U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, gave a sobering speech _ pretty much the only kind he gives _ on the nation’s fiscal future this week at a dinner for the conservative magazine, the American Spectator.
Here’s a line that captures the tone:
“Where the left sees a demographic advantage I see a generation of Americans about to be drowned in debt. When that happens, our solutions will be like an ark in the storm.”
And here’s the prepared text, courtesy of Coburn’s office.…
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Rep. James Lankford was just elected chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking spot on the House GOP leadership team …
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who has met several times with former CIA Director David Petraeus, made this comment Tuesday about the retired Army general’s affair:
“Former CIA Director David Petraeus has had a full carrier of extraordinary accomplishments for our nation. Nothing can take away from this record, but I am profoundly disappointed in his unacceptable personal decisions that have now lead to his resignation.
“What is troubling about the investigation that resulted in this information coming to light is that the Obama administration once again exercised a major lack of transparency.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday that Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would not be a “fitting replacement” for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is expected to leave the Obama administration.
Inhofe said, “During her time as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Rice has been the Obama administration’s point person in pursuing liberal causes that threaten U.S. sovereignty. She has also not been an effective diplomat or manager at the U.N.…
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A petition was filed on the White House website to allow Oklahoma to secede from the union and create its own new government.
At 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the petition had 5,369 signatures _ not all from Oklahomans _ leaving it 19,631 signatures short of requiring a White House response.
The petition was started by someone identified on the website as “david t” from Grove, OK.
A separate petition was started on Saturday for Oklahoma to secede. That one was started by Matthew M of Owasso and has 12,845 signatures.…
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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
1:08 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much.
(Applause.) Thank you very much, everybody. Everybody, please have a seat. (Applause.)
Well, good afternoon, everybody. Now that those of us on the campaign trail have had a chance to get a little sleep — (laughter) — it’s time to get back to work. And there is plenty of work to do.
As I said on Tuesday night, the American people voted for action, not politics as usual.…
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In a column released Friday, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, advocates against raising tax rates on any bracket, but says tax reform could bring in more revenue.
House Republicans Call for Tax Reform to Avoid Fiscal Cliff
By: Congressman Tom Cole
In once again electing a Republican House of Representatives, Democratic Senate and Democratic White House, the American people voted to maintain the status quo in Washington’s balance of power. While the composition of the legislative and executive branches may remain the same, a continuation of current economic policies is not an option.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, is planning to run for chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, a leadership position, when the House reconvenes next week. He is currently unopposed for the spot, which is now held by Rep. Tom Price, of Georgia.
Lankford is still a freshman. He won a second term on Tuesday. He would be the first Oklahoman on the leadership team since Rep. Tom Cole, R-Norman, ran the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The policy committee helps develop House Republican positions on various issues.…
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It was a miniscule share of the $39 million raised by Oklahoma native Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, but Oklahomans chipped in $30,600 to her victorious campaign.
Warren, who was raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Northwest Classen High School, got money from doctors, lawyers, business people and Oklahoma Bankers Association president Roger Beverage, who wound up a supporter despite once calling her the “anti-Christ.”
Warren defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown and will take over the Senate seat that long belonged to the late Ted Kennedy.…
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A Democrat from Oklahoma actually won a U.S. Senate race — it just wasn’t in Oklahoma. But state native Elizabeth Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma City, defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts on Tuesday to claim the Senate seat long held by Ted Kennedy.…
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