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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66ers done in Tulsa

Canton Charge v Tulsa 66ersTULSA, OK—The Tulsa 66ers are no more.

After 10 years in Tulsa, and after the loss of their lease with the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that their NBA Development League affiliate will move to Oklahoma City permanently beginning with the 2014-15 season.

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Plane ‘shot down’ with 295 on board

MalaysiaAirplaneA Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur fell from the sky7 in Ukraine approximately 20 miles from the Russian border after reportedly being hit by a ground-to-air missile.

The passenger plane was hit over eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board traveling at an altitude of 33,000 feet. Some reports suggesting that as many as 23 Americans were on board.
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Survey of Oklahoma economic sentiments

EconomicLibertyTULSA, OK – The inaugural report of the Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey was released today and indicates the sentiment of Oklahoma consumers on the economy is higher than that of consumers in the neighboring states of Arkansas and Missouri. All three trailed the national consumer sentiment index for June as reported by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan.
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