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Kline Becomes Issue in Shawnee Co. DA Race

Posted: 07/21/2008 - Incumbent Robert Hecht identifies his opponent Eric Rucker with the Johnson Co. District Atty., under whom Rucker served twice, calling the pair "a most dangerous duo" in a fundraising letter.

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Iraq Sees Hope of Withdrawal by 2010

Posted: 07/21/2008 - Iraqi spokesperson says that while his government does not support a fixed date for U.S. troop withdrawal, it does believe American forces could leave by 2010, a timeframe that corresponds with Sen. Obama's withdrawal plan, who arrived in Iraq Monday.

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Obama Expected to Meet With Commanders of Iraq war

Posted: 07/20/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's visit to Iraq for talks with commanders of a war he long opposed follows the prime minister's apparent endorsement of his troop withdrawal plan and a shift by the White House away from refusing to discuss that option.

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Giuliani Takes McCain Out to the Ballgame

Posted: 07/20/2008 - With Democrat Barack Obama on the other side of the planet, Republican presidential candidate John McCain stayed closer to home Sunday, visiting Yankee Stadium with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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DA Race Heats Up Over Controversial Postcards

Posted: 07/18/2008 - The mailers attack current Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht. Three candidates say they are coming from a Johnson County group, and question why people from Olathe are involved in a Shawnee County election.

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McCain TV Ad Accuses Obama of Shifting Iraq Views

Posted: 07/18/2008 - Republican John McCain launched a new television ad Friday that accuses presidential rival Barack Obama of switching positions on Iraq "to help himself become president" just as the Democratic candidate prepared to make a high profile trip to Baghdad.

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Poll: McCain's Backers Less Fired Up Than Obama's

Posted: 07/18/2008 - While overall interest in the presidential campaign has swelled since last fall, backers of Barack Obama are more fired up and express more loyalty to their candidate than McCain's do, a poll by The Associated Press and Yahoo News showed Friday. In addition, individual groups backing Obama — African-Americans, Democrats and liberals — are more enthusiastic than whites, Republicans and conservatives, who are more aligned with McCain, the GOP senator from Arizona.

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Sebelius, Hensley Try to Oust Dem. Senator

Posted: 07/18/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley are working to defeat an incumbent State Senator Mark Gilstrap by supporting primary challenger Kelly Kutala

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Mandela's B-Day Message: Rich Should Help Poor

Posted: 07/18/2008 - The Nobel Prize laureate and first democratically-elected president of South Africa was jailed for three decades for his anti-Apartheid activism, before being released in 1990

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Gore Sets Energy Goal for Next President to Heed

Posted: 07/17/2008 - The Nobel Prize-winning former vice president said fellow Democrat Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain are "way ahead" of most politicians in the fight against global climate change.

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Obama Raises $52 Million in June

Posted: 07/17/2008 - Despite posting his second-best fundraising total of the year, the presumptive Democratic nominee's cash on hand still lags behind his Republican counterpart, John McCain, when each candidate's cash is combined with his respective parties.

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Senate Agrees to Triple Anti-AIDS Funding

Posted: 07/16/2008 - The Senate voted Wednesday to triple spending for a much-acclaimed program that has treated and protected millions in Africa and elsewhere from the scourges of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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Kan. Legislators to Study Rising Gasoline Prices

Posted: 07/16/2008 - Kansas lawmakers will address the problem of high gas prices when the Special Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy meets later this year to make sure the state isn't doing anything that would make the matter worse.

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House deals blow to proposed Mass. LNG terminal

Posted: 07/16/2008 - The House has approved a bill extending environmental protection to the lower Taunton River in Massachusetts, dealing a blow to developers who want to build a liquefied natural gas terminal along an industrialized stretch of riverbank.

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New Shawnee Co. Ballots Sent Out

Updated: 07/16/2008 - Voters can soon begin voting in the August elections. Advance ballots were being mailed Wednesday. Voters in Shawnee County will see a different look on their ballots.

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Bush Claims Executive Privilege on CIA Leak

Posted: 07/16/2008 - President Bush has asserted executive privilege to prevent Attorney General Michael Mukasey from having to comply with a House panel subpoena for material on the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

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McCain Pledging to NAACP More Education Options

Updated: 07/16/2008 - Presumptive GOP nominee is expected to tell the NAACP that he intends to counter educational problems in the U.S., which often manifest in schools in black communities, with expanded choice and scholarships.

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Topeka City Council Sets Ceiling for '09 Budget

Posted: 07/15/2008 - Topeka City Council members voted 5-4 to publish a budget that includes a nearly three mill property tax increase. A public hearing on the budget is July 29th.

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Former Kansas Democratic Party Leader Indicted in PA

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A former director of the Kansas Democratic Party has been indicted in Pennsylvania. Brett Cott headed the KDP in the 1990's. He is among 12 people accused in a scandal involving using taxpayer dollars to underwrite political campaigns.

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Jenkins Touts Vision in First Television Ad

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A Republican candidate for Congress has hit the airwaves. Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins unveiled her first television ad for the second district race Tuesday.

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Judge Dismisses Two Lawsuits in Coal Plant Fight

Posted: 07/15/2008 - A Finney County judge dismissed two lawsuits Sunflower Electric and a partner filed over denial of permits to build two coal-fired power plants in Southwest Kansas. Four other legal challenges continue.

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Obama Sets Stage For Trip WIth Major Iraq Speech

Posted: 07/15/2008 - Barack Obama is setting the stage for his upcoming visit to Iraq with a high-profile explanation of his opposition to the war there and his pledge to complete a U.S. troop pullout within 16 months of becoming president.

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