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Haslam has no public events this week

Posted: 10/07/2013 - The week without public events brings to an end a flurry of appearances around the state for the governor, many of them to present grants and to make economic development decisions.

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GOP govs jockey for political edge in shutdown

Posted: 10/04/2013 - With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement.

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Kerry to play lead US role at Asia summits

Posted: 10/04/2013 - Nearly a decade after his unsuccessful 2004 bid for the White House, John Kerry is getting the chance to be presidential as he fills in for U.S. President Barack Obama at heads of state summits in Asia.

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Shutdown slowed border prosecutions

Posted: 10/04/2013 - Laura Duffy, the U.S. attorney in San Diego, said late Thursday that prosecutions would return to normal after the Justice Department agreed restore staff.

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Dems say it's time for GOP to unite, end shutdown

Updated: 10/04/2013 - President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction

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Obama cancels Asia trip to deal with shutdown

Posted: 10/04/2013 - President Barack Obama is canceling a trip to Asia to stay in Washington and push for an elusive funding bill to get the nation's business back up and running.

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Haslam pledges big raises for Tennessee teachers

Posted: 10/04/2013 - Haslam said at a news conference on Thursday that by the time he leaves office he wants Tennessee's teacher salaries to have grown more than salaries in any other state.

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Campfield assistant fired for rules violation

Posted: 10/03/2013 - A political adviser to Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield has been fired from his state job as the senator's executive assistant for apparently violating legislative staff rules.

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New sanctions likely despite thaw in US-Iran ties

Posted: 10/02/2013 - U.S. lawmakers from both parties have expressed a willingness to give President Barack Obama's outreach to Iran a chance to end to Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West

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Some in GOP not heeding old big business allies

Posted: 10/02/2013 - President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs to portray House Republicans

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Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

Updated: 10/02/2013 - The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government.

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For Israel, attack on Iran seems off the table

Posted: 10/02/2013 - Despite some tough rhetoric in a speech to the U.N. by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it will be all but impossible for Israel to take military action once negotiations between Iran and world powers resume.

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Pentagon wants more workers exempt from furloughs

Posted: 10/01/2013 - Hagel, who is on a weeklong trip to South Korea and Japan for meetings with defense and diplomatic officials, said he is being asked about the budget battle during his visit.

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GOP demanded lawmakers pay more for health care

Posted: 10/01/2013 - The government pays roughly three-fourths of federal workers' health insurance premiums. House Republicans would end that contribution by amending the Senate's temporary spending bill.

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Congress plunges nation into government shutdown

Posted: 10/01/2013 - Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill.

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Anti-Lamar group wants to oust Tenn GOP head

Posted: 09/30/2013 - A group seeking to deny incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander another term in office is pushing to oust the head of Tennessee's Republican Party.

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Foreign minister: Iran open to negotiations

Posted: 09/30/2013 - Iran would open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors as part of broad negotiations with the United States that could eventually restore diplomatic relations between the adversaries.

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Obama to meet with Netanyahu, Iran likely topic

Posted: 09/30/2013 - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting at a time that the three-decade estrangement between the United States and Iran may be nearing an end.

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Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

Posted: 09/30/2013 - The Agriculture Department says 524 schools have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

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