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Kansas, Israel not so different

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Sam Brownback links [Right-wing Faithful Fight Against the Tide:][1] Sen. Sam Brownback was a guest at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America, according to Forward. "Brownback's keynote speech made lyrical comparisons between the flat expanses of his native Kansas and the deserts of Israel, and he reminded the audience of 'Red America's support for Israel.' Afterward, talking to the Forward, Brownback said: 'At the end of the day [the Palestinians] have to pick their leaders; we can't. It seems to me that the process is still taking place, and we shouldn't be making statements about their potential leaders.'" [Americans expose woes of defectors:][2] JoonAng Daily quotes Brownback praising a new documentary, "Seoul Train," about the efforts of North Korean refugees to reach South Korea. "Senator Sam Brownback, who took the initiative in seeking passage of the North Korean Human Rights Act, which President Bush signed into law last month, called the film 'the definitive expose of this large, growing and generally unknown crisis.'" An interview with Brownback is featured in the film.Dennis Moore links [Beating Moore elusive for GOP:][3] "During the heat of a summer Republican primary, Kris Kobach promised to campaign against Democratic U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore like no one had before," reports The Kansas City Star. "He did. And he lost by a bigger margin than any Republican who has challenged Moore, whose political survival skills keep him in office in the Republican-dominated 3rd Congressional District. The latest win doesn't ensure an easy election for Moore in the future, but it does mean Republicans may have an even more difficult task of defeating him."Todd Tiahrt links [More money for BTK investigation:][4] Congress has agreed to help fund the BTK serial murder investigation in Wichita, according to KWCH-TV. "The funding is buried on page 71 of the 240 page Congressional Omnibus Bill. On November 30, sources told Eyewitness News Congressman Todd Tiahrt is directly responsible. The item says the $1 million is for Wichita police to cover law enforcement costs. An aide to Tiahrt says the Congressman did secure the money for law enforcement, but could not comment on the details."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][5] [1]: http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=popper20041215922 [2]: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200412/16/200412161923512309900091009101.html [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/10426350.htm [4]: http://www.kbsd6.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=KBSD/MGArticle/BSD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031779710580 [5]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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