National Politics

ATLANTA — On the campus of Morehouse College, a small group of students is at the center of an effort by Georgia Republicans to build support among minorities ahead of major federal and state elections next year.

For tens of thousands of Tennesseans facing the prospect of canceled plans under the Affordable Care Act, the past month has been nothing short of a roller coaster.

Given time, the Affordable Care Act will fail, 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Thursday in Chattanooga.

Stalled work on the new lock for Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga is expected to ultimately get a boost after a normally divided U.S. House on Wednesday gave a whopping bipartisan approval to a major water infrastructure bill.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is criticizing GOP challenger Jim Tracy for saying in an email he was “proud” to get support from the head of the Tea Party Leadership Fund.

NASHVILLE — Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr is up with his first ad, a 30-second spot slamming U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., for his including money for a Ohio River lock and dam in last week's budget package that ended the government shutdown.

NASHVILLE — Watch out, Washington: "Walmart moms" say they're angry, even disgusted over the antics that led to a partial government shutdown and left the nation tottering on the brink of defaulting on its bills.

WASHINGTON — Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

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.

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