U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, a vocal critic of the health care law nearing its 2nd anniversary, released a report on Tuesday with Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barasso that examines some of the impacts and potential “side effects.”
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President Barack Obama is scheduled to announce changes Friday to the controversial policy requiring faith-based institutions to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraception.
Here is a White House fact sheet on the policy change:
FACT SHEET: Women’s Preventive Services and Religious Institutions
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans will cover women’s preventive services, including contraception, without charging a co-pay or deductible beginning in August, 2012. This new law will save money for millions of Americans and ensure Americans nationwide get the high-quality care they need to stay healthy.…
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The site for the rally for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has changed.
It will be at the Magnuson Hotel and Meridian Convention Center, 737 S. Meridian Ave. It’s just south of Interstate 40.
The venue was changed because of the overwhelming response, according to the Oklahoma Republican Party’s website. It originally was scheduled at the nearby H&H Shooting Sports Complex.
The time remains the same at 9 a.m. There is no charge to attend the rally.
Santorum’s visit today comes two days after he swept victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.…
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Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation today reacted Wednesday to the announcement that American Airlines would shed 2,850 jobs in Tulsa as part of its restructuring plan in bankruptcy court.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: “All along we hoped it wouldn’t come to this, but since the November bankruptcy filing and American Airline’s financial situation became known, it was obvious that such a large restructuring would be difficult on the workforce. It is very disappointing, but looking at the numbers we know that for American Airlines to remain competitive with the rest of the industry it is going to have to make some painful choices.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, appeared on C-SPAN on Tuesday morning to give his views on the fight over extending the payroll tax cut. Lankford said the two-month extension approved by the Senate on Saturday was “destabilizing” because of the uncertainty created.
“You cannot really do tax policy in a two-month term,” Lankford said.
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, released a report on Tuesday documenting some of what he considers the worst government waste of 2011.
“Video games, robot dragons, Christmas trees, and magic museums _ This is not a Christmas wish list, these are just some of the ways the federal government spent your tax dollars,” Coburn said.
“Over the past 12 months, politicians argued, debated and lamented about how to reign in the federal government’s out of control spending. All the while, Washington was on a shopping binge, spending money we do not have on things we do not absolutely need.…
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The Library of Congress, working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has unlocked historical recordings made by Alexander Graham Bell and others in the 1880s. The (quite technical) explanation of how the recordings were converted into digital form is below. The recordings are available here.
From a Library of Congress news release:
In the early 1880s, three inventors _ Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter, collectively making up the Volta Laboratory Associates _ tried to record sound.…
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The U.S. House is scheduled to debate a bill on Thursday, probably around noon CST, that would abolish the taxpayer-funded campaign fund. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, is the author of the legislation. The debate will be live on C-SPAN.…
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It is true, as many in and out of Congress have charged, that the U.S. Senate has held few vigorous debates on issues this year. But, this week, senators debating the defense bill have spent hours talking about the U.S. Constitution and how it would allow or prohibit detaining U.S. citizens as enemy combatants.
They are at it again now, Thursday morning, on C-SPAN2.…
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Oklahoma Democrats, whose candidates received a shellacking at the polls in November, stumbled in their efforts Saturday to elect new leadership.
Former state Rep. Wallace Collins, one of many Democrats defeated last year, was elected chairman of the state Democratic Party in what started out as a six-way race.
Todd Goodman, elected two years ago, did not seek re-election. He was at the party’s helm when Republicans last year captured every statewide post on the ballot and made historic gains in the state House of Representatives and state Senate.…
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