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In Obama, many see an end to baby boomer era

Updated: 01/11/2009 - When George W. Bush lifts off in his helicopter on Inauguration Day, leaving Washington to make way for Barack Obama, he may not be the only thing disappearing into the horizon.

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Israel tells Gazans to brace for war escalation

Updated: 01/10/2009 - Israeli forces pounded rocket-launching sites and smuggling tunnels in Gaza Saturday and planes dropped leaflets warning of an escalation in attacks, as Palestinian militants fired at least 10 more rockets at Israel.

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Obama advisers say plan would create 3.5m new jobs

Updated: 01/10/2009 - Facing growing criticism of his economic recovery plan, President-elect Barack Obama made public Saturday a detailed analysis by his economic advisers that estimates the $775 billion plan of tax cuts and new spending would create 3.5 million jobs over the next two years.

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Both Kansas Budget Panels Hope for Fast Start

Updated: 01/09/2009 - The House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees plan to meet at least three days, starting Tuesday, to draft legislation to revise the current budget. Both are hoping to have their measures finished by the end of the week.

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Governor, Lt. Governor to Make Renewable Energy Mandatory

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Lt Governor Mark Parkinson Friday announced the legislative components of a comprehensive energy plan for Kansas that would make our the portfolio standard mandatory.

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Illinois House on Verge of Impeaching Blagojevich

Updated: 01/09/2009 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces almost certain impeachment by the Illinois House, a simple majority vote will be enough to impeach. With defenders almost impossible to find, the outcome appears set.

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Missouri's Bond to Retire

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Kit Bond's retirement announcement will set off a whirlwind of political activity in the election of a new Senator.

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Cheney says no one saw financial crisis coming

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Vice President Dick Cheney says that his boss, President George W. Bush, has no need to apologize to the American people for not doing more to head off the financial calamity, saying no one saw the crisis coming.

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DA Says He Won't Take Records in Abortion Case

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline says he won't take records from a criminal case against a suburban Kansas City abortion clinic with him when he leaves office.

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Any Kan. Transportation Plan Needs Federal Help

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, chairman of a legislative transportation study committee, said any Kansas transportation plan will be difficult to enact unless there's money from the federal economic stimulus plan offered by President-elect Barack Obama.

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Larry Craig Dropping Further Appeals

Updated: 01/08/2009 - A lawyer for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig says they won't ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to void Craig's conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting.

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Ill. Panel to Grill Burris on Senate Appointment

Updated: 01/08/2009 - Ill. Republicans are promising tough questions Thursday for Senate-appointee Roland Burris on why he accepted a position offered by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Taylor Looks Ahead to Taking Shawnee Co. DA Post

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Chad Taylor will be sworn in Monday as the new Shawnee County District Attorney. He says he's working to improve communications with law enforcement. He'll also have a couple high-profile cases waiting for him.

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America is $1.2 Trillion In The Hole

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Congressional estimators are projecting an unparalleled budget deficit for 2009; while the new President will be struggling with the debt, and a large new stimulus package.

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Richardson adviser worked for firm feds probing

Updated: 01/07/2009 - One of Gov. Bill Richardson's longtime friends and political advisers worked as a consultant for the California firm at the center a federal pay-to-play investigation that derailed the Democratic governor's appointment as commerce secretary.

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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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