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This August, I had the honor of visiting Israel with a congressional delegation to renew and strengthen the unique friendship between our two countries, to learn more about their culture firsthand, and to advocate for greater economic cooperation in several areas of joint interest.

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt gave an often-cited speech about citizenship in a Republic called The Man in the Arena at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.

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Earlier this week, America celebrated Labor Day, a holiday that honors our nation’s workforce – the hardest workers in the world. This year, American workers certainly have good reason to celebrate: our economy is the strongest it has ever been in my lifetime, with workers benefiting like ne…

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This month, I’ve been privileged to meet with East Tennesseans and listen to their ideas and concerns. I met with leaders from different groups in our communities including: housing officials, volunteer firefighters, women business leaders, students, educators, veterans, doctors, pastors, st…

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First, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the victims of the recent tragic events in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. My heart breaks for the families and friends of the victims of these recent shootings. I join President Trump and all political leaders in denouncing the hateful ideology…

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There is no better investment we can make for our future than one that benefits our children – early childhood education. Early learning is proven to help children perform better in school, get higher-paying jobs, rely less on social programs, save taxpayer money and contribute more to the e…

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It is said that sunshine is the best medicine and the best sunshine is found during the summer. The concept of an Endless Summer was based on a 1964 Bruce Brown movie built on the idea that if someone had enough time and money would it be possible to chase summer across the world.

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One thing that makes America the greatest nation in the world is our belief in the dignity of work. Work can provide purpose in our lives, and we take pride in the work we do. Hardworking Americans can provide for their families because of good-paying jobs.

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Immediately before Congress adjourned for Independence Day, the House finally passed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act. It fulfilled the President’s request for much-needed, long-overdue humanitarian aid and funding …

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A recent visit to Belfast Metropolitan College helped heighten my own awareness of the role of higher education and job training in promoting economic growth, not only in Northern Ireland but also here in East Tennessee. Some of our students at Walters State may soon have a similar opportunity.

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Snaps of bright white lightning and sudden dark skies shaped over the mountains in late afternoons continuing the weather pattern for our hometown that expects to usher in July with temperatures in the 90s and above normal heat for at least the next 90 days.

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One of the first policy questions I was ever asked was, “Do you think Iran should have a nuclear weapon?” I remember my answer clear as day: “During the Vietnam War, I served nearly 13 months near the Demilitarized Zone in Korea. Does anyone believe the world is safer and more stable now tha…

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The fourth of July is here and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, total liberation and the American spirit.

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Every month, more immigrants are crossing our border, worsening the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Even as Congress has agreed to provide emergency assistance to communities ravaged by natural disasters, Democrats have refused to include any assistance to help improve the situation on our sout…

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By the time today’s edition has been put to bed and the ink has dried on the newsprint, my office has been cleaned out and my time as the Publisher & Editor of your newspaper has come to an end.

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Every day, millions of Americans receive calls from unknown numbers. Thinking it might be someone they know trying to reach them, they answer but low and behold, it is a robocall. I too receive these countless unwanted calls that are not just annoying but harassment. Many of these calls are …

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June 6th marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump signing the VA MISSION into law. This is also the official launch date of the VA MISSION Act’s community care program, a huge win for veterans that embodies President Trump’s commitment to serving them. The new community care program…

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One of the most infuriating experiences for patients in our health care system occurs when they seek care at what they believe is a facility covered by their insurance, only to find out weeks later they were treated by an out-of-network physician – without the patient’s knowledge – and are n…

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As many of you have likely heard and read by now, my time here as the Publisher & Editor of the Newport Plain Talk is growing nigh.

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The May 18 full moon, some call The Flower Moon, a blue moon because it is an extra full moon for the season, illuminated the heavy blossoms of the blackberry brambles around our hometown that now bakes in 90-degree weather.

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Memorial Day is our country’s most somber holiday, reminding us of the men and women who have died protecting the freedoms we hold dear. As a veteran myself, I believe every veteran who lived through combat and is still alive today feels a little bit of guilt when we think back on our fallen…

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When McKenzie Regional Hospital closed last fall, it meant more than the loss of the only hospital in rural Carroll County. It meant the loss of one of the county’s largest employers. It meant babies born in McKenzie can no longer be delivered there. It meant nursing students at Bethel Unive…