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House to Debate New Surveillance Law

Posted: 06/20/2008 - New update to the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would effectively protect the telecommunication companies from civil lawsuits while establishing steps for determining its overall legality.

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House Approves War Funds, Unemployment Benefits, Flood Relief

Posted: 06/19/2008 - House passes bill including $162 billion to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan into next year. It also contains $2.7 billion in flood relief for the Midwest. The legislation now heads to the Senate.

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Obama team weighs Nunn, Edwards as running mates

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Former Sens. John Edwards and Sam Nunn are on a list of potential running mates for Democrat Barack Obama, a congresswoman said Thursday, one day after she met with the team Obama has reviewing possible candidates.

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Shawnee County Commissioners Approve Treasurer's Lockbox Request

Updated: 06/19/2008 - Shawnee County Commissioners voted to go along with treasurer Larry Wilson's recommendation for an external lockbox system, despite some wanting to use an internal system, where treasurer's employees rather than bank staff would scan checks.

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Advocacy Group Seeks Resignation of Kansas SRS Chief

Posted: 06/19/2008 - SRS Secretary Don Jordan writes an editorial responding to accusations he said assistant district attorneys bullied caseworkers into including sworn affidavits of things they don't believe. A national group wants him to resign.

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Obama Forgoes Public Financing

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The Democratic presumptive nominee says he will pass on the $84 million in federal funding for the general election, reneging on an earlier commitment to do so if his opponent also took public funds because, he says, they could not reach an accord with McCain's camp for spending limits by outside groups.

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Congress Enacts Farm Bill over Bush Veto, Again

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The $290 billion farm bill gets a second vote of approval. A clerical error had 34 pages missing from the first version sent to the White House. President Bush vetoed the second bill Wednesday, but the House and Senate overrode the veto later in the day.

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McCain Promotes Energy Policies in SW Missouri

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain addressed a wide range of topics during a town-hall style forum before about 500 people at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO Wednesday.

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Kansas Authority Providing $3.7 million for Research

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The Kansas Bioscience Authority highlights capacity for bioscience research in Kansas by announcing its investments at a convention in San Diego. The agency says it's provided $3.7 million for research on cancer, HIV and osteoporosis.

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Bush urges Congress to lift offshore drilling ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - With gasoline topping $4 a gallon, President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needs to increase its energy production. Democrats quickly rejected the idea.

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Media, Lawmakers Hear Eulogy from Tim Russert's Son

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Presidential foes John McCain and Barack Obama sat side-by-side at a memorial service for journalist Tim Russert Wednesday. They were among politicians and media members on hand. Russert's 22-year old son, Luke, gave the eulogy.

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Boeing Wins Key Round in Air Force Tanker Protest

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The Government Accountability Office grants Boeing's protest of a $35 billion Air Force tanker deal. The Air Force awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman and its European partner Airbus.

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Michelle Obama Grateful for First Lady's Defense

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Michelle Obama appears on ABC's "The View" Wednesday and says she appreciated First Lady Laura Bush's defense of comments Obama made about being proud of the United States. Obama says she admires Bush's calm approach.

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Bush Seeks End To Offshore Drilling Ban

Posted: 06/18/2008 - President Bush asks congress to lift ban on offshore drilling. Congressional Democrats were quick to reject the push for lifting the drilling moratorium. Bush also proposed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.

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Road To White House May Go Through Michigan

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Battleground state Michigan could be the key to the White House for both parties, but it is especially true for the Democrats, who haven't won the Presidency without Michigan in 50 years.

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Gore Blasts Bush, Praises Obama

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Former Vice President Al Gore has lashed out against President Bush, and praised the man he has endorsed, Barack Obama. Gore compared Obama to JFK.

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Former Kansas Rep. Jim Ryun Going Up with TV Ads

Updated: 07/02/2008 - Ryun's campaign ads will begin running Tuesday, June 17 in the Topeka TV market. Ryun is up against state treasurer Lynn Jenkins for the Republican slot on the second district congressional ticket.

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Obama Camp sees Possible Win Without Ohio, Florida

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections — Florida and Ohio.

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Obama to Visit Iraq, Afghanistan Before Election

Posted: 06/16/2008 - Barack Obama says he is going to visit Iraq and Afghanistan before the November election. The presumed Democratic presidential nominee said he spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Monday about the war and told him he looks forward to seeing him in Baghdad.

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Bush Embraces Britain's Moves on Iran, Afghanistan

Posted: 06/16/2008 - President applauded the British government's pladge to tighten restrictions on Iran and more troops to Afghanistan, while dismissing reports of disagreements over Iraq policy, in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Analysis: Bush making grand promises in Europe

Posted: 06/13/2008 - Roaming across Europe on a glamorous weeklong goodbye, President Bush does not sound like a man with dismal poll ratings, dwindling influence and just seven months left in office.

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