Politics and Government

Government Transparency
4:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Judge Upholds Fallin's Right To Withhold Documents On Rejecting State Health Insurance

District Judge Barbara Swinton
Credit Oklahoma County Judges


An Oklahoma County judge has upheld Gov. Mary Fallin's legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

District Judge Barbara Swinton handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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It's All Politics
4:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Suspect's Capture Doesn't Arrest Benghazi Suspicions

During a visit to Pittsburgh Tuesday, President Obama comments on the capture of a Libyan militant suspected of the 2012 killings of four Americans in Benghazi.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:33 pm

Does the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks, alter the political polarity of the episode?

If so, the change wasn't immediately apparent.

While Republicans said Tuesday they welcomed the news, they also made clear that their suspicions toward President Obama on all things Benghazi were far from assuaged.

Indeed, what appeared to happen was that Khatallah's apprehension added to — rather than subtracted from — the GOP points of contention with the Obama administration.

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3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lightning-Fast Trades Go Beneath The Congressional Microscope

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:33 pm

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is holding a hearing on problems in the financial markets caused by high-frequency trading firms.

3:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Would-Be Ambassador To Norway Who Has Never Been There Himself

George Tsunis, the Obama administration's nominee for ambassador to Norway, at his January confirmation hearing.

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 8:41 am

It wasn't expected to be a controversial nomination. After all, ambassador to Norway isn't a very high-profile position.

But the nomination of George Tsunis, a major fundraiser for President Obama and other Democrats in 2012, has turned into a minor embarrassment for the administration.

The reason? Several prominent Democrats say they won't vote for him on the grounds he's not qualified.

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It's All Politics
2:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Roads Not Taken: Obama's Travels Leave Out These 4 States

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation Chairman Dave Archambault II, left, and his wife Nicole Archambault, right, applaud as they watch a Cannon Ball flag day celebration, at the Cannon Ball powwow grounds in Cannon Ball, N.D., on June 13.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:23 am

When President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Friday, he marked another state off his list. As president, he has now traveled to 46 of the 50 states.

Which ones are still waiting for a visit from President Obama?

Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

Obama lost all of those states by a significant margin in 2012. They vote solidly Republican. And, it turns out, with the exception of South Carolina, they aren't popular destinations for other presidents either.

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It's All Politics
11:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Lost IRS Emails Spark Republican Ire

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner speaks March 5 on Capitol Hill during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:00 pm

With new technology came a new type of Washington scandal: missing emails.

In the latest instance, the vanished emails belonged to Lois Lerner, former head of the exempt organizations division at IRS. She's the official who oversaw the scrutiny of applicants for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare groups — a process that conservatives allege was meant to block Tea Party groups.

The controversy blew up just over a year ago. Lerner was pushed out of the IRS; the House cited her for contempt of Congress.

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All Tech Considered
11:02 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Democrats Unveil A Bill To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

The bill is sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:52 pm

Net neutrality has become a hot topic this summer, despite its snooze-inducing name. The principle governs that data on the Internet should be served to customers on a level playing field — at the same speeds — without priority for certain companies that might be able to pay for "fast lanes" for content.

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Around the Nation
5:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Senate Panel Considers Mayor Castro To Be HUD Secretary

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:26 am



The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, is in Washington today for a nomination hearing. He is President Obama's choice to become the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ryan Loyd of Texas Public Radio in San Antonio reports on how Castro has made the move to the national stage.

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5:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

White House Dogged By Group Responsible For Iraq Crisis

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:26 am

The crisis in Iraq has become a political problem for President Obama. Analysts say the White House needs to stop Iraq and Syria from becoming safe havens for terrorists.

Speaker Hickman decides which ones go forth
5:57 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

House Lawmakers Propose 93 Topics To Explore In 2015

House Speaker Jeff Hickman
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Alternatives to Oklahoma's lethal injection execution method are among 93 topics House lawmakers hope to explore before the 2015 legislative session begins in February.

The 101 House members had until last week to submit requests for studies to House Speaker Jeff Hickman, who will decide by July 11 which ones to approve.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian says his study into alternatives to Oklahoma's method of executing death row inmates was prompted by the botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.

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