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Progressives deride supporters of President Donald Trump as willfully ignorant reactionaries, even racists.

Fans of the president respond in kind, dismissing liberals as snowflakes and worse.

The escalating war of words is a clear and present danger to American democracy, said Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, in a presentation sponsored by the Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation’s Advocacy in Health speaker series.

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One of the Democrats on the president’s Commission on Election Integrity is suing the group and Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is vice chair of the controversial panel, created by President Trump to study election issues.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he hasn’t been receiving information about what the group’s doing.

“Secretary Dunlap has been, and continues to be, blocked from receiving commission documents necessary to carry out his responsibilities,” the lawsuit says.

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo made his first trip back to Wichita this week since taking over the spy agency in January. At the Rotary Club of Wichita’s meeting on Monday, he talked about his job and the threats facing the United States 

Pompeo told an audience of more than 300 people about the daily briefings he gives President Trump, and shared details about what goes into collecting foreign intelligence.

Pompeo said that ten months into the job, he’s proud of the espionage work being done around the world.

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Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday used a group of like-minded witnesses to attack President Donald Trump’s tax cut plan by comparing it to what they repeatedly referred to as Kansas’ “failed” tax experiment.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback takes questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today during his long-awaited confirmation hearing to become ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says his hearing for a job in the Trump administration will take place next week.

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President Donald Trump has nominated a Wichita attorney whose practice is oil and gas law to the federal bench in Kansas.

If confirmed, John W. Broomes would replace retiring U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten in Wichita.

Broomes is a former submarine officer and petroleum engineer who practices at the Hinkle Law Firm. His LinkedIn profile shows he previously worked as a law clerk to former U.S. District Judge Monti Belot.

His resume includes a 3-year stint as a project manager for Koch Industries' pipeline and refinery operations.

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In reaction to the announcement that President Trump is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA recipients and immigration activists in Wichita are now calling on Congress to pass permanent legislation to protect young adults brought to the U.S. as kids.

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Environmental regulations and commitments to address global warming are certainly not on terra firma. The Trump administration has vowed to ease emissions controls for power plants and to get coal miners back to work.

The Jeffrey Energy Center, in St. Mary’s, Kansas, near Topeka, is one such coal-fired power plant.

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Kansas Congressman Ron Estes stopped in Wichita Thursday on a four-city listening tour of the 4th District.

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