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An Oklahoma Veteran's Open Letter to Senator Coburn

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

I don't expect you to understand the problems my brothers and sisters face, Senator Coburn. I do expect you to do your best to have a bit of sensitivity when it comes to veterans issues.

Michael McAuliff

Tom Coburn: We Don't Need Another Bush

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reaction among Republican senators to the news former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is exploring a presidential run was mixed on Tuesday, but re...

Tom Coburn Blocks Bill On Veterans' Suicide Prevention

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans groups blasted Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn Monday for blocking a bill intended to reduce a suicide epidemic that claims the ...

Coburn Shows Height of Washington's Hypocrisy Toward Veterans

Ruben Gallego | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

Last week we saw a perfect example of how screwed up priorities have gotten in Congress. When the financial sector demanded a provision weakening regulations on risky derivative trading, Congress obliged. When veterans asked for $22 million over five years for a suicide prevention program, Sen. Coburn blocked the entire bill.

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to N...

Amanda Terkel

Here Are Those Immigration Riots Tom Coburn Warned Us About

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), like many other Republicans in Congress, did not want President Barack Obama to announce deportation relief f...

The Beltway Beast

Munir Moon | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

The Beltway Beast is controlled by two major parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Last night's election results show that the political infighting and policies against middle-class America will continue and that nothing will change.

The One Question Everyone Is Asking About Mitch McConnell

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.05.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell officially became the next Senate Majority Leader on Tuesday, and the "wipeout" midterm election presents an important q...

GOP Senator: D.C. Statehood Is A 'Distraction'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy, Christine Conetta & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than 20 minutes after it began, the first hearing in more than 20 years on D.C. statehood became contentious. The Senate Homelan...

GOP Senator Calls Out Fox News

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Republican Senator Tom Coburn called out Fox News during a talk on Wednesday, saying that some of the network's shows are exactly the opposite of what...

GOP Senator Says Recreational Weed Will End In 'Tragedy'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of three medical doctors in the Senate, offered an ominous prediction for states with legalized recreational marijuana ...

Here's How James Lankford Could Bring Some Much-Needed Diversity To The Senate

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

He may be a white male, but the new Republican U.S. Senate hopeful from Oklahoma could bring some much-needed color to the upper chamber -- at least a...

James Lankford Beats T.W. Shannon In Oklahoma GOP Senate Primary

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. James Lankford defeated former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon in the state GOP primary on Tuesday to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn...

Sam Stein

Senators Urge Congress Not To Bring Back Earmarks

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least two senators are joining forces to squash a growing movement to bring earmarks back to the lawmaking process. In a letter to...

For The First Time In 30 Years, We Could See A State Hold A Constitutional Convention

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

With a little help from its state legislators, Rhode Island has taken another step toward reconsidering its state constitution. The Providence Jou...

Taxpayers Help Fund Political Conventions. Congress Actually Wants That To End.

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

The days of taxpayers footing the bill for lavish political conventions are one step closer to being over. On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously appro...

Republicans Want to Replace Obamacare With...Obamacare-Lite?

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Astonishingly, the Republicans have simply taken the provisions of Obamacare and made them temporary -- and called it "reform"! We'll give you fair prices, but only for a little while. We'll require you to sign up for insurance, but only until you back out.

GOP Senator: Border Incident 'Deserves A Close Look'

BuzzFeed | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just before 8:30 a.m. January 26, two figures dressed in camouflage and carrying military assault rifles crossed an international borde...

Jason Linkins

A Brief History Of The Republican Alternative To Obamacare: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

How to explain the history of the 'Republican alternative to Obamacare?' It seems to reside in a realm where time elongates and reality warps. I cannot remember a time in which Republicans weren't fervently offering an 'Obamacare alternative.'

Senator Coburn's Obamacare Moment: What It Tells Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

The decision made by Senator Coburn was a difficult one. He took the last option and decided to pay cash to continue his care with his former oncologist. And even more courageously, he made his story and decision public.

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

Jon Ward

Tom Coburn Decides Only A Constitutional Convention Can Fix Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When I entered Sen. Tom Coburn's office on Capitol Hill, he declined my offer to shake hands, telling me he had a cold. That reminded me...

Arthur Delaney

Senate To Vote On New Unemployment Bill That Targets Millionaires

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote Thursday on new legislation to restore unemployment insurance for more than a million workers whose benefits stoppe...

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.