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Updated at 5:55 PM

The Oklahoma State House of Representative miraculously rounded up 52 votes to pass a budget bill Friday. Leaders successfully threatened and promised their way out of an embarrassing special session freeing up the members who are running for re-election.

Updated May 27, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Last fall, a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court was described in this way by Justice Elena Kagan, “as clear a constitutional violation as a court is ever going to see.”

Updated May 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Tsai Ing-wen has been formally inaugurated as the new President of Taiwan. She is the first woman to hold this top government position, a milestone of tremendous importance.

Updated May 25, 2016 at 9:51 PM

First Gov. Mary Fallin makes a sensible decision on a bad bill and then a State House of Representatives committee does the same. If I didn’t believe in God before, I would now. It’s an end of session miracle.

Updated May 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM

With Hillary Clinton heading into an almost certain general-election race against Donald Trump, Bill Clinton has begun to work out what type of role his wife would play in his third administration should she win the race.

Updated May 24, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Graduations are going on all over the country. Most families will have someone graduating somewhere either from high school or college and this is the time when we all go to show our support for our young people. Having been a graduation speaker...

Updated May 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Poverty has haunted Appalachia for a century, and with the coal industry dying, the anger and hopelessness are rising. So, as the campaign trail wound through the down-and-out counties of West Virginia and Kentucky, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders...

Updated May 22, 2016 at 1:48 AM

If you love term limits, you are getting the legislature you deserve in Oklahoma this year.  

Updated May 20, 2016 at 1:01 PM

The number of homicides increased in the first three months of 2016 in more than two dozen major cities across the country and that trend seems to be continuing into the first half of the year.

Updated May 19, 2016 at 12:44 AM

I know this column will be wildly unpopular with many readers.

Updated May 18, 2016 at 1:21 PM

North Korea, the world’s last remaining truly totalitarian dictatorship, held a Communist Party Congress May 6 to 9. Tight total control of the enormous, closely choreographed show was self-evident. The last such party congress was held in 1980, an...

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