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The Sum Of All Ills

BY VERN TURNER Another day, another scandal, another portrayal of incompetence and outright madness … That is the state of affairs in the government of the United States. What is it today? Is it the Secretary of Labor who is being exposed for the corrupt, “good ol’ boy” he once was in Florida and is...
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Up Against Monopoly

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Farm Aid, the top-notch group of researchers and advocates who’ve tracked family farm issues for nearly 34 years, reports that just two giants now control 60% of all raw milk processed nationwide – a concentration that works to suppress the farm price of milk. But the processor monopoly is more severe than...
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National Service Could Help Unite Us

BY GARY EDMONDSON For nearly 50 years, I have remembered my number. What number, you ask? Ah, you’re showing your youth – and my age. After years of protests over the unfairness of student deferments which kept collegiate men out of the draft pool for the Vietnam War, the Selective Service System, on Dec. 1,...

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Biden Is Still Ahead

BY SUSAN ESTRICH After all the pundits declared him the loser in his first debate, after almost two weeks of backpedaling and explaining, Joe Biden still leads the field among likely Democratic primary voters. At least that’s what the latest national polls say. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, one of the best, was released on...
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Playtime Over For Democrats’ Radicals

BY FROMA HARROP It was certainly no slip of the tongue when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cut a small group of her party’s radicals to size. “All these people have the public whatever and their Twitter world,” she told The New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how...
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Climate Change Has Minor Winners And Big Losers

BY FROMA HARROP A terrible thought, but suppose the planet were to heat up by 2 degrees Celsius – the level past which environmental damage would be catastrophic. It would also be wildly expensive. That much warming could cost the global economy $69 trillion by 2100, according to a study by Moody’s Analytics. The consulting...
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July’19 Newsmakers

State Rep. Forrest Bennett, left, and UCO Political Science Professor John Wood, right, join Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton to discuss big money’s impact on state policymaking and potential ethics reforms at July 8’s Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers at Full Circle Books in OKC.
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June’19 Newsmakers

Democratic National Committee member and former Gov. David Walters, center, joins longtime House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, right, and Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton in analyzing the 2019 legislative session and looking ahead to the 2020 elections, including the Medicaid expansion initiative, during June 13’s Newsmakers at Full Circle Books in OKC.
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