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An undivided Jerusalem


Sam Brownback links [(Israel Insider) U.S. Senator pledges support for undivided Jerusalem:][1] U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (Republican -- Kansas) drafted a bill demanding the recognition of Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel, and calling on the international community and Arab countries to acknowledge this fact, in exchange for considering the possibility of permitting the establishment of a Palestinian state. According to the bill, Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran and was never the capital of any other nation. "Jerusalem is essential in Judaism, it is mentioned in the bible 766 times," the proposal states, adding "Jerusalem not mentioned in Koran."[(Topeka Capital-Journal) Testing the Waters:][2] One-time bull rider Sam Brownback is edging onto the back of the biggest, baddest creature in the political arena. The U.S. senator, raised in this far eastern Kansas farm community of 280 people, is tugging hard on the brim of his Stetson and putting rosin to glove leather in anticipation of a possible run for president of the United States.Todd Tiahrt links [(AP) Vicki Tiahrt mixes fun, tradition as president of Congressional Club:][3] If the nation's capital is a long way from home for most members of Congress, it can feel even more distant for their spouses. Vicki Tiahrt said she was a bit overwhelmed when she moved to Washington from tiny Goddard, Kan., in 1994, after her husband, Todd, was first elected to Congress. But she soon forged friendships with other transplants at the Congressional Club, an organization formed to foster closer ties among spouses of members of Congress, the President's cabinet and Supreme Court justices.[(Clarion-Ledger) Rep. Wicker, Kan. lawmaker seek House leadership post:][4] First District Rep. Roger Wicker wants to be considered for a GOP leadership position, but a Kansas colleague also wants the job. Wicker, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, has asked House Speaker Dennis Hastert to consider him to chair the House Republican leadership. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., also elected to the House in 1994, wants the job, too. "He's not lobbying for the job, but he'd be flattered to be considered," said Tiahrt press secretary Charles Napp.[(UPI) Energy bill clears House hurdle:][5] Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., dismissed concern about the potential for environmental damage to the refuge. "Most people don't realize what we're talking about," Tiahrt said. "There's this romantic image of ANWR. There's a reason nobody lives up there -- so, we're not asking very much to secure the future of American energy needs."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Briefs/5378.htm [2]: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/042405/loc_brownback.shtml [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/11464546.htm [4]: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050424/NEWS01/504240368/1002 [5]: http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050421-101612-6315r.htm [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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