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1. Last Word: Primary Care, Weirich On Twitter and Tigers Offense
- Friday, August 04, 2017
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has been responding by Twitter for the last two days to the New York Times Magazine article about the Noura Jackson case that went up online earlier this week. Using the hashtag “ProCrimeNYTimes,” Weirich @ShelbyCountyDA -- tweeted Wednesday that the long read is “a blatant effort to create sympathy for the defendant while demonizing prosecutors.”
2. Trump Says Transgender People Should be Barred From Military
- Thursday, July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."
3. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats
- Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.
4. State Politely Refuses To Turn Over Voter Data
- Tuesday, July 04, 2017
The state of Tennessee will not be turning over voter rolls to a presidential commission on election integrity.
The panel, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, was established in May by an executive order signed by President Donald Trump and meets in July for the first time. The stated goal of the group is to promote fair and honest federal elections.
5. Trump Holds Cabinet Meeting, Promises Change
- Tuesday, June 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday chaired the first meeting of his full Cabinet, saying the team is here to "change Washington."
Nearly five months into his presidency, this was the first time Trump hosted all the agency chiefs. He used the meeting to celebrate his young administration and then listened to praise from the assembled aides.
6. Hagerty, Trump's Japan Envoy Pick, Says He's Optimistic on Trade Deal
- Friday, May 19, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Tennessee businessman in line to be American ambassador to Japan said Thursday that he was optimistic about reaching a deal with Japan that could mean equal or better results than the Asia-Pacific agreement that President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of after taking office.
7. Trump Launches Commission to Investigate Voter Fraud
- Friday, May 12, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
8. Comey Sought More Russia Probe Resources Before Firing
- Thursday, May 11, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – In the days before his firing by President Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey told U.S. lawmakers he had asked the Justice Department for more resources to pursue the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election, three U.S. officials said Wednesday.
9. Lawmakers Settle on $1T Plan to Avoid US Gov't Shutdown
- Tuesday, May 02, 2017
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.
10. Senate Confirms Trump Pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court
- Monday, April 10, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court.
11. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk
- Monday, March 27, 2017
There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.
12. Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases
- Friday, March 24, 2017
Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.
13. Gov't Report: More Than 12M Signed Up For 'Obamacare'
- Thursday, March 16, 2017
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.
14. Officials: New Trump Travel Ban Removes Iraq From List
- Thursday, March 02, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, American officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days.
15. Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Confirms DeVos for Education Post
- Wednesday, February 08, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.
16. GOP Pushes 2 Top Cabinet Picks Through to Full Senate
- Thursday, February 02, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy.
17. Ford Cancels Plan to Build New Mexican Plant, Adds US Jobs
- Wednesday, January 04, 2017
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) – The auto industry's relationship with President-elect Donald Trump took a dramatic turn Tuesday as Ford Motor Co. decided to shift investment dollars targeted for Mexico to the U.S., while Trump threatened General Motors with a tax on some imported small cars.
18. Backtracking After Trump Tweet, GOP Won't Gut Ethics Office
- Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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.
19. 'Obamacare' Holding Its Own: 6.4M Signed Up So Far
- Friday, December 23, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – "Obamacare" seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year's pace.
20. Tennessee Electors Unanimously Vote for Trump for President
- Tuesday, December 20, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's 11 presidential electors on Monday cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump amid protesters demanding they stray from their legal obligation to support the candidate who carried the state.
21. Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts
- Thursday, December 01, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy to some business-ethics specialists who suggest the arrangement could bring unprecedented conflicts of interest into the Oval Office.
22. Last Word: Mike Conley, Corker at Trump Tower and School Moves
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Remember the Mike Conley face masks of 2015? I’m not sure back braces would have the same effect. The Grizz season took a big turn the day after Monday’s loss to the Hornets as the front office got a better look at Mike Conley’s injury from the game. Conley is out indefinitely for the Grizz with a fractured lower back in what is a turning point for the transformation of the team out of its Grit and Grind years.
23. Tennessee Rep. Blackburn Named to Trump Transition Panel
- Monday, November 14, 2016
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has been named to the 16-member executive committee of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.
24. After The Vote
- Saturday, November 12, 2016
If you stood in certain places during the last days of the 2016 campaign in Memphis you could see the 2018 elections even if you couldn’t see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.
25. 'Excellent' First Meeting for Obama, Trump
- Friday, November 11, 2016
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."
26. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State
- Saturday, November 05, 2016
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.
27. Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.
28. Haslam's Rejection of Trump Roils Tennessee Republicans
- Monday, October 17, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's public rejection of Donald Trump's presidential aspirations has sent shock waves through the Tennessee Republican party.
Two state members of the Republican National Committee issued a memo this week to remind party leaders that "all hands on deck" are required to ensure a Trump victory in Tennessee. And Rebecca Ann Burke, a party executive committee member from Franklin, said the governor's announcement that he will write in the name of Trump running mate Mike Pence is "disingenuous and confuses voters."
29. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Wants Donald Trump to Step Down
- Tuesday, October 11, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on Donald Trump to step down as the party's presidential nominee for his recently released comments about women.
30. Last Word: Haslam on Trump, Midtown Apartment Blitz and Beyond Parks
- Monday, October 10, 2016
Trump vs. Clinton or Giants vs. Packers? America Chooses.
While there is so much discussion – and rightfully so – about the unprecedented direction this Presidential campaign as a whole has taken in so many ways, the speed of the conduct of the campaign and news cycle reaction has also become a factor. Many of you are probably reading this at a point in which the reaction to what happened over 90 minutes before 10 p.m. on a Sunday night has already made parts of the debate irrelevant or old news.
31. Haslam Undaunted By Difficult Prospects for Insure Tennessee
- Friday, March 27, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.
32. 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."
33. Huckabee: 'Stop the Fight' Over Common Core
- Monday, August 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.
34. Panel Makes Common Core Compromise Proposal
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – A special committee of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended that the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed for one year.
The House and Senate will now vote whether to accept the conference committee report before it heads to the desk of the governor, who has said he'd rather not delay the testing.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. White House: Obama to Lay Out Spending Plan
- Tuesday, April 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama this week will outline a broad plan to reduce the nation's deficit, shifting from immediate budget concerns to the debate over the nation's long-term economic health. Obama is expected to call for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and tax hikes for the wealthy.
38. Boehner Signals Compromise in Budget Talks
- Friday, April 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner signaled Thursday that a compromise is coming with Democrats on immediate cuts in government spending, noting that Democrats control the White House and the other half of Congress. Boehner said Republicans are fighting for the biggest spending cuts they can get.
39. House Votes 3-Week Stopgap Federal Spending Bill
- Wednesday, March 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Tuesday passed a measure blending $6 billion in budget cuts with enough money to keep the government running for an additional three weeks.
The measure would buy additional time for talks between Capitol Hill Republicans and the Obama administration on a bill to fund the day-to-day operations of the government through the end of September. Those negotiations haven't gotten very far yet and House GOP leaders haven't shown much flexibility.
40. Social Security Agency Warns of Workers' Furloughs
- Monday, February 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Upping the ante in the budget faceoff, the Obama administration warned Friday that workers who distribute Social Security benefits might be furloughed if congressional Republicans force cuts in federal spending.
41. Bernanke Defends Bond-Purchase Plan, Warns China
- Monday, November 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hit back at critics, both at home and abroad, who have challenged the central bank's $600 billion bond-purchase program.
In a speech in Germany, he argued that Congress must help support the Fed's program with further stimulus aid. And he issued a stern warning to China, saying it and other emerging nations are putting the global economy at risk by keeping their currencies artificially low.
42. GOP's Stephen Fincher Nets $320K for Congress Bid
- Thursday, January 07, 2010
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Republican congressional candidate Stephen Fincher's campaign announced Wednesday it raised about $320,000 in the fourth quarter.
Fincher is seeking to replace Democratic Rep. John Tanner, who announced in December he won't seek a 12th term.
43. House Debates Bill Taxing AIG and Other Bonuses
- Friday, March 20, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats pressed for quick action Thursday on a bill to slap punishing taxes on big employee bonuses from firms bailed out by taxpayers. Republicans called it a legally questionable ploy to paper over Obama administration missteps.
44. Congress Approves Bill to Keep US Government Open
- Monday, March 09, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - With a $410 billion catchall spending bill stalled in the Senate and a midnight deadline looming, Congress rushed through stopgap legislation Friday to keep the U.S. government running for another five days.