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News stories on the continued debacle that is the U.S. Postal Service always helpfully tell us "the Postal Service is an independent agency that receives no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control."

It all comes down to hubris.

George Davis is baring his soul and a lot more in his effort to be elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

If President Barack Obama had given Ukraine some of the firepower it needed to push away the pro-Russian separatists currently ensconced in the eastern sector of the country earlier this year, a Chattanooga missionary to the Eastern European country and his family might be closer to returning to their home there.

What's clear about the Republican primary vote in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District is that later voters turned toward challenger Weston Wamp in his ultimately unsuccessful effort to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, indicating the latter's late distortions and negative advertising may have had the opposite effect from what was intended.

Third District voters appeared to say “yes” to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s negative campaigning, to his repeated disinterest in working across party lines and to his many “no” votes on legislation put forth by his proclaimed axis of evil, Obama, Pelosi and Reid, and award him the Republican party nomination for a third term in the House on Thursday night.

Why, indeed?

The constitutionality of Tennessee's marriage law, along with those in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, is before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

If there was any doubt Volkswagen desperately wants the United Auto Workers to represent workers at the Chattanooga plant, its deafening silence on UAW's organizing activities in violation of the agreement the union signed in February speaks volumes.

One of the interesting and ridiculous sidelights of the District 27 primary race for state representative is whether Republican primary candidate Patsy Hazlewood actually is a Republican.

Of what value is marriage?

Since 1978, Tennesseans have gone back and forth in electing governors for two consecutive terms from first the Republican and then the Democrat parties.

Chances are, if state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyille, is elected in November as Tennessee's 4th District congressman, his conservative ranking will be nearly as high in 2016 as that of the incumbent he is facing in the Aug. 7 Republican Party primary.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, in person is deferential but guarded, earnest but reticent. Some of his negative ads are another thing entirely.

Die-hard tea party enthusiasts — not those who lent their names to the movement in 2010 simply to object to President Barack Obama's economic overreaches — would like to believe they have an opportunity to knock off Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

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