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Oklahoma GOP tax cut axes tornado shelters after storms killed seven students in 2013

A plan to put shelters in schools after seven children died in 2013 from a series of devastating tornadoes has been scrapped because Republican leaders are pushing for corporate tax cuts instead. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Gov. Mary Fallin (R) and other lawmakers have called to eliminate…

How To Use Republican Irrationality For Better Negotiations

I was really impressed by a recent piece by Greta Christina for Free Inquiry asking if there’s a rational way to accept/use our own irrationality. Being irrational is simply a result of being human; many irrational thought processes are only really a problem when they’re, well, a problem. (I realize…

Key U.S. House panel to review trade ties with China

WASHINGTON — A key US congressional panel plans to put the White House in the hot seat at an October 25 hearing to study action against China’s “distorting trade politics,” the committee’s chairman said Tuesday. “China’s distorting trade policies are deeply troubling and cannot be allowed to stand. Its practices…

Obama applauds finance reforms as Senate vote draws near

President Barack Obama turned up the heat Saturday on lawmakers to pass an ambitious Wall Street regulatory overhaul, as the measure headed for a key vote in the Senate. “The reform bill being debated in the Senate will not solve every problem in our financial system: no bill could,” Obama…

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