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Privatizing Education

BY FRANK P. BELCASTRO President-elect Barack Obama named as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools system [CPS]. But what is evident from Duncan’s seven years in charge is his belief that the business of education should, first and foremost, embrace the logic of...
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Inciting Homeland Violence

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD Not all terrorists are trained by Al Qaeda. This should not be a startling revelation, but somehow it is an epiphany for a lot of people when they stop to think about that statement. Of all people, we in Oklahoma should know the truth about the existence of homegrown terrorists. We...
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Say It Ain’t So, Mr. President

BY KAREN WEBB Dear Mr. President: NO, this is too much. Now your Justice Department is not only defending the Bush Administration against torture charges, you are now justifying warrantless wiretaps. We can only hope the GOP sees the error of their ways with regards to the unitary executive since their executive is no longer...

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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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