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It's not that unusual for vote counts elsewhere to continue well past the date Oklahomans are used to seeing election results certified. A prime example is Florida, where the infamous "hanging chads" helped land George W. Bush in the White House.

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WASHINGTON - When French President Emmanuel Macron denounced populist nationalism this week and called on world leaders to support institutions such as the United Nations that defend "the common good of the world," liberal elites cheered. The speech was seen as a rebuke of President Trump, w…

Perhaps you recall the last time a French politician angered a certain kind of hairy-chested American nationalist. In February 2003, Dominique de Villepin, France's conservative minister of foreign affairs, cautioned the U.N. General Assembly about the sheer folly of invading Iraq.

It appears journalists are headed for a defining moment with President Donald Trump over the right of the press to ask him tough questions in a manner the president considers rude and hostile.

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In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, the balance of political power changed somewhat with the Democrats winning enough victories to give them the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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For many Tahlequah residents, the holiday season is the most exciting time of the year. Not only do they get to indulge in great shopping deals, but they can hone their skills at the Snowflake ice rink downtown, and enjoy the beautiful light displays throughout the city.

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Jeff Sessions was wrongfully discharged because he refused to obstruct justice. He can sue for his salary, and we taxpayers will be paying for the president's bad decision, in the form of damages.

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"You've written about Mrs. Adams, and how she almost killed someone for farting," the long-time friend wrote. "Now I want you to write about Mrs. Palmer."

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The brouhaha over Sen. Elizabeth Warren's DNA test results may have died down as other news took center stage, but the fact that she felt compelled to take the test took on a life of its own.

WASHINGTON - In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson's belief that "men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things."

Among other eccentricities, I do not possess a smartphone and have never wanted one. It's bad enough that I spend my working hours flitting around the internet like an over-caffeinated sparrow without carrying Google in my pocket. If I need to check the weather in Galway, Ireland, or Andrew …

It seems people have forgotten the true meaning of our most profitable holiday: Black Friday.

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Now that the 2018 midterm elections are over, most Americans of goodwill share a common hope: that our elected representatives will put forth their best efforts for all the people of this country, not just the ones who supported them.

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Conservatives do not trust the media. Not much of a news flash, I know. But it's true, and every time my left-leaning Democratic friends hear the clarion call "fake news," they just roll their eyes in disgust.

Hours before Robert Bowers gunned down 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, he wrote, "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in." Earlier, he had reposted this message: "Open you (sic) Eyes!…

Media and Facebook are flooded with race-based issues now. For weeks, I have held my tongue, but I'm officially tired of hearing it. Here is my stand. It is the only time I will voice my opinion on the matter. We will call this rant "My Selves."

WASHINGTON - When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as "smart politics." The year was 2011, and the president was Barack…

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Whoever told President Trump he could overturn the 14th Amendment with an executive order may not have much of a background in constitutional law, but he or she is adept at whipping up a base rife with bigotry and hate.

WASHINGTON - Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions. Last week, however, a New York j…

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In these days of super-heated rhetoric and open disdain for those who are different from the norm, it should come as no surprise when hate rears its ugly head - even in the diverse and normally tolerant city of Tahlequah.

WASHINGTON - Why is it, each time I think about this ugly season of violence in America, that certain words and phrases keep popping into my head? "Nobody's guilty." "Words are not at fault." "Nothing leads to anything else."

WASHINGTON - In an interview for "Axios on HBO," President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied:

State Question 801 would give school boards discretion to use building fund money for general fund expenditures such as teacher salaries.

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When hometown folks run for state- or national-level offices, compete for awards and honors, or otherwise deserve some sort of recognition, that community's newspaper ought to support them in their endeavors, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. That, after all, is the purpose o…

During a grim and sorrowful time in the United States, I've found my spirits lifted by the Boston Red Sox. Not simply because my team - I watched large parts of every game this season - won the World Series. They've done that before. Nor even because the 2018 Red Sox were simply the best bas…

There was a long line to buy lottery tickets yesterday at the Gas 'n' Go Away. The jackpot was over a billion dollars. Last week, the prize was "only" $500 million. There was no line to buy tickets then. You could have walked right in and bought as many as you wanted. It seems gas station ga…

WASHINGTON - Eleven Jews are dead in Pittsburgh, gunned down during Shabbat services allegedly by a man who shared President Trump's paranoia about a migrant caravan. Pipe bombs were sent to more than a dozen of Trump's favorite political targets, including the homes of two former presidents…

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, jumped into the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation battle on the afternoon of Sept. 23. On that day, The New Yorker had published the allegations of a woman named Deborah Ramirez, wh…

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Richard Castaldo is a great candidate for Congress. He is the Libertarian, which is new to many of us in Oklahoma, but there are many reasons to support him.

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In 2012, Markwayne Mullin, running for the first time, won the general election against Rob Wallace with a total of 52.3 percent of the vote in Cherokee County and by much larger margins districtwide. In 2014, his margin of victory grew in Cherokee County to a high of 63.6 percent and about …

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It’s not easy to break with tradition, and it can be risky – but when the future is at stake, the Fourth Estate is morally compelled to speak out. That’s why the Tahlequah Daily Press, for the first time decades, is endorsing a candidate: Jason Nichols, for District 2 Congress.

The energy sector has a rich history in Oklahoma of creating jobs and also contributing to our state's budget. The oil and gas industry is certainly an asset to our economy, but as a state, we must be prepared for times when commodity prices are low.

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On this page and the facing one, readers will notice something relatively new for the Tahlequah Daily Press opinion pages: essays explaining why voters should choose certain candidates when Nov. 6 rolls around.

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A few weeks ago, I chastised a teenager for labeling a teacher "mean" after she was sent to the office for doing texting her boyfriend in class. I didn't name names, and was surprised when the girl texted me a few days after it published.

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