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Five Topeka Reps Score Perfect Attendance

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Ann Mah, Annie Tietze, Lana Gordon, Mike Burgess and Joe Patton didn't miss a day of the 2008 legislative session. The House recorded nearly 400 votes during the session.

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Hagel says he'd consider VP offer from Obama

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said Friday he would consider serving as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's running mate if asked, but he doesn't expect to be on any ticket.

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Advocacy Groups call for SRS Chief's Resignation

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Three child advocacy groups step up pressure on SRS Secretary Don Jordan to resign. They called a news conference, upset with comments accusing prosecutors of bullying caseworkers into making misleading statements. He's since backed off the comments.

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Sen. Pat Roberts Draws Attention to Prescription Drug Costs

Updated: 07/02/2008 - Sen. Pat Roberts visited Topeka's Jayhawk Pharmacy Friday, saying current Medicare legislation could set drug reimbursement rates at a level that wouldn't cover costs. Jim Slatter, a Democrat running for Roberts' Senate seat, disagrees.

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Ex-press secretary decries 'secretive' White House

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Former presidential spokesman Scott McClellan on Friday said President Bush has lost the public's trust by failing to open up about his administration's mistakes and backtracking on a promise to tell all about the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

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House OKs Warrantless Wiretapping Bill

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Senate is also expected to approve measure which contains rules effectively shielding telecommunication companies from lawsuits related to wiretapping without warrants.

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Former Aide: Bush Should Tell All on CIA Leak

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to address concerns raised in his book regarding the Administration's role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame

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Israel Shows Abilities for Iran Strike

Posted: 06/20/2008 - A large-scale Israeli military exercise run in the eastern Mediterranean earlier this month appears to many observers as a practice for a strike into Iran.

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Obama Tries to Expand Battleground

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Democratic candidate chooses to target eleven battleground states and seven more traditionally Republican states as he attempts to widen his appeal beyond the traditional red-blue divide.

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Bloomberg Defends Obama Before Jewish Audience

Posted: 06/20/2008 - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging Jewish voters to denounce the online whisper campaign that for months has pushed the false rumor that Democrat Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim.

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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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