The Two-Way
7:09 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Obama To Ask For $263 Million For Police Body Cameras, Training

Officers wearing riot gear walk through a park in downtown St. Louis on Sunday.
Tom Gannam AP

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 8:00 pm

After a day spent meeting with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders and other officials about the mistrust of police in communities of color, President Obama will ask Congress for $263 million in part to equip local police with body cameras.

Update at 6:55 p.m. ET: Other Possible Changes

As the president confirmed his plans at the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder announced he will soon release new guidelines to limit racial profiling by authorities.

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Health
5:40 am
Sun November 30, 2014

For Some Uninsured, Simply Signing Up Is A Challenge

Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and does not have health insurance. It takes him three hours to commute home from the job he works as an overnight hotel janitor.
Lisa Morehouse/KQED

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 4:31 pm

When the Affordable Care Act rolled out last year, Californians enrolled in both Covered California and expanded Medicaid in high numbers. But there are still millions in the state without health insurance. Undocumented people don't qualify for Obamacare benefits. And many others still find coverage too expensive — or face other obstacles in enrolling.

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Around the Nation
5:12 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Do More Boots On The Border Equal Security?

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:22 pm

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Transcript

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

When President Obama announced sweeping changes to the immigration system, this was the first thing on his list.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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Health
12:36 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

Supreme Court police stand guard during a storm in March.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 2:28 pm

Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in three dozen states where the federal government runs the program?

Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are its backbone, as well as the mandate requiring most Americans to carry coverage.

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Local News
8:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Headlines: Tulsa Vigil, Thankful in OKC & Airline Travel

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 26, 2014:

  • Attendees of a Tulsa vigil focusing on Ferguson, Missouri worry about an undercurrent of racism. (Tulsa World)

  • During this time of year, people reflect on things they’re thankful for including where they live. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • Will Rogers World Airport is getting ready for Thanksgiving travelers today. (Journal Record)

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mix: Billboard, John Moreland, Mary J. Blige & Disclosure

Billboard

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a change in methodology for the Billboard 200, the anticipation of John Moreland's upcoming album in 2015, and a collaboration between the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige and U.K. house duo Disclosure.

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Music
11:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard's Album Chart

Taylor Swift, whose 1989 is currently the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and whose song "Blank Space" is at the top of the Hot 100, even though her music is not available on Spotify.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:32 pm

Imagine you're in a Tower Records in the late '90s. You head for the cash register with a credit card and two compact discs in your hand. Let's say one CD is by OutKast, the other by Smash Mouth (remember, it's the late '90s). The following week on the Billboard 200, America's premier album chart, both of the CDs you bought have been tallied.

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Politics
10:02 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Mo., in August, where he met with elected and police officials and community members.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:15 am

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Attorney General Eric Holder says "far more must be done to create enduring trust" between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.

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JenX
8:50 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Celebrating the Changes in Oklahoma City

The landscape of Oklahoma has changed dramatically since Generation Xers were children.

For Jennifer Lindsey McClintock, much of it has been for the best.


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Local News
8:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Headlines: NCLB Waiver, Norman Protest & Prison Rapes

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 25, 2014:

  • Oklahoma schools are getting a waiver reinstated through the No Child Left Behind Act. (Tulsa World)

  • Hundreds of students from Norman High School protest the treatment of rape victims. (Norman Transcript)

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General wants information about prison rapes from going public. (Tulsa World)

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