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How Trump ‘Protects’ America

BY KAREN WEBB Yes, Sarah, we understand that your boss is doing everything he can to prevent U.S. citizens from killing each other in mass quantities. He invited the gun lobby, the NRA, over for a Merry Christmas party on the anniversary of 26 people, including 20 first graders, getting killed by a kid with...
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No ‘Privilege’ For Trump Jr.

BY JOE CONASON Long before Donald Trump Jr. claimed “attorney-client privilege” last week to avoid answering Congressional inquiries, that same claim was tested and wisely rejected by Congress. Junior isn’t even the first real estate executive asked to testify about suspected connections to a foreign dictator who tried that gambit to avoid questions in a...
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The Family Values Party

BY SHARON MARTIN In the richest country in the world, a family should have a roof over its head, food on the table, and access to education and healthcare. Safety, justice, and sound economic policies are family values, not those button-pushing issues with which politicians distract voters as they line their own pockets. Take the...
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Coddling Bankers, Bashing Autoworkers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Sen. Bob Corker is … well, a real corker. The Tennessee Republican is on the Senate banking committee that’s overseeing the bailout of America’s Big Three automakers, and, by gollies, he got his dander up when the three CEOs told the committee last week that they needed a $34 billion loan to...
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The Old Media

BY SUSAN ESTRICH In Los Angeles, where I live, there was plenty of snickering this week about Tribune Company’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection. Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times, which in recent years has seen its staff cut even more than its circulation and advertising. The once mighty Times has managed to give...
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Wrangling Gavel From Rangel

BY FROMA HARROP Company gives $100,000 to congressman’s pet cause. Congressman protects company tax loophole worth tens of millions. Bam! Company gives pet cause another $100,000 check. Sounds like old times in the Republican Congress of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. But this is happening in the Democratic Congress of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi....

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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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Oct ’17 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth and Sierra Club Oklahoma Director Johnson Bridgwater discuss the state’s environmental and energy future, including water and air quality, injection wells and earthquakes, the post-carbon age and renewable energy, state regulation and the future of the Corporation Commission.
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