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1. Debt Deadline Now October, CBO Says As Deficit Spikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The drop-dead deadline for Congress to increase the government's borrowing authority and avoid a devastating economic default is early to mid-October, says a government estimate released Thursday that delivered another challenge to Republican leaders.

2. McConnell Delays Health Care Vote; Trump Engaged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

2:40 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

3. Ryan: Lawmakers Will Meet New Debt Deadline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing authority and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations.

4. Unhealthy Motives -

WE DON’T CARE ABOUT HEALTH CARE. WE CARE ABOUT INSURANCE. Like casinos, the insurance business is a bet, you know, like a roll of the dice. And like casinos, the house always wins. An army of actuaries hedges every bet. If you buy life insurance, they’re going to charge you enough to make money before you die. They win. If you buy health insurance, they’re going to charge you enough to make money if you get sick. They win.

5. Kustoff Talks Comey Missteps, Health Care -

The FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign will continue without fired FBI director James Comey, says U.S. Rep. David Kustoff.

6. Joyful House Republicans Vote to Repeal Reviled 'Obamacare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump.

7. View From the Hill: Forrest Kerfuffle Might Be Sign of Bigger Problem -

Legislation that slipped through the House of Representatives honoring an unknown author who penned a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist biography was enabled by the climate within the Republican-controlled body, a Memphis legislator says.

8. Lawmakers Settle on $1T Plan to Avoid US Gov't Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.

9. Official Estimate Could Upend Trump Tax Plan Before Release -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump's tax plan even before he releases it.

Trump is scheduled to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul Wednesday that includes a massive cut in the corporate income tax, reducing the top rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.

10. Trump Targets Visa Program for Highly Skilled Workers -

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order Tuesday in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.

11. GOP Happy to ‘Wait and See’ on Medicaid -

Republicans say ho, Democrats say go. In the wake of Trumpcare’s congressional crash, states such as Kansas and North Carolina are joining the majority of the nation in expanding Medicaid rolls.

12. Voters Who Didn't Like Health Plan Still Support Trump -

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – In Rep. Scott DesJarlais' district, some residents are cheering the demise of the revised national health care law bitterly opposed by the House Freedom Caucus, of which DesJarlais is a member.

13. Health Bill Vote Delayed in House in Setback to Trump, Ryan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.

14. Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker -

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.

While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.

15. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget Thursday, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

16. Gov't Report: More Than 12M Signed Up For 'Obamacare' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama's health care law, even as the Republican-led Congress debates its repeal.

17. More Help Needed for Poor in Mississippi -

With an estimated 22 percent of Mississippi residents living below the poverty line (the highest in the nation) and a disproportionate share of their income going to basic necessities, anti-poverty advocates and government agencies are working to make sure more resources are reaching the people that need them most.

18. GOP Health Bill: Less Government; But What About Coverage? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Health insurance tax credits, mandates, taxation of employer coverage, essential benefits. Mind-numbing health care jargon is flying around again as Republicans move to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. It's time to start paying attention.

19. Trump Budget Will Hike Defense Spending By $54 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.

20. GOP Governors Outline Health Care Plan, Medicaid Changes -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican governors from seven states, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law.

21. Mnuchin Says Goal is to Pass Tax Reform by August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump's economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percent.

22. Congress Takes First Steps to Dismantle Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional Republicans are taking the first steps toward dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, facing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to move quickly on a replacement.

23. Backtracking After Trump Tweet, GOP Won't Gut Ethics Office -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans abruptly reversed themselves Tuesday under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump and dropped plans to gut an independent congressional ethics board.

24. With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid -

ATLANTA (AP) – When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years – overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

25. Money for Trump Tower Security Part of Stopgap Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers are tacking on money for security around Trump Tower in New York and funds for health care for retired coal miners to a stopgap spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown at week's end.

26. 'Excellent' First Meeting for Obama, Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday. Obama called the 90-minute meeting "excellent," and his successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president's "counsel."

27. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State -

Donald Trump is going to win easily in Tennessee.

Everyone, most of all the campaigns for both Trump and Hillary Clinton, accept this fact, as evidenced by the lack of campaign time spent in the state – and most of the South, for that matter – during this contentious campaign cycle.

28. Mularkey Sees Improvement – Just Not Enough -

So how much improvement has there been with the Tennessee Titans this season?

The bottom line shows a 1-3 record, the same as the past two seasons that produced only a combined five wins in 32 games.

29. Senate Blocks Stopgap Bill to Prevent Shutdown This Weekend -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Tuesday stumbled over a must-do bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and to fund the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats, demanding money so Flint, Michigan, can address its lead-contaminated water crisis, overwhelmingly opposed the measure, as did a dozen of the Senate's most conservative members.

30. What Would It Take for Trump to Lose Tennessee Voters? -

Murfreesboro Realtor Larry Sims almost closes his ears when Donald Trump speaks.

“He gets out of bounds. Of course, the press, they love it because they get to exploit his sayings and doings,” says Sims, who traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, as a Trump delegate for the Republican National Convention. 

31. Outnumbered Democrats Hope To Ride Anti-Trumpmentum -

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari identified herself with the “Fighting 26,” also known as the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, when she took the podium to support Hillary Clinton at Philadelphia’s Democratic National Convention.

32. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 1 -

It’s been a summer of ingestion: Taking things in. Reading books. Watching movies.

Last week I wrote about “The Lobster.” Which has enjoyed positive review ratings, though it’s not making much money. As of July 10, it had grossed just over $8 million in a couple of months – around twice its budget.

33. With Millions Covered, 'Repeal and Replace' Gets Riskier -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Republicans gather to anoint their presidential ticket in Cleveland, uncompromising opposition to "Obamacare" is getting politically riskier.

Few people were covered under President Barack Obama's health care law when the GOP held its last convention in 2012. Now, Donald Trump's plan to replace the program would make 18 million people uninsured, according to a recent nonpartisan analysis.

34. No Charges Recommended in Clinton Email Probe, FBI Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI won't recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign. But Comey called her actions "extremely careless" and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.

35. House Speaker Ryan Proposes Simpler Tax Code -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a plan for a simpler tax code, the sixth and last installment of a GOP agenda designed to be a policy counterpoint to the personality-driven campaign of Donald Trump.

36. Local LGBT Community Stands in Solidarity After Orlando Massacre -

Flags across the state of Tennessee were at half staff Sunday, June 12, following the Sunday morning mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

And a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting was scheduled Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center in Cooper-Young.

37. An Emotional Obama Unveils His Plan to Cut Gun Violence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, at one point wiping tears from his cheek, unveiled his plan Tuesday to tighten control and enforcement of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he implored Congress to pass.

38. University of Memphis Notebook: Ballers Can’t Shoot, Norvell Completes Staff -

Among coach Josh Pastner’s favorite refrains: “You gotta make shots.”

The University of Memphis made few shots in its 86-76 loss at No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 2, going 19 of 61 from the floor for an atrocious 31.1 percent. So awful was the Tigers’ shooting from the floor that it rendered the 30 of 36 performance (83.3 percent) from the free-throw line a footnote.

39. House Approves GOP-Led Bill to Boost Fed Oversight -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that supporters said would make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable, defying a veto threat.

The bill would direct the Fed to be more open in communicating monetary policy decisions and require the central bank to use a mathematical rule in deciding on interest rates. The House approved the measure on a 241-185 vote.

40. Bolding is Only Tennessean to Teach at 2015 NeighborWorks Institute -

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., is the only Tennessean selected to teach at NeighborWorks America’s 2015 NeighborWorks Training Institute. Bolding has taught coursework at the training institutes, which focus on providing high-quality training to nonprofit housing professionals, for more than 10 years.

41. Berryhill Promoted at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck -

Paul B. Berryhill has been promoted to tax partner at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC. In his new role at the certified public accounting and advisory firm, his primary responsibilities are developing and managing client relationships, developing and training staff members, being a technical tax resource for the firm and assisting in the management of the firm.

42. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

43. Neighborhood Art -

Downtown’s South Main neighborhood may have been part of the first official arts district in the city of Memphis, but that’s not been exactly obvious while looking around on a drive or walk through the area.

44. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

45. Downside of Low US Mortgage Rates: Less Selling -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

46. Congress Probes How IRS Emails Could Go Missing -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

47. House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

48. House Democrats Unveil Budget Plan With Tax Hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats unveiled their response to Paul Ryan's GOP budget on Monday, and it relies on a $1.5 trillion in higher taxes over the coming 10 years and the economic benefits of immigration reform to make the numbers work.

49. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

50. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

51. Both Sides Pledge New Effort on Jobless Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.

52. Bipartisan Budget Agreement Nears Final Passage -

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.

53. Bipartisan Negotiators Seek Modest Budget Pact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives that highlighted the difficulty of compromise within divided government.

54. Democrats Launch Effort to Renew Jobless Benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched a drive to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for people out of work for more than six months.

Benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed people expire just three days after Christmas. Lawmakers say another 1.9 million people would miss out on the benefits in the first six months of next year.

55. Negotiators Report Little Progress in Budget Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate budget negotiators say they're not close to an agreement but plan to keep at it.

"We're trying to find common ground but we're not there yet," said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. He said Republicans and Democrats have spent lots of time in the recent past airing their differences but it's now time to find a way to strike an accord. "The hard part is figuring out where we agree," Ryan said.

56. Spending Cuts, Shutdown Lower US Budget Deficit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to reach a deal to keep the government open past January.

57. Both Sides Agree: No Major Budget Deal Foreseen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won't be a "grand bargain" on the budget.

58. Shutdown Over, Obama Surveys Damage and Blames GOP -

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.

59. Lew Urges Quick Increase in US Borrowing Limit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Thursday urged Congress to raise the government's borrowing limit before Oct. 17, warning that a Republican idea to prioritize payments with cash on hand could cause "irrevocable damage" to the U.S. economy.

60. Cohen, Fincher Embody Washington Divide -

The two congressmen who represent Shelby County in Washington couldn’t disagree more on the cause of the government shutdown and its coming intersection with the national debt ceiling.

“It’s the Republicans that are the problem,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said Monday, Oct. 7, before leaving Memphis to catch a flight for Washington. “It’s folly what they are talking about, and they know that now. … They wanted a government shutdown – yippee-ki-yay.”

61. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

62. September 27-October 3, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan raised an estimated $1 million during a private fundraiser at The Racquet Club for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket. The Memphis stop was one of several fundraisers across the state and included a later gathering at the home of FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith. In the November presidential general election the Romney-Ryan ticket carried Tennessee. President Barack Obama carried Shelby County.

63. New Study Warns of US Long-Term Debt Problems -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government could run out of cash to pay its bills in full and on time sometime between the end of October and the middle of November if lawmakers fail to increase its $16.7 trillion borrowing cap, Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf said on Tuesday.

64. LaVere Stays Busy in Preparation of New Album -

Memphis-based musician Amy LaVere’s third solo album, “Runaway’s Diary,” won’t be released until early next year, but the songwriter, bassist and vocalist has a few summer projects that should keep anxious fans satisfied.

65. Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening -

The owners of Club 152 on Beale Street and prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office have been talking since the club was shut down a week ago as a public nuisance.

Both sides are due back before General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter Thursday, May 21.

66. House GOP Gears Up for Debt Showdown This Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Get ready for another debt showdown this summer. House Republicans are preparing for one.

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Wednesday to protect Social Security recipients and investors in Treasury bonds if the government hits the limit of its borrowing authority.

67. House Passes GOP Budget Plan Promising Deep Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.

68. Senate Set to Approve Huge 2013 Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate moved ahead Wednesday toward a vote on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month.

69. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

70. House Approves Bill Preventing Shutdown March 27 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department.

71. New Pinnacle Chief Operating Officer has Delta Connections -

The new chief operating officer of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and the last COO for the regional air carrier while it is located in Memphis is a former chief operations officer of Delta Private Jets and former president of Comair.

72. New Pinnacle Chief Operating Officer has Delta Connections -

The new chief operating officer of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and the last COO for the regional air carrier while it is located in Memphis is a former chief operations officer of Delta Private Jets and former president of Comair.

73. Federal Budget Deficit Estimated at $845 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal budget deficit will drop below $1 trillion for the first time in President Barack Obama's tenure in office, a new report said Tuesday.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis said the government will run a $845 billion deficit this year, a modest improvement compared to last year's $1.1 trillion shortfall but still enough red ink to require the government to borrow 24 cents of every dollar it spends.

74. Gowen Named Marketing Head at Renshaw Property Management -

Kellyn Gowen has joined Renshaw Property Management as marketing coordinator. In her new role, Gowen manages social media, marketing and communications for the company’s 800 Mid-South rental properties, serves as a liaison for property owners and real estate agents, and spearheads marketing efforts for vacant properties.

75. Events -

The Blues Foundation will host the 29th annual International Blues Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 2, in Beale Street venues and other Downtown locations. Visit blues.org for a full schedule and tickets.

76. Forecasting 2013 in Sports -

2013 Sports Forecast by the numbers: 1. The Grizzlies swing a deal before the trade deadline but are fined by the NBA when, out of habit, they try to trade O.J. Mayo.

2. The Memphis Airport is invited to join the Big East.

77. Groups: $12 Million Mystery Donation was Crime -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions that were mysteriously funneled through two little-known companies in Tennessee to a prominent tea party group. The origin of the money, the largest anonymous political donations in a campaign year filled with them, remains a secret.

78. Memphis Chamber to Host New York Times’ Sanger -

Next week, the Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a conversation in Memphis with the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

David Sanger, who’s also the author of the new book “Confront and Conceal” and who has been at the vanguard of reporting on issues related to Iran for the Times, will be here as part of the chamber’s regular “A Conversation With …” series.

79. Retirement Worries Grow; 30-Somethings Most Uneasy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Younger Americans in their late 30s are now the group most likely to doubt they will be financially secure after retirement, a major shift from three years ago when baby boomers nearing retirement age expressed the greatest worry.

80. Taking Stock -

The presidential race is still too close to call, the debates won’t shift things much from a statistical perspective and there’s a fair chance Democrats will retain their majority in the U.S. Senate.

81. Political Outsourcing -

It has been 12 years since Shelby County voters have encountered a Democratic or Republican presidential nominee on the general election ballot who had some kind of political presence in the region, if not the city, before they made their bid for president.

82. Soulsville Charter School Only School Invited to Vice Presidential Debate -

The Soulsville Charter School is the only school in the nation invited to the vice presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

And it’s all because of this message:

83. Soulsville Charter School Only School Invited to Vice Presidential Debate -

The Soulsville Charter School is the only school in the nation invited to the sole vice presidential debate of the election season Thursday, Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

And it’s all because of this message:

84. Ryan Raises $1 Million In Memphis Stop -

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan raised approximately $1 million for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket during a Thursday, Sept. 27, fundraiser at the Racquet Club in Memphis.

85. House to Pass 6-Month Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As its last major act before leaving Washington for the fall campaign, the House is voting to put the government on autopilot for six months.

The temporary spending bill is needed to avert a government shutdown when the current budget year expires Sept. 30. At issue are the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies that are funded annually by Congress through 12 appropriations bills.

86. Ramsey Aide Recommended for GOP Convention Role -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey's top aide has been recommended for an official role at next week's Republican National Convention.

87. USDA Buys Meat to Help Drought-Stricken Farmers -

The U.S. Agriculture Department will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

USDA Secretary Tim Vilsack says the purchase for food banks and other federal food nutrition programs will help producers struggling with the high cost of feed.

88. Hill Leaders May Punt Spending Bills to Next Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With the agenda for a postelection lame duck session of Congress already stacked high, congressional leaders are considering lightening the load by punting much of the remaining budget work of Congress to next year.

89. Repealing Obama's Health Care Law Won't be Easy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, if Mitt Romney wins the White House and his Republican allies retake the Senate, he could shred most of President Barack Obama's health care law without having to overpower a Democratic filibuster.

90. Strike up the Band -

For anyone who finds themselves in conversation with Mei-Ann Chen about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, its big plans for the year and major guest performers who’ve been lined up, be prepared to get an earful on a topic about which Chen will evangelize, her smile broad and voice brimming with cheer.

91. House GOP Unveils Budget Blueprint -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative House Republicans on Tuesday set up what appears to be a potential re-run of last year's turbulent domestic policy fight with President Barack Obama, putting forward an election-year budget manifesto that would blend steep social program cuts with reduced tax rates.

92. Memphis Symphony CEO Takes Philadelphia Job -

The president and CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is leaving to become executive vice president of advancement for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ryan Fleur joined MSO in 2003 as president and CEO after similar postings with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston and the New York Philharmonic.

93. CBO: Obama Budget Produces 2013 Deficit of $977B -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new analysis of President Barack Obama's budget for next year says the deficit scenario isn't as rosy as the White House painted it.

Friday's Congressional Budget Office report said Obama's budget would produce a $977 billion deficit next year – $75 billion more than predicted by the White House.

94. GOP Critics Hit Obama's $3.8 Trillion Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress Tuesday that the president's new $3.8 trillion spending plan would impose new taxes on only 2 percent of the nation's wealthiest families and the alternative would be to seek more painful cuts in other government programs such as defense, Social Security and Medicare.

95. Obama's New Budget: Higher Taxes for the Wealthy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan on Monday that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade but does little to restrain growth in the government's huge health benefit programs, a major cause of future deficits.

96. Congress Tries to Give President Line-Item Veto -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House sought Wednesday to give President Barack Obama and his successors the line-item veto, a constitutionally questionable power over the purse that has been sought by Republican and Democrats alike.

97. Bernanke Defends Fed Policies Against GOP Critics -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Bernanke defended the Federal Reserve's decision to hold interest rates at record-low levels for the next three years, during a contentious hearing before federal lawmakers.

98. Federal Budget Deficit to Dip to $1.1T, CBO Says -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government will run a $1.1 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends in September, a slight dip from last year but still very high by any measure, according to a budget report released Tuesday.

99. Obama Uses Tax Proposals for His Political Message -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming tax increases at millionaires and companies that ship jobs abroad may help frame the fairness theme of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, but it's a plan that stands virtually no chance of passing Congress.

100. White House Blasts New Medicare Plan by GOP's Ryan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says a new bipartisan Medicare proposal would cause the health care program for seniors to "wither on the vine."

Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday the overhaul proposed by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden "would end Medicare as we know it" by shifting costs to retirees.