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1. AP Sources: House, Senate Leaders Reach Deal on Tax Package
- Thursday, December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump.
2. GOP Leaders Delay Budget Vote As Internal Disputes Linger
- Wednesday, December 6, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Republicans delayed a planned House vote on a short-term budget bill Tuesday to give themselves time to quell party divisions and avert a partial government shutdown by the weekend.
3. The Week Ahead: Dec. 4-10
- Monday, December 4, 2017
Good morning, Memphis! The holidays are in full swing, and several events this week aim to help you make a dent in your shopping list while also supporting local artisans and small businesses. Check out the details on those, plus our entertainment picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...
4. White House: 'We are Not Anticipating a Shutdown'
- Thursday, November 30, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it does not anticipate the government will be forced to shut down at midnight on Dec. 8.
Government funding expires that day and an extension is needed to keep the government operating. President Donald Trump and Congress' top Republican and Democratic leaders were to discuss spending Tuesday, but the Democrats – Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi – backed out after Trump criticized them on Twitter.
5. Housing Group Opens New Crack in Support for GOP Tax Plan
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Another deep crack opened in the support for President Donald Trump and the Republicans' tax-cutting plan on Monday, as a powerful lobbying group in the housing industry withdrew its blessing for the GOP's top legislative priority just as its details are set to be revealed.
6. House Backs $4T Budget, Faces Challenges on Trump Tax Plan
- Friday, October 27, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead in delivering President Donald Trump's promise to cut taxes.
7. Remarkable Public Row Between Trump, GOP Sen. Corker
- Wednesday, October 25, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a startling verbal assault on the president of his own party, Republican Sen. Bob Corker charged Tuesday that Donald Trump "debases our nation" with constant untruths, name calling and bullying, and will leave behind a sad legacy of damaging division.
8. Trump shoots down retirement limit to pay for GOP tax cuts
- Tuesday, October 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shot down a possible approach for raising revenue to finance tax cuts in politically must-do legislation for the Republicans, promising Monday the popular 401(k) retirement program will be untouched.
9. Budget Deficit Hits $666B, an $80B Spike for the Year
- Monday, October 23, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.
10. Hartnell: ‘It’s Very Comforting’ to be Back
- Friday, October 13, 2017
Scott Hartnell ran into unexpected difficulty back in 2000 on one of his very first road trips with the Nashville Predators.
It happened during “Rookie Night,” a time-honored tradition in which the team’s first-year players pay for the pricey dinners of their teammates and trainers.
11. Last Word: 'Seismic Shift,' Mason Village and Running A Store From A Cloud
- Thursday, October 12, 2017
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to drive through the old town part of Cordova near its one-time train station and see the potential. Now word of a new restaurant opening later this month in what is known as Farley House. The old town is an interesting mix of new development and old development including an iconic country Baptist church that not too long ago turned 100 years old. And then there is the trail head for the Shelby Farms Greenline that runs near the train station.
12. Ryan to Feuding Trump and Corker: 'Talk It Out'
- Thursday, October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is offering his advice in the feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker: "Talk it out among yourselves."
13. Trump's One-Two Punch Hits Birth Control, LGBT Rights
- Monday, October 9, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others.
14. Last Word: Las Vegas React, Moral Monday, Who Pays For Beale Security?
- Tuesday, October 3, 2017
We open with reaction Monday to the mass shooting in Las Vegas:
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland:
15. Trump's Health Secretary Resigns in Travel Flap
- Monday, October 2, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's health secretary resigned Friday, after his costly travel triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration's agenda and angered his boss. Tom Price's regrets and partial repayment couldn't save his job.
16. Wounded Scalise Returns to Capitol to Bipartisan Cheers
- Friday, September 29, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – To bipartisan hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker clinging to life.
17. Kicking It Up a Notch: Indie Memphis Unveils Fall Lineup
- Friday, September 29, 2017
After helping host a preview party this week that served as the unveiling of the full lineup of this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, festival executive director Ryan Watt was confident enough about what’s coming to declare the organization has taken things to a new level this year.
18. Congress at Crossroads After Another GOP Health Care Failure
- Thursday, September 28, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next – more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation?
19. Trump Vows to Cut Taxes 'Tremendously' for Middle Class
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans on Tuesday as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation's tax code.
20. GOP Eyes Popular Tax Breaks to Finance Overhaul
- Tuesday, September 19, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans straining to find about $1 trillion to finance sweeping tax cuts are homing in on two popular deductions that are woven into the nation's fiscal fabric – the mortgage interest deduction that millions of homeowners prize and the deduction for state and local taxes popular in Democratic strongholds.
21. House Backs $1.2T Spending Bill With More Money for Military
- Friday, September 15, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.
22. Ryan: Deporting Young Immigrants Not in Nation's Interest
- Thursday, September 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said that deporting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally is "not in our nation's interest," as he and President Donald Trump prepared to huddle with top Democrats to try to hash out a legislative fix.
23. Congress Returns, Faces Pressing Issues Including Harvey Aid
- Wednesday, September 6, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful hurricane, Irma, bears down on the U.S.
24. Trump Rescinding DACA Program Protecting Young Immigrants
- Wednesday, September 6, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority" that must be revoked.
25. Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement
- Friday, September 1, 2017
Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.
Tennessee starts its fifth season of the Butch Jones coaching era on Monday night against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN).
26. House GOP Eyeing $1B Disaster Funds Cut to Finance Wall
- Thursday, August 31, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president's border wall.
27. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee
- Friday, August 25, 2017
Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.
28. Ryan to Face Voters Following Trump Nationwide Address
- Tuesday, August 22, 2017
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will be taking questions from Wisconsin voters during a nationally televised town hall meeting Monday night immediately following President Donald Trump's address on Afghanistan.
29. Cohen Defines Gap Between Trump and Republicans
- Tuesday, August 15, 2017
There is a distinction to be made between the Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and President Donald Trump, says U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, one of Trump’s most vocal and virulent critics.
30. Debt Deadline Now October, CBO Says As Deficit Spikes
- Friday, June 30, 2017
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.
31. McConnell Delays Health Care Vote; Trump Engaged
- Wednesday, June 28, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):
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.
32. Ryan: Lawmakers Will Meet New Debt Deadline
- Friday, May 26, 2017
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.
33. Unhealthy Motives
- Friday, May 19, 2017
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.
34. Kustoff Talks Comey Missteps, Health Care
- Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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.
35. Joyful House Republicans Vote to Repeal Reviled 'Obamacare'
- Friday, May 5, 2017
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.
36. View From the Hill: Forrest Kerfuffle Might Be Sign of Bigger Problem
- Thursday, May 4, 2017
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.
37. Lawmakers Settle on $1T Plan to Avoid US Gov't Shutdown
- Tuesday, May 2, 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.
38. Official Estimate Could Upend Trump Tax Plan Before Release
- Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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.
39. Trump Targets Visa Program for Highly Skilled Workers
- Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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.
40. GOP Happy to ‘Wait and See’ on Medicaid
- Thursday, April 6, 2017
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.
41. Voters Who Didn't Like Health Plan Still Support Trump
- Friday, March 31, 2017
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.
42. Health Bill Vote Delayed in House in Setback to Trump, Ryan
- Friday, March 24, 2017
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.
43. Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker
- Thursday, March 23, 2017
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.
44. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall
- Friday, March 17, 2017
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.
45. 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.
46. More Help Needed for Poor in Mississippi
- Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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.
47. GOP Health Bill: Less Government; But What About Coverage?
- Monday, March 6, 2017
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.
48. Trump Budget Will Hike Defense Spending By $54 Billion
- Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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.
49. GOP Governors Outline Health Care Plan, Medicaid Changes
- Monday, February 27, 2017
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.
50. Mnuchin Says Goal is to Pass Tax Reform by August
- Friday, February 24, 2017
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.
51. Congress Takes First Steps to Dismantle Health Care Law
- Friday, January 13, 2017
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.
52. Backtracking After Trump Tweet, GOP Won't Gut Ethics Office
- Wednesday, January 4, 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.
53. With Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid
- Friday, December 30, 2016
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.
54. Money for Trump Tower Security Part of Stopgap Spending Bill
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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.
55. '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."
56. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State
- Saturday, November 5, 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.
57. Mularkey Sees Improvement – Just Not Enough
- Friday, October 7, 2016
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.
58. Senate Blocks Stopgap Bill to Prevent Shutdown This Weekend
- Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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.
59. What Would It Take for Trump to Lose Tennessee Voters?
- Thursday, August 11, 2016
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.
60. Outnumbered Democrats Hope To Ride Anti-Trumpmentum
- Thursday, August 4, 2016
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.
61. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 1
- Thursday, August 4, 2016
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.
62. With Millions Covered, 'Repeal and Replace' Gets Riskier
- Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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.
63. No Charges Recommended in Clinton Email Probe, FBI Says
- Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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.
64. House Speaker Ryan Proposes Simpler Tax Code
- Monday, June 27, 2016
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.
65. Local LGBT Community Stands in Solidarity After Orlando Massacre
- Monday, June 13, 2016
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.
66. An Emotional Obama Unveils His Plan to Cut Gun Violence
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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.
67. University of Memphis Notebook: Ballers Can’t Shoot, Norvell Completes Staff
- Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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.
68. House Approves GOP-Led Bill to Boost Fed Oversight
- Friday, November 20, 2015
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.
69. Bolding is Only Tennessean to Teach at 2015 NeighborWorks Institute
- Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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.
70. Berryhill Promoted at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck
- Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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.
71. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes
- Friday, January 23, 2015
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.
72. Neighborhood Art
- Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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.
73. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase
- Saturday, September 13, 2014
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.
74. Downside of Low US Mortgage Rates: Less Selling
- Monday, July 14, 2014
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.
75. Congress Probes How IRS Emails Could Go Missing
- Monday, June 23, 2014
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.
76. House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts
- Friday, April 11, 2014
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.
77. House Democrats Unveil Budget Plan With Tax Hikes
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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.
78. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
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.
79. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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.
80. Both Sides Pledge New Effort on Jobless Bill
- Thursday, January 16, 2014
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.
81. 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.
82. Bipartisan Negotiators Seek Modest Budget Pact
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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.
83. Democrats Launch Effort to Renew Jobless Benefits
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
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.
84. Negotiators Report Little Progress in Budget Talks
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
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.
85. Spending Cuts, Shutdown Lower US Budget Deficit
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
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.
86. Both Sides Agree: No Major Budget Deal Foreseen
- Monday, October 28, 2013
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.
87. 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.
88. Lew Urges Quick Increase in US Borrowing Limit
- Friday, October 11, 2013
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.
89. Cohen, Fincher Embody Washington Divide
- Wednesday, October 9, 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.”
90. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
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.
91. September 27-October 3, 2013: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
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.
92. New Study Warns of US Long-Term Debt Problems
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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.
93. LaVere Stays Busy in Preparation of New Album
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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.
94. Talks Underway for Club 152 Reopening
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
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.
95. House GOP Gears Up for Debt Showdown This Summer
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
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.
96. House Passes GOP Budget Plan Promising Deep Cuts
- Friday, March 22, 2013
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.
97. Senate Set to Approve Huge 2013 Spending Bill
- Thursday, March 21, 2013
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.
98. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive
- Friday, March 8, 2013
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.
99. House Approves Bill Preventing Shutdown March 27
- Thursday, March 7, 2013
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.
100. New Pinnacle Chief Operating Officer has Delta Connections
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
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.