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The legacy of former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson may be HUD's willingness to hand out cherry government contracts to close allies during his term at the agency. The latest allegation of cronyism involves a small Texas company that received $71 million in contracts from HUD in a few weeks in 2004. When one agency worker flagged the activity as suspicious, she was brushed aside and asked to take her old lower-level job. (Washington Post)

Former Kansas Attorney General and current Johnson County (Kan.) District Attorney Phill Kline has been on a one-man crusade against anybody suspected of providing abortions in the Kansas City-area. Kline is now reportedly soliciting donations and speaking engagements through an anti-abortion Web site,, a clear conflict of interest some legal experts are claiming. (Kansas City Star)