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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., says he doesn't agree with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's accusations that the upcoming election is "rigged."

Cole said he's been involved in elections his whole life, including the 2000 contest between then-Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. Cole served as the Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., attends an organizational meeting of the House Rules Committee, January 7, 2015.
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Democrats bolstered their case Wednesday night that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, and seized on Republican nominee Donald Trump’s comments that seemed to encourage Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

“It is inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be that irresponsible,” former CIA director Leon Panetta said Wednesday night.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. on Nov. 4, 2014 shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate
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Several Oklahoma U.S. Senators and House members say they’re disappointed FBI Director James Comey recommended the U.S. Department of Justice not prosecute presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Oklahoma’s senior Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe called Clinton’s use of a private email server "obvious intentional mishandling."

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, gestures as he speaks during a Town Hall meeting in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) says he plans to support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Cole told NPR’s Morning Edition Thursday he's interested in Trump's positions on tax reform and deregulation. But he also called Trump a "shoot from the hip" candidate," and said he doesn't like the New York businessman's tendency to make provocative statements.

Oklahoma Fourth District Republican Congressional Candidate James Taylor
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An Oklahoma City middle school teacher who's also a church pastor in Norman filed paperwork Monday to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Cole in Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District primary this summer.

James Taylor teaches at Roosevelt Middle School in southwest Oklahoma City. The school is predominantly Hispanic and more than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole introduced legislation this week authorizing the use of military force against Islamic State militants.

Under the bill to fight the group known as ISIS, there wouldn't be any geographic restrictions on the U.S. military, or a prohibition on sending U.S. ground troops into the region.

During his video response to President Obama's State of the Union address this week, Cole said the president didn't lay out a strategy to defeat ISIS.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4)
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The U.S. Congress if wrapping up the year with several key bills. Last week, the House passed a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, and the Senate sent a highway bill to President Obama’s desk.

On today’s show we’ll talk with Republican Congressman Tom Cole. The veteran lawmaker from Oklahoma spoke with KGOU’s Jacob McCleland on November 24 in his Norman office.

Some excerpts:

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a July 2015 meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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On Tuesday the U.S. House passed a bill that exempts businesses on tribal lands from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. Supporters say the measure clears up statutory confusion and preserves tribal sovereignty.

President Obama talks with Rep. Paul Ryan during the nationally televised bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform at Blair House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 25, 2010.
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The House of Representatives has no new leader in sight.

This time last week House Republicans were reeling from the announcement by frontrunner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that he was suddenly dropping out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner, whose earlier decision was equally shocking. The Congressman many are pinning their hopes on now is Paul Ryan, who doesn't want to be Speaker.

There are others interested in the job. The question is can any of them bring together a group seemingly at war with itself.

Rep. Steve Russell
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Members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation have voiced their opinions regarding the race for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the wake of Speaker Boehner’s retirement announcement and front-runner Kevin McCarthy’s decision to leave the race.

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) described the speaker race as “wide open.”

Russell said he approached South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy after McCarthy dropped out of the race, but Gowdy quickly said he is not interested.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) speaking on the House floor in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 - December 12, 2013.
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The University of Oklahoma has been awarded a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The grant was awarded through NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to help further the agency's mission.

The grant will fund three years of research involving energy production and life support in the long-range exploration of space.

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President Barack Obama is seeking fast track approval from Congress to negotiate the Trans Pacific Partnership. If Congress grants the president fast track authority, the 12-country trade deal can be approved with a simple up or down vote, and there are no amendments or filibusters. This issue has some Republicans siding with Obama, while Democrats are largely against it.

 

Oklahoma's longest-serving Congressman led the state's delegation on the House floor in Washington Thursday to reflect on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the 20th anniversary approaches.

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas was a freshman lawmaker representing Oklahoma's now-defunct Sixth Congressional District that included downtown Oklahoma City.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford  says the budget proposal President Obama unveiled Monday doesn't address the drivers of the country's debt or encourage private sector growth.

Lankford said in a statement Monday the executive budget doesn't respect discretionary sequestration caps, and called the 7 percent increase in federal spending "reckless."

"That would be the equivalent to someone who's having a tough time making their credit car payments, but when they get a job, or when they get a raise, they say, 'Great. I got a raise. I'm going to buy a brand-new TV for the Super Bowl tonight, and put even more on my credit card,' instead of paying down debt," Lankford told Fox News' Shannon Bream during a wide-ranging interview that also focused on the U.S. response to self-proclaimed Islamic State militants. "If the economy’s doing better, terrific. Let’s start paying down debt. Let’s get us back into balance, not just accelerate and keep spending more.”

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
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Most of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and executive leadership criticized President Obama’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night – some even before the speech took place.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Obama can achieve his goal of improving the economic conditions of the middle class by relying on the energy sector to grow the economy and raise per-capita income.

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