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Last Roundup?: Third District Congressman Frank Lucas joined other Republicans on the House Science Committee last week in defending Monsanto and the popular herbicide Roundup from charges its chief active ingredient may be linked to cancer.

Specifically, they were upset about an International Agency for Research on Cancer finding that the chemical is “probably carcinogenic” because of its glyphosate content.

The IARC is an agency of the United Nations’ World Health Organization and partly funded by the United States. Republican lawmakers, including Lucas, threatened to pull that support over what he called “shoddy work.”

One of Lucas’ specific complaints was that the report in question does not state at what dosage certain chemicals, including Roundup, could cause cancer.

Dots and dashes: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was no fan of fellow Republican Rand Paul’s late filibuster of the budget bill. “He wanted attention and he got attention. That’s it,” Inhofe told Bloomberg. ... Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole’s chief of staff, Sean Murphy, died unexpectedly. ... The Hill reports former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency assessed only 20 percent as much in fines last year as the previous year under Administrator Gina McCarthy. ... Pruitt, meanwhile, came under renewed fire for twice saying last week that global warming might be OK. “I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing,” he told a Nevada television station. ... Andrew Wheeler, the coal industry lobbyist and former Inhofe staffer in line for the No. 2 spot at the EPA, held a fundraiser for Inhofe, the senior Republican and former chairman of the committee that oversees that agency, as recently as March, The Intercept reported. The left-leaning website said Wheeler also raised money for the current committee chairman, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. ... Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin was among 30 Republican members of Congress to receive $5,400 from Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee. ... U.S. Sen. James Lankford was named co-chairman of the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast. ... U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas put in a plug for 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine during a speech to a commercial space industry group, saying Bridenstine should be confirmed to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Bridenstine’s nomination is in danger partly because he made an ad for Cruz during the 2016 presidential campaign.

— Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World