House votes to end ban on oil exports

OilRigWorkersBoth Oklahoma Senators are praising U.S. House Legislation (HR 702) to lift the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The bill passed with a vote of 261-159. The ban policy originated in the 1970s, when global shortages and the Arab oil embargo led the U.S. to closely guard its own supply, but many say it has outlived its usefulness at a time when U.S. oil-and-gas production has reached record highs.

Senator Lankford said, “The House’s strong bipartisan vote to lift the ban on oil exports sends a powerful message that the American people want policies that will provide more jobs and a stronger economy. Oklahomans know that a consistent energy market means consistent energy jobs. Responsible and safe crude oil exports should not be blocked due to extreme ideology. The time is right to remove this antiquated barrier for domestic energy production.”

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WOTUS blocked nationwide

WaterQualityAttorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday said a federal appeals court granted a request by his office and 17 other states to block the implementation of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule nationwide.

In a published decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Oklahoma and the other states proved they were likely to succeed on the merits of their various lawsuits challenging the rule, known as the WOTUS rule. The court said staying enforcement of the rule “temporarily silences the whirlwind of confusion” caused by the WOTUS rule and “honors the policy of cooperative federalism” by returning power to the states. This is the second federal court to decide that the WOTUS rule is likely unlawful; no court has decided otherwise.

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Iran deal violates federal law – Obama impeachable

BarackObamaMeTheAnalysis: In an exclusive breaking story today, Fox News reporter James Rosen writes, “Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws…”

If the report is true; impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama should begin immediately. It matters not if those proceedings are completed before the end of his term; “faithless execution” by any administration must be impeached to stand as warning for future administrations or America is no longer a free nation.

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Sooner defense manhandles West Virginia

OU15WVU1Led by senior linebacker Eric Striker’s 13 tackles and cornerback Jordan Thomas’s two interceptions, the Oklahoma Sooners opened Big 12 Conference play with a convincing 44-24 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday in Norman.

When the final gun sounded, the OU defense had forced five West Virginia turnovers and recorded seven sacks of Mountaineers quarterback Skyler Howard, holding the high-powered West Virginia offense to 369 total yards.

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Study examines police killing of unarmed civilians

PoliceArrestA new study based on the open-source, open-standards, StreetCred® Police Killings in Context (PKIC) data project reveals that the number of unarmed civilians killed in confrontations with police is substantially lower than commonly stated in the media.

At the same time, 11 officers have been arrested and indicted in five cases that appeared to prosecutors to be unjustified. The non-partisan PKIC project seeks to provide objective data and contextual facts on deadly force incidents to researchers, communities, activists, journalists and law enforcement advocacy groups.

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