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Obama camp cites Pentagon in scrapping troop visit

Posted: 07/25/2008 - An aide to Sen. Barack Obama said Friday the Democratic presidential contender believed he could visit wounded troops at a military hospital in Germany without involving them in a campaign controversy and scrapped his plans after the Pentagon raised concerns.

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Sebelius Downplays Obama VP Talk

Posted: 07/25/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she'll support whoever Barack Obama chooses as his running mate, but sidestepped talk of whether it might be her. In a news conference Friday, she said she believes Obama will choose a partner who shares his vision and can reach across the aisle.

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Obama VP Search: Hill Vet Or Change Agent?

Posted: 07/25/2008 - Sen. Barack Obama has to decide whether he should bolster his ticket credentials or follow his message of change with an outsider, such as Gov. Sebelius, who faced questions Friday about her chances as running mate

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Obama Urges Iran to Accept EU Nuke Proposal

Posted: 07/25/2008 - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, nearing the end of a fast-paced international campaign trip, warned Iran on Friday, "don't wait for the next president" to take office before yielding to Western demands to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

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McCain Rejects 'Audacity of Hopelessness' for Iraq

Updated: 07/25/2008 - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, ridiculing Barack Obama for "the audacity of hopelessness" in his policies on Iraq, said Friday that the entire Middle East could have plunged into war had U.S. troops been withdrawn as his rival advocated.

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Germans Say Obama Speech Sent 'Positive Signal'

Posted: 07/25/2008 - More than 200,000 people crowded into Victory Column in Berlin Thursday to hear the presumptive Democratic nominee speak before he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Sen. Obama is in Paris friday.

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Kansas Gambling Landscape Changes

Posted: 07/24/2008 - A state board is preparing to pick developers for state-owned casinos among a slumping economy and competition from other states. State industry officials say they aren't alarmed.

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Jordan Outraises Moore in 3rd District House Race

Posted: 07/24/2008 - GOP State Senator Nick Jordan outpaced the incumbent in fundraising for his Congressional bid over the latest reporting period. Jordan is trying to unseat Democrat Dennis Moore, who still holds a wide lead in cash on hand.

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Jenkins' Babe Comment Fires Controversy

Posted: 07/24/2008 - Treas. Lynn Jenkins refers to Ryun as "babe" during debate while defending her votes for tax increases by blaming federal mandates passed while Ryun was in Congress. Ryun camp calls remark childish. Jenkins campaign says it was an accident.

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Obama's Tour Lands in Berlin

Posted: 07/24/2008 - Presumptive Democratic nominee's foreign tour makes its first stop in Europe where Obama will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and give a speech from the Victory Column.

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Obama Pays Visit to Jerusalem Holy Site

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama paid a predawn visit to the holiest place in Judaism on Thursday, bowing his head in prayer at the Western Wall.

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Governor's Office Gets New, Temporary Home

Posted: 07/23/2008 - The Statehouse renovation is moving into its next phase, which involves closing the south wing. That's where the Governor's office is located, so it's been moved to the north wing.

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Democrat Tries to Tie Kan. Senator to Gas Prices

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Jim Slattery's new television ad criticizes Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) for three votes that supported tax breaks for big oil companies. Roberts campaign responded saying Slattery supported a package that included an increase in motor fuels taxes.

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Slattery Tries Tying Roberts to High gas Prices

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Democratic challenger Jim Slattery released a new ad criticizing three of the Kansas Senator's votes in 2005, which Slattery claims demonstrated Roberts supported tax breaks for oil companies and cost consumers at the pump.

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Iraqi Presidential Council Rejects Elections Law

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Iraq's presidential council on Wednesday rejected a draft provincial elections law and sent it back to parliament for reworking - a major blow to U.S. hopes that the vote can be held this year.

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McCain Credits Bush for Drop in Oil Price

Posted: 07/23/2008 - Republican John McCain on Wednesday credited the recent $10-a-barrel drop in the price of oil to President Bush's lifting of a presidential ban on offshore drilling, an action he has been advocating in his presidential campaign.

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Kline Fundraising Letter Uses Anti-Abortion Group Letterhead

Posted: 07/23/2008 - The Johnson Co. District Attorney's campaign manager calls the fundraising letter sent using the anti-abortion group Women Influencing the Nation letterhead a "terrible mistake;" group could lose tax-exempt status after error.

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Slattery Reports Fundraising Success

Posted: 07/22/2008 - Democratic Senate candidate Jim Slattery says he's raised nearly a million dollars for his campaign. The former Congressman is trying to unseat incumbent Republican Pat Roberts.

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Slattery Reports Strong Fundraising Numbers

Posted: 07/22/2008 - Jim Slattery, candidate for U.S. Senate, announced his campaign has raised $932,210 for his race to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts.

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Hubbell Leaving Health Policy Authority Board

Posted: 07/22/2008 - Connie Hubbell announced she'll leave her position as chairperson of the Kansas Health Policy Board when her term ends in August. Hubbell is launching a lobbying practice.

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Las Vegas Sands Withdraws Kansas Casino Bid

Posted: 07/22/2008 - Las Vegas Sands Corp. has withdrawn its proposal for managing a state-owned casinoin Wyandotte County. It was one of five applicants. One reason cited was the possible lifting of restrictions Missouri puts on gambling losses at its floating casinos.

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Senators Join Forces to Address Pump Problems

Posted: 07/22/2008 - Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, joined two fellow Senators in introducing the Open Fuel Standard Act Tuesday. It would require a greater percentage of flex-fuel vehicles.

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Ryun, Jenkins Spar over Leadership

Posted: 07/22/2008 - In a one-hour televised debate, Republican 2nd District Congressional candidates Lynn Jenkins and Jim Ryun showed their agreement on many issues, but their disagreement on the question of leadership - specifically, whether Ryun showed it during his 10 years in Congress.

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