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In Iowa, Biden touts diplomatic progress in Syria

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to a decidedly anti-war audience in Iowa on Sunday, played down the Obama administration's pledge to use military force to rid Syria of chemical weapons.

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Obama: Syria debate is diplomacy lesson for Iran

Posted: 09/16/2013 - President Barack Obama says his administration's approach to Syria's chemical weapons should show Iran that there's the potential for diplomatic solutions to arms standoffs.

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Lawmakers debate whether US was outfoxed on Syria

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria's chemical weapons argued Sunday about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war

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Senate confirms nominee caught up in Benghazi

Posted: 09/13/2013 - By voice vote and with no debate, the Senate approved the nomination of Nuland, who had served as State Department spokeswoman during Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure.

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Kerry: Syria peace prospects ride on weapons talks

Updated: 09/13/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that prospects for a resumption in the Syrian peace process are riding on the outcome of U.S.-Russian talks

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Kerry set to test Russia on Syria weapons

Posted: 09/12/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday morning to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons.

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Health overhaul confuses Medicare beneficiaries

Posted: 09/12/2013 - That's the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called "Obamacare."

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Democrats hit Speaker Ramsey over Obama tweet

Updated: 09/12/2013 - State Democrats are criticizing Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey over a Twitter post that said President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.

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Ethics complaint against Gov. Haslam dismissed

Posted: 09/12/2013 - The Tennessee Ethics Commission has voted to dismiss a complaint filed against Gov. Bill Haslam that said he failed to disclose how much he has paid his former chief campaign strategist.

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McCain: Rebels fighting Assad feel abandoned by US

Posted: 09/11/2013 - Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he worries that the cause of rebels fighting Syria's President Bashar Assad has been obscured in the rapid-fire military and diplomatic events.

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The NSA machine: Too big for anyone to understand

Posted: 09/11/2013 - The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans' phone and Internet records by the millions.

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Pay offset renewed for active duty state workers

Posted: 09/11/2013 - Gov. Bill Haslam has renewed an expired executive order to cover any loss of salary by state employees called to active duty by the National Guard or the Armed Forces Reserves.

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The ground Obama must cover in Syria address

Posted: 09/10/2013 - President Barack Obama is grasping all his tools of persuasion in trying to turn around public opinion and rally congressional support for a strike against Syria.

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AP poll: Most Americans oppose strike on Syria

Posted: 09/10/2013 - Support in Congress is lukewarm at best, and many lawmakers have questioned whether the strikes would create more of a problem for the U.S. than they would help the nearly three-year effort to overthrow Assad.

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Congress looks at Justice's marijuana decision

Posted: 09/10/2013 - The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug.

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Clinton stance on Syria raises familiar risks

Posted: 09/10/2013 - Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in this spot before. As a senator in 2002, she endorsed military action in Iraq, a decision that came back to haunt her in her failed White House bid six years later.

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