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Wichita Eagle

Sebelius says she’s not interested in Senate run

Kathleen Sebelius, the soon-to-be former secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, said through a spokeswoman Thursday that she was not interested in running for the Senate in Kansas, despite recent entreaties from Democrats.

“Secretary Sebelius is continuing her important work at HHS and is not considering a run for the Senate,” the spokeswoman said.

Sebelius said last week that she was resigning after overseeing the department during the tumultuous rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats began seeking her out almost immediately to run for Senate in Kansas, where she was elected twice as governor.

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Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday – women and non-Catholics among them – in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a “slave.”

Francis’ decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican’s own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus’ 12 apostles were men.

But as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio frequently performed the ritual on women – a practice that he seems intent on keeping up now that he is pope.

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CNN Top Stories

Bloomberg: I'm coming after the NRA
A year ago on Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have helped fix our nation's gun laws by requiring background checks on all purchases of firearms. Ninety percent of all Americans -- and more than 80% of gun owners -- believe that all people should be subject to such checks. And even though the bill won majority support in the Senate -- more than 50 members -- it was not enough to break a filibuster.

Racism isn't just the GOP
Ruben Navarrette says today, you'll find anti-Latino elements in the Democratic Party as well.

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