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McConnell, Paul push to lift fishing restrictions

Updated: 08/30/2013 - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his Kentucky colleague Rand Paul are pressing again to permanently lift restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River.

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AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no 'slam dunk'

Posted: 08/29/2013 - President Barack Obama declared unequivocally Wednesday that the Syrian government was responsible, while laying the groundwork for an expected U.S. military strike.

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Congress seeks answers from Obama on Syria

Posted: 08/29/2013 - "What is the intended effect of the potential military strikes?" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote the president on Wednesday as the drumbeat of war grew louder.

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Hagel wraps up defense talks with Asian allies

Posted: 08/29/2013 - With the Syria crisis shadowing his weeklong Asia tour, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is wrapping up talks on ways of deepening defense ties in southeast Asia.

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Obama: US action would send Assad 'strong signal'

Posted: 08/29/2013 - President Barack Obama is vowing that American retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons use would send a "strong signal," as U.S. intelligence officials readied briefings for Congress

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When to strike: Tense decisions for Obama on Syria

Posted: 08/28/2013 - Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government.

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Obama embodies King's dream and his struggle

Posted: 08/28/2013 - President Barack Obama won't need to mention race — a subject he doesn't talk a lot about in public — when he stands at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Hagel meets Asian defense leaders as Syria simmers

Posted: 08/28/2013 - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is opening two days of talks with Asian defense leaders in Brunei, pushing for closer military ties even as the world is focused on Syria.

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US lays groundwork for possible Syria strike

Posted: 08/28/2013 - Administration officials also said Assad's actions posed a direct threat to U.S. national security, providing President Barack Obama with a potential legal justification for launching a strike

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Haslam names Goldin to Tenn. appeals court

Posted: 08/28/2013 - Gov. Bill Haslam has named Shelby County chancellor Arnold B. Goldin to fill an upcoming vacancy in the western section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

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What are the Common Core State Standards?

Posted: 08/27/2013 - The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia with the goal of better preparing the nation's students for college or a job

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Study: Waivers leave behind at-risk students

Posted: 08/27/2013 - Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday.

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Kerry: Chemical arms use in Syria has consequences

Posted: 08/27/2013 - Secretary of State John Kerry says there is "undeniable" evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, with intelligence strongly pointing to Bashar Assad's government.

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Gatlinburg city workers get raise, taxes stay flat

Posted: 08/26/2013 - City workers in Gatlinburg will be getting a raise next year. The city added a 2% cost of living adjustment for its employees to next year's budget before passing it.

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US official: chemical weapons likely used in Syria

Posted: 08/26/2013 - There is "very little doubt" that a chemical weapon was used by Syria against civilians in an incident that killed at least 100 people last week, but the president has not yet decided how to respond.

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For Obama, world looks far different than expected

Posted: 08/26/2013 - In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House's control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts.

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