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11:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel has a slight lead over six-term GOP Sen. Thad Cochran in the state's Republican Senate primary.
George Clark AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 2:18 pm

In mid-May, many political observers in Washington and elsewhere were declaring the Tea Party dead after it had lost every major Republican primary it contested this spring. I know, I am one of them.

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State Capitol
9:03 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs $7.1 Billion Budget Bill Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers the 2014 State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) look on - February 3, 2014.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill appropriating more than $7.1 billion to fund state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The general appropriations bill was one of several dozen measures Fallin signed into law Tuesday.

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Politics
5:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Congress Furious At White House Over Prisoner Swap

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:32 am

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Politics
4:34 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Amendment Would Allow Congress To Set Political Spending Limits

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:32 am

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Politics
4:11 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Sen. Cochran In Danger Of Losing Primary To Tea Party Candidate

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 12:01 pm

The most closely watched of Tuesday's primaries was the race in Mississippi, where incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran was fending off a challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel.

It's All Politics
10:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cochran, McDaniel Neck And Neck In Mississippi Senate Primary

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., reads over the ballot in a privacy booth prior to voting absentee in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:11 am

Trailing his Tea Party-backed challenger by a razor-thin margin, Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran appeared early Wednesday to be headed toward a runoff with Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

In the latest test of GOP establishment strength against a vigorous Tea Party challenge, McDaniel led the six-term incumbent by less than a percentage point, 49.6 percent to 48.8 percent, with 98 percent of the vote in. A little known third candidate had less than 2 percent.

If no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, the GOP nomination fight moves to a June 24 runoff.

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It's All Politics
5:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Move Over Benghazi; Here Comes Bergdahl

Bob and Jani Bergdahl, the parents of freed American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, with President Obama at the White House on Saturday. The controversy over Bergdahl's release could cast a long shadow over the administration.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:42 pm

Just when it seemed like the outrage on the political right over Benghazi had subsided to the point where only the announcement of House hearings put it back in the headlines, the exchange of captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban fighters at Guantanamo Bay came along.

Now President Obama finds himself amid another foreign policy and national security controversy with fresh legs that even features Susan Rice — the White House official who played a prominent early role in the Benghazi controversy — making an encore.

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4:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Justice Department Reviving Task Force On Domestic Terrorism

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The Justice Department is reviving a task force dedicated to preventing acts of domestic terrorism.

Officials say the reconstituted panel will include national security lawyers from the Justice Department and representatives from the FBI, among other agencies.

Participants in the group will share information in hopes of disrupting violence motivated by extremist ideologies, like the April shooting outside a Jewish Community Center in Kansas.

Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing the creation of the panel Tuesday.

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Europe
3:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 7:03 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. President Obama is asking Congress for an extra billion dollars. It's for defense, to reassure nervous allies and let Eastern Europe that United States is committed to their security. The president spoke to an audience in Poland today. He said the U.S. commitment is especially important in the face of Russia's actions in neighboring Ukraine.

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Economy
12:46 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma Treasurer Says State Revenue Up In May

State Treasurer Ken Miller
Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma's state treasurer says collections from the state's major revenue sources indicate the state's economy remains strong.

Treasurer Ken Miller released his office's revenue report for the month of May on Tuesday. It shows gross collections for the month are almost 2 percent ahead of the same month last year. Receipts for the past 12 months are more than 3 percent higher than the previous 12 months.

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