Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has cast one of the three Republican votes that helped advance Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.
Coburn, a conservative lawmaker from Muskogee, says in a statement that he cast a vote in favor of Yellen's nomination Thursday because she is "unquestionably qualified" to serve as the next chair of the agency.
Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois cast the other two votes in support of Yellen's nomination.
A federal judge in Oklahoma City is siding with the Comanche Nation in a dispute with the governor's office over the state's tobacco compact with the southwest Oklahoma tribe.
U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron issued a temporary restraining order on Thursday that allows the Comanche Nation to enjoy the same tobacco compact the state has with the Chickasaw Nation. Under that deal, the $1.03 state tax rate per pack of cigarettes is distributed with 70 percent of the revenue to the tribe and 30 percent to the state.
Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 1:09 pm
(We added to the top of this post at 2:08 p.m. ET.)
There was high drama Thursday on the floor of the Senate as Democrats significantly changed the way business in the chamber is done.
In what Republicans cast as a "power grab" but Democrats defended as a way to break gridlock, the Senate's rules were changed to make it much more difficult for a minority of the members to hold up action on key presidential nominees.
Fewer Oklahomans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, and most will be getting to their destination by driving.
That's according to AAA Oklahoma. The agency says more than 574,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, and of those, 90 percent will be getting there by car. More than 47,000 are expected to fly. That's down about 3 percent compared to last year.
AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday week. That's a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to last year.