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Posted: August 8, 2014 at 3:03 a.m.

Voters mark their ballots Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Republican voters going to the polls Thursday will determine whether to nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press,John Rawlston) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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FILE - This May 16, 2014 file photo shows Harvey Fierstein at the 80th Annual Drama League Awards in New York. The 60-year-old is looking for a chance to return to the stage after some very successful years writing for the stage. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

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Obama signs $16 billion VA overhaul

President Barack Obama speaks at Fort Belvoir, Va., Thursday, August 7, 2014, about H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The bill gives resources to the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve access and quality of care for veterans.. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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