Last week many people noticed a strange, smokey sky over much of the country, not realizing why it was there. The haze was smoke carried across the U.S. by the jet stream from the giant wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington.

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The sun sets with a muted glow over Niagara Falls, New York, earlier this week, showing the effects of a milky sky caused by diffuse clouds of smoke from the West Coast wildfires traveling across the U.S. on jet stream winds. 

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Sun sets in Niagara Falls, N. Y., this week with muted glow against milky sky caused by smoky residue from the West Coast wildfires that traveled across the U.S. on jet stream winds. 

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WESTERN WILDFIRES, EASTERN SUNSET: Sun sets with a muted glow from diffuse clouds of smoke from West Coast wildfires traveling across the U.S. on jet stream winds. 

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America is supposed to be the beaming light of the world and, in many cases, we are, but during election time, we take a step back. The name-calling, the lying, and racism hit a peak in America during election time, and any time one minority group speaks up about equality.

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NORMAN -- Oklahoma University’s football team canceled practice Friday to march lockstep from the stadium to the campus Unity Garden to protest racial injustice and the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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If you oppose mail-in voting because President Donald Trump calls it a fraud, prepare to stand in long lines to cast your ballot on Nov. 3 Election Day.

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Four years ago, millions of American voters took a giant gamble on the nation’s future by casting their ballots for a very different kind of President.  He did not win the most votes but the Electoral College delivered him constitutionally into the White House nonetheless.

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As the Democratic National Convention drew to a close, the American people saw a wide range of speakers and supporters come out to show admiration for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. The list of heavy hitters included former President Barack Obama.

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The long-awaited running mate of presumptive nominee Joe Biden has been named. Sen. Kamala Harris is the first African American vice presidential candidate in America. History has just been made, and we are all alive to witness it.

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The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II is coming up on Sept. 2, and many who fought in this global conflict have since passed on. But the stories of these veterans who saved the world have been shared ever since, and will continue to be passed on for many years to come.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A Northeast Oklahoma business's cutout board used by guests for taking photos has been criticized by community members who say the feature is an example of cultural appropriation, and resort owners have decided to remove it.

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Now that it's becoming undeniable that Joe Biden has a substantial – and seemingly durable – lead on Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election, references to the supposed polling problems of 2016 are being made with increasing frequency.

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The buzz over whom former Vice President Joe Biden will pick for his vice presidential candidate has been circulating for months. He has committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. While there are many well-qualified women candidates, there are a number of ethnic groups who are pulling for a candidate of color.

Cherokee Nation District 3 Tribal Councilor Wes Nofire remains steadfastly opposed to the administration's handling of the aftermath of McGirt v. Oklahoma, while Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said he's doing what an elected leader ought to do after a historic ruling.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that Congress never dissolved the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation in Eastern Oklahoma, tribes and the state have been examining the impact the case could have on regulatory issues in Indian Territory.

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One week ago, President Trump tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president’s critics quickly labeled the maneuver too little, too late.

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As a father, my main focus is to provide a safe environment for my children to thrive. As my wife and I maneuver through the historic COVID-19 pandemic, we have the difficult decision to make, as thousands of parents do: What do we do about the school year?

As America continues to be a divided country, the adults are setting the stage for how their children will behave in the future. The cycle of hate, misunderstanding, divisiveness, and disrespect has been passed down for generations. We may think our generation was the most respectful and raised with the most morals, but in reality, all generations think that.

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Four months from now, the 2020 U.S. presidential general election will be held, and on Super Tuesday, people from all walks of life will be casting a ballot for the candidate whom they feel is best-suited to lead our great nation.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Federal health officials report a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths occur in the nation’s nursing homes, but the agency tracking their morbidity rates maintains a database riddled with incomplete information and errors.

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A few years ago, I moved a friend to Washington, D.C. One of the things this friend was most looking forward to after getting settled in was getting license plates that had the "No taxation without representation" slogan on them.

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There are places in our nation that seem to be in total chaos. The “American Dream” was once a bright and shining star that many here and abroad worked for and desired. It meant someone had overcome the odds and succeeded through life’s many trials.

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