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White House Considers Help for Car Makers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Bush administration said it was ready to step in and prevent the U.S. auto industry from collapsing after the Senate refused to pass a rescue bill endorsed by the White House and congressional Democrats.

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Ft. Riley Family Scores Hottest Tickets in D.C.

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Sgt. 1st Class Leroy will be there with his three children to the Jan. 20 event, where they'll be met by his wife, who's traveling all the way from Iraq.

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Family from Fort Riley Gets Inauguration Tickets

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration are nearly impossible for most people to get. But a soldier at Fort Riley snagged five prize tickets to take his wife and three kids.

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Illinois Lt. Governor: Start the Impeachment Now

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn urges lawmakers in Springfield to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Rod Blagojevich next week.. then Quinn wants to name Barack Obama's successor.

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Officials: Obstacle Remains to Auto Aid Deal

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The top Senate Democrat says a compromise auto bill could see a vote Thursday night. Majority Leader Harry Reid says the lead Republican architect of the deal is briefing colleagues on its outlines, and Democrats were prepared to move forward on it quickly.

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Kansas, 8 Other States Receive Suspicious Letters Thursday

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A staffer in the Governor's office in Topeka opened a letter containing a powdery substance around noon Thursday. Eight other state capitols received similar letters Thursday. They've hit a total of 20 states and the Virgin Islands this week.

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Ill. Scandal Renews Kan. Debate Over Vacancies

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature passed a bill earlier this year requiring special elections to fill Senate vacancies. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed it.

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Clinton to earn about $4,700 less than Rice

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would make about $4,700 less as secretary of state than her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice. Congress late Wednesday lowered the salary for the nation's top diplomat to keep Clinton's nomination from running afoul of the Constitution.

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Daschle Also to Oversee New Health Reform Office

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will pull double duty in the Obama administration, not only serving as the HHS secretary but also oversee a new White House Office of Health Reform.

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Obama Transition Going Well, Most in AP Poll Say

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Nearly three-quarters overall, or 73 percent, say they approve of the job Obama has done preparing to take office next month, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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Poll: Public Happy with Post-Election Obama

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The poll shows President-elect Barack Obama with a 67 percent to 16 percent positive/negative rating. That’s compared with President Bill Clinton’s 60 percent to 19 percent rating in December 1992.

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Automaker Bailout Passes House

Updated: 12/10/2008 - But Senate Republicans vow to block the measure. Their vote could come later today.

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Outgoing House Speaker Gets Plum Committee Spot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Kansas Hous Speaker-elect Mike O'Neal announced committee chairmanships for the 2009 session. Among them, appointing the man he defeated, Melvin Neufeld, as chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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Obama hopes to reboot US image among Muslims

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama says he will try to "reboot America's image" among the world's Muslims and will follow tradition by using his entire name - Barack Hussein Obama - in his swearing-in ceremony

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More raises in Shawnee Co.

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Shawnee County Commissioners recently voted themselves a raise, up to $43,000. They are not alone, though, several department heads in the county will also be receiving hikes.

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Ill. Gov. Arrested in Obama Successor Probe

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

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Progress made in Bailout Plan for Big 3 Automakers

Updated: 12/08/2008 - A bailout plan for the failing U.S. auto industry could include a Cabinet-level oversight board and a provision to withdraw the money if the overseers decide the companies are failing to take steps to overhaul themselves.

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Farmers Await Obama Ag Pick

Posted: 12/07/2008 - Those involved in agriculture are anxiously waiting to see who President-elect Barack Obama taps to the be the next secretary of agriculture.

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Caroline Kennedy Interested in NY Senate Seat

Posted: 12/05/2008 - A close relative says Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is interested in the Senate seat that will become available once Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state.

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