On electric rate hikes and smart meters

SmartMeterOKLAHOMA CITY — Electric bills for some residential customers would increase more than 20 percent if a Tulsa-based utility company’s proposed rate hike is approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

The panel heard arguments Thursday from attorneys representing American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma and opposition groups such as AARP who advocated for its members and the public at large. The commissioners agreed to take the case under advisement, offering no timetable when a decision would be made in the $24 million rate increase case.
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Cuba deal makes Obama ‘worst negotiator’ since Carter

CubaCastroThe Hill is reporting that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has harshly criticized President Obama for agreeing to exchange Cuban spies for an American imprisoned in Cuba, calling his foreign policy “naïve” and “truly counterproductive for the future of democracy in the region.”

“All of these tyrants around the world know that the U.S. can be had, that it’s a pretty easy deal,” he said on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom.”

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Senator Feinstein’s terror report is treason

James Mitchell on Fox News

James Mitchell on Fox News

The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Fox News Tuesday that the CIA’s program of enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.

“If it was torture, I would be in jail,” James Mitchell said on The Kelly File. “This thing was investigated over and over. I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law, and that all of the things we had included in that list were legal.”

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School attack kills 141 in Pakistan

Pakistan Military respond to attack - Photo Sky News

Pakistan Military respond to attack – Photo Sky News

Sky News is reporting that Taliban gunmen have killed 141 people, including at least 132 children, in a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan. Nine men stormed the army-run school while around 500 children and teachers were believed to be inside, with many students taking exams at the time.

No statement from the Council of Islamic Relations – Oklahoma has been issued at publication condemning the attack.

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Fight to protect veterans

VeteransAdmin2Senator Tom Coburn Monday objected to passage of a bill supporters claim would help prevent veterans’ suicides, but would actually do little to actually fix the broken VA health system that is failing to adequately care for veterans. Objecting to such inane, wasteful and mistaken policy is a large part of what Dr. Coburn has always done best.

“Instead of holding VA bureaucrats accountable to ensure existing efforts are meeting the mental health needs of veterans, this bill would duplicate programs the agency has already failed to manage,” Coburn said.

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