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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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Youth see march anniversary as chance to lead

Posted: 08/26/2013 - Mary-Pat Hector of Atlanta was operating much like a 1960s civil rights activist as she laid plans for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Powell: Trayvon Martin verdict 'questionable'

Posted: 08/26/2013 - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the jury verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin "questionable" and urged President Barack Obama to speak more on issues of race.

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Civil rights and immigration history connected

Posted: 08/26/2013 - The push for comprehensive immigration reform was heard from the speakers' podium on Saturday, when tens of thousands marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall.

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Half of US says racial equality not yet a reality

Posted: 08/23/2013 - Despite a heightened sense of racial progress immediately following the 2008 election of the first black president, Americans' views of black progress have waned.

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Obama: Cutting Egypt aid may not reverse actions

Posted: 08/23/2013 - Obama administration officials are weighing whether to cut off more than $1 billion in annual aid to Egypt after the military-backed interim government cracked down on supporters of ousted President Morsi.

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