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A former investigator for an Oklahoma prosecutor has accused his ex-boss of ordering an illegal investigation into supporters of criminal justice reform, then firing him when he failed to find any wrongdoing.

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Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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"I believe my business experience throughout Northwest Oklahoma, the relationships I have developed in these communities and raising my children will bring a breath of fresh air to the Oklahoma state Capitol.” — David Mason

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Recently released campaign finance reports show the 93 Republicans in the Legislature who are up for re-election next year have built a total campaign war chest of over $2 million, or an average of about $22,800 each, as of Sept. 30.  

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm, interest and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate bid.

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State Sen. Roland Pederson has announced he will seek re-election to the state Senate, representing District 19, which includes Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Kay counties.

He said he is not the whistleblower, the still unnamed government official who filed the initial complaint over Trump's conversation with the Ukraine president that sparked the House impeachment inquiry.

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A former investigator for an Oklahoma prosecutor has accused his ex-boss of ordering an illegal investigation into supporters of criminal justice reform, then firing him when he failed to find any wrongdoing.

Republican Oklahoma Reps. Kevin Hern, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Frank Lucas voted with their party against tabling the censure resolution of House Intelligence Committee Chair­man Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for inaccurately quoting a July phone call between Presi­dent Donald Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, while Democrat Rep. Kendra Horn voted in favor of killing the resolution.

President Donald Trump enraged Democrats on Tuesday by comparing their impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution.

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"The question I keep coming back to is why don't we know who this individual is? "I mean they're basing an impeachment process, trying to remove the president of the United States based on some anonymous whistleblower again with no firsthand knowledge." — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

The rally in Minneapolis, the first since Democrats began proceedings two weeks ago to remove him from office, served as a proving ground for the president as he tries to use the impeachment inquiry to energize supporters for his 2020 campaign by casting himself — and his supporters — as victims of Washington Democrats.

President Donald Trump said Friday the White House is preparing a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally objecting to the Democrats conducting their impeachment inquiry without an official vote.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday declared that House Democrats are trying to "intimidate, bully and treat improperly" five current and former career officials in seeking information in the Ukraine investigation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people.

Joe Biden has faced little criticism over his shift on abortion funding relative to other aspects of his record, and polls show that he remains Catholic Democrats' overwhelming favorite in the presidential field.

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The Oklahoma delegation returned to Washington last week after a month-long recess to tackle Oklahoma policy issues, as well as concerns regarding the federal appropriation budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

A Republican-controlled Senate committee approved a Pentagon funding bill Thursday, rejecting Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump's border wall request and his moves to pay for the project without congressional approval.

With President Donald Trump highly interested in a deal on prescription drugs, the ambitious plan appeared to be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laying down a marker that represents what House Democrats would want to see happen.

The data suggest that the economic expansion, now the longest on record at more than 10 years, is still struggling to provide widespread benefits to the U.S. population.


Bolton and his National Security Council staff were also viewed warily by some in the White House who viewed them as more attuned to their own agendas than the president's — and some administration aides have accused Bolton's staff of being behind leaks of information embarrassing to Trump.

The watchdog office said Former FBI Director James Comey broke bureau rules by giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. Comey also failed to notify the FBI after he was dismissed in May 2017 that he had retained some of the memos in a safe at home, the report said.

Struggling Democratic presidential candidates braced for bad news Wednesday with the window to qualify for the next debate set to close at midnight, a near impossible deadline for many to make that could doom their campaigns.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's "public option" would give virtually everyone the choice of a government plan like Medicare, as an alternative to private coverage, not a substitute.

"Never Trump" Republicans are eager to see the president confront a credible primary adversary. But the party will likely erect structural barriers that make that kind of challenge exceedingly difficult.

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O’Rourke stuck to his platform for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: immigration, gun control and women’s reproductive rights.

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A new survey Monday showed a big majority of economists expecting a downturn to hit by 2021 at the latest, according to a report from the National Association of Business Economics.

A top Trump administration official says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty, welcoming "huddled masses" of immigrants to American shores, was referring to "people coming from Europe" and that the nation is looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet."

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Shifting the gun violence debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he now wants to consider background checks and other bills, setting up a potentially pivotal moment when lawmakers return in the fall. The president, he said, is "anxious to get an outcome and so am I."

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Born Aug. 11, 1940, in Philadelphia, Pa. Married to Max Neville on Sept. 10, 1998. She had three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Service is 11 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church, 831 E. Broadway.

The Home Going honoring Amon P. Lawson Jr., 73, of Enid, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in the First Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in the Enid Cemetery. Condolences online at

ENID [mdash] Funeral services for Judith A. Guldeman, 72, of Enid, are currently pending with Anderson-Burris Funeral Home & Crematory.

HENNESSEY [mdash] The funeral for Pearl L. Hill, 82, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at First Christian Church. Family visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home.