John Feehery: How to win voters

Senate1In a recent column for The Hill, John Feehery suggests that prospective politicians could learn a great deal from Dale Carnegie.

Feehery writes: Amid the Great Depression, Dale Carnegie’s book, How To Win Friends and Influence People, was published by Simon & Schuster and went on to be one of the biggest-selling self-help books in history.

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Urgent call for blood donors

BloodDriveTulsaThe American Red Cross is facing a looming local blood shortage and an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks

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Children only one-fourth of invasion

ImmigrationObamaFormer Oklahoma Rep. Ernest Istook writing for The Washington Times offers an analysis today of a Border Patrol report that reveals “unaccompanied minors” are only one-fourth of the current invasion from Central America across our Southwest border.

The crossings by family units have increased almost five times faster. This contradicts White House and media efforts to elicit public sympathy by focusing public attention on children.

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Circuit decision affirms Congress writes laws

ObamaCareConstitutionOklahoma officials U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, U.S. Rep. James Lankford and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt responded today to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the challenge in Halbig v. Burwell. The court ruled that government subsidies given to 4.7 million people by the Obama Administration to purchase insurance on the federally-run Healthcare.gov were not legal under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision, if upheld, strikes down an IRS policy change that allowed Obamacare health insurance subsidies in states with state-run exchanges, despite the Affordable Care Act only allowing federal subsidies through state-run exchanges, not in the 36 states that chose partial participation in the marketplace or none at all.

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Moral clarity in Gaza

IsraelIDFIsrael accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles,” Charles Krauthammer writes in a recent weekly political column for the Washington Post.
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