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The Two-Way
6:23 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Shouts Of Protest At Supreme Court On 'Citizens United' Anniversary

A demonstrator rallies outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce against the Supreme Court's decision in favor of Citizens United five years ago. Eight protesters at the Supreme Court were arrested and charged.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 3:26 am

Overturned chairs and shouts of protest briefly shattered the formality and calm of the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

The session had just begun when protesters in the back of the chamber began yelling things like, "One person, one vote," "We are the 99 percent," "Money is not speech," and "Overturn Citizens United." This last was a reference to the Court's 2010 decision, issued on this day five years ago. That decision struck down limits on corporate and union campaign spending, uncorking a flood of campaign cash.

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All Tech Considered
5:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwidth to customers.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:01 pm

In Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama offered a number of ideas for improving the economy. Among them was a nod to the role the Internet plays in economic development.

"I intend to protect a free and open Internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks," Obama said.

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Politics and Government
5:02 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Filed Would Allow Attorney General To Investigate Officer-Involved Fatalities

State Rep. Mike Shelton (D-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma House

A Democratic state representative has filed a measure that would allow the Oklahoma attorney general to investigate and prosecute officer-involved civilian fatalities.

House Bill 1319 was announced Wednesday by state Rep. Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City. The proposal would give the attorney general the discretion to open an investigation into any death in Oklahoma caused by a law-enforcement officer.

Shelton says the public deserves to know that an impartial, thorough investigation is going to be conducted when a law enforcement officer causes the death of a civilian.

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It's All Politics
4:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Meet The YouTube Stars Who Will Interview The President

Self-proclaimed "Queen of YouTube" GloZell Green.
YouTube

Two days after the State of the Union address, President Obama will sit down for a round of unusual interviews. There's a good chance he'll get a question that none of his predecessors have ever had to answer.

One distinct possibility: "Mr. President, is you OK? Is you good? 'Cuz I wanted to know."

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It's All Politics
4:29 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Republican SOTU Responses: Immigration No, But Inmigración Sí

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo gave the Spanish-language response to President Obama's State of the Union address. He included his support for an immigration overhaul. The English response was silent on the issue.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:47 pm

What do you have when the State of the Union response is assigned to an English-only advocate — but then is reprised in Spanish by someone who supports a pathway to citizenship for immigrants here unlawfully?

You have some explaining to do, that's what.

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Politics and Government
4:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Steve Burrage To Tax Commission

Steve Burrage
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointment of Steve Burrage to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Fallin's office announced the appointment Wednesday. Burrage, the chairman of the board at BankFirst in Antlers, will serve a six-year term succeeding Jerry Johnson, who is retiring Jan. 31.

Burrage also serves as secretary on the Oklahoma Board of Corrections and as chairman of the board's finance and audit committee.

Fallin appointed Burrage to the corrections board in 2012. Burrage will resign from that board Jan. 31.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Rep. Van Hollen: Obama's Focused On Helping Middle Class

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

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Politics and Government
3:32 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Proposal Filed To Extend Term Limits Of State Lawmakers

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore)
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A Republican state representative has filed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would extend term limits for Oklahoma lawmakers from 12 to 16 years.

House Joint Resolution 1007 was filed Wednesday by state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of Moore.

Oklahoma's current 12-year term limit was approved by voters in 1990. Wesselhoft said his proposal would provide for more experience in state legislators.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Sen. Jeff Flake: Republicans Can Work With President On Trade

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

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Politics
3:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

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