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3:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say, 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes, but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public.
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Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:37 pm

President Obama is about to get his first veto opportunity of the new Congress. A bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project will be on his desk soon. He has promised to veto it, and that's unusual. In his first six years in office, Obama issued just two vetoes — the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield, and Garfield only served 199 days in office!

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Politics and Government
7:22 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Health, Human Services Subcommittee Hears Agency Needs For Budget Increase

Terry L. Cline, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health
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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services met Thursday for the last of its initial budget hearings.

All state agencies continue to request increases despite a forecast $300 million reduction in state revenue.

The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth requested an additional $75,000 to hire one full-time employee to manage their new foster parent grievance and complaint system as part of the Post-adjudication Review Board.

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Politics and Government
7:10 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Allowing Guns On College Campuses To Be Considered This Legislative Session

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Several bills have been filed this legislative session targeting the current firearms ban on the state’s college campuses.

At least four bills have been filed, all by Republican lawmakers, taking different approaches on creating measures that would allow those with open and/or concealed carry permits to walk the grounds of the state’s institutions for higher education while armed.

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Campaign Finance
4:27 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Report Shows Some Candidates Donated Big To Their Own Campaigns

Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

While national groups like governors' associations were among the top donors for state-level elections across the country in 2014, in Oklahoma it was candidates themselves who spent the most money trying to win elections last year.

A new analysis from the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity shows the top single donor to a state-level election in Oklahoma was former Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi, who gave $1.3 million to her own unsuccessful re-election campaign.

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Latin America
4:11 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:16 pm

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. And since it was established in 1903, the base has been a bone of contention in U.S. and Cuban relations. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History professor Paul Kramer.

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The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prepares to speak to the media Thursday before the Senate voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 4:10 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The Senate in a bipartisan 62-to-36 vote approved Thursday the Keystone XL pipeline project, setting up a faceoff with the White House, which has threatened a presidential veto.

Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which now must be reconciled with a version passed last month by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a presidential veto.

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The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

Protesters interrupt the start of a Senate Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger prepares to testify.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 1:46 pm

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lashed out at anti-war demonstrators protesting the presence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing, calling them "low-life scum."

Kissinger, 91, and other former secretaries of state in both Republican and Democratic administrations, were at the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, for a hearing on global security challenges.

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The Two-Way
5:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

President Obama speaks to the media after the automatic budget cuts associated with the sequester took effect in March 2013.
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Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:07 am

When President Obama meets with House Democrats tonight during their retreat in Philadelphia, officials say he'll lay out the details of his budget proposal, which will include reversal of large cuts to federal spending instituted in 2013.

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NPR Story
4:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate At Koch Brothers Forum

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:50 am

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Let's hear some early themes of the presidential campaign. Three possible Republican contenders appeared last weekend at a forum. It was organized by the billionaire Koch brothers and moderated by ABC's Jonathan Karl.

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NPR Story
4:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Attorney General Nomination Expected To Advance To Full Senate

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 3:49 pm

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