National Politics

Days before a seismic shift in Americans' access to health insurance, shoppers hoping to purchase coverage under the Affordable Care Act finally had their first peek at what it will cost them.

NASHVILLE — Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he doesn't see state Rep. Joe Carr having much chance against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's GOP primary.

WASHINGTON — Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an old-style filibuster over President Barack Obama’s health care law on Tuesday, even though fellow Republicans urged him to back down for fear of a possible government shutdown in a week.

NASHVILLE — Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is making no apologies for his controversial 9/11 Twitter post that accused Democratic President Barack Obama of aligning with al-Qaida in Syria's civil war.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address Tuesday night that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Bashar Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough.

NASHVILLE — A national conservative women's group Monday endorsed Republican state Rep. Jim Tracy in his challenge to 4th Congressional District Congressman Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., citing what it called DesJarslais' "abandonment of his core principles."

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Monday that President Barack Obama's call for U.S. military strikes punishing Syria's regime over alleged use of chemical weapons poses too many unknown risks and could backfire.

NASHVILLE — A week after the release of a poll that suggests Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander would be vulnerable to a "credible conservative" in the GOP primary next year, the Alexander campaign says its own new poll shows the Tennessee lawmaker is in a "very strong position" to fend off GOP rivals.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr's announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON — For the record, 11-year-old Josie Molina says the decision to ask U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais how her undocumented father could stay in the United States was hers and no one else’s.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Sunday called for the United States to "recalibrate" future foreign aid to Egypt, consistent with America's national interests.

ATLANTA — State lawmakers and staff from around the country will gather in Atlanta this week for a conference on a wide variety of issues facing state legislatures.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is welcoming President Barack Obama’s announcement that he is backing a bipartisan Senate effort the Tennessee Republican helped craft seeks to strengthen America’s housing finance system and shield taxpayers from bearing the brunt of future economic meltdowns.

NASHVILLE — Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he’s “very supportive” of fellow U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Thinks he’s a “great senator.” Really hopes Alexander doesn’t get an opponent. Wants him to win re-election in 2014.

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