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These words were in the middle of a McClatchy News Service report in Sunday’s Times Free Press: “After the United States left Iraq in 2011 under a timetable set by President George W. Bush …”

Earlier this month, the United Auto Workers (UAW) held its 36th Constitutional Convention in Detroit. Among the speakers addressing the 1,100 union delegates was Frank Patta, general secretary of Volkswagen’s Global Group Works Council.

  • June 17th, 2014  |
  • By Matt Patterson
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Two branches — one black, one white — of the 204-year-old Cumberland Presbyterian Church are pondering reunification in Chattanooga this week.

If a new advocacy organization succeeds in making Chattanoogans more aware of and more involved in their public schools, it will have done a great service.

During his brief remarks after being sworn in as Chattanooga's new police chief Thursday, Fred Fletcher spent most of his time talking about what he'd learned from his wife, Paige.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., voted against students, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R.-Tenn., voted against veterans.

  • June 13th, 2014  |
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It may be true, as former U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neill often pointed out, that "all politics is local," but all congressional incumbents must have felt a quake Tuesday night when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor shockingly lost his Virginia seat to a poorly funded opponent who couldn't even garner major tea party support.

  • June 12th, 2014  |
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The following words should scare you to death: "We actually don't know the costs yet. We'll figure that out on the back end."

To the casual observer at Chattanooga-based Lamp Post Group, the venture incubator on the second floor of the Loveman’s Building is a bit of a calm frenzy.

A new study by the Manhattan Institute revealed the new carbon emission rules released last week by President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency will hurt poor people the most.

Major League Baseball players have a shelf life. Nobody’s going to pay them $15 million a year for their ability to pitch a baseball or swing a bat when they’re, say, 56. So they — and their agents — try to get teams to pay them as much money as they can while their skills are marketable.

One day in the distant future, we'll probably know the truth about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, why he left his unit, what his fascination was or is with the Taliban, why the Obama administration made the exchange deal it did and why it made the exchange when it did.

Close your eyes and imagine you are a soldier on a landing craft in the first wave of the Allied invasion at Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

Dr. Ben Carson hears the same thing, he says, in the North, South, East and West, in red states and in blue states, from young and from old. It's something besides "Run, Ben, run." Here, they say, is someone with common sense.

He can't say he didn't warn us.

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