The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Kerry: 'Reality Check Time' In Middle East Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar following a bilateral strategic dialogue at the Foreign Ministry in Rabat, on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 4:52 pm

Frustrated by obstacles encountered in talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the White House was re-evaluating its role in the process, and that the time had come for a "reality check."

Speaking at a news conference in Rabat, Morocco, Kerry said the dialogue that the U.S. has been mediating is "not an open-ended effort, it never has been.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Bush's 'Art Of Leadership' Puts Putin And Others On Display

Former President George W. Bush says his favorite from among the portraits he's painted of world leaders is the one he did of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. "I painted a gentle soul," he says.
George W. Bush Presidential Center

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 12:01 pm

"The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" officially opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

As the nation's 43rd president says: "Who woulda thought it?"

Talking with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager during a pre-recorded interview on NBC-TV's Today show, the self-deprecating Bush says:

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World Views
12:02 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New York Times Correspondent On President Obama's Playbook For Foreign Confrontation

Credit Pete Souza / The White House

President Obama touts diplomacy as a characterizing trait of his administration, but his actions reveal a mix of diplomatic persuasion and the coercive use of force.

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says President Obama prioritizes minimizing global conflict, but the president’s increased-yet-subtle application of force contrasts the previous administration’s foreign policy decisions.

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10:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

“What Happened To The Republican Party That I Joined?” Meet The Oklahoma Lawmaker Outraged By His Party’s Sexism

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Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox tells Salon why his Republican colleagues' policies are "discriminatory against women."
Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox is an anomaly, and he knows it. As a self-identified pro-life Republican in a deep red state, Cox makes for an unlikely ally in the reproductive rights movement. But that hasn't stopped him from being an outspoken critic of his colleagues' efforts to scale back access to contraception and abortion services.
County Government
9:23 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Audit Finds Millions In Questionable Rogers County Costs

State Auditor Gary Jones
Credit State Auditor's Office

State audits have identified more than $5.5 million in questionable costs in Rogers County, including an allegedly fraudulent invoice for $36,000 that was submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The reports released this week detail a period from July, 1, 2010, to July 30, 2012. The audit identified 12 "items of interest" in connection with a FEMA contract issued after severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Fort Hood MP Hailed As Hero For Confronting Shooter

Bob Butler (left) and Bob Gordon paint crosses they placed in front of American flags at Central Christian Disciples of Christ church in the city of Killeen, Texas, which is home to Fort Hood.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 9:16 am

As investigators try to determine why Army Spc. Ivan Lopez would open fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, stories are emerging about the harrowing minutes on the post Wednesday and what are being described as the heroic actions of the military police officer who confronted the gunman.

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The Two-Way
5:47 am
Fri April 4, 2014

AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus is seen in a 2005 photo taken in Rome. She was killed Friday in Khost, Afghanistan. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was injured. A gunman opened fire on them as they sat in a car.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 9:16 am

"A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan," the wire service reports.

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Double Invoicing may bring criminal charges
6:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

State Audits Reveal FEMA Ripped Off

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Two state audits say that one commissioner's district in Rogers County over billed the Federal Emergency Management Agency by $250,000 and submitted a false invoice for $36,000.

State Auditor Gary Jones said Thursday that the reports would be forwarded to the local district attorney and to Attorney General Scott Pruitt for consideration of possible criminal charges.

The Tulsa World reports the audits cover spending in two fiscal years, ending June 30, 2012. The documents outlined 12 "items of interest" that involve $5.5 million spent in a FEMA project.

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Vows to folloow NCAA rules
5:26 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Kelvin Sampson Picked As Basketball Coach

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Kelvin Sampson is taking over as Houston's new basketball coach, vowing that NCAA compliance will be his staff's highest priority.

Sampson committed numerous NCAA violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits at both Oklahoma and Indiana, resulting in a five-year show cause order from the NCAA in 2008 which effectively barred him from coaching in college. That order expired last year.

Sampson didn't shy away from his checkered past when he was introduced Thursday as the successor to James Dickey, who resigned last month citing family issues.

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Part of $3.4 billion settlement
4:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Tribal Leaders Feel Left Out Of Land Buyback Program

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Tribal leaders from Montana, Oklahoma and Washington state say they feel shut out of decisions in a $1.9 billion federal land buyback program.

They told a congressional panel Thursday the program must be changed to be completed within its 10-year timeline.

The program is part of a $3.4 billion settlement finalized in 2012 over mismanaged money held in trust by the government for individual Indian landowners.

The program aims to consolidate land parcels across the nation that amassed thousands of individual Indian owners over more than a century.

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