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WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.

NASHVILLE — Republican challenger Jim Tracy remains far ahead in the money race in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District GOP primary with a better than four-to-one advantage over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais, according to quarterly campaign finance reports.

WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders closed in on a deal Monday night to avoid an economy-menacing Treasury default and end the two-week partial government shutdown.

The government is shut down, the headlines say. But in reality, shutdown may be too strong a word.

As the government shutdown slows federal agencies down, flu season is just ramping up.

Georgia Congressman Tom Graves on Sunday contradicted national media reports that tea party unity may be fracturing over the budget standoff.

NASHVILLE — Three Tennessee Republican veterans of mid-1990s congressional confrontations with a Democratic president have differing ideas today about what they meant and what players in Washington's current showdown should learn from them.

Homer Kemp hoped to cross an item off his "bucket list." He planned to stand amidst the 9,387 headstones at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach and contemplate the sacrifice made by the buried American soldiers there who died in World War II.

"Have Your Members of Congress Signed the 'Defund ObamaCare' Letter? Find Out Here!"

NASHVILLE -- Add Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to the list of congressmen who are having their salaries withheld or donated to charity during the partial federal government shutdown.

NASHVILLE -- While 800,000 federal employees are on unpaid furloughs due to the government shutdown, taxpayer-funded checks are still going to the people responsible for the situation.

WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

For months now, Oct. 1 has loomed as the pivotal date for the Affordable Care Act.

Julie Watters was driving down a narrow road in England listening to the radio Friday when the impact of the U.S. government's possible shutdown on Tuesday really hit her.

It's no surprise to find U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., helping lead House GOP hard-liners' charge to take down President Barack Obama's health care law.

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