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Just links today...Sam Brownback links[(Muslim American Society) Republican Senator Promises Thorough Investigation of Domestic Spy Program:][1] The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into President George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush. ... Kansas Senator Sam Brownback said last month he did not agree "with the legal basis on which they are basing their surveillance." The statements indicate the Bush administration will not be able to count on full support from the 10 committee Republicans when the hearings begin in early February.[(New York Times) Alito Hearings Unsettle Some Prevailing Wisdom About the Politics of Abortion:][2] Just a little over a year ago, senators of both parties said publicly that it would be almost impossible for a Supreme Court nominee who disagreed openly with the major abortion rights precedents to win confirmation. But partisans on either side now say that last week's confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. cast doubt on such assumptions. ... In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Brownback said he was heartened by the hearings. He argued that in the 2004 elections, Republicans had showed Democrats that "we can run on abortion rights and win the public," adding, "they are trimming their sails some on it."[(Christian Post) Young Evangelicals Head to Washington for 50th Leadership Conference:][3] Following a 50-year tradition of inspiring young Christian evangelicals to enter the political and public service arena, the National Association of Evangelicals are hosting some 120 seminary and college students in Washington for a weeklong conference packed with seminars, visits to the White House and Capitol Hill, meetings with congressmen, and debates on faith and politics. ... This year, students will interface with Special Assistant to the President Tim Goeglein, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Daniel Ayalon, and Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Mark Pryor (D-AR). [(UPI) Deconstructing Iraq:][4] One of his major disappointments was the inclusion in the Iraqi constitution of Islam as the country's religion. Joseph recalls the hearing on Capitol Hill during which L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. pro-consul in Iraq at the time, was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When questioned by Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback as to why the Iraqis should include the words 'Islam is the religion of the State,' in their constitution, Joseph says Bremer replied, "That is for the Iraqis to decide -- after all the British constitution is 'Christian.' To which Sen. Brownback fired back that Britain does not have a constitution.Todd Tiahrt links[(Wichita Eagle) Colleagues to head Tiahrt's effort to win House post:][5] Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, has appointed two lawmakers as co-chairs of his campaign team to become majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Steve Buyer, R-Indiana, and Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., are leading the effort for Tiahrt to take the third-highest leadership spot on the House. Both are committee chairmen, Buyer of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Manzullo of House Small Business.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=3106 [2]: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/16/politics/politicsspecial1/16alito.html [3]: http://www.christianpost.com/article/church/2470/section/young.evangelicals.head.to.washington.for.50th.leadership.conference/1.htm [4]: http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20060115-104901-3727r [5]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/13639128.htm [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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