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1. Piano-Playing Senator's Latest Tune: New Education Policy
- Tuesday, July 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?
In Sen. Lamar Alexander's case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out "The Memphis Blues."
2. Trade Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, At Brink of Final Passage
- Wednesday, June 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate pushed bipartisan trade legislation to the brink of final approval Tuesday in a combined effort by President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to rescue a measure that appeared all but dead less than two weeks ago.
3. Congress OKs Bill Reshaping Medicare Doctors' Fees
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives hated that it's expected to swell federal deficits over the coming decade. Liberals complained that it shortchanged health programs for children and women.
4. Jindal Offers Political Red Meat On Foreign Policy
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Some politicians considering a bid for president will talk a lot about the details of running a nationwide campaign at a point like this – more than a year and a half until the Presidential general election but less than a year out from the Presidential primaries.
5. Bid to End Tennessee Carry Permit Requirement Fails in House
- Friday, March 13, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to eliminate Tennessee's requirement to obtain a state-issued permit to openly carry handguns was defeated in a House subcommittee on Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss Jonesborough said he introduced the measure because he believes that "current laws here in Tennessee infringe on the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution."
6. Senate Democrats Agree to GOP Plan to Fund Homeland Department
- Thursday, February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put the Senate on track to pass the bill as a partial agency shutdown looms Friday at midnight.
7. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.
8. Obama and the Midterms: What's At Stake?
- Tuesday, October 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.
9. Congress Races to Finish VA, Highway Bills
- Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.
10. Senate Reprieve for Highly Contested Border Bill
- Thursday, July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.
11. Senate Sponsor Says Compromise Near on Common Core
- Thursday, March 27, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of a contentious proposal to delay further implementation of Tennessee's Common Core education standards for two years said Tuesday that a compromise is close on the legislation.
12. Common Core Spawns Widespread Political Fights
- Tuesday, March 25, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.
13. Senate Clears Debt Limit Measure for Obama
- Thursday, February 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – After a dramatic Senate tally in which top GOP leaders cast the crucial votes, must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama's signature.
14. Health Care Tactics Split Republican Senate Rivals
- Friday, December 27, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) – Republicans who want to regain control of the Senate will first have to do battle among themselves in 2014 primary elections, due largely to differences over how to proceed against the law they deride as "Obamacare."
15. Bipartisan Budget Agreement Nears Final Passage
- Thursday, December 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate lined up Wednesday to give final congressional approval to legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.
16. Health Care Debate Has Trust, Politics Themes, Too
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs.
People who didn't know a URL from an http were blithely expounding on software snags and web design, thanks to the clunky launch of healthcare.gov, the insurance marketplace for the government's big health care overhaul.
17. Shutdown Over, Obama Surveys Damage and Blames GOP
- Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress' bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the world.
18. A Deal: Voting to Avoid Default, Open Government
- Thursday, October 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.
19. New House GOP Plan as Debt-Limit Deadline Nears
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Time growing desperately short, House Republicans pushed for passage of legislation late Tuesday to prevent a threatened Treasury default, end a 15-day partial government shutdown and extricate divided government from its latest brush with a full political meltdown.
20. Poll: No Heroes in Shutdown, GOP Gets Most Blame
- Thursday, October 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame on Republicans but finds no one standing tall in Washington.
21. Obama Says Talks OK – After Default Threat Averted
- Wednesday, October 09, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law.
22. Boehner: House Won't Pass 'Clean' Spending Bill
- Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a tea party plan to "defund Obamacare," House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.
23. Senate Clears Hurdle on Stopgap Spending Bill
- Thursday, September 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has cleared a hurdle on a stopgap spending bill that would avert a government shutdown and unravel President Barack Obama's health care law.
The vote was 100-0 and came an hour after freshman Sen. Ted Cruz ended his 21-hour, 19-minute filibuster. Cruz supports the bill but used a stalling tactic to postpone the inevitable – Democratic leader Harry Reid has the votes to strip out the defund Obamacare provision and send the spending bill back to the House.
24. One Week to Go Until Government Shutdown Deadline
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned – if not rushing – to that end.
Most say they don't want the first government shutdown since 1996. But if the government happens to shut down, so be it. Republicans say it is part of their effort to dismantle Democrats' health care overhaul, while Democrats defending the law recall that similar standoffs gave them political gains.
25. GOP House: Keep Government Open, Hit 'Obamacare'
- Monday, September 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve – and simultaneously prevent a partial government shutdown that neither party claims to want.
26. Dodge Default, Defund Obamacare, GOP Leaders Say
- Thursday, September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out Obamacare, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach.
27. Senate, House Ensnared in Health Care Controversy
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock.
In the House, more than 50 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.
28. Tea Party Set to Audition Challengers for Alexander
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Tennessee Tea Party and national conservative groups are hoping to find the Volunteer State equivalent of a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz to mount a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.