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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

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The National Weather Service says dangerous heat and humidity will persist into the weekend. For many, that means staying inside. But for Muskogee residents who don't have air conditioning, this heat wave could prove to be deadly.

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Beto O’Rourke, the losing Texas senator candidate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate, had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole.

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It took Oklahoma lawmakers six years to "fully fund" an educational mandate that reportedly affected nearly 40 percent of all students from kindergarten through third grade — it's high time they did. 

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President Donald Trump’s playground taunt Sunday that “the Squad” of four new radical liberal House Democrats, all women of color, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came,” dominated Monday morning’s headlines.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public for a 25-year plan being created for transportation policies and priorities, and we hope Oklahomans take part in the process.

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From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite family pet.

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We live in a country where justice is supposed to be blind. Citizens expect that people who bad things will be caught and arrested and spend an appropriate period behind bars. Not so if you are an uber-wealthy guy named Jeffrey Epstein.

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There is no clarity in the presidential race at this point, no obvious favorite, no predictable outcome. Every factor that favors President Trump or the Democrats is balanced out by a negative trend. A victory — or a defeat — for either party is totally plausible.

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Earlier this summer, President Trump gave his 30-day notice, required by law, that he intends to submit the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal to Congress for ratification. USMCA rebalances the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and is, undoubtedly, a benefit for Ok…

Is Oklahoma just OK? Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, who doubles as secretary of tourism and branding, thinks the Sooner State is better than just OK. He wants to develop a new brand that moves past the “Oklahoma is OK” slogan that has been used for decades. Pinnell is collaborating with business…

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The worse it gets, the more I need baseball. The worse what gets? Well, what have you got? Watched the evening news lately? Some days, the promise of a three-hour break from what novelist Philip Roth called "the indigenous American berserk" draws me like a fountain in the desert.

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When government leaders promise transparency and accountability and then set out on a course in the opposite direction you have to wonder if they think their constituents are that gullible or they are masters in the art of illusion. 

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The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions -- and plaintiffs.

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Summer is in full swing and it is also peak travel season. While kids are out of school, many people might take this time to visit a European country or go on a cruise to the Caribbean. Traveling to a foreign country can be a great experience and make many memories for your family. Being pre…

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As children, we couldn't wait for school to let out for the summer months. Days were filled with play and not a care in the world.

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Last week, the Cherokee Nation Compensation Committee offered its recommendation to significantly hike salaries for Cherokee Nation elected officials. Some of the pay raises proposed by the committee include an 84% pay increase for the office of the principal chief, a 104% pay increase for t…

Readers react to “Contentious Webbers Falls ordinance rescinded.”

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined 41 other states' attorneys general in a battle against spoofing and robocalls.

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The First Amendment to our Constitution was proposed by the 1788 Virginia ratification convention during its narrow 89 to 79 vote to ratify the Constitution. Virginia’s resolution held that the free exercise of religion, right to assembly and free speech could not be canceled, abridged or re…

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A concert set for today on Oklahoma 10 near Tahlequah will benefit Green Country Guardians, a group whose efforts include protecting northeastern Oklahoma watersheds.

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We live in horrifying times. Usually, I try to make commentary that’s upbeat and hopeful, but friends, I find that more difficult lately. As I hear the rumble of fireworks being blown up in celebration of America, I am just sad this year. So, because my column runs on a Sunday, I’ll use thes…

The U.S. Supreme Court has adjourned without taking decisive action on a case that might reconfigure the relationship between Native American tribes and the state of Oklahoma in a very big way forever.

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The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation's most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical atta…

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The day after his dismal showing in the first Democratic debates, former Vice President Joe Biden said in Chicago: “Folks, the discussion in this race shouldn’t be about the past.”

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Readers react to "School board calls for election on $110 million bond issue."

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Bacone College appears to be successfully continuing down a new path, and we hope their efforts continue to benefit students.

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A massive depression has been building for years across our vast rural expanse, but don’t feel alone if you didn’t know, for most of our media and political establishments have failed to notice, much less inform the general public. In America’s power centers, farming is almost entirely ignor…

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Purely as a sporting proposition, I would love to watch Donald Trump debate Sen. Kamala Harris. The combination of her race, her beauty and her lacerating wit would scare him half to death. I’m guessing he’d concoct an excuse not to show up. Not his type, you see. Definitely not his type at all.

Readers react to "School board calls for election on $110 million bond issue."

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As we celebrate our country's 243 years of independence, we can't help but look at some of the statistics that are part of our history. 

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“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why, counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they’ve all come to look for America,” sang Simon & Garfunkel in 1968.

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WASHINGTON — On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the Decla…

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76, purchasing agent, passed Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Service 2PM Monday, July 22, 2019, Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee OK.

81, Retired Pastor, passed Tuesday, 7/16/2019 Service info: 10AM, Saturday, 7/20/19 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel Family visitation: 5:30-7:30pm, Friday, 7/19/19 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St Muskogee OK 74403

age 58. Online Memorabilia Sales. Died Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Welling, OK. Graveside services Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 10:00am at Tahlequah City Cemetery.