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9:03 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lankford Announces Committee Assignments As He Prepares To Join Senate

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On Monday Oklahoma U.S. Sen.-elect James Lankford announced four committees he'll join when he moves across the U.S. Capitol from the House to the Senate next month.

Lankford has been appointed to the Senate Committees on Appropriation, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.

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World Views
2:43 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Looking At The International Reaction, Condemnation Of The CIA 'Torture Report'

U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention facility on Jan. 11, 2002.
Photographers Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy U.S. Department of Defense

On Tuesday the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 525-page report detailing the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against detainees in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This so-called torture report describes the CIA’s extensive waterboarding, rectal feeding, and up to 180 hours of forced sleep deprivation.

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Politics and Government
6:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Inhofe Seeks To Combat Career Politician Label

Democratic Challenger Matt Silverstein (l) and Republican Senator Jim Inhofe (r).
Credit Matt Silverstein for U.S. Senate web page; Senator Jim Inhofe, U.S. Congress

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is a longtime fixture in Oklahoma politics and heavily favored to secure another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

But Inhofe's 47 years of public service and time on the public payroll are exactly what Democratic nominee Matt Silverstein says is wrong with Washington.

Silverstein is a 34-year-old investment planner from Bixby who's criticizing Inhofe for refusing a public debate. 

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Politics and Government
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coburn: Feds Have No Place In State And Local Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks with Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Facebook

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says the federal government should have no role in the country's local and state police forces.

Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense department senior officials testified Tuesday before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee oversight hearing.

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National Defense
2:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Senator Inhofe Wants Resolution To Combat Islamic State Militants

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
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The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing to give the president authority to use all necessary force against Islamic state militants in Iraq and Syria.

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is circulating a draft of a resolution to authorize military force and is seeking bipartisan support as Congress returns to Washington next week.

The resolution also forces the president to submit a strategy to Congress within 60 days on how to defeat the Islamic State group.

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U.S. Senate
7:38 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Will They Run? GOP Eyes Focused On Shannon, Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Tulsa)
Credit americanmajority.org

The dust still hasn't settled on Oklahoma's 2014 political landscape after U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn triggered a landslide within the state Republican Party with his announcement that he planned to forego his final two years in office.

All eyes are focused on whether Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon and first-term U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine decide to enter the race for Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks at a news conference last week on the government shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 10:14 am

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

The Associated Press reports:

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It's All Politics
7:57 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wednesday Morning Political Mix — Sept. 25, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, worked a rare Senate overnight shift as he kept up a lengthy diatribe against Obamacare (with many digressions.)
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 10:21 am

It's Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, which puts us five days away from a possible federal-government shutdown that would begin Oct. 1 if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill.

So the drama in the Senate over the spending bill leads the day's interesting political items and features Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. At this writing, Cruz was in the last gasps of an anti-Obamacare talkathon. That's where we start:

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Student Loan Interest Rates
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Coburn Joins Plan For Lower College Loan Rates

Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is part of a bipartisan group of eight senators announcing a deal that lets students avoid higher interest rates on federal loans.

The bipartisan group of senators on Thursday told reporters they've reached a compromise to lower the rates for students who borrow from the federal government.

The rates would be linked to financial markets, meaning interest rates would climb in coming years — but with a limit on how high the rates could be.

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5:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coburn Proposal Would Make Buyer Prove Ability To Buy Guns

"All Things Considered" host Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma about why he voted no against the measure to expand background checks.
The measure failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.