It's All Politics
6:03 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is becoming the face of a possible government shutdown over Obamacare, and that has many fellow Republicans bashing him for what they see as an ill-conceived gambit.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:36 am

Just a week before the federal government could shut down if no agreement is reached to fund it past the end of September, it's anyone's guess whether Democrats and Republicans will avoid plunging over this particular cliff.

More certain, however, is that if a shutdown happens over Obamacare and Republicans wind up taking the heat, many GOP fingers of blame will point squarely at Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas Republican will likely become the face of the 2013 shutdown, just as Newt Gingrich became the poster boy of two government shutdowns of the mid-1990s.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill.
Dan Winters Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:48 am

Kings of Leon appeared to be on the downswing after an unexpected breakdown in July 2011; it was uncertain whether the band would swing back up again. Two years later, the group is revitalized and returning with its sixth album, Mechanical Bull.

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Native American
5:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Lifts Stay In Cherokee Girl Case

Credit Cherokee Nation

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it's declining to take jurisdiction over the adoption dispute involving a Cherokee girl and has dissolved a stay that was keeping the girl with her father in Oklahoma.

It wasn't immediately clear whether young Veronica would remain in the Cherokee Nation. The tribal court has found that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina have no valid claim to the 4-year-old. The girl's father, Dusten Brown, claims federal law favors his keeping custody of the child, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.

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Native American
4:23 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pennsylvania Town Appeals To Keep Body Of Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe's tomb in the Pennsylvania town bearing his name.
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr Creative Commons

The Pennsylvania town where famed athlete Jim Thorpe was laid to rest in 1953 has asked a federal appeals court to throw out a ruling that could clear the way for his remains to be moved to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Lawyers for the town of Jim Thorpe say that a judge erred when he ruled the town amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The town's appeal was filed Monday in Philadelphia.

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NIH Grant For OUHSC
3:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Grant Targets Medically Underserved Oklahomans

Gov. Mary Fallin announcing a $20.3 million grant to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in collaboration with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and other institutions across the state.
Credit University Hospital Authorities and Trust / USTREAM

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded a $20.3 million federal grant to target medically underserved Oklahomans, especially in rural areas.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday the grant will support potentially life-saving research at Oklahoma's medical centers.

“Money from this grant will be used to support basic and clinical research, and will also be used for translational research,” Fallin says.

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10:59 am
Mon September 23, 2013

OETA Constitution Day Special

Lead in text: 
September is the month the United States celebrates its Constitution. On this episode of Oklahoma Voices, KGOU airs audio from a Constitution Day special from OETA, the Oklahoma Network.
What does the U.S. Constitution mean in 2013? How has the document changed since 1787? And, how has it directly impacted Oklahoma? Explore the history of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance today with state leaders, including (from L-R): ROBERT HENRY OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AND FORMER CHIEF JUDGE OF THE 10TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS STATE REPRESENTATIVE T.W.
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8:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Sen. Coburn, Others Say Lawmakers Can't Stop Obamacare

Lead in text: 
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says he would be "in the fight" to defund the federal Affordable Care Act if there was any way it would actually happen.
(CBS News) A House bill that would keep the government afloat through Dec. 15 but would also deny funding for President Obama's health care law doesn't stand a chance in the upper chamber, senators from both parties agreed Sunday on "Face the Nation." "We don't have the ability," Sen.
The Two-Way
8:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Kenyan Police Say They're 'In Charge' Of The Mall

Kenyan soldiers outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Monday. Inside, attackers had killed dozens of shoppers, wounded more and it was feared they also had hostages.
Daniel Irungu EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 6:15 am

(We're adding to the top of this post as news comes in, and also posting updates here.)

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Oklahoma Watch
3:54 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Faces of the Uninsured: Oklahomans Weigh Their Options On The Health-Care Marketplace

Hugh Meade
Credit Bonnie Campo / Oklahoma Watch

Hugh Meade hopes he can find a health plan that costs less than his home mortgage. Katie Bolin is looking for an insurer who won’t turn her down for pre-existing conditions. Ricardo Lopez Jr. wants coverage so he can stop going to free clinics.

Meade, Bolin and Lopez are among several hundred thousand uninsured Oklahomans whose lives could change when the next phase of the Affordable Care Act takes effect.

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It's All Politics
3:37 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

EPA Gives Coal-State Democrats A Chance To Sound Republican

State and local leaders break ground at a Louisville, Ky., coal-burning power plant in November 2012.
Dylan Lovan AP

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 1:53 pm

For Democrats running in coal-producing states like Kentucky and West Virginia, the Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants provide a carboniferous chance to demonstrate independence from President Obama.

Those Democrats will probably take advantage of every chance they get to separate themselves from the president in voters' minds, since their Republican opponents will be working overtime to portray them as reliable Obama votes if they're elected to Congress.

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