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Panel to review state's textbook selection process

Updated: 08/14/2013 - She announced this week that the panel will review the role and work of the state's Textbook Commission and Tennessee laws governing textbook selection to help ensure an accurate and unbiased approach.

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Likely Labor regs would aid vets, disabled, unions

Posted: 08/14/2013 - Some long-awaited rules would help boost employment for veterans and the disabled, increase wages for home health care workers and set new limits for workplace exposure to dangerous silica dust.

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30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Updated: 08/14/2013 - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

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Brazil demands clarifications on NSA surveillance

Posted: 08/14/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was visiting Brasilia, sought to allay Brazil's concerns about the program, saying the U.S. would work to provide answers to Brazil and other Latin American nations.

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Another nuclear stumble by Air Force raises doubts

Posted: 08/14/2013 - Another embarrassing stumble by the U.S. nuclear missile force, this time a safety and security inspection failure, is raising questions about the Air Force's management of arguably the military's most sensitive mission.

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Dates set to fill seat of late Rep. Lois DeBerry

Posted: 08/14/2013 - Gov. Bill Haslam issued a writ of election this week that calls for a special primary election in the Memphis district for Oct. 8 and a special general election for Nov. 21.

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Kerry works to shore up relations with Brazil

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Kerry will have talks with Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff, on Tuesday as part of the Obama administration's quest for deeper relations with the region.

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Biden keeps his name in the game for 2016

Posted: 08/13/2013 - hree years out from the next presidential election, the vice president is polishing his connections and racking up favors in all the right states to ensure he stays part of the conversation.

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Holder goes after mandatory federal drug sentences

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift Monday in federal sentencing policies, targeting long mandatory terms that he said have flooded the nation's prisons with low-level drug offenders.

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Hillary Clinton calls for election reform

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an "assault on voting rights."

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Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog

Posted: 08/12/2013 - President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans Saturday that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen

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Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

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Biden to attend fundraiser in Iowa, key 2016 state

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden will head to Iowa next month to headline Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry fundraiser, a key stop for aspiring presidential candidates.

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Obama tees off Vineyard vacation at golf course

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Obama spent more than five hours at the Farm Neck Golf Club on his first outing of a weeklong stay on the exclusive Massachusetts island, where he arrived Saturday afternoon.

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State museum show about Alexander put on hold

Posted: 08/09/2013 - The Tennessee State Museum has put on hold plans for a statewide traveling exhibit about U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's times as governor. Concerns were raised about the state promoting the Republican amid his e-election campaign.

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US, Russia show brave face despite tattered ties

Posted: 08/09/2013 - The U.S. and Russia are trying to repair deep damage to relations caused by diplomatic collisions on issues including missile defense, the crisis in Syria and the case of Edward Snowden.

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