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Kansas Senate Hopeful Stockpiles $3.1M For Campaign

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Quarterly finance reports filed Wednesday show Jerry Moran maintaining a wide lead in campaign cash on hand over Rep. Todd Tiahrt. Both are seeking next year's GOP nomination for the seat now held by Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who's running for governor.

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Sotomayor Says Obama Didn't Ask About Abortion

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Judge Sonia Sotomayor said Wednesday neither President Barack Obama nor anyone else in the administration asked her views on abortion rights before she was nominated for the Supreme Court.

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Clinton Aims To Retake Foreign Policy Center Stage

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Eclipsed by a globe-trotting president, a foreign policy-savvy vice president and a bevy of special envoys, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is struggling to re-emerge this week as the Obama administration's diplomatic heavyweight.

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House Bill Would Make Health Care A Right

Updated: 07/15/2009 - House Democratic leaders, pledging to meet the president's goal of health care legislation before their August break, are offering a $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans. Left to pick up most of the tab were medical providers, employers and the wealthy.

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Sotomayor Return For More Senate Questions

Updated: 07/15/2009 - Sonia Sotomayor is relying on her 17-year record as a federal judge to rebut criticism that she is concealing a liberal agenda that will show up if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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Sotomayor Denies Bias In 'Wise Latina' Remark

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor stoutly denied racial bias Tuesday at her Senate confirmation hearing and said an oft-criticized remark about her Hispanic heritage affecting judicial decisions was a rhetorical device gone awry.

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Governor Names Fifth-Generation Farmer As Secretary of Agriculture

Updated: 07/14/2009 - Governor Mark Parkinson has named Representative Josh Svaty (D- Ellsworth) as the Acting Secretary of Agriculture as outgoing Secretary Adrian Polansky takes a new post heading the Kansas Farm Service Agency with the United States Department of Agriculture.

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AP Sources: Obama Wants Senate Health Bill Quickly

Posted: 07/14/2009 - House Democrats are moving ahead with sweeping health care legislation as President Barack Obama prods a Senate committee chairman to take faster action on a companion measure.

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Obama Wants $12 Billion For 2-Year Colleges

Posted: 07/14/2009 - President Barack Obama is proposing a multibillion-dollar investment in the nation's community colleges, a $12 billion effort to help the two-year institutions reach, teach and train more people for "the jobs of the future."

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Sotomayor To Face Senators' Questions At Hearings

Posted: 07/14/2009 - Senate Republicans plan to confront Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with her own words, taken from speeches dating back 15 years, as they try to raise doubts about her ability to judge fairly.

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Kansas Governor To Announce New Ag Secretary

Posted: 07/13/2009 - Gov. Mark Parkinson set an 11 am Tuesday news conference to name an appointee to succeed Adrian Polansky as Kansas Agriculture Secretary. Polansky accepted an appointment as head of the Farm Service Agency in Kansas.

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Defiant Obama Seeks To Revive Health Care Overhaul

Posted: 07/13/2009 - A defiant President Barack Obama sought Monday to revive his faltering plan to overhaul health care, delivering a full-throated promise to get comprehensive legislation and summoning lawmakers crucial to his effort to the White House.

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Dem Praise, GOP Doubts At Sotomayor Hearing Start

Posted: 07/13/2009 - Senate Democrats praised Sonia Sotomayor as a judicial pioneer, but Republicans questioned her impartiality and President Barack Obama's views as well Monday at confirmation hearings for the nation's first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court.

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Senate Spending Bill Includes NBAF Money

Posted: 07/10/2009 - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, says Homeland Security's request of $36.3 million toward the $451 million dollar facility is included in the Senate's appropriation bill.

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Kansas Audit Raises Computer Security Questions

Posted: 07/10/2009 - A new report from the Legislative Division of Post Audit says it cracked 39 percent of one unnamed agency's passwords within five minutes using software.

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Former Senator Bob Dole Undergoes Leg Surgery

Posted: 07/10/2009 - 85-year-old Bob Dole has been hospitalized in Washington since last week when he experienced an elevated heart rate in the middle of the night. The former Senator had surgery for open sores on his left leg. A skin graft is planned for Monday.

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Conn. Firefighter to Testify Against Sonia Sotomayor

Posted: 07/09/2009 - Frank Ricci was the lead plaintiff in the the "New Haven 20" firefighter reverse discrimination case. The Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

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Illinois' Roland Burris Won't Run for Senate in 2010

Posted: 07/09/2009 - With no indication that he was raising money or organizing workers, the 71 year old senator appointed by former Governor Rod Blagojevich says he won't make a bid for Barack Obama's old seat.

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New Round of Cyber Attacks Expected in South Korea

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Federal sites were knocked out by this week's cyber attack, with strong indications the attacks were launched in North Korea. A computer security company is predicting another wave of paralyzed sites this week.

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House Democrats Say CIA Misled Congress

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Members of the House Intelligence Committee say CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress last month that senior CIA officials have concealed significant actions and misled lawmakers repeatedly since 2001.

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Brownback Urged To Filibuster Against Sotomayor

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry spoke to reporters Wednesday outside Sen. Sam Brownback's Topeka office. He wants Brownback to lead a filibuster against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

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