Obama lifts arms ban on Vietnam

Barack Obama in Vietnam (Photo: Sky News)

Barack Obama in Vietnam (Photo: Sky News)

President Obama declared “hearts can change and peace is possible” as he announced the full lifting of the decades-long embargo on the sales of arms to Vietnam.

The visit caps rapprochement between the former wartime foes, but consider how Democrats dismissed Obama’s admitted mentor, Communist Party member and suspected Soviet espionage agent Frank Marshall Davis. Guess Obama doesn’t need to come out of the closet as a communist when he is holding photo sessions with murderous dictators.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture featured in video

AssetForfeitureTulsaA new video shows how Oklahoma law enforcement has, in some cases, become highway robbery. Under cover of law, some police are acting as criminals – stealing stuff for their own use – taking private property from citizens without due process.

A new video has been produced to illustrate the problem. Every citizen of Oklahoman needs to see it.

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Sen. Lankford challenges bathroom directive

Sen. James Lankford

Sen. James Lankford

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) Tuesday challenged the Department of Education’s legal justification for its May 13 guidance directive to local school districts regarding the use of public school bathrooms. Lankford contends the directive is part of a long pattern of attempts to create new mandates and requirements without the normal, transparent rule-making or legislative process.

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Europa’s ocean may have earthlike balance

Europa

Europa

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter’s moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.

Europa is strongly believed to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell. Whether the Jovian moon has the raw materials and chemical energy in the right proportions to support biology is a topic of intense scientific interest. The answer may hinge on whether Europa has environments where chemicals are matched in the right proportions to power biological processes. Life on Earth exploits such niches.

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Senate adds finance reforms to fund core services

Sen. Mike Mazzei

Sen. Mike Mazzei

The full Senate voted Monday to approve a group of bills aimed at helping close the budget gap for the 2017 fiscal year. The finance reform measures will generate more than $250 million that can be appropriated in the 2017 budget as part of a comprehensive effort to address the state’s $1.3 billion shortfall.

Senate Finance Chair Mike Mazzei presented the measures on the floor.

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