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Brownback to speak at "War on Christians" conference


Back from spring break. Did we miss anything?Sam Brownback links[(Slate.com) What's really happening in Washington this week:][1] The rest of the country may be talking about Iraq, but deposed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be at the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park to give his thoughts on "The War on Christians and the Values Voter in 2006." That's the title of a two-day conference sponsored by a group called Vision America, which will also be hearing from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas. Among the hardy perennials to be debated: "ACLU and Radical Secularism: Driving God From Our Public Life" and "The News Media Megaphone for Anti-Faith Values."[(LA Times) GOP's Christian right searches for a soul mate:][2] The influence of social and religious conservatives may be limited by the fact that they have not rallied around a single consensus candidate. The potential Republican candidates with the strongest showings in early polls - Giuliani and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. - are viewed with suspicion by many conservatives.And yet those whom many regard as soul mates of the religious conservatives, such as Huckabee and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., are among the least known in the field, suggesting they would have the highest hurdles to clear to win the nomination. "Every named candidate is making a play for the right, and some seem to be doing a decent job of it," said Brian Hart, communications director for Brownback. "A year ago you would've said 'No way McCain would be courting conservatives.' You never would have said a Massachusetts governor would be courting conservatives."[(Houston Chronicle) Scrutiny will be intense as Senate begins debate on divisive public issue:][3] Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has traveled across the country to whip up support for his bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., which would create temporary visas and let illegal immigrants already here pay a fine and work toward legal status. Another possible candidate, Brownback of Kansas, has angered some of his usual conservative allies by backing McCain's bill. "I am right in the middle of the country. You can't get further from a border than my state. But it is my No. 1 casework area," Brownback said, referring to visa requests and other immigration legal matters raised by residents.Pat Roberts links[(Washington Times) Russian leak report won't keep U.S. from G-8:][4] The U.S. is unlikely to boycott the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg based on a report showing information-sharing between Iraq and Russia, but officials are demanding to know whether a Russian ambassador was authorized to leak military actions to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The Senate returns today from a 10-day recess, and the Select Committee on Intelligence has asked for a Pentagon briefing. "We'll get to the bottom of it," said Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican and intelligence committee chairman. He said the report is no surprise. "We had the oil-for-food situation, and then Russia depending on the oil from Iraq, so I'm not too terribly surprised. I would be surprised if that connection went all the way to Moscow, and that was some direct planning by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin," Mr. Roberts said. "I am not surprised, however, by Russian spying. I don't want to cause a major flap here, but that's what they do."[(AP) Rice: Afghanistan Must Find Its Own Way:][5] Afghanistan's prosecution of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity shows how a fledgling democracy struggles to recognize individual rights, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. Rahman's case represents a "crossroads for their judicial system," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "Let's hope they make the right decision," he told CNN's "Late Edition." "If they don't, I think there are going to be a great many problems."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.slate.com/id/2138690/ [2]: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002891896_right27.html [3]: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3749708.html [4]: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060326-111839-8426r.htm [5]: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/3749115.html [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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