Back when he was in his mid-teens, John Fry would make frequent trips to the music store in front of Stax, the Satellite Record Shop, where Stax co-founder Estelle Axton would sell the future Ardent Studios founder 45s from behind the counter.
27. How Businesses Can Avoid Holiday Party Problems - Monday, December 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – If John Olajide's staffers have one too many at his company's holiday party he'll have them shuttled home in a taxi or send them to a hotel room for the night.
"If they're at our party, we're responsible for them," says Olajide, the founder and CEO of Dallas software maker Axxess. "We'll take any steps to ensure their safety."28. Amazon, Hachette End Monthslong Dispute - Friday, November 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – One of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending.29. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents - Saturday, September 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.
The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.30. Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy - Saturday, September 27, 2014
George Hernandez is not only the CEO of Campbell Clinic, he’s a client.
An avid runner, Hernandez was doing a trail marathon last winter. Conditions were rainy, cold and windy. Worst of all, there were wet leaves underfoot covering protruding tree roots.31. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans - Friday, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.
One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.32. Home Depot Confirms Breach in US, Canada Stores - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Home Depot sank before the opening bell Tuesday after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.33. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time - Saturday, August 16, 2014
John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.34. 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.35. Golf Tourney Welcoming Deep Field - Thursday, June 05, 2014
A year ago, former University Georgia standout Harris English tamed TPC Southwind for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, holding off Phil Mickelson and three others in the final round.
“I have a lot of good thoughts for this place,” English said Wednesday, on the eve of the 57th FedEx St. Jude Classic that tees off the morning of Thursday, June 5.36. Haslam Regrets Not Adequately Funding Higher Education - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he regrets not being able to adequately fund higher education so that all institutions that improve in some important ways can be rewarded financially.37. Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment - Friday, May 16, 2014
When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”38. Target's Chairman and CEO Out in Wake of Breach - Tuesday, May 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Target's massive data breach has now cost the company's CEO his job.
Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and hammered its business.39. House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.
The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.40. Wage Hike for Federal Contract Workers Limited - Thursday, January 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.41. Obama Hiking Minimum Pay for New Federal Contracts - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the increase during his State of the Union address.42. Redbirds Ownership Transition Underway - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The transition of the Memphis Redbirds to their new owners, the St. Louis Cardinals, is underway.
Cardinal officials have said they would want to do some rebranding, but not at the expense of the Redbirds and AutoZone Park feeling like they belong to Memphis.43. AP Exclusive: New Jobless Benefit Plan Advanced - Friday, January 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed optimism Thursday about chances for compromise on jobless legislation, and officials said talks were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would provide up to 31 weeks of benefits for the long-term unemployed.44. Congress Letting 55 Tax Breaks Expire at Year End - Tuesday, December 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty – once again – for millions of individuals and businesses.45. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.
The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.46. Cohen, Fincher Embody Washington Divide - Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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.”47. US Businesses Worry About a Prolonged Shutdown - Thursday, October 03, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.48. Filing Deadline Nears for School Board Races - Thursday, September 26, 2013
It looks as if the prospective candidates in many of the suburban school board races on the Nov. 7 ballot had already decided the winners a day away from the noon, Thursday, Sept. 26, filing deadline for the six sets of races.49. Reunion Brings Back Tigers’ Great Unbeaten Team of ’63 - Friday, September 06, 2013
It’s ironic, really. When they were young and strong they were literally protected by body armor – helmet and pads. When they had all the time in the world, they were always measuring it in 15-minute quarters.50. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents - Monday, September 02, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.
The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.51. Mean Streets - Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.
His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.52. Grass-Roots Growth - Thursday, August 08, 2013
From where Tamara Cook sits, the future of the Cooper-Young Historic District looks as bright as it’s ever been.53. Ardent Film Thriving Under Pekar’s Lead - Thursday, July 11, 2013
In a few short years, Jonathan Pekar has created a formidable film department at Memphis-based Ardent Studios.
The Memphis native has quickly racked up both local and national accolades, including a MidSouth Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for the Memphis Music Foundation. Pekar returned to Memphis after more than two decades in Los Angeles, where he worked as a comedian, producer, film director and actor, including a stint as the producer of Shark Week at The Discovery Channel.54. OPEC Keeps Oil Output Target at 30 Million Barrels - Monday, June 03, 2013
VIENNA (AP) — OPEC oil ministers reached quick agreement Friday on keeping output targets steady but deferred solutions on how to deal with surging U.S. shale oil production and internal rivalries denting the organization's image of unity.55. Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans Oppose Online Tax - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A majority of Tennesseans oppose the state enforcing online sales taxes, though respondents were split on whether the current system is fair to local businesses, according to a Vanderbilt University poll released Tuesday.56. In Need of Relief - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Perhaps it is only too appropriate that baseball is played without a clock. For securing the future of the Memphis Redbirds may require extra innings, not to mention extra effort.
The ballpark was on the leading edge of revitalizing Downtown when it opened in 2000 at Third and Union. This, of course, was “B.G.” in Memphis – Before the Grizzlies. Also, before FedExForum. The city was ready for something big and bold – something that showed Memphis could overachieve, not underachieve.57. House Panel Advances Welfare Penalty for Parents - Thursday, April 11, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A Tennessee House committee on Tuesday recommended passing a bill that would dock the welfare payments of parents of children who fail at a school despite Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's opposition to the measure.58. Aitken Departs Post Without Board Opposition - Thursday, March 21, 2013
In the end there weren’t any attempts Tuesday, March 19, to talk John Aitken into remaining as Shelby County Schools superintendent.
Countywide school board members made no moves to call off a superintendent search process that now has no firm date by which to pick a schools leader.59. Retailers Report Slowing Sales Gains for February - Friday, March 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans cut back on spending in February as cold weather and economic challenges chilled their appetite for spring merchandise.
The nation's retailers on Thursday reported that sales slowed in February, a time when most stores get rid of winter merchandise and bring in swimsuits, ankle length pants and other spring fashions.60. Obama, Top Lawmakers to Meet as Cuts Kick In - Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House conceded Wednesday that efforts to avoid automatic budget cuts are unlikely to succeed before they kick in and is initiating new talks with congressional leaders to confront seemingly intractable tax-and-spend issues.61. Strickland, Carson Given Dunavant Honors - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland remembers putting on his tie in front of a mirror this month after learning he won the Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award.62. Changeover - Saturday, February 16, 2013
It was almost 40 years ago, but Nancy Smith remembers the one year the men’s pro tennis tournament was held at the Mid-South Coliseum; her father had box seats. But even more memorable is that not long after the tournament moved to The Racquet Club of Memphis, a young and unknown Czech player came to town and, in that far simpler time, stayed at her parents’ house.63. Retailers Report Strong January Sales - Friday, February 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes, the devil is in the deals. Americans shopped the winter clearance racks in January, resulting in strong sales during the month for retailers.
But spending is expected to slow as the deals dry up heading into the spring, and Americans digest rising gas prices and a 2 percent payroll tax hike that started in January.64. Interior Chief Salazar Stepping Down in March - Thursday, January 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March.65. Narrow 'Fiscal Cliff' Bargain Gains Currency - Monday, December 17, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hopes dimming for a wide-ranging bargain, the White House and many congressional Republicans are setting their sights on a more modest deal that would extend current tax rates for most Americans, raise rates for top earners and leave other, vexing issues for the new year.66. Obama Seeks to Put Personal Touch on Cliff Talks - Friday, December 07, 2012
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on "fiscal cliff" negotiations, visited a northern Virginia family's basement apartment Thursday to press his hardline on tax rate increases for the wealthy.67. Obama to Appeal to Public on Fiscal Cliff - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.68. White House: Tax Hike Threat Could Hurt Retailers - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – White House economists warned Monday that the uncertainty of a potential hike in taxes next year for middle class taxpayers under the looming fiscal cliff could hurt consumer confidence during the crucial holiday shopping season.69. Obama: Americans Agree With My Approach on Deficit - Monday, November 12, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama, laying down his marker for grueling "fiscal cliff" negotiations, said Friday he won't accept any approach to federal deficit reduction that doesn't ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes.70. Airports and Stock Exchange Reopen After Superstorm Sandy - Thursday, November 01, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Two major airports reopened and the New York Stock Exchange got back to business Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to feed and rescue flood victims two days after Superstorm Sandy struck.71. Weak Earnings Reports Pummel Stocks - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody was expecting this round of corporate earnings reports to be great. But companies' underwhelming results are still rattling investors.
Stocks plunged Tuesday in one of the worst days on Wall Street this year. Big-name companies reported weak quarterly revenue and lowered their forecasts for the rest of the year.72. Business Making an Anti-Regulation Pitch to Voters - Wednesday, September 19, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign.73. US Economy Grew at 1.7 Percent Rate in 2nd Quarter - Thursday, August 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a tepid 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, suggesting growth will stay weak in the second half of the year.
Slightly stronger consumer spending and greater exports were the main reasons the Commerce Department reported Wednesday that growth was better than its initial estimate of 1.5 percent. Still, growth has slowed from the 2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter and the 4.1 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2011.74. Back to the Gridiron - Monday, August 27, 2012
It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.
“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.75. As Election Nears, New Rules are Facing Delays - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – When the Obama administration agreed to set the first-ever federal limits on runoff in Florida, environmental groups were pleased. They thought the state's waters would finally get a break from a nutrient overdose that spawns algae, suffocates rivers, lakes and streams and forms byproducts in drinking water that could make people sick.76. Scorched Earth - Monday, July 23, 2012
The daily hustle and bustle of city life makes it easy for Memphians to forget that the urban pocket they call home sits amid one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions, one that’s suffering the economic impact of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought. 77. Gather at the River - Monday, April 30, 2012
About a year ago Memphians were drawn to one spot in particular on the city’s riverfront.
At the foot of Beale Street, the Mississippi River had risen last May to a level where the muddy water covered the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale, offering a view of an uninterrupted river stretching three miles from the intersection to the levees in West Memphis.78. Pera, Lightman, Rainer V Take Top Pinnacle Awards - Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honored the top performers in commercial real estate for 2011 at the 11th annual Pinnacle Awards gala, held Tuesday, April 24, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.79. Jones Has Memphis Homecoming At GPAC - Thursday, April 26, 2012
Rising star Caroline Jones’ performance Saturday, April 28, at Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s 2012 Gala will be a homecoming of sorts for the New York-based singer-songwriter.80. State Senate Passes Evolution Bill 24-8 - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate sponsor of a proposal that would protect teachers who allow students to criticize scientific theories like evolution says the legislation is necessary to help teachers know how to respond to questions about such subjects.81. Tigers Advance to C-USA Championship - Monday, March 12, 2012
From the Tigers’ perspective, what wasn’t there to like about a resounding 83-52 victory over Central Florida Friday evening in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at FedExForum?
The Tigers led by as many as 38 points near game’s end and their defense rendered the Knights helpless. Coach Josh Pastner was able to find minutes for Adonis Thomas, playing just his second game since returning from an ankle injury. And Pastner was able to empty his bench. The closest thing to a negative? Forgotten forward Stan Simpson collecting three fouls in his five minutes of playing time.82. U of M Lands Big East Invitation - Thursday, February 09, 2012
It got done. Not on the timetable originally envisioned and not without much angst along the way. But that’s old news overtaken by better news:
As of July 1, 2013, the University of Memphis will officially be a competitor in the Big East.83. AP Source: Big East Moving Toward Adding Memphis - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
A person familiar with the talks says the Big East is in discussions with Memphis about the Tigers joining the conference in all sports.
The Tigers likely would join in 2013 when Houston, Central Florida and SMU from Conference USA already are set to join the Big East.84. Obama Uses Tax Proposals for His Political Message - Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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.85. J.C. Penney Gets Rid of Hundreds of Sales - Thursday, January 26, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.
Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting on Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an "Every Day" pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year.86. Changes in Dining Scene Highlight Dynamic Year - Monday, December 26, 2011
On Thanksgiving Eve, we drove to the airport to pick up my stepson, one of whose flights had been delayed, so it was after 10 by the time he emerged from baggage claim. All being hungry, I drove to Cooper-Young, thinking we could easily get in at the recently opened Alchemy at 10:30.87. McConnell: Extend Tax Cut Short-Term and Long-Term - Friday, December 23, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate's top Republican on Thursday urged the GOP-led House to pass a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts and break an impasse that threatens all workers with a Jan. 1 tax increase. Within hours, a House Republican freshman broke ranks and agreed, signaling that fierce pressure from almost every corner of the Republican Party had begun to crack conservative opposition to a short-term fix.88. Realtors Group Overstated Sales From 2007-2011 by 14 Pct. - Thursday, December 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who bought previously occupied homes rose last month. But the National Association of Realtors says it overstated about 3.5 million sales during and after the Great Recession, showing the housing market remains much weaker than previously thought.89. NAR Revises 2007-11 Sales Down 14 Pct., Reports Nov. Sales Up - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who bought previously occupied homes rose last month. But the National Association of Realtors says it overstated about 3.5 million sales during and after the Great Recession, showing the housing market remains much weaker than previously thought.90. Obama Makes Case for Extending Payroll Tax Cuts - Tuesday, December 06, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressured Republicans in Congress on Monday to extend a payroll tax cut, saying the economic recovery is "still fragile" and middle class families need the money.91. October Home Sales Rose 1.4 Percent but Still Weak - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans who bought previously occupied homes rose slightly last month but remained at depressed levels. And more deals are being canceled at the last minute, a sign that even those who are looking to buy are worried about the housing market.92. Waiting For The Tip - Monday, October 31, 2011
Great seasons end.
Great cities endure.
That’s not just one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ new marketing slogans. Capitalizing on last season’s success and building an enduring franchise are aspirations for the organization as it copes with the reality of the NBA lockout and the ongoing dry spell of professional hometown hoops.93. State Issues Can be Tricky for Presidential Field - Friday, October 28, 2011
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mitt Romney gingerly distanced himself from a labor issue on the Ohio ballot one day. The next, he embraced the initiative "110 percent."
The equivocation not only highlighted his record of shifting positions but also underscored the local political minefields national candidates often confront in their state-by-state path to the presidency.94. Obama Signs 3 Trade Deals, Biggest Since NAFTA - Monday, October 24, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three – and possibly last – free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.95. Retailers Bank on Kindle Fire for Holidays - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon's Kindle Fire is a Catch-22 for retailers: The $199 tablet computer could both help Christmas traffic and hurt future sales.
Retailers hope the Kindle Fire's low price tag – which is less than half that of Apple's cheapest iPad tablet – will attract shoppers to stores during the busy holiday season. But the device, which offers free shipping and other incentives for customers to shop at Amazon, ultimately could drive sales to their online nemesis.96. Obama Debt-Taming Plan Would Spare Social Security - Friday, September 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama won't include cost-cutting changes to Social Security in his proposal to reduce long-term deficits, a signal that he could move away from some other cuts in benefit programs that he was ready to support during failed summer negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner.97. $1.3T Deficit Projected as Economy Cools - Friday, September 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Thursday predicted that unemployment will remain at 9 percent next year, a gloomy scenario for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
The bleak figures from the Office of Management and Budget, which also projected overall growth this year at just 1.7 percent, serve as further confirmation of a sputtering economy while dramatizing the challenge Obama will face in making his case for re-election. The 1.7 percent growth rate is a full percentage point less than the administration predicted at the beginning of the year.98. Bernanke Proposes no New Steps to Boost Economy - Monday, August 29, 2011
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke leaned on Congress on Friday to do more to promote hiring and growth, or risk delaying the economy's return to full health.99. Pelosi Names Final Members to Debt Supercommittee - Friday, August 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.100. More to FAA Shutdown Than Air Service Subsidies - Friday, August 05, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – On the surface, the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is about whether to cut $16 million in air service subsidies, a pretty small amount in this town. Underneath are layers upon layers of political gamesmanship that, at its heart, is about whether Democrats or Republicans get to call the shots in Congress.