In The Star:
David Klepper has a full report on the Kansas Board of Education rescinding science standards that cast doubt on evolution.
Matt Stearns details the infighting between Sen. Sam Brownback and Mitt Romney for the GOP conservative base.
Kit Wagar reports that a Missouri state senator is trying to revive six projects stripped from a higher-ed bill because research in the buildings could somehow involve early stem cells.
Lynn Horsley looks at the KC mayoral candidates' stands on smoking bans.
Tim Hoover reports that safety advocates say this could be the year that a proposal passes allowing police to ticket Missouri motorists just for not wearing seat belts.
Glenn Rice reports that a wall that has come to symbolize renewed political bickering between two Clay County officials may soon be coming down.
Rice also reports that a Claycomo official offered some insight into why village leaders terminated three top officials late last year.
Elsewhere: Selections from The Hotline's "Wake-Up Call," ABC's The Note and others.
President Bush held his first news conference today since Dec. 20.
The Note lists Bush's press conferences by the year:
2001 — 4
2002 — 3
2003 — 4
2004 — 4
2005 — 7
2006 — 12
2007 — 1
The Politico's John Bresnahan reports that top House Democrats, working with anti-war groups, have decided to pursue a "slow-bleed strategy" designed to gradually limit the administration's options. "Led by Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and supported by several well-funded anti-war groups, the coalition's goal is to limit or sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops available for the Iraq conflict, rather than to openly cut off funding for the war itself." 'There's a D-Day coming in here, and it's going to start with the supplemental and finish with the '08 [defense] budget,' said Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, who chairs the Air and Land Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee."
Under a "Clinton Camp Chides Obama for Distorting Her Iraq Position," ABC News' Teddy Davis explains that Sen. Hillary Clinton is in favor in favor of beginning a phased U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq — even though she does not share Sen. Barack Obama's support for specifying a date by which that withdrawal should be complete. But "the Obama campaign did not back down," writes the Chicago Sun Times' Lynn Sweet.
Former first lady Nancy Reagan is inviting the leading GOP candidates to the first-ever debate at her husband's library in Simi Valley, Calif. "Ronnie always hoped the library would be a place where policymakers will debate the future," she said. "This presidential debate provides the opportunity to fulfill his wishes."
The second controversial Edwards blogger, Melissa McEwan, has also decided to quit.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's daughter was arrested for DUI and "child endangerment," New York Daily News reports.
Posted by Keith Chrostowski