Politics and Government

U.S. Senate
9:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Lankford Campaign Cash Exceeds $500,000

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford reported having more than $514,000 in his congressional campaign account at the end of 2013 before launching his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

End-of-year federal campaign finance reports due at the end of last week show Lankford raised nearly $430,000 in 2013.

After current U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said last month he would give up the final two years of his term, Lankford said he would run for Coburn's seat. Lankford can use the funds in his House account for a U.S. Senate bid.

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State Capitol
8:27 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oklahoma House Panel To Consider Fetal Hospice Bill

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An anti-abortion measure that would require caregivers to notify women that perinatal hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion is scheduled to be heard by members of a legislative panel.

The House Public Health Committee will consider the bill when it meets at the State Capitol Tuesday.

The measure filed by Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond would require caregivers to notify women who are considering an abortion after their fetus has been diagnosed with a condition that is fatal.

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Research News
4:21 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Political Map: Does Geography Shape Your Ideology?

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:12 am



The political map of America changes, but it doesn't change very quickly. Massachusetts was a reliably liberal state decades ago and still is. The South is still the South. This raises the question of why it is that certain areas come to be reliably liberal or conservative.

NPR Shankar Vedantam joins us to discuss some research that explores the question. Hi, Shankar.


INSKEEP: What's the research?

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Senate Expected To Pass Long-Delayed Farm Bill

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:12 am



The Senate will be voting on final passage of a five-year farm bill this afternoon. One big change in the new bill - it puts an end to the controversial cash payments made directly to farmers regardless of their profits. Still, as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, critics argue the new crop insurance program that replaces those cash subsidies is just another giveaway.

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Motion Filed Friday In Federal Court
6:23 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Interior Department Sides With Cherokee Freedmen

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel
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The Department of the Interior says certain descendants of black slaves once owned by some members of the Cherokee Nation should be afforded tribal citizenship rights.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell filed the motion Friday in federal court in the longstanding case between the descendants, known as freedmen, and the Cherokees.

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Prompted By Baby Veronica Lawsuit
5:02 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Tribal Leaders Demand Investigation Into Adoption And Child Welfare Systems

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Native American organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native children in the private adoption and public child welfare systems.

Tribal leaders delivered a letter Monday to DOJ Attorney General for Civil Rights Jocelyn Samuels demanding the investigation.

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State Of The State
4:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Fallin Proposes Income Tax Cut, Discusses Education In Annual Address

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.
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Gov. Mary Fallin is proposing a .25 percent reduction in Oklahoma's income tax rate.

Fallin made the proposal Monday while delivering her State of the State address at the start of the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature.

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3:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Candidate For Congress In Georgia — And Michigan And Hawaii And...

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 6:33 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


And I'm Melissa Block.

We're going to introduce you now to one unusual Republican running for Congress in this year's midterm elections. As a candidate, Allan Levene stands out for a bunch of reasons. He's a naturalized U.S. citizen, born and raised in London. He says the federal government should do away with corporate taxes and create a new Israel in Texas.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

'Time Is Short' On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Monday.
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Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 6:33 pm

Warning that "simply delaying action on the debt limit can cause harm to our economy," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew repeated Monday that he believes Congress should act soon to raise that limit so the federal government avoids even looking like it might default on its debts.

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It's All Politics
3:11 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Report Creates Political Headache For Obama

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will run through this field near Bradshaw, Neb.

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:11 pm

Any expectation that a new State Department report would clarify the Keystone XL pipeline issue went up in smoke in recent days.

In the aftermath of a conclusion that downplayed the oil pipeline's potential effects on climate change, the issue has gotten even more politically complicated for the Obama White House. Environmentalists are ramping up their opposition to the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, while Republicans have intensified their push for approval. As for Democrats, well, that depends on their election prospects.

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