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Sam Brownback links[(Boston Globe) Miers papers reflect antiabortion view:][1] As a candidate for Dallas City Council in 1989, Supreme Court nominee Harriet E. Miers promised to work on behalf of antiabortion causes and to help ratify a constitutional amendment banning abortion. ... Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, a leading conservative voice on the Judiciary Committee, said that while personal beliefs are separate from legal interpretation, he ''took some comfort" in Miers's expression of strong opposition to abortion.[(USA Today) Miers backed ban on most abortions:][2] Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a Judiciary Committee member who opposes abortion, called Miers' responses on the 1989 form "comforting. ... She probably will say that doesn't tell you how she would vote on Roe v. Wade ... but it does give me a little better indication."[(The Hill) Brownback, Graham demand documents:][3] Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) are calling for the White House to turn over internal documents related to Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's service as White House counsel, breaking with Republican colleagues who say the boundaries of executive privilege must not be pushed. ... It would take only two Republicans to defeat Miers in committee, although that would not prevent the nomination's automatic discharge to a floor vote.[(UPI) Analysis: Stem-cell findings move senators:][4] Opponents of embryonic stem-cell research have been emboldened by recent experiments in which scientists succeeded in extracting the cells without destroying the embryos containing them. ... "It's going to take some steam out of this rapid march for destroying human embryos for stem cells because we've got another rout you can go without destroying human life," Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a leading opponent of embryonic research, told UPI.Pat Roberts links[(New York Times) Republicans Seek to Widen F.B.I. Powers:][5] Senate Republican leaders are pushing once again to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's power to demand records in terrorism investigations, as negotiations over the future of the sweeping law known as the USA Patriot Act reach a critical stage, officials said Tuesday. ... "The senator will again be actively seeking to have administrative subpoenas included in the bill," Sarah Little, a spokeswoman for Mr. Roberts, said on Tuesday. "He's heard no good reason to handicap the F.B.I. in national security investigations when they already have the same tools available in criminal investigations."Dennis Moore links[(The Hill) Frontline ties ROMP for money:][6] With another quarter on par with Republicans, Democrats are slowly whittling away an early fundraising lead enjoyed by the GOP. The House Democrats' Frontline program, which raises money for the caucus's 10 most vulnerable incumbents, raised an average of $213,000 per member in the third quarter. ... Frontline Democrats include ... Dennis Moore (Kan.).Todd Tiahrt links[][7] Faced with a lack of party unanimity, House Republican leaders have decided to temporarily drop plans to include across-the-board cuts to fiscal 2006 discretionary spending as part of an amendment to the budget resolution. ... Across-the-board cuts might still be implemented during final spending negotiations. But there was internal disagreement Monday about what discretionary programs might be exempt from cuts. For example, there are constituencies pushing exemptions for everything from defense to education, said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., a member of the GOP whip team.How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][8] [1]: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/10/19/miers_papers_reflect_antiabortion_view/ [2]: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-18-miers-abortion-support_x.htm [3]: http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/101905/news2.html [4]: http://www.upi.com/HealthBusiness/view.php?StoryID=20051018-063124-9631r [5]: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/19/politics/19patriot.html [6]: http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/101905/news4.html [7]: http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=32580&dcn=todaysnews"(GovExec.com) House GOP leaders drop plans for across-the-board budget cuts: [8]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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