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Just links today:Sam Brownback links [Does Bush owe the Religious Right?][1] "Churchgoers mobilized as never before and helped re-elect a President they see as one of their own. Now they expect him to deliver for them," reports Time Magazine. "'You will continue to see this agenda of Christian conservatives broaden out,' says Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, and as it does, the results will sometimes be unexpected." [Vietnam releases two high-profile dissidents from jail in Lunar New Year amnesty:][2] "Vietnam announced Monday that it would release two of its best-known dissidents from prison following intense pressure from international human rights groups and the United States," reports The Associated Press. "His case drew attention from the U.S. Congress, and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas sent a letter to the Vietnamese government earlier this month calling for Ly's release."Dennis Moore links [Bush to seek higher troop death payout:][3] "President Bush will propose an increase to $250,000 in government payments to families of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and in future combat zones," reports Associated Press. "Bush's proposal mirrors legislation introduced last month by U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Kansas Democrat. Moore's bill, co-sponsored by 182 House members, also would raise the death benefit to $100,000 and would apply retroactively to all service members on active duty who have died since Sept. 11, 2001."Jerry Moran links [Sebelius' good luck threatened:][4] "Moran is looking favorably at running against Sebelius next year when she seeks re-election," reports The Kansas City Star. "Asked about his plans Friday, Moran was noncommittal. But he pointedly did not rule out a run."Todd Tiahrt links [Mike Pence a Strong Leader for the RSC:][5] "Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) will be one of several GOP House Members who will be leading the fight on behalf of limited government. Tiahrt is the House sponsor of the 'Commission on the Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies' (CARFA), legislation that would establish a commission to review the work of Federal agencies and recommend elimination of those that are unnecessary," writes conservative Paul Weyrich "The Senate sponsor of CARFA is Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/31/bush.religiousright.reut/ [2]: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20050131-0420-vietnam-dissidentsreleased.html [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/10783276.htm [4]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/10769046.htm [5]: http://www.nationalledger.com/commentary/article_193.shtml [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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