The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 pm

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Politics
11:56 am
Fri June 26, 2015

'Abide By The Law': Campaign Trail Responds To Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:18 pm

After the Supreme Court's decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide came down at 10 a.m. ET, the 2016 hopefuls weighed in quickly.

The Republican side of the field has opposed same-sex marriage, but in responding to Friday's decision, most of the candidates struck a measured tone — many noting they support traditional marriage and religious freedom and disagree with the court — but also stressed the importance of respect and tolerance for all Americans.

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Health
11:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands after the president spoke in the White House's Rose Garden Thursday about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Obamacare.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:47 am

In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.

Here are five of the biggest hurdles that remain.

Medicaid Expansion

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:49 pm

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obamacare, GOP Director Resigns & Budget Court Challenge

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of Affordable Care Act supporters, the Political Director of the state Republican Party resigns after pressure from GOP officials and Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent files a lawsuit challenging he upcoming state budget.

The trio also discusses a successful petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Tulsa's sheriff, Oklahoma's Democratic Party considers the option to open its primaries to independent voters and racist pamphlets in the eastern Oklahoma town of Pryor.

This is the season finale of This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Ryan and Neva are taking a break over the summer and will return in September.

Headlines
8:24 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Headlines: Tuition Increases, Oklahoma Saint & Captain Kirk in Edmond

Headlines for Friday, June 26, 2015:

  • Oklahomans relying on subsidies for health insurance celebrate the Affordable Care Act ruling. (NewsOK)

  • Tuition at Oklahoma colleges and universities is increasing. (NewsOK)

  • State School Board approves standstill budget. (Tulsa World)

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Health
1:00 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Statehouse Fights Over Obamacare To Rage On Despite Supreme Court Decision

The Oklahoma State Capitol is one of many legal battlegrounds that remain for the Affordable Care Act.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Obama administration means 6.4 million people won't lose subsidies that helped them afford health insurance.

But the historic ruling in King v. Burwell may be far from the last word on health overhaul.

Bills to advance or cripple the law in statehouses didn't come to a halt in the months that lawmakers awaited the Supreme Court decision. They may well smolder for months or years.

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Politics
12:06 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

'Judicial Tyranny' To 'A Great Day,' Candidates React To Health Care Ruling

"Today's decision only reinforces why we need a president who will bring about real reform," Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:49 pm

Following the Supreme Court health care ruling to uphold subsidies nationwide, President Obama said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay."

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:28 pm

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:35 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Why Oklahoma Had the Nation’s Highest Percentage Of Bee Deaths Last Year

Beekeeper Tim McCoy pries a hive of European honeybees out of an electrical box on Ed Crall's property near Weatherford, Okla.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate across the country, but no state lost a greater percentage of its bees than Oklahoma over the last year. When it comes to the general public, there’s a lot of mystery around this issue, but the reasons are becoming more clear.

Nathalie Steinhauer from the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland says the biggest threat to bees comes from varroa mites that came to the U.S. from Asia in the 1990s.

“This is definitely enemy number one for bees around the world,” Steinhauer says. “The second major cause of death would be poor nutrition and habitat loss. Certainly, in areas of the world where we have intense agricultural practices, we have a lot of monocultures and reduction of natural habitat. And then finally pesticide is also one of the top three causes of honeybee colony loss.”

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