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Judiciary Committee OK's Sotomayor

Updated: 07/28/2009 - The committee voted 13-6 Tuesday morning to send Sotomayor's nomination to the full Senate, where she's expected to be confirmed easily next week.

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AP Sources: Senators Near Bipartisan Health Deal

Posted: 07/28/2009 - A bipartisan group of senators is closing in on a health care compromise that omits key Democratic priorities but seeks to hold down costs, as lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol labor to deliver sweeping health legislation to President Barack Obama.

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US, China Have Pointed Questions In Private

Posted: 07/28/2009 - The United States and China are striking a conciliatory tone in their public comments during economic talks, although that hasn't stopped China from posing some pointed questions behind closed doors about such issues as America's soaring budget deficit.

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State Treasurer Talks About Program

Posted: 07/27/2009 - State Treasurer Dennis McKinney is promoting the "KIDS" Act, which encourages families to save for their children's higher education by matching their savings, up to $600 a year.

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Kansas Department On Aging Holds Hearing

Posted: 07/27/2009 - The Kansas Dept. on Aging held the first of three hearings Monday in Topeka. The agency is trying to get feedback as it crafts its budget priorities.

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Report Questions Biolab Selection Process

Posted: 07/27/2009 - The Government Accountability Office said in a draft report that the Homeland Security Department did not adequately study the different risks of six sites that competed to get the lab moved from its present site at Plum Island, N.Y.

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Sarah Palin Steps Down As Alaska Governor

Posted: 07/27/2009 - Sarah Palin stepped down as Alaska governor on Sunday with a fiery speech reminiscent of her days as running mate to Republican John McCain - when she frequently revved up crowds while attacking Democrats and the news media.

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Treasury, Fed Dispute On Display In Congress

Posted: 07/24/2009 - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke are squaring off in a public dispute over who should become the nation's top consumer watchdog.

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Deadline Broken, Talks Continue For Health Bill

Posted: 07/24/2009 - President Barack Obama is likening overhaul of the nation's health care system to one of the government's greatest triumphs: the NASA program that landed astronauts on the moon 40 years ago.

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Bernanke Back On Capitol Hill — And Hot Seat

Updated: 07/22/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ran into more tough questions Wednesday on Capitol Hill about the central bank's extraordinary actions to rescue the economy and its ability to take on even more responsibility.

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Kansas Ethics Panel To Review House Speaker's Case

Posted: 07/22/2009 - The Kansas ethics commission is reviewing a nepotism allegation against House Speaker Mike O'Neal. In question is the hiring of his wife, Cindy, as an aide to the House GOP Caucus.

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Senate To Vote On Concealed Weapons Measure

Posted: 07/22/2009 - Gun control and gun rights advocates are heading for another clash with a Senate vote on a measure that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry those hidden weapons into other states.

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Obama May Have To Wait For Health Care Passage

Updated: 07/22/2009 - After more than a week of tirelessly pressuring Congress to move his top domestic priority, President Barack Obama may have to settle for a fallback strategy on health care overhaul.

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House Democrats Announce Interim Committee Appointments

Posted: 07/21/2009 - House Minority Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence, announced Monday the appointment of House Democrats to 2009 legislative interim committees. These committees will study specific issues throughout the fall and make recommendations to the 2010 Legislature.

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Kansas Maj. Leader Takes First Step Towards SoS Run

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Sen. Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican, announced Monday that he's appointed a campaign treasurer. State law requires such an appointment before a candidate can raise money.

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