What made Rosie the Riveter strong: A voice at work
Federal contract workers in low-wage service jobs have been calling attention to the need for better wages and working conditions. These workers, who serve meals to tourists at the Smithsonian Museums and clean offices in the Pentagon, have added their voices to those of the fast-food workers and Walmart employees who walked off the job in recent weeks and months over low wages, abusive scheduling practices, discrimination and retaliation against workers who band together to improve their working conditions.
OUR VIEW: Bring ‘dark money’ into the light
Several statewide races this primary season have tacked toward the negative as no candidate has appeared to have a clear majority ahead of today’s primary voting — particularly in the U.S. Senate unexpired term seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee.
U.S. health-care system the worst in the developed world
The U.S. health-care system notched another dubious honor in a new comparison of its quality to the systems of 10 other developed countries: its rank was dead last.
The new study by the Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States against seven wealthy European countries and Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It’s a follow-up of previous surveys published in 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2004, in all of which the U.S. also ranked last.
Los Angeles Times: A welcome crackdown on patents
The Supreme Court moved again Thursday to rein in patent lawsuits, something it’s been doing with remarkable regularity in recent years. This time, the court invalidated a common type of software-based business method patent because it doesn’t involve any actual invention. The court stopped short of barring patents on any type of business method — which three justices wanted to do — or software program.
How gullible are we this week? (Hey Hink 6-21)
Let’s do something for the IRS they practically never do for us. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume when they announced last Friday that Lois Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, that’s what happened. We all remember Ms. Lerner. She was head of the IRS “Exempt Organizations Division” during the time the IRS was illegally impeding efforts by certain organizations to receive tax exempt status. We recall when she was called to testify concerning her conduct during that time she refused to answer questions because her testimony might tend to incriminate her.
Lankford, Douglas should head to D.C.
Oklahomans have some tough choices to make Tuesday when they head to the polls for statewide primary elections.
The most high-profile race has been the one to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Tom Coburn, who has chosen to retire.
As we look back at Sen. Coburn’s distinguished record of service to the state, some key qualities leap to mind. Coburn is always, and above all else, a man of integrity. We know he keeps his word. The senator has become a champion of lessening government bloat and frequently highlights the improbable spending approved by Congress. He has shown the way in multiple areas where the nation could lower its spending excesses. Coburn also has always maintained his stance as a citizen legislator — someone who serves with distinction but who knows when it’s time to give someone else a turn. And perhaps most important in the current political climate in Washington, D.C., Coburn has shown he can rise above strictly party politics and try to find real solutions to the nation’s problems.
Benghazi attack ringleader unmasked in newspaper 2 years ago
It appears the crucial lost intelligence about what really happened in the tragic Benghazi attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, really has been hiding in plain sight all along — just like the attack’s suspected ringleader, who was finally snatched Sunday in a bloodless U.S. Special Operations military and FBI raid inside Libya.
Ever since the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others, locating, contacting and even interviewing the militant Islamic leader Ahmed Abu Khattala never seemed much of a problem.
How to end the NSA dragnet
One year ago this month, Americans learned that their government was engaged in secret dragnet surveillance, which contradicted years of assurances to the contrary from senior government officials and intelligence leaders.
On this anniversary, it is more important than ever to let Congress and the administration know that Americans will reject half-measures that could still allow the government to collect millions of Americans’ records without any individual suspicion or evidence of wrongdoing.
It is time to end the dragnet and to affirm that we can keep our nation secure without trampling on and abandoning Americans’ constitutional rights.
Pain management drugs need to be monitored
In recent years, much has been written about prescription drugs. Particularly pain medications, which are classified in law as “controlled dangerous substances,” are being used by recreational drug users and addicts.
It has been reported that many people — especially young people — believe that drugs issued by pharmacies are safer than street drugs and that they are less likely to experience adverse effects by using them as a result.
The controversy regarding such drugs has resulted in many physicians being reluctant to prescribe them to people in chronic pain. Those who advocate on their behalf now complain that their medical needs are not being adequately addressed as a result.
Cantor’s defeat: A voters’ revolt against, but against what?
Voters’ revolts are always instructive. But first you have to figure out what the voters were trying to say. And in the days since Rep. Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, lost his GOP primary election, there’s been plenty of disagreement about that.
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