Jerry Moran of Kansas was one of only 11 Republican senators who teamed up this month with tea party favorite Ted Cruz on three votes intended to stall or defeat the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill – a failed but headline-grabbing maneuver that put him at odds with GOP leadership.
President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.
The parents in the case are scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing next week in the criminal case filed against them and next month in a child-in-need-of-care case filed on behalf of four children removed from their home.
More than 36 percent of Kansas residents volunteered in 2013, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released last week by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.