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CBO projects $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The federal budget deficit will nearly triple to an unprecedented $1.2 trillion for the 2009 budget year, according to grim new Congressional Budget Office figures.

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Obama names special watchdog for federal spending

Updated: 01/07/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that reforming massive government entitlement programs - such as Social Security and Medicare - would be "a central part" of his effort to control federal spending.

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Obama has lunch with 4 presidents

Updated: 01/07/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama hailed a rare Oval Office gathering of all U.S. presidents as an extraordinary event on Wednesday as the current occupant, President George W. Bush, reminded his predecessors and successor that the office "transcends the individual."

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Dan Biles Appointed to Supreme Ct.

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appoints a law partner of the Kansas Democrat Party's chairman to the state Supreme Court. He is Dan Biles, an Overland Park attorney. He's best known for his work for state agencies.

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Stimulus Aside, Obama Vows Future Budget Restraint

Updated: 01/07/2009 - To a public wary of government spending, President-elect Barack Obama is offering a salve with his massive economic stimulus package: the promise of long-term fiscal discipline.

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CBS, CNN's Gupta for Surgeon General?

Updated: 01/06/2009 - There's more speculation swirling that the popular television medical expert may put his skills to work for the Obama Administration.

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Kansas Senator Reacts to Gaza Violence

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, says the people of Gaza have only Hamas to blame for recent violence, and only Hamas can end it.

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Jenkins Takes Oath in Washington

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Former Kansas state treasurer Lynn Jenkins was sworn in as one of Congress' freshman members when the new Congress convened Tuesday.

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Obama Apologizes to Feinstein for his CIA Surprise

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President-elect Barack Obama apologized to her for not notifying her ahead of time that Leon Panetta was his pick for CIA director. She is incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Ex-AG's Affair an Issue in Kansas Abortion Case

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Attorneys for abortion provider Dr. George Tiller says former AG Paul Morrison was influenced to file charges against Tiller by his former mistress, Linda Carter. They also suggest former AG Phill Kline also knew about the affair before Morrison filed his charges.

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Obama's Kenyan Step-Grandmother to Attend Ball

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sarah Obama, the stepmother of Obama's Kenyan-born father, will join representatives from the Kenyan government, African Union and African diplomats for an unofficial inaugural ball on Jan. 20.

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Obama Stimulus Plan Boosts Business Tax Refunds

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's proposed stimulus package would provide businesses with billions of dollars in refunds on taxes they paid several years ago.

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Economic Crisis, Obama Response Face New Congress

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Democratic-dominated Congress convenes Tuesday to confront perhaps the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to grapple with a hugely ambitious agenda set by President-elect Obama.

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Obama's Intel Picks Short on Direct Experience

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's selection of an old White House hand to head the CIA shows a preference for a strong manager over an intelligence expert.

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Franken on Top in Minn. Recount; Coleman to Sue

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Canvassing Board's declaration started a seven-day clock for Coleman, the incumbent, to file a lawsuit protesting the result. His attorney Tony Trimble said the challenge will be filed within 24 hours.

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Burris Determined to take Senate Seat Tues.

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Barack Obama's appointed successor declared Tuesday he's qualified to take a seat in the Senate and said he'll go to Capitol Hill to do just that.

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Former Kansas Prosecutor Gets Year, Day in Prison

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Former Cherokee County prosecutor Michael Goodrich, of Baxter Springs, was sentned to one year and one day in prison on charges he extored money and favors from a Galena adult club.

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New Kansas Treasurer Faces Questions on Governor's Race

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Dennis McKinney took the oath Monday as the new Kansas State Treasurer. He served almost six years as Kansas House minority leader before Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office.

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Minn. Board Expected to Announce Al Franken Winner

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The state Canvassing Board was poised to certify the results of the recount in Minnesota's grueling Senate election in Al Franken's favor - but that doesn't mean the race is definitely over.

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