stamp out hunger” (Point of View, May 8), Steve Riggs repeats...

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Washington Post: Trump should leave Fourth of July alone

In the abstract, it might seem fitting for the president of the United States to deliver an address to the country as part of...

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Short and turbulent stint for OU president

In less than a year as University of Oklahoma president, Jim Gallogly accomplished “a magnitude of work that ordinarily would...

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Consumers pay in tariff war

In remarks last week defending his use of tariffs to drive U.S. trade policy, President Trump said, “I’m different than a lot...

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Point of View: Bill endangers Oklahoma victims' rights

With high incarceration rates comes high costs at the local and state level, leading many to look at potential criminal justice...

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Cal Thomas: Back to the past with Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the...

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Point of View: Bill is essential to America's future

H.R. 1, the For the People Act, is a sweeping democracy reform bill that passed in the House of Representatives on March 8. The...

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Stephen Moore: Ohio the comeback state

I recently took some flak from Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for saying in a speech at the Heartland Institute several years ago that...

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Opinion: China trade and U.S. politics

The 2020 presidential election is 18 months away. Anything can happen, and quickly. Suppositions today are far from being...

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Kathleen Parker: Women who run

WASHINGTON — Conventional wisdom in my inner circle of sorcerers and sources has been that the first female president will be a...

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E.J. Dionne: Protecting health care -- and our Constitution

WASHINGTON — For House Democrats, this will be health care week. How many voters will notice? The answer will be instructive...

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Point of View: Oklahoma spending must be linked to policy

Those on the political left and right concede that last year’s teacher walkout in Oklahoma produced little. But our friends on...

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Your Views Sunday, May 12

Fence isn’t the solution along the border President Trump deserves all Americans’ support in dealing with securing our borders...

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Shooting's circumstances were tragic, too

The recent shooting death of 17-year-old Isaiah Lewis in Edmond prompted criticism of the police officers involved. One...

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Immigration reform: Ho hum

As he prepared to board a flight back to Washington, D.C., last week, Sen. James Lankford knew one issue he would not have to...

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Marc Thiessen: There's trouble brewing in Biden's campaign

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's presidential campaign is in trouble. That may sound crazy. The former vice president just opened up...

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George Will: The danger of dabbling in protectionism

WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer's corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A welcome eye on military housing

It’s encouraging to see steps are being taken to address subpar family housing at Tinker Air Force Base, which is one of...

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Rich Lowry: There are no Trump mysteries

The surprise about the big New York Times story on Donald Trump's tax returns is that there are no real surprises. Trump's...

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Michael Gerson: Vanier's radical Christianity modeled a compassionate path

WASHINGTON — With the passing of Jean Vanier on May 7, the sum of the world's welcoming kindness diminished appreciably. More...

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Michael Barone: For Biden, on China it's still the 1990s

Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe...

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Oklahomans’ financial literacy can use work

Writing in The Oklahoman last fall, former state Treasurer Scott Meacham noted the importance of improving financial literacy...

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Overdue good news for Behenna

It took longer than Michael Behenna or his family and friends would have preferred, but today Behenna no longer carries the...

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Jonah Goldberg: If Democrats crave return to ‘normalcy,’ why are their candidates so radical?

In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a “Return to Normalcy.” Today’s Democrats...

College softball: Oklahoma building strong case for greatest Sooner team ever

SportsMay 17, 2019

Kelli Braitsch is planning for her wedding later this year. Saving money for it, too. An officer with the Tulsa Police department, she’s also taking classes for a new assignment and preparing to change units. Life is busy. But that won't keep...

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Clarence Page: What if Trump loses in 2020 but doesn't leave?

In a historic change of mind, President Donald Trump has found a reason to support reparations — for President Donald Trump....

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E.J. Dionne: If impeachment comes, it's on Trump and the GOP

WASHINGTON — Our nation does not have to face a constitutional crisis, but we are barreling toward one at breakneck speed. The...

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George Will: Kirsten Gillibrand's strange campaign finance plan

WASHINGTON — The progressive catechism teaches that there is "too much money" in politics. A codicil to this tenet, written in...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump can use the economy to change people's minds about him

WASHINGTON — With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations,...

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Kathleen Parker: The end of everything — or not

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species...

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Opinion: Destined for more partisanship and hatred

It’s a republic, if we can keep it. Neither the impeachment of President Donald Trump nor his defeat by a Democrat in the 2020...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 8

New chapter about to begin at UCO It’s the end of a chapter for the University of Central Oklahoma as its president, Don Betz,...

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Cal Thomas: Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s...

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Working to stamp out hunger in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, one out of every six citizens has inconsistent access to food. Of that number, one in four children doesn't know...

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When "diversity" doesn't count for much

After Gov. Kevin Stitt announced his choices for the state Board of Education recently, the head of the state’s largest...

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Point of View: Blame politicians, not the court

For seven years, a group of physicians, including myself, worked with the Legislature to create a lawsuit reform in Oklahoma,...

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Akron Beacon Journal: Gun violence and a “red flag”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine didn’t surprise entirely with his call for a “red flag” law that would allow for the temporary seizure of...

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Rich Lowry: We've heard enough from Robert Mueller

The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller's commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a...

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Michael Gerson: 'Stony the Road' outlines the violent campaign to reverse Reconstruction

WASHINGTON — Conservatives sometimes accuse the academic left of ignoring the good in American history and emphasizing the...

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E.J. Dionne: Bringing foreign policy home

WASHINGTON — Why aren't Democratic presidential candidates talking more about foreign policy? Are they being shrewd in playing...

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Point of View: Make sure contributions go for good, not ill

Monday, May 6, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in Oklahoma and across the world begin 30 days of...

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Point of View: South OKC community sees promise, opportunity in proposed MAPS 4 projects

Oklahoma City has truly grown as a community, and we applaud the momentum we have witnessed in many south Oklahoma City...

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Point of View: TU's restructuring starves Oklahoma culture

By now, everybody’s heard of the massive program cuts at the University of Tulsa. But few appreciate what the cuts will mean...

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Your Views Sunday, May 5

Does chase result put government in contempt? A recent story in The Oklahoman identified the victims of the vehicular homicide...

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George Will: 'Heartbeat bills' are wholesome provocations in abortion debate

WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate...

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Point of View: SB 608 no friend to Oklahoma retailers

As longtime package store owners, enactment of voter-approved liquor law changes in 2016 created real challenges for our...

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Point of View: Impacted by the system, now an agent of change

My life has been and continues to be negatively impacted by Oklahoma’s broken bail system. I see daily reminders of the lasting...

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An infrastructure winner: Cut red tape

A meeting last week with President Trump left Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer confident that a $2 trillion...

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Stitt's justice reform proposals show some progress

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Kevin Stitt asked his audience to “take a moment to reimagine our state’s criminal...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Why not a regional jail system?

In late March, the Nowata County sheriff and most of her staff resigned rather than follow a judge’s order to return inmates to...

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Michael Barone: Will Biden's long career help or hurt?

Joe Biden has been around a long time. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, at age 29 (he reached the...

Mike Holder puts Power-5 Conference ego aside to get OSU-Tulsa scheduled

Sports6 days ago

OSU and Tulsa started playing football in 1914, each under a different name. State was Oklahoma A&M in those days; Tulsa was Henry Kendall College. Soon enough, they became annual foes. Played every year, 1926-65, then again 1981-96. But...

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Marc Thiessen: The Barr hearing was much ado about nothing

WASHINGTON — If Shakespeare had titled Attorney General William Barr's appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary...

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Fayetteville Observer: Solutions to border crisis must change

The Trump administration is once again looking to the American military for help securing our southern border. But this time,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Will NRA become a casualty of the culture war?

The National Rifle Association has big troubles. It’s wildly in debt. The attorney general of New York — where the NRA was...

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Sound policies can help state growth

Here’s hoping that members of the Legislature and other public officials gave more than a passing glance to Sunday’s story in...

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George Will: James Buckley's sage advice to Congress

WASHINGTON — At 96, James Buckley still is, like good cheddar, sharp and savory. Buckley, whose life has been no less...

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E.J. Dionne: Barr has shamelessly corrupted the debate over the Mueller report

One of our most colorful legal concepts is the "fruit of the poisonous tree." The phrase was introduced by Supreme Court...

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Marc Thiessen: A museum fuels hatred of America in a foreign land

BILBAO, Spain — The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a masterpiece of American architecture, a swirl of curved configurations...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 1

Ways to improve turnpike rest areas The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has announced renovations to the rest stop system between...

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Rich Lowry: The 8chan terrorists

The ancient hatred has migrated to the internet. The San Diego synagogue shooter was self-radicalized on a right-wing message...

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Point of View: Bill would harm Oklahoma patients, doctors

As someone who fights for Oklahoma’s working people every day, I am concerned about a workers’ compensation bill making its way...

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Minimum wage efforts continue apace

The push to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 is sure to intensify as Democratic presidential candidates jockey for the...

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Medicaid expansion debate continues in Oklahma

The issue of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma is bubbling to the fore, with a group laying the groundwork to take the issue...

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Point of View: Commencing work for Oklahoma teachers

With commencement season in full bloom, Oklahoma's universities are projected to graduate 1,233 comprehensively prepared...

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Opinion: NRA has a mess on its hands

Since its founding by two union officers after the Civil War, the National Rifle Association has morphed from its mission to...

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Stephen Moore: The carbon tax fantasy

Every time a reporter asks me if I would support a carbon tax, I always say that I might if it led to a dollar-for-dollar...

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Cal Thomas: The Democrats' economy problem

How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except...

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Michael Gerson: Trump's slander obscures policy debate

WASHINGTON — For a conservative idea, there are few things more dangerous and discrediting than the full-on, smothering embrace...

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E.J. Dionne: Biden's trump cards: Restoration, reassurance and tranquility

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's decision to seek the presidency is a clarifying event. It will require those who see Donald Trump's...

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Point of View: Moving on criminal justice reform

For the first time in recent history, Oklahoma’s incarcerated population declined by more than 1,000 state inmates from this...

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Opinion: LNG is key to reducing global warming

The spectacular growth of U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas is going to do more than increase employment, trade and...

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Lankford seeking stability on trade

In answer to a question, Sen. James Lankford showed his usual restraint regarding President Trump’s approach to trade: “The...

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Dems providing must-see viewing for 2020

Seth Moulton wants to become the Democratic nominee for president. Heck, who doesn’t? Moulton, a three-term congressman from...

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Point of View: How Oklahoma's teachers can win

Inspired by the victorious strike in West Virginia, tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers one year ago walked out to demand...

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George Will: Politicians have no qualms about borrowing from the future

WASHINGTON — Pursed lips and clucked tongues signaled disapproval among the wise and responsible when, at a recent televised...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A new look for the Memorial Marathon

Runners will tell you that no two races are the same, but Sunday’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon will literally be different...

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Marc Thiessen: To restore Notre Dame, we must restore its fundamental purpose

BORDEAUX, France — This Easter weekend, France was still reeling from the burning of the 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in...

New Norman mayor says state government overreach a problem for cities in Oklahoma

News6 days ago

Oklahoma has a long history of conservative politics, but as urban centers have flourished, more city residents are interested in progressive policies. This is especially true for the City of Norman, which is considered one of the most...

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Rich Lowry: The impeachment fantasy

The collusion fantasy has officially given way to the impeachment fantasy. The passionate investment of the left in the Mueller...

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An education hill worth climbing

In December 2017, a task force that studied the future of higher education in Oklahoma voted to give the governing boards of...

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The Gainesville Sun: Protect speech of all kinds on campuses

Free speech should be protected on college campuses, whether for speakers expressing unpopular opinions or scientists...

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Cal Thomas: They've only just begun

Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being...

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Point of View: OK County needs a jail trust

The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council has endorsed the creation of a jail trust authority to manage the...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 24

Maybe the ‘we’re divided’ faction is wrong An award-winning second-grade school teacher friend of mine told me some boys in her...

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Idea of OK County jail trust deserves vetting

While members of the Legislature, and parties on both sides of the issue, are hashing out next steps on a statewide approach to...

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Stephen Moore: The immigrants we need most

Of all America's immigrant visa programs, arguably the most successful for the U.S. economy has been the H-1B program. This...

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Point of View: Full circle on transparency and accountability

As leaders of the business community, we know it takes strong, effective leadership to manage an organization. Equally...

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Bill is a way to help Oklahoma students

A program in place for several years has given low-income Oklahoma students the opportunity to attend private schools instead...

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Point of View: Growing the Heartland’s aerospace and defense industries

With international business giants Boeing, Dassault Falcon Jet, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit...

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Michael Gerson: House leaders should lay the groundwork for impeachment

WASHINGTON — Politics is an odd profession. Usually it involves the posturing inherent to partisanship and the self-abasement...

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Point of View: Bill could help lift Oklahoma student outcomes

In Oklahoma, public education has momentum, propelled by last year’s historic $440 million investment in our teachers and...

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Point of View: Oklahoma should lead the great energy distruption

The energy market is undergoing rapid and transformative change. Energy scarcity has given way to energy abundance in new...

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Point of View: Working on Oklahoma education funding

We’re getting close to the end of the legislative session, and we’re in the final stages of state budget negotiations. As...

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Your Views Sunday, April 21

Students should consider walking to school A recent article in The Oklahoman reported about students protesting climate change....

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'Model' bills popular with lawmakers

Oklahoma lawmakers filed roughly 3,000 pieces of legislation for consideration during the 2019 session, continuing a practice...

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Potential help for Oklahoma nursing homes

JUST as the number of older Oklahomans continues to rise with the aging of baby boomers, the number of licensed nursing homes...

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George Will: Supreme Court mulls citizenship question for census

WASHINGTON — The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial...

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Michael Barone: Stopping the campusfication of American life

Many people, years after they graduate from high school and college, have nightmares about taking exams for a course for which...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Horn well-fortified for 2020

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, in office since January, has already amassed a considerable sum to help her try to retain the 5th...

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Jonah Goldberg: Mueller report offers little in black and white

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but we live in a time when everything is supposed to be black and white. The weird, incestuous...

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E.J. Dionne: Mueller's report is the beginning, not the end

WASHINGTON — The report from special counsel Robert Mueller provides a devastating portrait of President Trump's behavior that...

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Michael Gerson: There is no vindication for Trump

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's claim of vindication by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report depends on some creative thinking....

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Daytona Beach News-Journal: The right thing to do for wrongly convicted

The state of Florida kept Clifford Williams and Nathan Myers behind bars for 43 years, for a murder that neither committed....

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On measles, hoping for the best

One gets the sense that Oklahoma health officials are holding their breath hoping that our state doesn’t become the latest to...

Thunder report card: Jerami Grant's efficient shooting has turned him into a valuable player

SportsMay 10, 2019

Grant's general game has improved mightily in three seasons since arriving from Philadelphia

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Marc Thiessen: Bernie Sanders needs Fox News to court Trump voters

WASHINGTON — That Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., went on Fox News for a town hall Monday night was controversial among Democrats....

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Clarence Page: Rep. Omar shouldn't take Trump's bait

If I had my way, I would tell both President Donald Trump and his latest foil, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to go sit in a corner...

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E.J. Dionne: The cathedral and the path to renewal

WASHINGTON — The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, a monument to human creativity and divine inspiration, invites first a...

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George Will: Take the electric-vehicle tax credit off the road

WASHINGTON — Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the...

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Jonah Goldberg: President hell-bent on "owning the libs"

President Trump is looking into giving a free trip to San Francisco, New Orleans or other great American cities to tens of...

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Kathleen Parker: Notre Dame and tankers of water

WASHINGTON -- At least he recognized the urgency. As the world gasped in horror at the sight of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 17

Proposed WMA legislation should be rejected The Oklahoma Wildlife Department is probably the only state agency that gets no...

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Is Alabama a cautionary tale for Oklahoma?

A state House committee recently approved a bill to pay Oklahoma correctional officers an extra $2 per hour. The raises are...

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Michael Gerson: Trump is a threat to religious freedom

WASHINGTON — So another norm of public decency falls, like a historical building demolished to make way for one of Donald...

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Cal Thomas: Flooding the sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine’s “scenes we’d like to see” comes President Trump’s threat to transport migrants to cities and...

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Rich Lowry: Weep for Notre Dame

"I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration," the 14th-century French philosopher...

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OK cabinet member In a hurry to bring change

One of the more interesting storylines to follow during Gov. Kevin Stitt’s first term will be that of David Ostrowe, who serves...

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Stephen Moore: Is America running out of workers?

If you want one number that encapsulates the enormity of the economic turnaround under President Donald Trump, it is this: In...

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Point of View: It’s time to change how we talk about health care.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is held each year on April 16. It exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and...

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Point of View: Innovative collaboration to provide mental health services at risk

Oklahoma is known for many things, including raising some of the finest beef and wheat in the country, if not the world. But...

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E.J. Dionne: Our parties need to learn the opposite lessons

WASHINGTON — It would save pixels, ink and talking time if we all agreed on the obvious: Democrats are more divided than...

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Kathleen Parker: The Julian Assange problem

WASHINGTON — They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder...

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Opinion: For democracy's sake, local journalism needs to thrive

This time last year I wrote about communities innovatively responding to local economic and social challenges. The trend...

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Your Views Sunday, April 14

Two root causes for illegal immigration When it comes to the subject of illegal immigration, two huge root causes are often...

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Stitt has chance to impact Oklahoma high court

Gov. Kevin Stitt won election in November as a political outsider but also as a conservative Republican. Will his pending...

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George Will: The Democrats' sweepstakes of frivolity

WASHINGTON — The Democrats' presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party's 2016 achievement — the election...

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Point of View: Affirm the nobility of teaching

“I’m just tired,” my mom said to me recently. Mom, an elementary teacher, is retiring from public education after 30 years of...

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Bernie's bad voting proposal

Earlier this year, Democrats in Washington proposed sweeping election reforms that included expanding early voting for at least...

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Point of View: Time to end PBM price gouging

Prescription drug prices are out of control. For too long, large corporations have used legal loopholes to profit off of those...

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Point of View: It's almost Tax Day and the news is good

Tax Day is a significant day for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since January, I’ve been able to hear from Oklahomans about how the...

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Michael Barone: What does history tell us about 2020? Not much

What does history tell us about the 2020 presidential election? Not as much as we'd like to know. We're an old republic and our...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Taking aim at youth vaping

The state House gave final legislative approval this week to a bill that adds e-cigarettes to Oklahoma’s Tobacco-free Schools...

Nader took good shots but didn't pass much

SportsMay 13, 2019

Nader worked himself into the Thunder rotation, then was replaced

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Marc Thiessen: Yes, America needs walls. But the country is not "full."

WASHINGTON — President Trump is 100 percent correct that there is a crisis on our southern border. And he is absolutely right...

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Michael Gerson: The danger of viewing politics as a team sport

WASHINGTON — There not being nearly enough discussion of chariot racing in American politics, it is worth recalling the story...

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Jonah Goldberg: Nielsen wasn’t right for ‘bad cop’ role on immigration

Kirstjen Nielsen is off the island. The embattled, beleaguered and apparently overwhelmed secretary of the Department of...

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Columbus Dispatch: The more of the Mueller report that is released, the better

There is one sure way to end the lingering national debate over the two-year investigation of Russian involvement in 2016 U.S....

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Practice of purging voter rolls is legitimate

One of the many bad provisions in a sweeping election and campaign finance reform bill approved by the U.S. House this year was...

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E.J. Dionne: Netanyahu's ominous victory

WASHINGTON — The last decade has been trying for liberals who support the existence of a democratic Jewish state and believe...

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George Will: Cain, Moore nominations are two more tests for Republicans to fail

WASHINGTON — In 1964, although there was scant chance that Americans would choose to have a third president in 14 months,...

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Clarence Page: Obama is right to warn Democrats about ‘circular firing squads’

At a time when his own former running mate is fending off criticism, former President Barack Obama’s recent warning about an...

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Marc Thiessen: Kiss horrified the elites, which is why Americans loved them

WASHINGTON — I have a confession to make. I'm a member of the Kiss Army. In 1976, I bought my first Kiss album. I loved the...

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One columnist's advice for Joe Biden

Don’t do it, Joe. Don’t run for president. It won’t work, you won’t get the nomination, your loss will cause pain and not only...

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Your Views Wednesday, April 10

A motorist’s concerns about bicycles, safety It’s great that the number of people riding bicycles is on the increase. However,...

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Rich Lowry: The McCarthyite, anti-Christian campaign against Chick-fil-A

The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is wanted on suspicion of aiding and abetting Christian organizations. The home of the...

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Justice reform gains needed

Early in the second half of the 2019 legislative session, additional criminal justice reform — something touted by members on...

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Point of View: Stitt right to heed King in appointment strategy

Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they...

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Point of View: STEM and renewables

What is the intersection of STEM and renewables and why is it important? Consider the intersection of renewable energy and the...

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Point of View: Better pay for Oklahoma correctional officers a must

Oklahoma correctional officers are losing their lives at an alarming rate, and people are not speaking up. Oklahoma...

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Cal Thomas: God and the Democrats

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their...

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Stephen Moore: How to prevent the next financial crisis

What caused the financial crisis and Great Recession? A decade later, economists still don't have a good answer. Of course, the...

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Point of View: Oklahoma can be a top 10 state for regulation

During his campaign and again in his January inaugural speech, Gov. Kevin Stitt pledged to push Oklahoma into the “top 10.” To...

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E.J. Dionne: Despite it all, Joe Biden should run

WASHINGTON — It will be good for the country and the Democratic Party for Joe Biden to run for president. But it could be hell...

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Kathleen Parker: Whither the philosopher-president?

WASHINGTON — In his most famous dialogue, "The Republic," Plato, via Socrates, explored the idea that a just state would best...

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Point of View: Oklahoma lawmakers should restore the earned income tax credit

Want to reduce poverty and help working families get ahead in Oklahoma? Lucky us, we already have a great tool — the earned...

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Your Views Sunday, April 7

How about using solar to light streets? Regarding “Action on OKC streetlights promised by summer” (News, March 27): Has the...

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Marc Thiessen: Why was a well-deserved award rescinded from Mike Pompeo?

WASHINGTON — How bad has Trump derangement syndrome gotten in Washington? Consider this: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike...

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Horn making her way in Congress

Coverage of the freshman class of the U.S. House of Representatives has focused largely on three members — Rep. Alexandria...

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Hateful acts don't define Oklahoma

The front page of The Oklahoman has carried troubling stories in the past 10 days about overt acts of bigotry and vandalism in...

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Point of View: Opioid deal a win for Oklahoma

Problems don’t solve themselves. Attorney General Mike Hunter should be applauded for the historic and visionary $270 million...

Morris had some career lows during his time with the Thunder

SportsMay 12, 2019

Morris was disenchanted with the Thunder, but at least it didn't fester

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Point of View: Keeping our promises to Oklahoma victims

In 1983, my great-grandmother was murdered by a home intruder. The news was devastating to my family, and even more devastating...

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George Will: Our waterways policy is crony capitalism disguised as patriotism

WASHINGTON — The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Airport expansion a sign of progress

If a city is going to grow, it needs a growing airport, too. Oklahoma City has exactly that. Stories in The Oklahoman in recent...

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Point of View: Responding to vandalism, racism and hate

Like many, my stomach turned when reading the graffiti and images defacing the offices of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. My...

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E.J. Dionne: Congress is right to subpoena the Mueller report. It shouldn't have had to.

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee should not have had to vote Wednesday to subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller's...

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Michael Barone: Will black voters keep Dems from going too far left?

Which of the two dozen or so Democratic presidential candidates is going to carry black voters next year? The answer to that...

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Jonah Goldberg: Both sides are wrong about the border crisis

When President Trump shut down the government in an attempt to force Congress to fund a border wall, Democrats and liberal...

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Concerns about teacher pay prompt deja vu

For years, it’s been said that Oklahoma teachers are fleeing to Texas for higher salaries and better working conditions. Recent...

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No overstating oil-gas industry's impact on Oklahoma

As Oklahoma continues working to diversify its economy, a report from the State Chamber Research Foundation provides a reminder...

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George Will: The madness of college hoops' amateurism

WASHINGTON — Appropriately, during the crescendo of this college basketball season, in which the most significant event was a...

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Clarence Page: Let voters decide on Biden

I was ready to call former Vice President Joe Biden’s handsyness scandal “GroperGate” until I found that Canadian headline...

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Kathleen Parker: Kiss me, kiss me not

CAMDEN, S.C. — At a recent brunch here preceding the Carolina Cup steeplechase race, the host gave me a gift of hometown...

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Point of View: Domestic oil production gives U.S. upper hand

The United States faces two urgent geopolitical dilemmas in countries whose economies are dominated by oil and gas production....

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Your Views Wednesday, April 3

A good experience while serving jury duty Like many others who have received a notice of jury duty, my first response was a...

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Stephen Moore: The biggest college scandal of all

The seething anger Americans feel over the college admission scandal with wealthy and well-connected families using money,...

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Marc Thiessen: The movie abortion supporters don't want you to see

WASHINGTON — They gave the movie an "R" rating — which meant the trailer could only run before R-rated movies and no one...

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Federal fuel tax debate bears watching

To pay for repair and upkeep of their roads and highways, several states in recent years have boosted their fuel taxes. Might...

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Bills would cost Oklahoma consumers

Who thinks health insurance is too inexpensive? For most people, the answer is, “Not me!” But Oklahoma lawmakers apparently...

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Point of View: Becoming a better global citizen

As a pastor in Oklahoma City, I have a primary job to preach and teach the Gospel message, the good news that Jesus Christ...

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Point of View: Fighting fraud, fighting for Oklahoma seniors

When my wife and I moved from Massachusetts to Oklahoma more than 20 years ago, we did it to be closer to my wife’s aging...

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E.J. Dionne: It's Trump who's obsessed with Russia

WASHINGTON — Overreach and overkill are two of the most common errors in politics. A week after the release of Attorney General...

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Kathleen Parker: Can I call ya Jo(k)e?

WASHINGTON — It may be a truism-in-the-making that one's political career is over when, as a candidate, you must first...

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Marc Thiessen: The Trump-Russia collusion hall of shame

WASHINGTON -—The news that special counsel Robert Mueller "did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it,...

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Your Views Sunday, March 31

Unconstitutional laws endanger the republic Colorado recently joined 11 other states awarding their electoral votes to the...

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Oklahoma children can gain from prison reform

We write frequently about how Oklahoma’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate impacts the prison system — its aging and...

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Deal is a game-changer for Oklahoma

Minnesota is known as home of the Mayo Clinic, renowned for its treatment of various medical issues. Texas boasts the M.D....

Young coach Garron Park invigorates Southeast in ways more than just soccer

SportsMay 10, 2019

Garron Park grew a mustache last school year. The humanities teacher at Southeast High School wanted to look older. Might help him command more respect. It wasn’t necessary. The second-year teacher and first-year soccer coach has won over the...

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Point of View: Opioid settlement should be left to Legislature to distribute

I and other legislators have many questions about how the $270 million from Oklahoma’s recent settlement in its lawsuit against...

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Point of View: Bills would raise prescription drug prices

At the State Chamber, we share Oklahoma legislators' goal of making health care more affordable and accessible to businesses...

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Point of View: Legislators could positively impact nursing home care

As we age, many of us will become frail, or sick, or unable to take care of ourselves for whatever reason. Some of us will be...

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Rich Lowry: Rachel Maddow's deep delusion

For the past two years, Rachel Maddow has been a hero of her own spy thriller. She has written, directed and starred in a hit...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Holtzclaw continues to cost city

Daniel Holtzclaw’s time as an Oklahoma City police officer continues to take a toll. The city council this week approved a...

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Point of View: Words matter

Earlier this week, we at CAIR Oklahoma made the difficult decision to publicly call out hate speech by an Oklahoma county...

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Michael Barone: R.I.P. Collusiongate

Collusiongate is now history. The March 22 announcement that special counsel Robert Mueller had completed his investigation and...

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Jonah Goldberg: Collusion story may never end

The story is not over. It may never be over in our lifetimes. But an important chapter has come to an end, and it had a happy...

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Michael Gerson: The Mueller report is still an indictment

WASHINGTON — A thought experiment. Suppose that on March 24, the day Attorney General William Barr publicly summarized the...

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Former teacher: Fingers crossed for OKCPS plan

As someone who comments on public education in general and Oklahoma City’s public schools in particular, former district...

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The Gainesville Sun: The importance of early childhood education

Quality early childhood programs may seem expensive to provide, but not providing them is even more expensive. Research has...

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E.J. Dionne: Memo to Trump's foes: Buck up!

WASHINGTON — Fortunately for the republic, President Trump and his minions can't even do an end-zone dance right. And their...

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George Will: Step into the batter's box for some baseball trivia

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and...

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Point of View: Ending the HIV epidemic in Oklahoma

An unprecedented opportunity lies before us — one that brings a once impossible goal within reach — to end the HIV epidemic in...

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Point of View: This deal is bad for America and Oklahoma

During the State of the Union, President Trump declared, “America was founded on liberty and independence — and not government...

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Your Views Wednesday, March 27

Unacceptable behavior from the president Recently at a rally in Ohio, President Trump lashed out at deceased Sen. John McCain,...

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Point of View: Life after prison in Oklahoma

With each criminal conviction, the state of Oklahoma matter-of-factly tells the defendants how long they will spend behind...

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Cal Thomas: No evidence of collusion, no surprise

The saga that is the Mueller Report is a consequence of what happens when you begin with a conclusion and then desperately seek...

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Point of View: Oklahoma lawmakers should support parents, school choice

My daughter, Addie, is an exceptionally bright girl. She soaks up all the knowledge and information she can. She wants to go to...

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Various reactions to Mueller report

This lifts the cloud over the 2016 election that authoritarians like Vladimir Putin hope to promote with their meddling in...

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Kathleen Parker: Requiem for an investigation

WASHINGTON — Cathartic, it was not. The relentlessly plodding Mueller report finally ended after a 22-month whodunit that...

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Marc Thiessen: Were you relieved or disappointed with the Mueller findings? Be honest.

WASHINGTON — Ask yourself this simple question: When you heard the news that special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that...

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A reasonable Oklahoma school plan

The increase in the number of Oklahoma school districts that conduct classes four days per week has become a point of concern...

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Government reports often wrong

You occasionally hear someone bemoan the fact that the public doesn’t take government reports seriously. But a major reason...

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George Will: Mueller's report makes a normal election possible in 2020

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller's report is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its...

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Stephen Moore: How the first "Green New Deal" flopped

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal has been widely ridiculed for its massive disruption to the economy and a price tag...

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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,...

Abdel Nader took his unexpected Thunder shot

SportsMay 14, 2019

It was Christmas Day in Houston, and Alex Abrines was a late scratch. It would signal the beginning of the end for Abrines and an abrupt start to Abdel Nader’s run. Before that game in Houston, Nader hadn’t played more than two games in a row...

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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...