The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether to review the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, approved in 1996 and signed by former President Bill Clinton. The act defines marriage as between a man and a woman, allows states not to recognize gay marriages from other states and denies federal health care and other benefits to gay couples.
Former Oklahoma Rep. Steve Largent, then a Republican from Tulsa, was one of the lead authors of the House bill.…
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Politco has a story Monday about the possibility of former Oklahoma congressman (and football star) J.C. Watts running for chairman of the Republican National Committee.…
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Classic interviews with music icons conducted by former record label president Joe Smith have been posted by the Library of Congress. The interviews can be found here.
Smith conducted interviews with more than 200 performers, producers and industry leaders in an effort to document the oral history of popular music, the Library of Congress said in a news release on Wednesday.
Here is more information from the Library:
In June 2012, Smith donated the collection of recordings to the Library of Congress—a tremendous assembly of primary-source oral histories covering perhaps the most important 50 years of popular music, nationally and internationally.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, reiterated his opposition to UN Ambassador Susan Rice as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rice met with some Republican senators on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the comments she made after the attack at the Libyan consul in Benghazi. Inhofe, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, was not part of the meeting. But he released a statement afterward:
“As I said before, UN Ambassador Susan Rice is not a fitting replacement to be Secretary of State.…
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Markwayne Mullin, a Westville Republican who was elected to replace Rep. Dan Boren in Congress, plans to hit all 26 counties in the 2nd congressional district next week to hear from people before he takes office in January.
“I’m very proud of the campaign we ran and am eager to begin the work I was elected to do,” Mullin said. “As I traveled the District during the 18 months of campaigning I found many people who were as fed up as I was.…
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In an interview with FOX News host Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday, Gov. Mary Fallin explained why she didn’t want the state to set up a health care exchange and her decision to reject Medicaid expansion.
Here is a transcript provided by the show, “On the Record.”
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: Obamacare may be the law of the land but that is not stopping many Republican governors. They are still keeping up their fight.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is one of those governors, and Oklahoma is just one of the states refusing to create its own health care exchange.…
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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 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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