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A bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

U.S. efforts to cut a deal with Iran over its development of nuclear materials now have about them the stench of desperation. If this is to be the crowning achievement of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, this nation and the Middle East are in deep, deep trouble. In the round of talks just ended in Geneva on Feb. 23 it appears the U.S. has given up on

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  • Lakeway Area first responders and public workers go beyond call of duty

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    The entire Lakeway Area owes a giant debt to many people for their efforts the past two weeks as we’ve gone through some of the worst winter weather East Tennessee has seen in years. From the time the first snowflakes fell, state, county and city road crews were out trying to make driving safe, or even possible, for motorists who needed to get to work, to the grocery store or

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  • Republicans should shut down the possibility of a shut down

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 10:22 am

    At a time when terrorists call for attacks on U.S. shopping malls, congressional Republicans are plunging ahead with plans to kill the budget for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday. Madly irresponsible, the GOP firebrands threaten to stop paychecks for 230,000 workers in hope of forcing Democrats to join them in repealing President Obama’s order relieving 5 million undocumented immigrants of the fear of deportation. The Democrats will never

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  • Curbing seizure of assets by law enforcement

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:29 am

    The Justice Department has belatedly issued guidelines to curb questionable seizures of money and property by law enforcement under a much-abused civil asset forfeiture program. The new guidelines strengthen earlier attempts by outgoing Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to remedy basic flaws in the program. The biggest one is that law enforcement can seize assets in a civil procedure simply on suspicion that they were come by illegally. Federal, state and

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  • Safety is key for energy transportation

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

    America, and the world for that matter, uses lots of energy. The energy source used more than any other in the United State is oil – at 36 percent of the energy consumed in this country. In the American energy portfolio, natural gas is next at 27 percent, coal at 19 percent, renewable energy at 10 percent, and nuclear at 8 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The

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  • Courts suspend Obama’s initiative on border control

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    This week we got another reminder that, in a political system of divided powers, going it alone can be a bad idea. President Obama’s attempt to slip around Congress and enact his own immigrant reform plan ran into trouble in the courts. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanan of Texas, appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush, temporarily blocked President Obama’s initiative, leaving some 4 million undocumented immigrants exposed to

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  • Curbing seizure of assets by law enforcement

    Posted on February 22, 2015 at 12:14 am

    The Justice Department has belatedly issued guidelines to curb questionable seizures of money and property by law enforcement under a much-abused civil asset forfeiture program. The new guidelines strengthen earlier attempts by outgoing Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to remedy basic flaws in the program. The biggest one is that law enforcement can seize assets in a civil procedure simply on suspicion that they were come by illegally. Federal, state and

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