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Howard's Daily: A Better Conservative Critique

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Today's mainstream conservatives are predictably anti-big government -- a theme that ignores how government oversight is often essential to freedom in an interdependent society. Just as freedom requires cops on the street, so too it requires inspectors to safeguard against unsanitary restaurants and dingy nursing homes.

What Determines a Healthy Economy?

David Bergstein | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
David Bergstein

There are countless ways to explain and decipher the inner-workings of the US and world economies. But little is actually discussed about the underpinnings of what truly defines a healthy economy. It's not complicated.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Keep Drone Info From Congress That They've Already Released Publicly

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security appears to have redacted entire sections of information from documents about U.S. Customs and Border...

State's House Speaker Enters Race For Senate Seat

AP | JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the GOP race for the state's open U.S. Senate...

Amanda Terkel

Senate GOP Obamacare Replacement Would Again Allow Insurers To Discriminate Against Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three Senate Republicans unveiled an alternative to Obamacare Tuesday, offering their party a path forward if the GOP is ever successful...

Three Republicans Back Health Care Alternative

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Republicans on Monday proposed repealing the nation's controversial health care law in favor of a replacement that el...

GOP Congressman Announces Bid For Coburn's Senate Seat

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) announced Monday that he will run in the special election to fulfill the remainder of Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) term. ...

GOP Consultant: Senator's Departure Is A 'Political Earthquake'

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's 2014 election cycle was thrown for a huge loop when U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced his early retirement last week. T...

Tom Coburn Leaves Mark As Tireless Budget Hawk

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A political maverick nicknamed "Dr. No" for his favorite vote, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was more than a bomb-thrower during his dec...

Arthur Delaney

The Eight Types Of A**holes In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

We first ran this story as "The Seven Types Of Assholes In Washington" back in Oct. 2013. A new type of Washington asshole has been discovered since t...

Tom Coburn To Leave Senate At End Of Current Congress

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will finish out the current congressional session and then resign from his seat nearly two years before hi...

Coburn, Battling Cancer, Weighs Cutting Second Term Short

Politico | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn doesn’t seem like a typical cancer patient. The Oklahoma Republican often arrives in his office two hours before his aides, somet...

Shahien Nasiripour

Elizabeth Warren Teams With Arch Conservative On Bank Transparency Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers are targeting federal regulators and the Department of Justice over their allegedly opaque settlements with companies a...

Long Time Coming: Shining a Light on the Nation's Most Egregious Corporate Subsidy

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

Undeserved subsidies for wrongdoing occur because the law that prohibits companies from deducting fines or penalties as a tax write-off does not apply to companies that resolve charges through out of court settlements, unless agencies specifically forbid the write-offs as part of the settlement agreement.

Mental Health Ought to Matter More Than Uniforms

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

Far too many state and local governments fail chronically and miserably at addressing the mental health concerns of their citizens. The federal government needs to consider the serious consequences of underestimating the mental health crises facing our military and prison system today, and step it up.

GOP Senators Block Franken's Mental Health Bill

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Mike Lee (Utah) are blocking legislation sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) geared at strengthening mental health...

Michael McAuliff

Senators Admit Congress Really Sucked In 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The toughest challenge for Congress in 2013 turns out to be determining whether anything good happened, anything at all, especially for ...

GOP Senator Criticizes Bipartisan Efforts For Enabling 'Status Quo'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) spoke out Sunday against the narrative that bipartisanship is good for government, telling NBC's David Gregory that the rece...

The Waste That Wasn't: Senator Coburn Misrepresents Science in Annual Hit List

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Halpern

There is waste in government just as there is in the private sector. Oversight is fantastic. But showmanship is galling. As to which camp Coburn's new report falls into, it's an easy call.

The Government Spends How Much On Official Portraits?!?

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are pairing up to push proposed legislation to "rein in excessive spending" on oi...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Senator Admits Central Part Of Obamacare Will Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the most ardent opponents of Obamacare, conceded Thursday that the law's health insurance exchanges "w...

Senators Face Uphill Battle With Latest Push

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill on Thursday to eliminate ...

GOP Senator Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) confirmed Tuesday that the lawmaker has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, NewsOk.com and KOCO in Oklahoma...

Arthur Delaney

The Seven Types Of A**holes In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Herewith, a definitive guide to the seven types of assholes running Washington, according to the people who know them best. 1. Absolu...

Coburn Calls Reid 'An Absolute A**hole'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) found it "disgraceful" that some members of his party -- including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- were fundraising in New York o...