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A Green New Deal For A New America

BY GARY EDMONDSON Two related news items from early this month. From The Oklahoma Observer: “That shockwave felt across carbon country was a U.S. Energy Information Administration report that clean energy – for the first time – supplied more of America’s electricity than coal in April.” From KOTA Territory TV in Rapid City, SD: “More...
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Drug Price Gouging: An American Story

BY FROMA HARROP To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload of Americans traveling 815 miles from Minneapolis to a Walmart in London, Ontario, Canada, to buy insulin at a 10th – a...
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Racists In Office

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES President Trump’s racist comments about four American persons of color in the U.S. House of Representatives in which he declared they should “go back to where they came from,” and the unwillingness of the vast majority of Republican members of Congress to condemn Trump’s comments, led me to think of another...
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Playing Monopoly For Real

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Shouting “Down with big government,” today’s tea party Trumpateers claim to be tax rebels – direct descendants of the Boston bunch who boarded three British ships in 1773 and heaved their cargo of tea chests into the harbor. But wait! That historic Tea Party wasn’t actually a tax protest. The audacious colonists...
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Paris And New York Are United By Urban Horror

BY FROMA HARROP Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York’s World Trade...
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Change Is Coming To Health Care. Vote Wisely.

BY FROMA HARROP It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is re-elected, we know where health coverage for...

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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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