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Brownback profiled on NPR


This must be Sam Brownback's media moment.First there was the 7,100-word profile in [Rolling Stone.][1] Now he's the subject of an [NPR profile on "All Things Considered."][2]Robert Siegel reports: _When he was in college at Kansas State, Sam Brownback was asked at job interview about his life's ambition. "To be president of the United States," the student told his future boss at the university radio station.These days the U.S. senator is being talked about as a potential presidential contender two years from now.When asked if he still wants to run for the White House, the Kansas Republican replies: "I am interested and I have been encouraged." But, he says, "I think the environment is not yet set. I think these things are about the right person, the right message, the right moment all coming together. I think that's pretty hard to see for 2008 right now."__Brownback is an interesting political creature. Even for an age of rampant public piety, he is extremely religious. And his faith takes him to some surprising positions. But for all that, he says, his politics are familiar._There's more to read at the NPR site, plus you can listen to the full story online -- as well as previous NPR stories including Brownback.Other links today:Sam Brownback links[(Bloomberg) Asbestos Fund Vote Shows U.S. Senate Republicans Wary of Plan:][3] A U.S. Senate test vote on a proposed $140 billion fund for asbestos-exposure victims revealed widespread Republican discontent with the legislation that may lead to its defeat. A maneuver led by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas aimed at killing the measure was supported by 26 of the Senate's 55 Republicans. ... Besides Cornyn, five other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee that approved the fund legislation sided with Cornyn yesterday. They are Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jon Kyl of Arizona.[(New York Times) Conservatives Unsettled About Movement's Future:][4] Heading into a midterm Congressional election in which the enthusiasm of conservative advocates could play a vital role in determining how Republicans fare, conservative leaders face internal rifts over polarizing issues and are dogged by a sense that a Republican-led Congress and a Republican president are not taking the nation in the proper direction on some critical matters, party leaders said. ... Senator Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican from Kansas, said, "They are feeling good as far as the judiciary is concerned. There is a strong feeling that one of the things that we campaigned on is coming through. But people are concerned about spending. And there is a strong feeling that immigration needs to be gotten under control."Pat Roberts links[(LA Times) Consensus Grows for Curbs on Surveillance:][5] Bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for stricter regulation of President Bush's secret spying program grew Thursday, as senators briefed by administration officials about the surveillance termed the information inadequate, and called for more investigation of the eavesdropping. ... Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), the Intelligence Committee's chairman, said Thursday's briefing had increased support for the program among senators. "I do think that this session has made the members certainly more knowledgeable, some more supportive of the details of the terrorist surveillance," Roberts said, adopting the White House's label for the program.[(Reuters) Lawmakers seek oversight of Bush spying program:][6] Some Republicans worry that the wider discussion would allow lead to the release of classified information that could jeopardize the program. "I am most concerned -- most concerned -- over the loss of the capability of this program, which could have dire consequences," said Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, the Senate intelligence panel's Republican chairman.Etc. links[(Wichita Eagle) Air base home to fighters again:][7] The Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force Base will return to the business of training jet fighter pilots, according to an announcement Thursday from the offices of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Todd Tiahrt. The Air Guard wing known as the "Flying Jayhawks of the 184th" has been operating KC-135 tankers, an assignment slated to move to Topeka under the latest round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations. The new mission will involve the transfer of at least one 30-plane squadron of T-38 jet fighter training aircraft from Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, Tiahrt spokesman Chuck Knapp said Thursday. He said a formal announcement is expected in two to three weeks.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][8] [1]: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/9178374/gods_senator/?rnd=1139579954128&has-player=true [2]: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5199209 [3]: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aQ0gT5NY8MMQ&refer=us [4]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/politics/10conserv.html?_r=1&oref=slogin [5]: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-spy10feb10,0,6789583.story?coll=la-home-headlines [6]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/09/AR2006020901680.html [7]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/13836620.htm [8]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


cutny 12 years, 1 month ago

I could be elected president before Brownback could

yourworstnightmare 12 years, 1 month ago

Brownshirt for president...

Has a nice ring to it...

jayhawks71 12 years, 1 month ago

First the FBI is profiling people, now NPR is profiling politicians... What is this world coming to!!!???

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