On 'Morning Edition': Diplomat Ryan Crocker on his meetings with Iranian officials
One of the United States' most experienced diplomats says he's come away from behind-the-scenes conversations with Iranian officials this week thinking "it is possible to come to accommodations" with new President Hassan Rouhani and his aides on key issues such as Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:57 am
Authorities in western China apparently wanted to make an example of 16-year-old Yang Hui.
He was the first person in China to be arrested under a new rule against "rumor mongers," defined as people who intentionally post a rumor that is reposted 500 times or more, or viewed 5,000 times or more.
Apprehension and optimism abound in Oklahoma as the Affordable Care Act shifts into higher gear with the opening of the federally-run health-care marketplace on Oct. 1.
At the same time, residents and business owners are awaiting the unveiling of an “Oklahoma Plan” to expand health coverage and improve health outcomes that Gov. Mary Fallin promised in her State of the State speech earlier this year.
These and other topics were discussed Tuesday evening during Oklahoma Watch’s first “Oklahoma Watch-Out” community forum at Kamps 1910 Café in Oklahoma City.
Two organizations in Central Oklahoma will receive more than half-a-million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of its Economic Development Administration grant program.
The City of Moore will receive $300,000 to hire a disaster coordinator develop strategies during the rebuilding efforts after May’s devastating tornado. The job will also be responsible for managing disaster assistance at the federal, state and local level.
Oklahoma’s governor is looking for ways to keep the father of a Cherokee girl from facing charges in South Carolina.
Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, faces felony charges related to his fight to keep custody of his daughter, Veronica. This week, he turned her over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica’s adoptive parents.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to a bond program that would help fund a new office for the state Medical Examiner.
The court says the bond program that has been used by Oklahoma colleges and universities to fund more than $600 million in buildings and projects at campuses across the state over the last decade is constitutional.
The court authorized an application to issue additional bonds. The application includes $38.5 million in bonds to build a new facility for the Medical Examiner's Office at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate is moving toward a test vote Wednesday on an emergency spending bill, despite tea party attempts to stop it.
The bill gets rid of a House measure to "defund" President Barack Obama's health care bill, a defunding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) supports.
Cruz and his allies have been speaking on the Senate floor since Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to delay a vote. When that vote comes, it's likely Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators will find themselves on opposite sides of the tally.
Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 10:21 am
It's Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, which puts us five days away from a possible federal-government shutdown that would begin Oct. 1 if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill.
So the drama in the Senate over the spending bill leads the day's interesting political items and features Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. At this writing, Cruz was in the last gasps of an anti-Obamacare talkathon. That's where we start: