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Squeezing Congress

BY FRANK P. BELCASTRO Why has health-care reform stalled in Congress? Mainly because Congress can’t decide how to pay for it. Why has the public option become such a lightening rod? The American Medical Association is dead-set against it, Big Pharma rejects it out of hand, and the biggest insurance companies won’t consider it. No...
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Health Care For Dummies

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD Perhaps a better title for this piece would be: “Health Care as Interpreted by One Dummy to Another.” Unlike many of our Republican friends who are already opposed to a new health care program without knowing its form or substance, we are trying to sort out the facts of the issue...
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Saving Oklahoma’s Rail Future

BY NATHANIEL BATCHELDER The irreplaceable rail hub at Oklahoma City’s Union Station can still be saved by relocating one section of the new Interstate 40 south of the rails. This is critical because national rail connections and light rail connections to the rest of the state will become invaluable as gasoline supplies dwindle and prices...

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‘Is It George Washington Next?’

BY SUSAN ESTRICH I could not make this up. Who would want to? Having behaved like a normal president might on Monday, condemning racism by the Klan and white nationalists, Donald Trump could not restrain himself. In an angry exchange with reporters on Tuesday, he refused to acknowledge the gross insensitivity of his remarks Saturday and in fact...
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A Corporate Supercell Spawning A Hailstorm Of Special-Interest Legislation

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Just days after last November’s election, jubilant members and top staffers of the notorious corporate front group, American Legislative Exchange Council, gathered for a celebratory lunch and planning session at the group’s DC headquarters. But rather than looking toward Congress and the newly Republicanized White House, these schemers were drooling over so...
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Women United Refuse To Be Dishes On Cad’s Buffet

BY FROMA HARROP Let us briefly rest from the obscene world of politics and turn to the more wholesome subject of hookups at bars. A 28-year-old named Justin Schweiger was recently caught lining up six dates for one night. He had ordered this “buffet of women” with the help of dating apps. Lisette Pylant, date...
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  • Real Economics: Teacher Pay
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    Real Economics: Teacher Pay

    BY SHARON MARTIN The state legislator stared straight into the television camera and said that we don’t calculate teacher pay honestly. He suggested t...

    Tips For A Safe Halloween
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    Tips For A Safe Halloween

    BY JOE DORMAN With Halloween approaching, everyone has to be on the watch for ghouls and goblins. That does not mean to be fearful, but to be careful ...

    Another Oklahoma Scam
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    Another Oklahoma Scam

    BY SHARON MARTIN This year I got a small tax refund from the state of Oklahoma. It wasn’t a check; it was a debit card from a third party. Apparently,...

  • Public Money For Religious Purposes
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    Public Money For Religious Purposes

    BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most Oklahomans don’t want public tax dollars to be used for private and religious schools. That has pretty much been a part of the ...

    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald
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    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald

    BY DON WILKEY With the stoke of a pen, Peter Savodnik, in his book, The Interloper, discredited a billion dollar industry … the JFK conspiracy b...

    Three Monkeys
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    Three Monkeys

    BY VERN TURNER We are all familiar with the statuary of the three monkeys demonstrating their innocence from negativity. The statue kind of reminds me...

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