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James Dobson Accuses Obama of 'Distorting' Bible

Posted: 06/24/2008 - The founder of Focus on the Family says the presumptive Democratic nominee is misinterpreting the Bible when he raised rhetorical questions over how a country would enforce laws created from it.

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Senate Intends to Vote on Anti-Foreclosure Plan

Posted: 06/24/2008 - New measure calls for $300 million in new mortgages for distressed homeowners is receiving bipartisan support, but some conservative Democrats are worried about funding the bill, while the Congressional Black Caucus says it does not go far enough to meet the needs of African-Americans.

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Lawsuit over Johnson County DA Office Firings Resolved

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Seven former attorneys and an investigator in the Johnson County District Attorney's office reached a settlement with DA Phill Kline. The workers were fired when Kline took office. Kline's office agrees not to sue them in exchange for them dropping their lawsuit.

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Political Play: Obama carries lucky charms

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Presidential campaigns use all sorts of sophisticated operations against their opponents, but Barack Obama is also relying on some good, old-fashioned lucky charms.

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Objections Board Resolves Ballot Concerns

Posted: 06/23/2008 - The State Ojections Board heard four objections to candidates who've filed for upcoming elections. The board ruled three of the four candidates will be on the ballot. The fourth, a magistrate judge candidate in Cheyenne County, will not.

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Obama, Hillary Clinton to campaign together on Fri.

Posted: 06/23/2008 - Former rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton plan to campaign together Friday in the small New Hampshire town of Unity, their first joint appearance meant to ease tensions over the closely fought Democratic primary.

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GOP frets Barr could play spoiler in prez race

Posted: 06/22/2008 - A fiery former GOP congressman who gained national prominence for doggedly pursuing impeachment of President Clinton has some Republicans worried he'll play spoiler in a tight presidential contest.

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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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