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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Senate GOP foes in Tennessee trade homestretch attacks

Aug. 4, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attack ads in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee are clogging TV airwaves with claims about candidates' positions on guns, education and health care ahead of Thursday's election for retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's seat. Bill Hagerty and a super PAC supporting him...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with U.S. tech workers, before signing an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers

Aug. 3, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers. Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Manny Sethi speaks during a town hall meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at Music City Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Friday, July 24, 2020. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

GOP doctor in Tennessee Senate race wants Fauci fired

Aug. 3, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trauma surgeon running for an open Senate seat is calling for President Donald Trump to fire the nation's leading infectious diseases expert amid a pandemic. Dr. Manny Sethi attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign event over the weekend in Knoxville. “This...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. walks to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, for a meeting with Pelosi, President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In sprawling Capitol, leaders struggle to keep virus at bay

Jul. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are under increasing pressure from lawmakers to boost testing for the coronavirus in the Capitol, an idea they have so far rejected because of concerns about the availability of tests across the country. Despite the...

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, studies notes during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

House orders broad mask mandates after Gohmert gets virus

Jul. 29, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials issued broad new mask requirements Wednesday after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one. Pelosi announced...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jul. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ July 28 The Johnson City Press on mitigating floods in the area: Despite the best efforts of humans, Mother Nature will have her way. Living among peaks and ridges, Northeast Tennessee residents know all too well how rough weather can quickly turn into unexpected...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Manny Sethi arrives for a town hall meeting with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at Music City Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Friday, July 24, 2020. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

GOP senators offer dueling endorsements on TN campaign trail

Jul. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz on Friday offered dueling endorsements of the two leading Republicans running for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, Bill Hagerty and Manny Sethi. The heated race has become increasingly more tense ever since early voting opened last week in...

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary races

Jul. 23, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A suddenly heated race to become the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat tops Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary election, as well as contested challenges in a handful of U.S. House and legislative seats. Here is a summary of those offices on the ballot: U.S. Senate Republicans:...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. Congress is just starting to negotiate new legislation to renew coronavirus aid. But the biggest obstacles to a deal are already coming into view. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion coronavirus response bill more than two months ago and is demanding robust funding to help state and local governments. Republicans want to keep the bill closer to $1 trillion and are insisting on new legal protections for schools, businesses, and charities that are trying to reopen. It’s up to top congressional leaders to bridge the gaps as they negotiate with President Donald Trump's White House.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Flashpoints emerge as lawmakers negotiate new virus aid

Jul. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Capitol Hill talks have only just begun on a sweeping renewal of coronavirus legislation, but areas of likely agreement — and flashpoints of discord — are becoming apparent as the package starts to take shape. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion...

Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State, speaks via videoconference about the election, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tennessee secretary of state opposes absentee drop boxes

Jul. 22, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett voiced opposition Wednesday to offering drop boxes for absentee ballots, telling a U.S. Senate panel that the state requires returning those ballots by mail in the name of security. The Republican joined via video-conference as a witness to a...