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The things people watch on TV

There is a TV series about an entire town trapped under a giant, mysterious crystal-clear dome that appears out of the blue one day. The dome is impenetrable; no one can get in, no one can get out. Who made the dome? Aliens? God? A super-secret branch of the U.S. government? It's a mystery.

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Reflections on term limits

Last week, I covered six constitutional amendments that expanded the American electorate and our power to vote. This week, comes the saga of the Twenty-Second Amendment, which took away our right to elect a person to the office of president for more than two full terms.

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Business Pulse: 7-20-14

Business Pulse: 7-20-14

It’s that time of year again … when our head mouse, otherwise known as James P. Clark, is away. I’m not so sure we mice have been playing this time as we seem to have been working even harder than usual. And, we usually work long hours to make sure our readers enjoy the best our award-winning paper has to offer.

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Republican choices only get harder

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republicans have made a choice, and it's the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their national political convention in Cleveland.

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Bordering on inhumanity

"Perhaps the Catholic church would volunteer to pony up some cash for the illegals' care then? Hmm?"

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When committees play police

If one believes even a significant fraction of the horror stories in the national news media, beastly male behavior has become almost epidemic on American college campuses. Tales of drunken sexual assaults and worse multiply from sea to shining sea.

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A blow against gridlock

There's nothing new about politicians using their offices to enhance their power. The word "gerrymander" was coined in 1812 after Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a bill creating a legislative district that resembled a salamander.

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Heart of darkness in buffer zone

BOSTON – "Be careful. This is a dangerous corner."

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Houseguests: Threat or menace?

Some people like having lots of company. They like having plenty to do. They like big breakfasts and hearty lunches and specially prepared dinners. They are called houseguests, and as they also like to travel, they will be coming to your house soon -- if they haven't been there already or are with you right now.

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Could Obama be worst ever?

Wow. A reputable poll shows the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely.

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Let's get out and vote

With early voting for Tennessee state primary and county general elections starting Friday, July 18, here’s my prediction on voter turnout: underwhelming. 

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Business Pulse: 7-13-14

Business Pulse: 7-13-14

The wait is almost over. Beginning this coming Friday, frozen yogurt will be flowing freely on Main Street at Topz Frozen Yogurt Café. The new business is located across from Citizens Tri-County Bank.

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Why Obama makes GOP panic

If you pay too much attention to opinion polls, doubtless you've heard a plurality of voters has judged Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Thirty-three percent, to be precise, which as it conflates almost exactly with the number of hard-core Republicans, merely tells you something you already knew: GOP partisans dislike Obama with irrational zeal.

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Failing basic economics

Here's a quiz: Which politician favors reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which aids American companies that compete in world markets and last year helped support $37 billion in exports and 205,000 domestic jobs while actually turning a profit?

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