politics http://kgou.org en Media Plays Part In U.S. Political Polarization http://kgou.org/post/media-plays-part-us-political-polarization <p>The political polarization of the United States continues to capture the attention of politicians and political observers. <a href="http://www.ou.edu/web.html">University of Oklahoma</a> President David Boren calls the problem, “one of the most serious threats to America’s influence at home and abroad.”</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:29:12 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 16858 at http://kgou.org Media Plays Part In U.S. Political Polarization Thursday Political Mix: For Obama, Halloween Comes Everyday http://kgou.org/post/thursday-political-mix-obama-halloween-comes-everyday Happy Halloween, fellow political junkies.<p>It was predictable that President Obama would face more political tricks than treats as a re-elected president than he did as a new one if only because, unlike his first term, he started his second with a Republican House largely hostile to him and his agenda.<p>And so it is. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:40:00 +0000 Frank James 16294 at http://kgou.org Thursday Political Mix: For Obama, Halloween Comes Everyday Monday Morning Political Mix: Obamacare Site Hits Another Snag http://kgou.org/post/monday-morning-political-mix-obamacare-site-hits-another-snag Good morning, fellow political junkies.<p>It's the last week of October. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:02:32 +0000 Frank James 16078 at http://kgou.org Monday Morning Political Mix: Obamacare Site Hits Another Snag Friday Morning Political Mix: Monkeys, Donkeys and the NSA http://kgou.org/post/friday-morning-political-mix-monkeys-donkeys-and-nsa Good morning.<p>Your erstwhile members of Congress are high-tailing it out of Washington for the weekend (no votes in the House, and the Senate took the day off but promises to return Monday).<p>But there's plenty to digest.<p>Fallout from Thursday's House hearing on computer problems marring the health care overhaul rollout. Across-the-pond anger over America's spying on allies. And, yes, donkeys. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:47:16 +0000 Liz Halloran 15955 at http://kgou.org For Democrats And Republicans, It's Happily (N)ever After http://kgou.org/post/democrats-and-republicans-its-happily-never-after Amanda Northrup would never do it again.<p>She's dated Democrats in the past, but she found their acceptance of abortion heartbreaking and their support of President Obama nearly as off-putting.<p>"He was going off to celebrate Obama becoming president, and I felt betrayed and like he didn't understand me," recalls Northrup, who is 30 and works in real estate in Chattanooga, Tenn. "I think that's why eventually the two can't be together. It's such a big difference."<p>Northrup may sound a little judgmental, but she's not alone in her opinion. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:26:44 +0000 editor 11428 at http://kgou.org For Democrats And Republicans, It's Happily (N)ever After Federal Workers Question Congressman Over Sequester http://kgou.org/post/federal-workers-question-congressman-over-sequester-0 <p></p><p>Several federal employees questioned 5<sup>th</sup> Distrcit <a href="http://lankford.house.gov">U.S. Rep. James Lankford</a> (R-Okla.) on pay cuts they’re forced to take as part of <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=sequester">sequestration</a> during a town hall recorded last month by KGOU.</p><p>Delo Anderson wanted to know why Congress isn’t letting the Dept. of Defense make strategic decisions on how to implement mandatory budget cuts, forcing 800,000 defense workers to take 22 furlough days.</p><p>“I met with Leon Panetta last summer to ask about sequestration,” Lankford said. “His response was we are not going to plan for it; it’s not going to happen.”</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:12:18 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 2973 at http://kgou.org Federal Workers Question Congressman Over Sequester Despite What You Think, Civil Discourse Exists http://kgou.org/post/despite-what-you-think-civil-discourse-exists <p>It doesn’t take very long, scanning through the cable news channels and talk radio, to assume that civil discourse is hard to come by in the United States.</p><p>On this episode of Oklahoma Voices, we hear from two speakers at a recent conference sponsored by <a href="http://ptstulsa.edu/Home">Phillips Theological Seminary</a> in Tulsa who present evidence we’re not as divided as it may appear.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:15:08 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 2096 at http://kgou.org Despite What You Think, Civil Discourse Exists