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FBI to investigate mysterious $30 million in ‘missing’ funds from Oklahoma Department of Health

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Somehow, $30 million disappeared from the Oklahoma Department of Public Health. The news comes at a time when the Oklahoma legislature hasn’t been able to pass a budget to account for a nearly $900 million budget hole.

The state has seen a string of resignations over the last month since the news broke about the “accounting tricks” used to give the illusion of a balanced budget, said interim director Preston Doerflinger. Tuesday, the FBI announced that it would be investigating the department and those involved in making the decisions that led to the disappearance, the Tulsa World reported.

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“I appreciate the collaboration of the FBI and HHS in insuring that we can conduct a thorough and exacting review of the situation at OSDH,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a statement. “We will get to the bottom of what happened there.”

In wake of the announcement of the “error,” the Department of Health asked the legislature to give them the $30 million so they could continue to lay off staff and pay existing vendor contracts.

Gov. Mary Fallin’s (R) top staffers were subpoenaed to testify before a state House committee for their investigation. However, Republican state Rep. Josh Cockroft explained his committee’s investigation isn’t criminal in nature. A multicounty grand jury has also been called.

According to Oklahoma Watch, there were watchdogs in place who should have caught the error.

“The State Auditor and Inspector’s Office does operational audits, performance audits and investigative audits on state agencies, cities, boards, councils and commissions. Many are aggressive and detailed,” the report read.

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The Office of Management similarly has budget analysts and a state comptroller who monitor the department. The State Board of Health also has a finance committee, which oversees all of the department’s budget decisions.

None caught the $30 million missing from funds that stacked up over time.


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WATCH: Buffalo cops and firefighters cheer officers charged with assault as they leave the courthouse

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According to a report from both CNN and MSNBC, the two Buffalo police officers who were charged with second-degree assault after shoving a 75-year-old anti-police brutality protester to the ground where he sustained head injuries were greeted with applause after they were arraigned on Saturday morning.

MSNBC's Alex Witt noted that both officers were released without having to post bail.

According to ABC News, "Officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault during their video arraignments on Saturday and were released on their own recognizance. They both entered no guilty pleas and are expected back in court on July 20."

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Can it happen here? Bill Moyers says it’s happening right before our very eyes

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At 98, historian Bernard Weisberger has seen it all. Born in 1922, he grew up watching newsreels of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler as they rose to power in Europe. He vividly remembers Mussolini posturing to crowds from his balcony in Rome, chin outthrust, right arm extended. Nor has he forgotten Der Fuehrer’s raspy voice on radio, interrupted by cheers of “Heil Hitler,” full of menace even without pictures.

Fascist bullies and threats anger Bernie, and when America went to war to confront them, he interrupted his study of history to help make history by joining the army. He yearned to be an aviator but his eyesight was too poor. So he took a special course in Japanese at Columbia University and was sent as a translator to the China-Burma-India theater where Japanese warlords were out to conquer Asia. Bernie remembers them, too.

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Republicans fear Trump’s boast the economy is roaring back will blow up in his face before the election: report

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Republican campaign consultants and advisers are hoping Donald Trump will tone down his boasting that the economy will quickly come roaring back as businesses begin re-opening due to COVID-19 concerns.

With the White House preparing a "recovery summer" roll-out that will tout the economic recovery as a way to reverse the president's collapsing poll numbers, some GOP officials worry Trump's words could come back to haunt him in November.

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