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Texas RR commissioner Sitton’s ethics questioned

Texas Railroad Commission, Sitton

When Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, was picked by President Trump as secretary of state, immediately there were questions about potential conflicts of interest and the oil tycoon’s ability to made conflict-free decisions in his new role. So he agreed to sell more than 600,000 shares of his company, worth more than $54 million. He gave up potential ...

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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

Dakota Access pipeline, Clay Jenkinson, Lakota, Four Bears

Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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Best Debate Tweets: Presidential Edition

Photo via Twitter.

Let’s start with the basics. This presidential election this year has heated up to an inferno, and tonight’s debate is only a taste of what we’ll likely see in the next several weeks until election night. Topics like taxes, the national debt, ISIS and gun control were covered, as one candidate tried to edge words in among the other. Most ...

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Fed judge to decide whether climate change lawsuit proceeds

American flag, pipeline protest

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, is considering arguments about whether a lawsuit brought by a group of children and a leading climate scientist can go forward. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleges that the federal government has known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution causes climate change, but it has failed to implement plans to ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Photo: Vasiliki Millousi via Flickr.

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at night, as seen from the Monogahela River. (Image: Joey Gannon via Flickr)

IT’S UP TO TRUMP TO UNITE REPUBLICANS, May 5 With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party’s nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the “braggadocious” real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. ...

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Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Amarillo Globe-News. March 22, 2016. President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba is historic — for many reasons. However, before America buries history and “the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas” (as the president remarked Tuesday), we offer clarification on a few points — minus the political nonsense. — The president remarked that his visit to Cuba was ...

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Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) President Barry Russell released the following statement on the next stage of the Obama Administration’s proposed five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2017-2022: “Offshore energy production has and will continue to be integral to America’s energy future – for good-paying jobs, national energy security, and billions of dollars in ...

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Roundup of Oklahoma editorials

Roundup of Oklahoma editorials

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers: The Oklahoman, Feb. 2, 2016 Oklahoma Gov. Fallin deserves credit for ambitious budget proposals In the days prior to her State of the State speech, Gov. Mary Fallin promised a bold approach to dealing with Oklahoma’s significant fiscal challenges. She wasn’t kidding. The budget Fallin submitted to lawmakers Monday, the first ...

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Editorial: WSJ on Obama’s endorsement of a new pipeline

TransCanada to file 2 legal challenges to Keystone rejection

The Wall Street Journal on the Obama Administration supporting a new oil pipeline project in Africa. Jan. 10 TransCanada took Uncle Sam to court last week to reclaim some of the damage done by the Obama Administration’s multiyear, drawn-out rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. It may not come up in the litigation, but someone should point out that the ...

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