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House Democrats Set to Spend $35 Million on TV Ads

Posted: 07/11/2008 - House Democrats have reserved millions of dollars worth of television advertising in 31 congressional races in all corners of the country, according to documentation that provides an early roadmap of the party's drive to strengthen its majority in the fall elections.

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Foreclosure Rescue to Pass Senate; House Next

Posted: 07/11/2008 - New plan, which includes $300 billion in new loans to help owners find affordable, fixed-rate mortgages, will face obstacles after the Senate, with a planned rewrite in the House and a threatened veto by the White House.

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Medicare Vote Step Toward Reversing Change at Cotton-O'Neil

Posted: 07/09/2008 - The U.S. Senate votes to stop at 10.6 percent cut to Mediare reimbursements to doctors. Topeka's Stormont-Vail says it's waiting to see if there'll be a Presidential veto before reversing a decision to stop taking new Medicare patients in the face of the cuts.

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Jackson "Very Sorry" for Crude Obama Comment

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Jesse Jackson apologized Wednesday for what he calls a "crude" comment he made in reference to his thought that Barack Obama's speeched in black churches can come off as "speaking down to black people." Obama says he accepts the apology.

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Obama, Clinton Fly To NY With Veep Vetter

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama and his former rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, flew to New York on Wednesday along with his vice presidential searcher Caroline Kennedy.

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Ailing Kennedy Returns To The Senate For Vote

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, battling a brain tumor, walked through a wall of applause into the Senate on Wednesday and cast a stunningly unexpected vote on long-stalled Medicare legislation.

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Officials Say Pentagon Will Reopen $35 billion Tanker Bid

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Kansas Congressmen say the Pentagon will rebid a $35 billion tanker contract after the Air Force admitted errors in the previous competition won by Northrop Grumman and its European partner Airbus. Boeing also bid for the deal.

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Senate Commits to Shielding Telecoms from Suits

Posted: 07/09/2008 - The Senate Wednesday affirmed its intention to pass wiretapping legislation that will protect telecommunication companies from civil lawsuits for helping the government eavesdrop on American phone and computer lines without court permission.

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Ruling Not Expected Until Fall in Former GOP Director's Lawsuit

Posted: 07/09/2008 - A Shawnee County judge says he probably won't rule until September in former Kansas GOP Executive Director Ron Freeman's lawsuit against the party. Freeman says the party owes him nearly $27,000 in salary and other compensation.

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Obama's Call For Unity Faces Abortion Test

Posted: 07/09/2008 - As Sen. Obama tries to court evangelicals, he faces tough opposition from abortion opponents who want to paint him as the "Abortion President" because his healthcare plan includes expanded access to "reproductive health services"

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Iran's Missile Tests Divide Obama and McCain

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that Iran's missile tests highlight the need for direct diplomacy as well as tougher threats of economic sanctions and strong incentives to persuade Tehran to change its behavior.

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Senate to Pass Eavesdropping Bill

Posted: 07/09/2008 - The Senate is expected to pass new legislation Wednesday that overhauls the governments eavesdropping rules. The White House has threatened a veto unless the bill contains retroactive immunity for telecoms that helped the government eavesdrop without the court's permission.

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Obama Tries To Turn Georgia Blue

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Sen. Barack Obama wants to turn Republican-leaning Georgia into a blue state for the upcoming presidential election. The last time a Democrat carried Georgia was Bill Clinton in 1992.

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Former EPA Official: Cheney Tried To Block Information

Posted: 07/08/2008 - The Vice President's office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on the public health consequences of climate change, according to official. The White House denies this is why edits were made.

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Kansas Panel Rules against Board of Ed Candidate

Posted: 07/08/2008 - The State Objections Board upheld an earlier ruling by Sec. of State Ron Thornburgh that Charles Wiggins cannot be on the ballot in the 8th District State Board of Education race because he was already a candidate for trustee of Minneha Township.

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Extension Sought for Kansas Casino Background Checks

Posted: 07/08/2008 - The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission says it needs more time to complete background checks on those who win contracts to manage four state-owned and -operated casinos. The law allows 10 days. The Commission is epxected to ask for 60 days more.

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Kansas Board Trying to Decide Candidate's Fate

Posted: 07/08/2008 - Charles Wiggins of Wichita filed to run for trustee of Minneha Township in Sedgwick Co., then later filed for the State Board of Ed. He's challenging the Sec. of State's decision to invalidate the later filing based on a law that you can't be on the ballot twice in the same election.

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McCain, Obama Duel on Economic Fix-it Plans

Posted: 07/07/2008 - Barack Obama and John McCain agree on this much: The economy is staggering under the Bush administration, and Americans are hurting. But who's to blame and how best to fix it?

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NTSB to Investigate Flight Control Problem

Posted: 07/07/2008 - A Midwest Airlines charter jet carrying Sen. Barack Obama from Chicago to Charlotte, NC made an unscheduled landing in St. Louis Monday. The crew reported having trouble keeping the nose up. The NTSB plans to investigate the problem.

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Sebelius Calls Stadium Setting for Obama a Fitting Finale

Posted: 07/07/2008 - Sen. Barack Obama will accept his party's nomination next month at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, rather than the Democratic Natoinal Convention site of the Pepsi Center. Convention co-chair Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says it will allow more people to take part.

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Burned Popcorn Sparks State Office Building Evacuation

Posted: 07/07/2008 - Smoke alarms sounded in the Curtis State Office Building in downtown Topeka around 3:30 Monday afternoon, prompting an evacuation. The Department of Administration says burnt microwave popcorn was to blame. Workers returned around 4 pm.

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