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Texas Halts Execution of Robert James Campbell at Eleventh Hour

A court in Texas halted an execution Tuesday with just hours to spare of a convicted murderer who had appealed on grounds he suffered intellectual disabilities.

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Deadly Bloopers

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Creative Execution

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Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

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John Oliver on Why America Needs to Finish Off the Death Penalty

The “Daily Show” veteran’s new Sunday night show “Last Week Tonight” was only two episodes into its first season on HBO when the comedian was forced to tackle a doozy.

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Capital Punishment

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Death Penalty

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‘Left, Right & Center’: A Good and Bad Economy, Ukraine, the Death Penalty

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 288,000 jobs added to the economy in April. The good news stands in contrast to a report earlier this week that showed the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.1% during the first quarter.

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Oklahoma Department of Corrections image of Clayton Lockett

No Humane Way to Die

No one who supports the death penalty should have the slightest problem with the way Clayton Lockett died.

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Botched Execution

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When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

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U.S. Inmate ‘Tortured’ in Botched Execution

A U.S. death row inmate writhed in agony and mumbled incoherently in a botched execution using untested drugs, before dying of a heart attack 40 minutes into the ordeal, news reports said. The prisoner, Clayton Lockett, is shown above left.

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Bill Gates Doesn’t Want Minimum Wage Raised

Bill Gates and other members of the 1 percent worry about having to pay more taxes to increase wages; the United States turned its back on the Arab Spring; meanwhile, an Oklahoma legislator wants to forbid all marriages so gays won’t wed either. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Senator Coburn Wants Offsets for Federal Disaster Relief

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Shelter From the Storm

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After Oklahoma Disaster, Give Thanks to Government

There is something troubling about government leaders initially implying—if subtly—that a nongovernmental response is as significant as a governmental one.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


Tornado Kill List

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The Heartland

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Tornado

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The Twister

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AP/Brennan Linsley

Oklahoma Needs Help, Not Ideology

While listening to an NPR report out of Moore, Okla., this week, I was genuinely shocked. Not by the scale of the devastation or the tenacity of people who have grown stoically accustomed to the damage tornadoes can do, but by a political sentiment that, in almost any other era, would not have been surprising at all.

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Oklahoma Tornado

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Not OK

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GOP Senator’s Hypocrisy on Tornado Aid, Jon Stewart Hates Washington, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a senator’s attempt to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and the real IRS scandal that is being missed.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Videos Capture Scary EF-5 Oklahoma Tornado

At least 24 people were killed, hundreds more were injured and numerous homes, schools and businesses were destroyed after a massive tornado barreled through the town of Moore, Okla., on Monday.

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Birth Control Is the New Poison

Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who sees venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Fracking-Induced Earthquakes? Not Quite

The number of significant earthquakes in the Midwest has increased almost fivefold in the last four years. Researchers with the United States Geological Survey set out to discover why.

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Obama Fast-Tracks Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

Responding to criticism from Republicans for supposedly stonewalling development of the nation’s oil supplies, President Obama has ordered the government to accelerate work on a 485-mile Texas-to-Oklahoma portion of the recently rejected 1,170-mile Keystone XL pipeline.

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The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

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AP / Sue Ogrocki

Oklahoma Not OK With Shariah Law

Some people in Oklahoma are either able to predict the future or they’re just anti-Muslim bigots. A measure on the ballot next week in the state will ask voters whether they want to pass, no joke, a constitutional amendment outlawing Shariah, or Islamic law.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


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More States to Join Arizona in Annals of Immigration Infamy?

The conflict is still raging over Arizona’s oppressive SB 1070 immigration law, to say the least—we’re talking lawsuit-from-the-White-House-level conflict here—but that’s not stopping at least three other states from ... (continued)

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New Oklahoma Abortion Law Requires Sonogram

Even in cases of sexual abuse or rape, a strict abortion law enacted Tuesday in Oklahoma requires women to undergo a sonogram, during which the doctor has to turn the screen to face the patient and give her fetal development details.

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No Way to Treat a Senator

There is something weird going on in the Republican Party when Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is the voice of reason. There is something dangerous going on in the Republican Party when he is vilified for it.

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Oklahoma Abortion Law Stays on Hold

To the ire of anti-abortion supporters, a temporary restraining order has been extended on an Oklahoma law requiring doctors to report the personal information of women seeking abortions to a Web site. 

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Oklahoma’s New Abortion Law Not OK, Say Critics

A new Oklahoma law, effective Nov. 1, will require women seeking abortions to reveal personal information such as marital status, number of children and race—all of which will be posted online. Critics say that the intent is intimidation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Sen. Inhofe Concerned About the Whole Race, Gender Thing

The news that known Latina Sonia Sotomayor may soon join the Supreme Court spurred an apparently alarmed Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to hold forth in a statement on Tuesday about the need to make sure that Sotomayor will be able to mete out justice from her vaunted post without her pesky extra X chromosome or her non-Oklahoman ethnic roots mucking things up for everyone.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE



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Small-Town Homophobia, On and Off the Stage

While trying to teach her students about homophobia, Debra Taylor could have done without what appeared to be an illustrative demonstration: The Oklahoma high school teacher was forced to resign in a controversy that grew out of a gay-related project undertaken by her class. Taylor and her students had been working on their own production of “The Laramie Project,” a play and film based on the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


More Tornadoes Hit the Heartland

Yet another round of ferocious weather pounded parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and nearby states Saturday, with tornadoes that reportedly killed at least 18 people just a week after deadly storms hit Arkansas.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Arkansas Slammed by Deadly Storms

Emergency response teams faced a busy weekend helping Arkansas residents cope with the aftermath of another round of severe weather that pounded the Southern state Friday with heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes. Eight lives were lost, raising the state’s storm-related death toll for the year to 24.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Oklahoma Lawmaker: Gays Are Biggest Threat to U.S.

Here’s a quiz: What’s the most potentially harmful phenomenon or issue threatening our nation? Our use of torture on suspected terrorists? Hawks in the White House? If you guessed either of those, according to Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern, you’re wrong—homosexuality is America’s worst scourge. Guess who won’t be voting for Rep. Kern in her next bid for office?

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Oral Roberts U. Leader Takes Leave in Scandal

Responding to accusations about extracurricular use of university funds, among other charges, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, the 58-year-old son of school founder and namesake Oral Roberts, has stepped down from his post for the moment. 

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Scandal at Oral Roberts U.

Televangelists and scandals seem to go together, and now some members of Oral Roberts’ family may be about to rise a few ranks on the faith-based-and-disgraced list that includes Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart.  This time, Roberts’ son, Richard, and Richard’s wife are apparently at the heart of the hullabaloo, and the wife’s penchant for texting underage fellows in the wee hours isn’t even the half of it.

Posted on Oct 6, 2007 READ MORE


Gay Rights on the March in Okla.

In Oklahoma City, a federal judge just struck down a two-year-old law that prohibits Oklahoma from recognizing adoptions by same-sex couples from other states and countries.

Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


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