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Opinion

Senators report on Iran nuclear act and opposition to micro-unions

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Support grows for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said bipartisan support is growing for his legislation to require con gressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee […]

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Cultural gap may lead to more discipline for African-American students

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Numerous studies have revealed that African-American students are more likely than their white peers to face referrals to the office, suspension, expulsion or other forms of discipline at school. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Renae Azziz, founder and director of Virtuoso Education Consulting, which provides professional development training to teachers and […]

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Get medical devices, treatments to patients who need them most

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America is home to the sharpest scientists and boldest researchers who are every day finding cutting-edge cures, treatments, and devices to help make sick people well. However, the challenges of maintaining this edge have never been greater. Our process for developing and reviewing these products is out of date and unable to match the pace […]

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Protect water, not industry

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Here in the West, we understand that there is much truth in the old joke that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. Rural and small town America depend on water and our neighbors downstream count on us to preserve the quality of that water for their use as well. And farmers and […]

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Help bring justice to sexual assault victims

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Grants to help communities like Memphis cut through backlogs of untested rape kits are now available from the federal government, thanks to a $41 million budget line item I championed and helped to increase in the 2015 budget. Untested sexual assault kits are a significant public safety hazard that prevents law enforcement from apprehending violent […]

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School vouchers remove public oversight

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A school voucher is a publicly funded credit or certificate whereby a student may be enrolled in a private school and apply the credit to tuition. So, why should Tennessee taxpayers care? Vouchers use your money to help pay for a student to go to a private school that answers to private administrators and not […]

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Senate bill to cap crop insurance premium subsidies

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In February, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced legislation to cap federal crop insurance premium subsidies at $50,000. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cap would save roughly $2.2 billion over 10 years. CONTACT YOUR SENATOR Contact your senator with your opinions. Senators of the 114th Congress for Tennessee are: U.S. Sen. […]

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Lure of the man cave can’t match 2-year-old’s need for Papa

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I have a man cave. And it’s perfect. There is a bench press and an array of free weights. The treadmill is fairly new and has all the bells and whistles that all the modern treadmills have. In front of it, hanging on the wall, is a large-screen TV. Connected to this hi-def beauty is […]

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Pare down the red tape of college paperwork

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The Higher Education Act totals nearly 1,000 pages. There are more than 1,000 pages in the official Code of Federal Regulations devoted to higher education, and on average every workday the Department of Education issues one new sub-regulatory guidance directive or clarification. No one has taken the time to “weed the garden,” and America’s 6,000 […]

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Sen. Corker focuses on human slavery, ransoms, fighting ISIS

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The threat from ISIS, a possible use of military force, a bipartisan proposal to combat modern slavery around the world and immigration were key points that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discussed Monday. He was appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” following his recent trip to Turkey, Kuwait and Iraq. Excerpts follow. ISIS […]

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