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NSA spying powers on brink of lapsing

The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives leaves for a 10-day Memorial Day break without an agreement on the controversial issue with a sharply divided Senate.

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Lift welfare ATM cap

Not only are many of the state’s new welfare regulations condescending, the limit on cash withdrawals may violate federal law – potentially endangering $102 million in federal funding. That’s what can happen when lawmakers ram through legislation without proper vetting, and based on ugly stereotypes.

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Coercing the courts

Legislative forces formally lined up for an assault on the Kansas courts this week, when a House-Senate conference committee agreed to use the power of the purse to try to force the judiciary into deciding a case in the Legislature’s favor.

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