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U.S. Iranian Tensions Rising

U.S. Iranian Tensions Rising

Tensions are rising between the United States and Iran, following a confrontation over the waters of the Persian Gulf this week. An Iranian fighter jet came within 16 miles of a U.S. Predator drone. The drone, which was an unmanned vehicle, was being escorted by two U.S. fighters that remained over international waters. No shots […]

Corker: Japan’s Interest in Joining Trans-Pacific Trade Talks Is “Positive Step” Toward Expanded Economic Opportunities for U.S.

Corker: Japan’s Interest in Joining Trans-Pacific Trade Talks Is “Positive Step” Toward Expanded Economic Opportunities for U.S.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Friday said Japan’s interest in joining trade talks between the U.S. and 10 other nations ringing the Pacific Ocean is a positive step toward an eventual agreement, which would provide significant, expanded economic opportunities for the United States. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]

Cyber Command Adapts to Understand Cyber Battlespace

Cyber Command Adapts to Understand Cyber Battlespace

Since the Defense Department officially made cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011, experts in the public and private sectors have been working to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control. In July of that year, the first initiative of the first DOD Strategy for Operating in […]

Tennessee Education Continues To Improve

Tennessee Education Continues To Improve

Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm based in Washington D.C., this week announced that Tennessee schools have made the largest gains in the entire nation with regard to high school graduation rates. Between 2002 and 2010, the statewide high school graduation rate rose over 20 percentage points to an overall rate of 80.4%. Over the […]

Rosa Parks has a Permanent Place in the U.S. Capitol

Rosa Parks has a Permanent Place in the U.S. Capitol

National Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol was once the meeting place of the House of Representatives. Now it’s home to a collection of statues and monuments — two from each state — representing some of the defining figures in our nation’s history. Today those sculptures were joined by that of a civil rights icon. […]

It’s Time to Bring Our Troops Home

In President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address, he highlighted his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. While I disagree with much of the president’s agenda, I do agree it is time to bring our troops home. I am also pleased with the president’s decision to give military […]

Senate Resolution Condemns North Korea Nuclear Test, Calls for Additional Sanctions

Senate Resolution Condemns North Korea Nuclear Test, Calls for Additional Sanctions

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after unanimous Senate passage of a resolution condemning North Korea’s recent nuclear test, which violated numerous international agreements and poses real dangers to regional and global security. “North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile tests pose real dangers […]

National Parks Serve as Powerful Economic Engines for Local Communities, Supporting 252,000 Jobs

National Parks Serve as Powerful Economic Engines for Local Communities, Supporting 252,000 Jobs

National Parks continued to be important economic engines for local communities, with visitors generating $30.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by the National Park Service. “Places like the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty take our breath away and inspire us […]

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

Following meetings Tuesday with the president of Tunisia and other senior leaders of major Tunisian political parties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. “The United States strongly supports the people of Tunisia and their desire […]

Senate Bills Could Have Wide Impact on Tennessee Elections and Directors of Schools

Senate Bills Could Have Wide Impact on Tennessee Elections and Directors of Schools

The 108th Tennessee General Assembly is in Session and there have been a significant number of Bills introduced for consideration. Two Bills that will have widespread impact on voters in Tennessee came from District 8 Senator Frank Niceley. Senator Niceley has sponsored a total of 47 Bills since January 30, 2013, including SB0471 and SB0916. […]

Treasury, Switzerland Sign Bilateral Agreement to Improve Tax Compliance, Combat International Tax Evasion and Implement FATCA

Treasury, Switzerland Sign Bilateral Agreement to Improve Tax Compliance, Combat International Tax Evasion and Implement FATCA

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that it has signed a bilateral agreement with Switzerland to facilitate the implementation of the information reporting and withholding tax provisions commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). “Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in our efforts to work collaboratively to combat offshore […]