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Let Coburn Google that for you

Coburn’s proposed bill describes the NTIS as “tasked with collecting and distributing government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information and reports.” Besides being a money pit — the service has cost more than it has made in 10 of the past 11 years — Coburn insists the NTIS doesn’t really do much and most of

Coburn battles a cancer that isn’t liberal

Coburn, 65, is undergoing evaluation and treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer that required surgery in 2011. As a threetime cancer survivor and a licensed physician, Coburn knows the drill. Taking time off from work might seem logical, but after his 2011 surgery, Coburn was back in Washington, D.C., a few days later to

A question of equality

Tamya Cox Photo: Mark Hancock Its proponents say the measure will advance equal opportunity. Authored by Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher, State Question 759 would amend the state constitution to ban current policies requiring state agencies to submit annual affirmative action plans. Public offices would be prohibited from weighing inclusion or diversity when hiring. Although it

Indian bummer

Credit: Brad Gregg He remarks on it so much, in fact, you might assume he lacks substantive policy positions to discuss. Brown’s fans, including some of his own staffers, have latched on to the “controversy,” chanting “Indian war whoops” and making “tomahawk chop gestures” at more than one campaign rally. Even after Principal Chief of

An embarrassment of a senator

Traveling around the county I hear two things about Oklahoma: “Love the Thunder” and “Who is that idiot who thinks global climate change is a myth?” What would it take to change his mind? Some 26,000 heat records broken this year, epic droughts and deadly wildfires? Or perhaps that dramatic photograph from space recently published

Putting the ‘eff’ in ‘friendly skies’

Brad Gregg According to RH Reality Check, a website dedicated to reproductive and sexual health news, American Airlines recently kicked the Tulsan off a flight because of her T-shirt. No, it wasn’t one of those Warpaint ones that spurred so many death threats. Instead, it read, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d

Conspiracy theory

When it comes to his insistence that man-made climate change is not real, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has no apologies. When it comes to how and why man-made climate change is an issue, he takes no prisoners. Inhofe’s new book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, could be considered the

Evolving debate

If enacted, it would require the state Board of Education to assist teachers and administrators in promoting “critical thinking, logical analysis, open and objective discussion of scientific theories including, but not limited to, evolution, the origin of life, global warming, and human cloning.” It also allows the use of supplemental textbooks and instruction materials “to

Rick’s their pick

“I shook his hand! I shook his hand!” one woman said excitedly as she walked away from a crowd still hoping for an autograph, handshake or opportunity to pray with the presidential candidate. Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, fresh off primary and caucus victories in three states, visited Oklahoma City on Feb. 9. The

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