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Marc Thiessen: Trump can quiet his Russia critics with one bold move

WASHINGTON — If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance last week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S....

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Opinion: How political polarization affects the Supreme Court

How much can a Supreme Court ignore public opinion in a polarized nation? With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme...

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NORML exec: The case for whole-plant cannabis

Emergency rules enacted by the Board of Health restricting patients from obtaining whole-plant herbal (inhalable) cannabis from...

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Outrage at Yale Law

IF Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, he will be the fourth Yale Law School graduate on the current bench and...

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Your Views Sunday, July 22

Wannabe tyrant It's clear that President Trump has placed himself before his country and will do anything to make himself seem...

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Are lessons of OK Health Dept. scandal being forgotten?

THE latest controversy regarding the Department of Health may be causing some officials to forget the lessons of the agency's...

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George Will: Will N.J. send a Republican to the Senate?

"This human nature is shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection." — Peter De Vries SUMMIT, N.J. — Or from reading the...

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Oklahoma AG: Trump's outstanding selection

Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement presented President Trump and the Senate with one of their most serious responsibilities:...

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Your Views Saturday, July 21

Age warning Regarding “State's oldest inmates say it's time for release” (News, July 15): Remember the age of the school aide...

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Abortion provider: You can't nix a human right

Regarding "Nixing Roe won't end abortion fight" (Our Views, July 13): Nixing Roe v. Wade would be the beginning of self-induced...

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Michael Barone: Time to junk racial quotas in higher ed

"It's time for enlightened America to hit reset on affirmative action once and for all," writes Columbia University linguistics...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: ‘Hang in there’ is good advice

THE owners of a business severely impacted by downtown Oklahoma City construction have good advice for others facing the same...

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Paul Greenberg: Until we see their faces

Again and again, brave Thai divers plunged into the murky waters of a flooded cave to search for a soccer team and its coach in...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump not the first to try to cozy up to Putin

WASHINGTON — The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result, which...

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Jonah Goldberg: Deference to Putin less about collusion than character

Last week, I wrote that the best way to think about a Trump Doctrine is as nothing more than Trumpism on the international...

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Advocates: Outrageous threats by U.S. delegates over breastfeeding

The New York Times published a front-page article last week detailing how our American delegation to the World Health Assembly,...

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On immigration, it's talk but little action

DURING an appearance on C-SPAN not long ago, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole used a boxing term to describe the debate over immigration...

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Fake comments undermine pro-regulation narrative

WE'RE often amused when politicians reference social media reaction because it often signifies little beyond the intensity of...

Justice and mercy: Young adults tour Oklahoma County jail

LifeJul 14, 2018

A local pastor recently took a group of young adults from his church for a tour of the Oklahoma County jail to learn about some of the systemic problems plaguing the jail and the criminal justice system that feeds into it.

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OCU professor: In trade dispute, U.S. is on solid ground

In "US challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs" (Business, July 17), Associated Press economics writer Paul...

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Your Views Friday, July 20

No surprise It should come as no surprise that a president who has lashed our allies and trading partners since his...

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Another blow for Oklahoma Health Department

DURING a meeting with The Oklahoman's editorial board in early July, Tom Bates said that in his three months as interim head of...

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Too many ignore history’s lessons

TUESDAY marked a century since the killing of Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family. That few Americans recognize the...

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Our 'America first' president put America last in Helsinki

WASHINGTON — America's child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing daycare. It was a...

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Aging prisoners present unique challenges

THE morning after The Oklahoman reported about the growing number of older inmates in the state's prison system, a reader wrote...

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Stephen Moore: How Trump can lower drug prices

One of Donald Trump's more memorable promises on the campaign trail was to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Polls show...

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Ruth Marcus: If you work for Trump, quit now

WASHINGTON — Everyone who works for President Trump: Quit now. Save your souls. Save your honor, such as it is. Save your...

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Your Views Wednesday, July 18

Deplorable I watched the Helsinki summit press conference. It's now clear that President Trump has masqueraded as a tough guy,...

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Washington Examiner: Trump caves to Putin

PRESIDENT Trump won the 2016 election by portraying himself as the strong leader America needed. But on Monday in Helsinki,...

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Chris Benge: Budget portrayal misses the mark

It is an understatement to say state budgeting is complicated. But I must attempt to respond to "Time is now for rainy day...

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Rich Lowry: Trump's Helsinki discord

Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn't sound like it. The...

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Nevada the latest state to face execution issues

OKLAHOMA hasn't carried out an execution in 3 1/2 years and it may be that long or longer before its next one, if an episode in...

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Voter initiatives often subject to revision

MANY supporters of medical marijuana are upset state regulations and subsequent legislative action may alter the scope of a...

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Cal Thomas: The week that wasn't for anti-Trumpers

Last week was not a good one for anti-Trumpers, who include virtually all Democrats and most establishment Republicans. Deputy...

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Rich Lowry: Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic

In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be a consensus: The...

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Product claims don’t always match reality

ONE constant in life is that good intentions don't always translate into positive outcomes, and unintended consequences often...

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A worthwhile topic for Oklahoma DHS lecture series

LATER this month, the Department of Human Services will use its Practice & Policy Lecture Series to discuss something many...

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Deliberate steps needed for Oklahoma Rx pot implementation

A chief concern about the medical marijuana question approved by voters last month was that its broad parameters would...

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Your Views Sunday, July 15

Peoples' will circumvented Regarding “Rx pot rules OK'd” (News, July 11): Again, the will of the people has been circumvented...

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How about a positive campaign in GOP run for governor?

NEGATIVE campaigning has seemingly been a part of politics forever and remains, sadly, a staple. We saw it in advance of the...

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Opinion: Time to think seriously about trade war ramifications

SEOUL — The United States is fighting everyone, it seems. Not in shooting wars, mostly limited these days to skirmishes in the...

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Marc Thiessen: Trump isn't attacking NATO. He's strengthening it.

WASHINGTON — As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure...

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George Will: Don't fix baseball, even if it may be broken

WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be...

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Your Views Saturday, July 14

Regular appointment process Scott F. McLaughlin (Your Views, July 8) misses on several points. It's because justices are...

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Optometrist: Oklahoma doesn't need SQ 793

In all 50 states, optometry is a legislated profession. State legislatures write the laws enforced by an optometry board...

Shortage of doctors can have deadly consequences

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Access to a primary care doctor is inadequate for a majority of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences trains, places and supports physicians in rural area where the shortage can have deadly consequences.

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Changing and growing at Langston

HIGHER education institutions can be slow to change. This hasn't been a problem at Langston University under its president,...

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Michael Barone: The Kavanaugh Confirmation Kabuki

Theater, much like Japan's Kabuki — that's all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. Donald Trump's presentations of his...

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Clarence Page: Kavanaugh has 'the Force' with him, for now

With his friendly face and charming family, Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears to offer President Donald Trump the good looks right...

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Kathleen Parker: Catholics rock the courthouse

WASHINGTON — Even before President Trump announced his nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill...

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Energy industry remains crucial to Oklahoma government

WHILE some contend Oklahoma government's financial shortfalls are the result of tax cuts, the reality is far simpler — and...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump Doctrine is getting a noisy rollout

As we head into this week's NATO summit, a Trump Doctrine seems to be emerging. “Doctrines, like submarines, tend to be...

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E.J. Dionne: Hypocrites for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Be prepared for a festival of hypocrisy, evasion and misdirection from supporters of the confirmation of Judge...

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Nixing Roe v. Wade would only shift abortion debate to states

THE retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy has renewed speculation his replacement could allow the Supreme Court to overturn Roe...

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Your Views Friday, July 13

No good deed goes unpunished “AG hopeful tried to aid DC lobbyist” (News, July 8) and articles in the national media were...

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Point of View: In Oklahoma, marijuana legalization dangers to come

Oklahoma has become the 30th state to legalize “medical” marijuana. Marijuana is legal for recreational use in nine states and...

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Rich Lowry: Don't cry for Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world. Just don't ask her to spend as if she is. Donald...

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U.S. economic news continues to be encouraging

YOU know things are passing strange when The New York Times hails the latest good news on the economy. Released last week, nine...

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A new concern for Oklahoma's DHS director

IN discussing what effect, if any, approval of medical marijuana might have on his agency, Department of Human Services...

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George Will: Is Trump correct that Mueller's appointment was unconstitutional?

WASHINGTON — The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment...

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Michael Gerson: What would make for a healthier democracy

WASHINGTON — There is always a secret relief — even, I imagine, among his supporters — when President Trump does not do...

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Bob Funk: Flipping the education equation

As one of my favorite American leaders, Ronald Reagan, once pointed out, a job is the best social program we have in this...

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Marc Thiessen: Vulnerable Dems should hope for GOP unity on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court of...

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Your Views Wednesday, July 11

Troubled by the president As I sat watching the Fourth of July celebration at the U.S. Capitol, I tried to tell my wife how I...

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The time is now for rainy day saving in Oklahoma

WITH Oklahoma's economy roaring out of the recession that started in 2014 and with record tax collections rolling in, lawmakers...

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Let the brawling begin over SCOTUS nominee

PRESIDENT Trump has selected Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now we can settle in...

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OEA president: Editorial mischaracterized our efforts

An important byproduct of the teacher walkout in April was the unprecedented number of candidates filing for office in...

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Stephen Moore: Trump's zero-tariff solution

President Donald Trump's aluminum and steel tariff policies have now triggered retaliatory tariffs from other nations,...

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Washington Examiner: Congress needs to take back its power over trade

THERE isn't much that Republicans and Democrats can agree on, but there's a great opportunity today for common ground in at...

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Cal Thomas: Is Europe awakening to the threat?

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the...

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Worthwhile reasons to move school elections

IN political debates on education, it's often argued that state officials should defer decision-making authority to districts...

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Upset in NY primary offers lessons for both parties

DURING his 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Joe Crowley of New York had ascended to a top leadership...

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The left's misguided calls for ICE's abolishment

THE continuing protests over the Trump administration's immigration policies, particularly “zero tolerance” on the border,...

GOP House members who opposed tax package for teachers defend their position in runoff primaries

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Most of the state House incumbents in runoff primaries are having to defend their votes against tax hikes for teacher pay raises.

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Marc Thiessen: Dems are powerless to block Trump's nominee

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to announce his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy,...

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Michael Gerson: Offenders should still be treated with humanity

WASHINGTON — An administration not known for policy creativity is unlikely to have useful internal policy debates. But in the...

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Pruitt's resignation a chance to move ahead

FORMER Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. In a tweet Thursday,...

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Your Views Sunday, July 8

Confirmation rule The Founding Fathers understood that building life terms for Supreme Court justices into Article III would...

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George Will: What might a socialist American government do?

Polly: He's a socialist but he doesn't like people. Brian: Nor do I, much. Polly: You're a conservative. You don't have to. —...

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On marijuana, Oklahoma lawmakers need to do their jobs

ON becoming interim commissioner of the state Health Department in April, Tom Bates told staff that if voters approved medical...

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Kris Steele: Justice reform requires greater buy-in

By passing State Questions 780 and 781 in 2016, voters sent a clear message that Oklahomans want treatment for drug addiction...

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Your Views Saturday, July 7

Don't blame beef Don Douglas (Your Views, July 2) repeats a myth related to the impact of beef production on the environment....

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Tax revenue surge contrasts with warnings

THE announcement this week that Oklahoma's state gross receipts to the treasury have hit an all-time high would normally be...

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Rich Lowry: Abolish ICE, a foolhardy idea whose time has come

There are few things more powerful in politics than a dumb idea whose time has come. This accounts for the seemingly inexorable...

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Ruth Marcus: This pick would pose biggest danger to abortion rights

WASHINGTON — No Supreme Court nominee is a completely safe bet. No one — not even the nominee himself or herself — knows for...

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Point of View: It’s time to irrigate OKC’s charter school deserts

In a country built on the freedom to choose — whether that's Verizon or AT&T, Hulu or Netflix, iPhone or Android — it's...

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Washington Examiner: 'America First' shouldn't leave China in charge

WHEN President Trump's critics complain about “isolationism” or “abdication of America's global leadership,” it is usually best...

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump must stick to his Supreme Court list

Presumably, as you read this, the White House is setting up its war room for the Supreme Court confirmation battle to come. The...

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OEA targets its Republican legislative allies

THIS year, at the Oklahoma Education Association's urging, most Republican legislators approved roughly $600 million in tax...

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Kathleen Parker: Supreme hysteria

WASHINGTON — If Chicken Little and Cassandra had a baby, they'd name him Jeffrey Toobin. Anyone watching CNN lately has...

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Your Views Friday, July 6: College priorities

A ruse? House Bill 1010xx is not actually about teachers or their pay. Yes, the first year's money from tobacco and gas taxes...

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OU law professor: On medical marijuana and banking, what next step?

Oklahoma voters recently approved a ballot initiative making the Sooner State the 30th in the nation to legalize the use of...

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Michael Barone: Will the odd couple narrow the U.S.-Mexico gap?

Will NAFTA survive? Last week, Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called...

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George Will: Does Trump's summit with Kim foretell catastrophic meeting with Putin?

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." — Donald Trump, June 13, 2018 "North Korea is upgrading its nuclear...

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Demise of anti-energy lawsuit is welcome news

IN suing major oil companies, two California cities claimed fossil fuel production contributes to global warming and is...

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Lack of legislative leadership seen after Oklahoma pot vote

OKLAHOMA's legislative leaders are taking a hands-off approach to the regulations related to medical marijuana. This is highly...

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Stephen Moore: Give us your young, energetic, talented masses

Republicans are right to call for tough measures to deter illegal immigration — which means building the wall, ending the...

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Your Views Wednesday, July 4

OU dorm solution I am in shock after reading “OU weighs rent subsidies for troubled luxury dorm” (Business, June 28). Who would...

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Opinion: Supreme Court needs fair interpreter of the law

Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement that he will retire after more than 30 years on the Supreme Court ignited a predictable...

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Declaration: 'A product of the spiritual insight of the people'

TO celebrate the Fourth of July, we offer excerpts from several speeches highlighting the moral principles that guided the...

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Opinion: Reaffirming court’s commitment to the Constitution

With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, President Trump has the opportunity to appoint a second Supreme Court justice. Given...

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Opinions differ on what medical marijuana regulations should include

NewsJul 1, 2018

The medical marijuana election is over, but jousting continues over the shape of proposed regulations. Some would like to see major changes in the law before it takes effect. Others would like to see just minor tweaks and the adoption of...

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Supreme Court replacement ensures a long, hot summer

BY choosing to retire after 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has ensured that this country, literally, is...

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Annapolis shooting: Importance of a free press resonates

IN Maryland last week, a man walked into the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper and opened fire with a shotgun, killing...

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Cal Thomas: Back to the Constitution

WASHINGTON — The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court is about to bring a 60-year battle to a...

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Ruling is a victory for free speech

GIVEN the way free speech has been knocked around in recent years, particularly as it pertains to conservative viewpoints, it's...

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Your Views, July 2

A sinful decision Before the Civil War, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Dred Scott v. Sandford that free black descendants of...

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Differing approach to oil and wind raises questions

CLAIMS that politicians vote based solely on who gives them the most campaign cash are typically overblown. But one can...

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Rich Lowry: The tawdry and dumb Nazi charge

The Nazi analogy has long been recognized as the crudest and dumbest form of argument, but it is enjoying a renaissance. Former...

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McConnell's 2016 gamble paying off for conservatives

THE fact that President Trump has the opportunity to place a second justice on the Supreme Court, due to Anthony Kennedy's...

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Michael Gerson: Retirement offers Trump a path to uniting GOP

WASHINGTON — Luck — pure, dumb luck — is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for...

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Your Views Sunday, July 1: A truly great Oklahoman

Immigration solution needed In the winter of 1962-63, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, I saw how another western democracy —...

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Professor: Gallogly's challenge as OU president

As he assumes office Sunday, University of Oklahoma President James Gallogly will have a full plate. Foremost among the...

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George Will: Court corrects itself on First Amendment freedoms

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954...

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Many decisions await on Oklahoma marijuana oversight

PASSAGE of State Question 788 means medical marijuana is legal in Oklahoma. It's up to lawmakers and regulators to ensure the...

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Your Views Saturday, June 30

A new day I woke up Wednesday morning to a brand-new day. Medical marijuana, just like the teachers' strike, wine and beer in...

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ACLU official: Our consistent fight against government's use of violence

In "Group has wobbly stance on violence" (Our Views, June 27), The Oklahoman editorial board treated readers to a master class...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Better teacher pay not a cure-all

WE have noted that the debate over teacher pay has been oversimplified by advocates of raises. The latest evidence comes from...

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Justice Kennedy's First Priority: The First Amendment

It became official just after lunchtime Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and...

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Ruth Marcus: Next justice needs conservative's respect for precedent

WASHINGTON — Hours before Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement, Justice Elena Kagan sketched out...

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Your Views Friday, June 29

Bad optics “OU faces nearly $1B in debt; inadequate operating cash” (News, June 20) was joined in the upper margin of the front...

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Clarence Page: Let the Trump folks eat their dinner, Democrats

Leaving their work at the office has become a bigger challenge for President Donald Trump's top officials. Last Friday night,...

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Bernard Goldberg: Make it stop!

I pretty much support the death penalty but only when the crime is especially heinous and guilt of the perpetrator is certain...

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Jonah Goldberg: Partisans on both sides are hell-bent on total victory

After the deadly shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, many people erroneously and instantaneously...

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No obvious pattern in Oklahoma election results

IN politics, it's usually better to be an incumbent than not. That was still true in this year's Republican primarily...

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Russell has reasonable approach to immigration

IN a recent column, conservative Jonah Goldberg argued that “reasonable politicians on both sides” need to get involved in the...

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Point of View: We need to do better for Oklahoma children

Oklahoma can be a hard place to be a kid. This conclusion is hard to escape with the release of the new Kids Count Data Book,...

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George Will: The Fourth Amendment enters the 21st century

WASHINGTON — Timothy Carpenter's interest in smartphones has had two unintended consequences. It has drawn the Supreme Court...

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Desire for change evident in OK election results

THE large turnout for Tuesday's elections — more than double the total of the 2014 primary — reflected Oklahomans' desire for...

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Supreme Court ruling shows travel ban isn't extreme

ONE doesn't have to agree with President Trump's decision to restrict U.S. entry of natives of eight mostly Muslim-majority...

Health Department says medical marijuana rollout on schedule despite chaos

Health1 day ago

The past two weeks have brought chaos as the Board of Health passed regulations their top lawyer said weren’t legal, two groups sued, the attorney general told the board it overstepped its authority, the top health department lawyer resigned in...

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Ruth Marcus: Even the Supreme Court knows Trump is freaking out the world

WASHINGTON — Even Republican appointees on the Supreme Court — two of them, anyway: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and...

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Oklahoma ACLU lacks consistency on violence

COMPLAINTS by the ACLU of Oklahoma about the use of force to silence free speech would carry more weight if they were...

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Stephen Moore: The state of the American worker -- never better

Last week, I testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the state of the American labor market. I...

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Opinion: Quality early childhood investments pay off

Two different professionals, Greg Forster and Ray Potts, recently submitted opinion editorials to The Oklahoman on early...

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Bike maker a casualty in president's trade war

PRESIDENT Trump has said it's “easy” to win a trade war. That's being put to the test as the United States and European Union...

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Your Views Wednesday, June 27

Wondering the same thing Joe Miano (Your Views, June 20) asks, "Why so mean-spirited?" I, too, ask that. Our president said the...

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Michael Gerson: Trump's tests of loyalty are really tests of character

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: "I bring out the worst in my enemies and...

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Cal Thomas: Bigotry returns to Virginia

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination....

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Sales tax ruling may not be the bonanza some envision

A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to require out-of-state businesses to collect taxes on goods sold over the...

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Will Oklahoma primary election break low-turnout pattern?

IF ever an Oklahoma primary election was going to break the mold and generate strong turnout, Tuesday's would be appear to be...

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Washington Examiner: Good news in federal disability program

JUST over a year ago, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was being raked over the coals for his budget blueprint. In...

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Marc Thiessen: SPLC has lost all credibility

WASHINGTON — After years of smearing good people with false charges of bigotry, the Southern Poverty Law Center has finally...

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In Norman, project will foster growth

BIG things are happening on the north side of Norman and more are planned. A sports, business and entertainment project on the...

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ABLE exec: Aiming for a smooth liquor law implementation

Senate Joint Resolution 68 passed more than two years ago. Now the Oct. 1, 2018, effective date is no longer a far-flung date...

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Redistricting debate overlooks key points

PARTISANS from both major political parties are too quick to blame legislative redistricting for their failure to win elections...

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Higher ed chancellor: Concurrent enrollment a worthy investment

We know that an educated workforce is essential to Oklahoma's economic future. While approximately 31 percent of American...

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Oklahoma voters should carefully consider their choices

THIS year's election cycle involves open races for many statewide offices, including governor, as well as numerous open...

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Your Views Sunday, June 24

We're better than this It was astonishing to watch and listen to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' attempt to justify the Trump...

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Michael Gerson: Only values-based conservatives can conquer Trumpism

WASHINGTON — On the issue of child separation, President Trump had to be dragged kicking and screaming into basic humanity. His...

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Rich Lowry: Enforcement, not separation, is the issue

President Donald Trump climbed down on separating families at the border, but the underlying argument is not going away. The...

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Ruth Marcus: If Melania really doesn't care, then who does?

"I Really Don't Care. Do U?" So First Lady Melania Trump advertised, in large letters on the back of a jacket made superfluous...

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Clergy: Re SQ 788, healing is most important

Voters in Oklahoma will decide Tuesday whether to approve State Question 788, which would make medical marijuana available....

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Michael Barone: The Supreme Court's 'Bartleby' decision

"I would prefer not to." That was the invariable reply of the title character of Herman Melville's 1853 story "Bartleby, the...

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Your Views Saturday, June 23

Second Amendment and SQ 788 The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a September 2011 letter, “Any...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: A long, strange campaign

ALMOST from the beginning, Gentner Drummond's campaign for attorney general has been strange and verging on bizarre. Consider...

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OSMA exec: Look past SQ 788 smoke screen

On Tuesday, Oklahomans will vote on State Question 788. No doubt, there's been a lot of publicity surrounding the state...

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George Will: Charles Krauthammer, a diagnostician of our public discontents

WASHINGTON — When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, "First,...

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Jonah Goldberg: Reasonable politicians need to take immigration more seriously

Nearly everyone can agree: The scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think it isn't a moral horror...

Complaints in OKC about homelessness have skyrocketed

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The recent building boom in downtown Oklahoma City has exposed those who took shelter in a previously overlooked part of town.

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Opinion: EPA is right to applaud oil and natural gas companies

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a much-anticipated report on greenhouse gas emissions. It contains some...

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E.J. Dionne: The lessons of Trump's retreat

WASHINGTON — The sweeping outrage over President Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is a...

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Gallogly well suited to address OU financial challenge

JIM Gallogly knows a little something about turning around companies facing crises. In his role as University of Oklahoma...

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Your Views Friday, June 22

Trickle-down fails again Regarding “Weak growth in paychecks puzzles chief of Fed Bank, everyone else,” (Business, June 15):...

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Physician opposition to SQ 788 speaks volumes

DEFENDERS of State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana, argue the decision to prescribe marijuana will be left...

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Physician: Observations on the fight against opioid crisis

In October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. More recently, state governments have pursued...

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Point of View: Oklahoma should improve absentee, early voting

Oklahoma's statewide primary elections are Tuesday. I will be out of the country so I requested an absentee ballot. In the past...

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Oklahoma revenue upturn a time to save

GROWTH in Oklahoma government's gross tax receipt collections shows how quickly events can shift political narratives. A few...

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Fossil fuel benefits exceed any downside

ON the political left, it's become fashionable to blame oil and gas companies for alleged man-made global warming. Those...

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George Will: Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

WASHINGTON — "This," exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek's 500-page tome "The Constitution of Liberty" on a...

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Annual OHP academies would make a difference

THE Oklahoma Highway Patrol has 29 new troopers, the result of their completing an academy that should be held every year but...

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Your Views Wednesday, June 20

Reality TV's impact Liberal Hollywood destroyed America with reality TV. Reality TV made cruelty entertaining and desensitized...

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A better solution is needed at the border

THE chorus of criticism is growing for the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy on the border, which separates...

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Cal Thomas: Bias and the beholder

Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against...

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Advocate: Reasons to back Oklahoma State Question 788

Regarding "Research weakens medical pot claims" (Our Views, June 17): There are more studies published (over 25,000) about the...

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Naturalization ceremony: A reminder of this country's allure

THE partisan sniping and the over-the-top rhetoric so prevalent in our nation's politics (and elsewhere in society) can produce...

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FBI-reporters allegation in IG report is cause for concern

THERE is much in the Inspector General's newly released review of FBI activity, but one finding should concern all citizens....

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Your Views Tuesday, June 19

The other candidate I haven't heard anything about Angela Bonilla, the third GOP candidate for attorney general. From the ads...

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Kathleen Parker: Inhumanity rules the border

WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you...

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Jonah Goldberg: Caught in the trappings of power

It's not an iron law that power corrupts. But it's often a good way to bet. The interesting question is: Why does power corrupt...

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Washington Examiner: Tax preparers' loss is America's gain

AFTER H&R Block released its latest sales forecast, its stock price plunged by 18 percent on Wednesday. Normally, such a...

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Districts' policies show need for school choice in Oklahoma

OPPONENTS of polices that would give parents greater freedom to send their children to a school other than the one that's...

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Hunter the clear choice in Oklahoma AG primary

DURING his 16 months as attorney general, Mike Hunter has worked capably on Oklahomans' behalf, most notably leading efforts to...

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Father's Day message: Oklahoma needs its dads to step up

When people ask us how to solve many of the problems we face in America, we often tell them it starts at home with our...

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George Will: Genuflecting to presidential power

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: "Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at...

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Your Views Sunday, June 17

A fundamental change Melody Kuehn (Point of View, June 10) argues that State Question 793, which would amend Oklahoma's...

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Research undermines medical marijuana claims

SUPPORTERS of medical marijuana say it's a wonder drug that ameliorates or cures numerous afflictions. A report cited by some...

Federal pay prevents Oklahoma City VA from filling some doctor positions

NewsJul 9, 2018

There are 21 job openings at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and many of them may never be filled.

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Michael Gerson: Conservatives need an alternative fighting faith

DRESDEN — This city, where Allied bombing in 1945 created a 1,000-degree, hurricane force firestorm that melted glass and skin,...

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Rich Lowry: Time for Pruitt to leave EPA

It's time to test the proposition whether it's possible to roll back the Obama regulatory agenda without using government...

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Michael Barone: Will we get tired of so much winning?

It has been a week full of wins for President Donald Trump — at least for those who share Trump's view of the way the world...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Bright future for Positive Tomorrows

FOR nearly 30 years, Positive Tomorrows has given homeless children in Oklahoma City a fighting chance, through education. A...

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Point of View: How beneficial is pre-K?

Should Oklahoma expand pre-K education, or invest those funds in other policy solutions? One of the critical questions at stake...

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Former OKC superintendent: Turnover not the primary problem

In a recent editorial in The Oklahoman, I was mentioned as having the longest tenure of any Oklahoma City Public Schools...

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Your Views Saturday, June 16

Wide-ranging and elusive Regarding “Mountain lions are out there, but hard to find” (News, June 9): Perhaps the longest cougar...

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Your Views Friday, June 15

Self-serving Given the wider range of self-serving behavior emerging from the Trump administration, it appears the adopted...

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Interim study requests focus on education

NO fewer than three interim studies have been requested by Oklahoma House members interested in delving deeper into public...

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Jonah Goldberg: Oh, Canada: Trump tramples an ally

In Dante's “Inferno,” the first circle of hell is for the virtuous unbelievers — non-Christians like Aristotle, Socrates and...

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DOC director: Oklahoma can do better on corrections

For years, lawmakers and subject matter experts have discussed Oklahoma's female incarceration rate, the highest in the nation...

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Racial discrimination still alive in college admissions

NEW York City Mayor Bill de Blasio believes that city's selective high schools have a problem — too many minority students. He...

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Marc Thiessen: On Charles Krauthammer, my friend and lodestar

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone...

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E.J. Dionne: Trump's North Korean fantasyland

WASHINGTON — One of the costs of the Trump Era is that all opinions become suspect because, even more than usual, everything is...

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George Will: ERA began as a farce but has ended in tragedy

WASHINGTON — Karl Marx was no more mistaken than usual when he said that historic people and events appear twice, first as...

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No standing still on criminal justice reform

NOTHING is ever simple when it comes to criminal justice reform in Oklahoma, as is seen in inmates' frustration that a state...

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Funny thing happening in this economic forecast

PREDICTIONS regarding long-term economic trends are about as reliable as a 10-day winter weather forecast in Oklahoma: It may...

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Point of View: 'Wealth shock' and elderly victims of financial abuse

Each June 15, as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, governmental entities and organizations recognize the ongoing need to...

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Rich Lowry: Trudeau is annoying, not an adversary

Justin Trudeau may be the annoying, youthful avatar of chic progressivism — but he's not our adversary. After leaving the G-7...

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Paul Greenberg: Adrift at sea

The body count continues to grow as desperate migrants continue to seek some way to make it to the European continent despite...

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Election integrity wins with U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling

IN a ruling with implications for Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court has found states may use nonvoting as a factor in removing...

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Your Views Wednesday, June 13

Study higher ed funding, too Tyler J. Williams (Your Views, June 6) says the Legislature should consider a “heavy reinvestment...

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Convention center will add new chapter for OKC

PERHAPS it's only fitting that many of those who work in the Oklahoma City Thunder's corporate offices have a front-row view of...

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Stephen Moore: Putting America first has made USA No. 1

The left is quickly running out of excuses for why Donald Trump's economic policies have caused a boom rather than the bust...

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Kathleen Parker: My dear Charles

Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally...

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Cal Thomas: Lessons for the Trump-Kim summit

The unprecedented, historic and weird summit (Dennis Rodman might be there) between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong...

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Washington Examiner: Trump should say no to a bad nuke deal

PRESIDENT Trump has never been tested on a deal this momentous. As the president heads to Singapore to meet North Korea's...

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Supreme Court’s cake ruling may have broad impact

THE U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision siding with a baker who declined to make a custom cake for a gay wedding has been...

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Oklahoma camp offers help for childhood trauma victims

NewsJul 1, 2018

Camp Hope offers help for childhood trauma victims

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Spade, Bourdain deaths place spotlight on suicide

KATE Spade had enormous wealth, a successful career as a fashion designer and a 13-year-old daughter she adored. Yet one...

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Your Views Monday, June 11

Incredibly important vote June 26 should be an emotional day for anyone concerned about public safety on roadways and public...

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Census citizenship question not unusual or vindictive

THE Trump administration has decided to include a question on citizenship in the 2020 Census. This has generated predictable...

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E.J. Dionne: The refuge of sports

WASHINGTON — I suspect I share this with many others: Over the last 500 or so days, I often wanted to ditch politics entirely....

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George Will: Does North Korea wish to become Upper Volta without rockets -- or vodka?

WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no...

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Michael Gerson: Can religious institutions maintain their identity in the public realm?

WASHINGTON — Sometimes a movement can be sabotaged by its victories. Such is the case with the Supreme Court's Masterpiece...

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Texas an education model for Oklahoma on more than teacher pay

PUBLIC school advocates often note that Texas pays teachers more than Oklahoma. Yet even as they argue for raising teacher pay...

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Will D.C. politicians ever confront entitlements elephant?

AS they have done for the past several years, the trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare warned last week that both...

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Your Views Sunday, June 10

Where are the Democrats? Recently something unusual happened: A candidate running as a Democrat campaigned in our neighborhood....

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Teacher: Oklahoma students will benefit from eye care question

Early childhood education is a largely visual experience for children, meaning kids with uncorrected vision problems risk...

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Clarence Page: Now it's the Trump party vs. the Anti-Trump party

After Donald Trump delivered his big shock of 2016 by winning the presidential election, even President Barack Obama — Mr....

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Charles Krauthammer: A note to readers

I have been uncharacteristically silent these past 10 months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Some good news on health measures

GIVEN that Oklahoma's health measurements generally fare all too poorly when compared with other states, recent improvements in...

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Michael Barone: Has California 'blue wave' crested and ebbed?

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states — containing the majority, 228 of 435, of...

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Ray Potts: Early learning, aftercare programs are crucial

I've been blessed in my career to have been a proud member of the business community and a proud member of the education...

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Your Views Saturday, June 9

Pie-in-the-sky plan Regarding “Oklahoma's proposed marijuana law would be groundbreaking” (News, June 3): Soon Oklahomans will...

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Revisionist history on Oklahoma capital gains tax

THIS year's teacher walkout was initially notable not just for its duration, but for the shifting rationales offered for the...

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Your Views Friday, June 8

Another pound of flesh In “Following through” (ScissorTales, June 2), The Oklahoman noted that the Western Heights school board...

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PAL executive: Thunder Courts helping Oklahoma communities, kids

On Tuesday at Don Haskins Park in Enid, the Oklahoma City Thunder joined community leaders in dedicating the 20th Thunder Cares...

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Washington Examiner: Yes, senators can work in August

IT wasn't exactly a surprise, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Tuesday announcement was a welcome one nonetheless....

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Marc Thiessen: Shame on Google for treating the U.S. military as evil

WASHINGTON — Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced it is pulling out of Project Maven, a...

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Jonah Goldberg: Could Trump pardon himself? It’s complicated

In conservative circles, few arguments are more triggering than those that begin: “The Founding Fathers never could have...

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George Will: Loose lips sank the Colorado baker's case

WASHINGTON — "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important...

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Little evidence marijuana reduces opioid abuse

PROPONENTS of State Question 788, which would legalize “medical” marijuana in Oklahoma, often argue marijuana legalization will...

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Plenty of confusion in effort to audit Oklahoma rape kits

WHAT on the surface seemed to be a fairly simple exercise — tallying up the number of untested forensic evidence kits tied to...

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Cal Thomas: Different standards for the left

We've come a long way from harmless playground jibes like "your mother wears combat boots," to those of today from the likes of...

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Stephen Moore: Six reasons to still not like Obamacare

Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making...

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E.J. Dionne: Why dialogue matters, even in the Trump Era

WASHINGTON — If President Trump's survival tactics depend upon dividing the country into warring camps, does this mean his...

Cleanup to resume at former oil refinery site near Duncan, Oklahoma

Health57 minutes ago

On a sweltering midsummer evening last week, 80 people gathered at a school gymnasium in this southern Oklahoma town to talk about the air.

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Your Views Wednesday, June 6

Park safety not a priority At Martin Nature Park recently, our car was broken into and my purse was stolen. Within 22 minutes...

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Trump should reconsider tariffs on our allies

COUNT us among those who, like members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation and voices elsewhere, believe it's a mistake to...

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Supreme Court's cake decision reins in prejudice in government

IN a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in a case centered on a Colorado baker's choice not to...

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Rediscovering America: A quiz on D-Day and World War II

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. What followed is considered by some the most...

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Rich Lowry: Christian baker 1, Officious bureaucrats 0

In the closely watched Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court dealt a blow against the small-mindedness that so often...

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Your Views Tuesday, June 6

Defending evangelicals Michael Gerson's “A political failure of massive proportions” (Commentary, May 30) demands a positive...

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Ruth Marcus: Barr, Bee reflect a society ripped apart by full-frontal incivility

WASHINGTON — Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee require us to keep numerous truths in mind simultaneously, which may be more than...

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Oklahoma need not apologize for adoption law

THE attorney general of California, upset about a law approved this year by the Legislature, has banned state-funded travel to...

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Independent turnout, impact, bear watching in Oklahoma

SINCE January, the number of Oklahomans registered to vote as independents has surged. Increased registration is an encouraging...

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Lottery winners deserve some anonymity

A case in New York has raised a question that comes up routinely in states operating lotteries: Should winners be able to...

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Holt should be commended for interest in OKC schools

DAVID Holt is following through on one of the pledges he made while running successfully for mayor of Oklahoma City — he's...

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Rich Lowry: Roseanne's lunacy tells us nothing about America

Valerie Jarrett, the former Obama aide targeted by Roseanne Barr, says the comedienne's train wreck should be a "teaching...

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George Will: Recalling the accidental president who wore power lightly

WASHINGTON — Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 — first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco — two separate handgun-wielding...

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OKC attorney: SQ 788 will affect the workplace

In “Legal counsel: If passed, medical marijuana measure would be manageable for employers” (Business, May 27), Crowe &...

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Your Views Sunday, June 3

Get them help “Gun politics emerge shortly after Lake Hefner shootings” (News, May 27) quoted state Rep. Emily Virgin,...

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Marc Thiessen: Democrats' dishonesty hands Trump a winning issue

WASHINGTON — How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to...

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Report shows need for board, commission reform in Oklahoma

WHENEVER government corruption and mismanagement occur, it's asked why such abuses have been tolerated. Yet those outcomes may...

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Don't let Louie’s shooting boost stigma of mental illness

MORE than a week removed from a shooting at Lake Hefner that could have proven far more disastrous than it did, the importance...

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Michael Barone: Danger of authoritarianism may come from center, not the right

"Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and...

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Ruth Marcus: Trump's presidential pardons serve himself, not justice

WASHINGTON — If, as is often said, a president's budget proposal presents a glimpse of his heart, a president's use of his...

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Lessons at home from the Irish abortion referendum

On May 24, the Irish people overwhelmingly decided to remove legal protection for the most vulnerable of people — unborn...

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Your Views Saturday, June 2

Same thing over and over Every major Republican candidate for statewide office is running on two main points: State government...

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Oklahoma ScissorTales: Deal would be big for OKC

THE Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer reported this week on a potential business deal that, if it comes to fruition, will mean good...

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Stephen Moore: The mojo of Trumponomics

T.S. Eliot famously wrote that April is the cruelest month, but when it comes to America's fiscal picture, nothing could be...

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Your Views Friday, June 1

Fix the problem Regarding “Troubled agency would regulate legal pot” (News, May 27): Saying medical marijuana should not be...

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Oklahoma Senate budget explanation doesn’t add up

THE Legislature was in regular or special session from February 2017 to early May 2018 with only a few months' interruption....

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Jonah Goldberg: We’ve lost sight of the plot in the immigration debate

As the immigration debate hit another low last week, I received the news that my favorite immigrant died: my father-in-law,...

Testing more than 7,000 unsubmitted rape kits in Oklahoma could cost $9.5M+

News6 days ago

Testing more than 7,000 untested rape kits that have been identified in Oklahoma could potentially cost anywhere from $9.5 million to close to $12 million, based on estimates provided in a report by a statewide task force that has been examining...

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Washington Examiner: Trump starts bringing Washington bureaucrats to heel

LOST amid the barbecues, parades and misleading reporting over Memorial Day weekend was good news from the federal capital....

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Point of View: Oklahoma’s occupational licensing opportunity

When the acting head of the Federal Trade Commission proclaimed last year, “I challenge anyone to explain why the state has a...

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George Will: How McConnell is winning the long game

WASHINGTON — Franklin Roosevelt, afflicted by the disease at age 39, died in April 1945 at the polio recuperation facility he...

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WCWS: A weeklong celebration of women's softball

THE 2018 Women's College World Series begins Thursday in front of huge crowds at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. They're a given....

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Oklahoma voters should note AG candidate’s threats

THE attorney general's duties include defending Oklahomans' constitutional rights, so it's alarming we must remind one...

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Kathleen Parker: Putin's mind in your brain

WASHINGTON — Facebook ads purchased by Russia during the 2016 campaign, and released by Congress earlier this month, reveal a...

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Your Views Wednesday, May 30

A better way to help I live near an access road to a major highway. There are often beggars at this intersection. Every...

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Playing on emotion as Oklahoma medical pot vote nears

NO surprise, a group that supports legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma has produced heartfelt video testimonials in...

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Budig, Heaps: The debate over going to college

It's the end of spring the beginning of summer and that means college graduation for millions of Americans. During the...

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Dodd-Frank changes good news for economy

MUCH positive momentum in the national economy can be attributed to the Trump administration's focus on regulatory rollback. By...

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Michael Gerson: The massive failure of Christian political leadership

WASHINGTON — Three recent news items: • At the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: "We see...

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