Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, plans to present a Purple Heart to U.S. Navy veteran Paul Phillips on April 19 in a special ceremony in Tahlequah that will also honor the service of all veterans. The ceremony is open to the public.
Phillips, of Tahlequah, was a chief petty officer who served in Vietnam. Phillips and other Seabees were working in a building when an explosion burned 29 percent of his body and sent him to the hospital for over a year, according to Mullin’s office.…
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Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, has been named to a position with the national Republican Party. He will coordinate activities between states and the national party. His title will be Republican National Committee state party director, and he will report directly to RNC chairmman Reince Priebus.
“As the RNC moves forward with the recommendations of the Growth and Opportunity Project, I am very pleased to announce outgoing Oklahoma Chairman Matt Pinnell will serve as the chief liaison between the RNC and state parties,” Priebus said Tuesday.…
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Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, issued statements Monday about the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
Cole: “Margaret Thatcher first came to my attention when I was a student living in London in the 1970′s. One of my best British friends served as her private parliamentary secretary and several others served as Conservative Members of Parliament during her extraordinary career. My own political career began as she became prime minister and I looked upon her as a role model and trailblazer.…
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn Schedules Town Hall Meetings for Week of April 1; Stops Include Norman and Oklahoma City
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has scheduled a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma for the week of April 1.
“I encourage Oklahomans to attend and participate in these town halls,” Coburn said. “With pressing issues pertinent to Oklahoman being decided in Washington D.C. every day, these settings give me an important opportunity to hear directly from the people I am representing. I look forward to hearing the concerns of Oklahomans and informing them of my legislative efforts in the Senate.”
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.…
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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
Jerusalem International Convention Center
4:37 P.M. IST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. (Applause.) I bring with me the support of the American people — (applause) — and the friendship that binds us together. (Applause.)
Over the last two days, I’ve reaffirmed the bonds between our countries with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres.…
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If you’re going to be in Washington, DC between March 22 and May 4, you will have the opportunity to see the John Hay copy of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill.
Here is information from the Library of Congress:
The Library of Congress will display the John Hay copy of the Gettysburg Address for six weeks, from March 22 to May 4, in its “Civil War in America” exhibition. The Library also will extend the exhibition from its original closing date of June 1, 2013 to Jan.…
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The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Justice Department another month to submit its arguments about whether 1st Lt. Michael Behenna should get a new trial and now has until April 29. Behenna was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone for killing an Iraqi man linked to the roadside bombing that killed two members of Behenna’s platoon.
The highest military appeals court upheld Behenna’s conviction last summer. Behenna is asking the Supreme Court to review his case.…
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The Hill newspaper has a piece today about an interview with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Laura Ingraham’s radio program.…
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Statement from the President on His Holiness Pope Francis
On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God.…
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Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Wednesday about the killing of SSgt Rex Schad, an Edmond native shot in Afghanistan on Monday during a firefight started by a man dressed as a member of the Afghan police force. Schad graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2005.
“I am grieved by the loss of another Oklahoma son in Afghanistan,” said Lankford.
“Our hearts are broken to learn that SSgt. Rex Schad was taken from his family at such a young age while bravely serving his country in a hostile environment.…
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