Politics and Government

StateImpact Oklahoma
11:52 am
Thu May 29, 2014

What Became Of The Bills StateImpact Followed This Legislative Session?

The Oklahoma Senate.
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From the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, StateImpact Oklahoma had its eye on what was sure to be a heated issue: the coming expiration of a tax credit for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells. Without action, rates would go from one-percent for the first four years of a well’s life, back to 7 percent.

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State Capitol
7:45 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Abortion, DHS, And Job Incentives Among Dozens Of Bills Signed By Gov. Fallin

A bill that modifies Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act could add thousands of positions at Tinker Air Force Base
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Gov. Mary Fallin signed more than three dozen bills Wednesday, including a controversial abortion measure and legislation designed to prevent abuse and neglect of disabled children.

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Asia
5:09 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Obama Urges China To Be Constrained Within International Rules

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:11 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

China came up yesterday when we interviewed President Obama. The president recently visited neighbors of China, including U.S. allies. The Chinese have confronted several of their neighbors in disputes over territory, which raised a question for the president.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

INSKEEP: Does the United States have an interest beyond its specific alliances in preventing China from dominating East Asia and the waters around East Asia, where China's been making some aggressive moves?

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Politics
4:20 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said he's "mad as hell" about reported problems with the VA health care system, and politicians on both sides of the aisle also expressed outrage. But the origins of the scandal are bipartisan, with deep roots, and not everyone agrees on what to do about it.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 11:54 am

A preliminary report from the Veterans Affairs inspector general finding systemic issues in the delivery of health care to veterans has intensified political pressure on the White House to fix the problems.

But the allegations that VA bureaucrats falsified data to cover up long delays is a scandal that transcends the usual partisan food fight, says Duke University's Peter Feaver, a former Bush White House official.

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Politics
4:11 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Obama On Limitations He Faces In A Complicated World

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 8:46 am

In his commencement address at West Point, President Obama laid out a range of goals. In an interview with Steve Inskeep, Obama discusses how he thinks he can use the time that he has left in office.

The Two-Way
4:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

President Obama gives the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on Wednesday.
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NPR's Steve Inskeep interviewed President Obama on Wednesday about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his remaining White House priorities and his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison. A full transcript of the interview follows:

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It's All Politics
8:03 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

In his commencement address to the Military Academy at West Point Wednesday, President Obama condemned isolationism but spent more time outlining the hazards of intervention.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:34 pm

President Obama gave the graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, using the occasion to describe "the next phase" of the U.S. war against terrorism and his ideas about national defense and foreign policy in general. Here are a few general impressions.

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Shots - Health News
5:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

Charlton Memorial Hospital closed in 2013, but it may now be able to offer some ER services thanks to a limited license Georgia is now offering to struggling rural hospitals.
Susanna Capelouto

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:10 pm

An ambulance races down an empty street in Folkston, Ga., population about 5,000. It bypasses Charlton Memorial Hospital, makes a sharp right turn and speeds to an emergency room 40 miles away.

Why? Because Charlton Memorial Hospital has been closed since last August.

Four of Georgia's 65 rural hospitals have shut down over the past two years. A dozen more have cut services in response to shrinking budgets.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

President Obama delivers the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2014, in West Point, N.Y., on Wednesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:34 am

American leadership in the 21st century will be defined in part by the nation's military strength, "but only in part," President Obama said in a wide-ranging interview with NPR about his foreign policy priorities.

Echoing themes he expressed during a speech Wednesday to West Point graduates, Obama emphasized the importance of international norms and alliances in addressing challenges such as Russia, China and Syria.

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need 155,000 registered voter signatures
4:34 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Rally To Legalize Medicinal Marijuana At Capitol

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A group seeking a statewide vote on whether to allow medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma is formally launching its signature drive with a rally at the state Capitol.

The Tulsa-based group Oklahomans for Health kicked off its petition drive Wednesday, with a group of about 50 supporters.

They must gather signatures from more than 155,000 registered Oklahoma voters in order to have the issue placed on the November ballot.

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