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President-elect Obama reaches out to former rivals

Updated: 11/18/2008 - WASHINGTON – Presidents typically say they want to be surrounded by strong-willed people who have the courage to disagree with them. President-elect Barack Obama, reaching out to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans, actually might mean it.

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Absent Obama still a presence in the capital

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama is an invisible force as foreign leaders and Congress convene separately in Washington, the economy at center stage.

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Obama Makes Plans To Close Guantanamo

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The President-Elect is looking to fulfill one of his major campaign promises.. but what would the Obama Administration do with the prisoners?

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Nebraska Splits, Awards One Electoral Vote to Obama

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Returns show the President-Elect has won one more electoral vote in the Husker State. It's the first time the state has divided its electoral votes in a Presidential election.

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Clinton could be mixed blessing as No. 1 diplomat

Updated: 11/18/2008 - During the Democrats' quarrelsome nominating contest, Hillary Rodham Clinton argued that she, and not upstart rival Barack Obama, had more impressive credentials as a statesman: familiarity with world leaders and problems, toughness under fire.

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Another Dem Uninterested in Kansas Treasurer Post

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Wichita stockbroker and financial adviser Jill Docking says she's not interested in being appointed Kansas State Treasurer. The slot will be open when Lynn Jenkins heads to Congress. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will appoint a replacement.

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Sebelius Seeks Fed Stimulus for States

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius lobbies Kansas' congressional delegation for a new stimulus package to help states deal with their financial problems

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Officials: Sen. Clinton Eyed as Secretary of State

Updated: 11/18/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with the Obama transition team. Clinton, the former first lady who pushed Obama hard for the Democratic presidential nomination, was rumored to be a contender for the job last week, but the talk died down as party activists questioned whether she was best-suited to be the nation's top diplomat in an Obama administration. The talk resumed in Washington and elsewhere Thursday, a day after Obama named several former aides to President Bill Clinton to help run his transition effort. The two Democratic officials who spoke Thursday did so on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Obama and his staff. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines referred questions to the Obama transition team, which said it had no comment. Other people frequently mentioned for the State Department job are Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and New Mexico's Democratic governor, Bill Richardson. © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Obama Resigning Senate Seat

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama will resign his Senate seat effective Sunday. The Democratic governor of Illinois will name a replacement to fill out the final two years of Obama's term.

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Obama Inauguration Could Draw One Million People

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is expected to draw 1 million-plus to the capital, and already some lawmakers have stopped taking ticket requests and hotels have booked up.

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Biden To Be Hands-On

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Vice President-Elect Joe Biden is ready for an active role in the Obama Administration.

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Memorial Scheduled for Obama's Grandmother

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A memorial service for President-elect Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, will be held Friday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

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Wilson Asks for Riley County Recount

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A longtime senator's challenger has come within 21 votes of beating him. That's why Rusty Wilson will request all the votes in their State Senate race be counted again.

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Obamas discuss public school options for daughters

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's family has discussed public school options for their two young daughters with District of Columbia officials, the mayor and schools chief said Wednesday.

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DNC chair faces $15M debt; fight for RNC boss

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Democratic Party faces a smooth transition as President-elect Barack Obama essentially chooses the next national chairman whose initial task will be retiring a $15 million debt. A fight is ensuing on the Republican side as the losing party searches for a new identity - and perhaps a new leader.

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US general urges Obama to keep missile defense

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Air Force general who runs the Pentagon's missile defense projects said Wednesday that American interests would be "severely hurt" if President-elect Obama decided to halt plans developed by the Bush administration to install missile interceptors in Eastern Europe.

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Kelly Shuns State Treasurer Post

Updated: 11/18/2008 - State Sen. Laura Kelly, of Topeka says she doesn't want to fill the post vacated by newly-elected Second Dist. Rep. Lynn Jenkins

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Bush Administration still Working on $700B Rescue

Updated: 11/18/2008 - At a time when most administrations are getting ready to turn out the lights, the Bush administration is still struggling to get the biggest government rescue in history up and running.

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WW II vet held in Nazi slave camp breaks silence: 'Let it be known'

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Anthony Acevedo thumbs through the worn, yellowed pages of his diary emblazoned with the words "A Wartime Log" on its cover. It's a catalog of deaths and atrocities he says were carried out on U.S. soldiers held by Nazis at a slave labor camp during World War II -- a largely forgotten legacy of the war.

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