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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Now we're going to hear from Representative Tom Cole, the Oklahoma Republican. Congressman Cole is a senior member of the House. He was long a member of the House GOP leadership. He is a political consultant by trade and a straight shooter by reputation. Thanks for joining us. TOM COLE: Thank you. What a kind induction. SIEGEL: I want to ask you about a tone that is in evidence at this convention. Last night...

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All five of Oklahoma's U.S. House members easily beat back Republican primary challengers on Tuesday and advanced to November's general election, while U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine in Tulsa automatically retains his 1st District seat with his victory. Bridenstine, along with U.S. Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Markwayne Mullin and Steve Russell, all easily won re-election. "Tom Atkinson was a valiant opponent," Bridenstine said after the victory. "He ran an honorable campaign, and while we had...

Oklahoma's longest-serving members of the U.S. House face primary election opposition from challengers who say the incumbents' time in Washington has put them out of touch with constituents back home and their votes do not represent voters' values. Third District Rep. Frank Lucas, the senior member of Oklahoma's delegation, faces fellow Republican Desiree Brown of Hennessey in the June 28 primary, in which Lucas is seeking a 12th term in the sprawling western Oklahoma district. The winner...

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The National Institutes of Health is prepared to get a $2 billion funding increase in the federal spending bill released last week. As STAT reports, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole was a big advocate for that increase.

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