Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, are planning to view photos of Osama bin Laden’s body, according to the lawmakers’ press aides, who said no other information could be immediately released.
The CIA has agreed to make the photos available to members of congressional armed services and intelligence committees.
Inhofe said he would be the first to view the photos.
“It is an important responsibility as a member of the Senator Armed Services Committee to view these photos and be able to validate his death to the people of the nation,” Inhofe said prior to viewing the photos.…
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Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, oral historians and librarians with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University Library in Stillwater, have won a fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
According to the center, the two will document _ through oral history interviews _ the occupational culture and traditions of the American “Big Top” circus in the southeastern Oklahoma town of Hugo.
The Archie Green Fellowships are reserved for prominent scholars with a long track record in the study of occupational culture, according to the center.…
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The Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment have teamed up to make more than 10,000 rare sound recordings available on-line. The jukebox offers free access to music and spoken-word recordings produced in the United States between 1901 and 1925.
“This amazing collection is a chance to hear history,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
“This collection includes popular music, dance music, opera, early jazz, famous speeches, poetry and humor. It is what our grandparents and great-grandparents listened to, danced to, sang along with.…
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ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Jim Mulva made this comment Wednesday on congressional proposals to eliminate tax deductions for the five largest oil and gas firms.
“These unprecedented proposed taxes, targeted at only five companies, would have serious effects on our company. We already have the highest effective tax rate among companies in the United States and these proposals unfairly single us out for additional taxes,” said Mulva. “Not only would increased taxes cost jobs, raise consumer prices and shrink government revenue, but they would also hamper our ability to remain competitive and reinvest in jobs, new energy technologies and resources in the United States and internationally.”
Mulva is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, gave a speech to the Ripon Society this morning. Here are some quotes and a video provided by the Ripon Society, a centrist Republican think tank founded in 1962.
“The last time we had any significant cut in spending was in 1995,” Coburn said. “So the fact that the subject matter has changed and we have everybody talking about a different hypothesis – that is, rather than growing government, we’re talking about shrinking government — you can’t overstate the importance of that.…
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Here is President Barack Obama’s proclamation for Mother’s Day:
MOTHER’S DAY, 2011
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As our society has changed, so have the challenges facing women raising families. Many American women are raising children at home while caring for an elderly parent, holding down two jobs, serving as the sole parent in a family, or defending our country overseas as a service member. Our Nation’s mothers not only look after our needs and teach us to be compassionate and responsible, but also manage households, build careers, and improve our neighborhoods and communities.…
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The Washington Post has a thorough, interesting _ and ultimately pretty sad _ profile of Army Private Bradley Manning, the former Oklahoman who is facing charges for allegedly leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.…
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Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation went to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Wednesday to greet World War II veterans from the state who participated in the third Honor Flight program. About 100 veterans made the trip, which also includes stops at other Washington-area sites.
“It was an honor to meet Oklahoma’s brave World War II veterans,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, below.
“I am humbled by their commendable service and sacrifice to preserve our nation’s freedom many years ago.…
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From White House press secretary Jay Carney:
On orders of the President, a small U.S. team assaulted a secure compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The raid was conducted with U.S. military personnel assaulting on two helicopters. The team methodically cleared the compound, moving from room to room in an operation lasting nearly 40 minutes. They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation, and Osama bin Laden was killed by the assaulting force.…
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The U.S. House on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Oklahoma’s congressional delegation to name a Post Office facility in Ardmore after the late Army Specialist Micheal Phillips.
Reps. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Tom Cole, R-Ardmore, presented the resolution Monday evening, along with Washington DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Mr. Speaker, it’s altogether fitting and proper that we name this post office in Ardmore for Army Specialist
Phillips to honor a true American heroand his service to country. At this moment in our war on terrorism, with the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, this is a moment to remember those who have been fighting the war on terror for years.…
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