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This photo provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority shows CEO Jeff Lyash. On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, President Donald Trump took a swipe at Lyash's compensation, suggesting the executive's pay was too high. (Courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority via AP)

Trump criticizes TVA president, says pay is too high

Apr. 8, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump took a swipe at the compensation of the Tennessee Valley Authority's president during his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday, suggesting the executive's pay was too high. In response to a reporter’s question, who said the head of TVA “made $8...

Hagerty raises $1.2M more in Tennessee bid for US Senate

Apr. 4, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Hagerty raised $1.2 million last quarter and for the first time tapped into his personal wealth in the contested primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee, his campaign said Saturday. The former U.S. ambassador to Japan headed into April with $5.6 million...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (right, at podium) speaks to reporters at Memphis International Airport about the state's response to the new coronavirus on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

Tennessee gov expects 'significant' unemployment pay boost

Mar. 27, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee said Friday he expects a big jump in unemployment payouts to Tennessee residents under legislation passed by Congress for those who lost work to the coronavirus pandemic. Lee told reporters he doesn't know the exact amount of increase people will see in their payments....

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., heads to a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pelosi forecasts House OK of Senate's $2.2T virus aid plan

Mar. 26, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will give final approval Friday to the massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill with robust backing from both parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, a vote that would cap Congress' tumultuous effort to rush the relief to a nation battered by the coronavirus. Pelosi spoke...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walk to attend a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

McConnell unveils economic rescue plan amid virus shutdown

Mar. 19, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a sweeping economic rescue plan Thursday to pump $1,200 direct checks to taxpayers, $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to airlines and other industries. It's the initial Republican...

President Donald Trump holds a photograph of coronavirus as Dr. Steve Monroe,right, with CDC speaks to members of the press at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Friday, March 6, 2020. President Trump's trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, briefly scuttled Friday because of unfounded fears that someone there had contracted the coronavirus, was back on, giving the president another chance to calm growing alarm about the spread of the virus in America.  (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's rosy take on govt's handling of virus

Mar. 9, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the stock market convulses, airline schedules buckle and businesses worry their overseas supply lines will snap, President Donald Trump is looking on the sunny side of an economy clouded by the coronavirus. For weeks he's played down the consequences of the public health emergency and...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and CDC Director Robert Redfield, right, at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's sunny side up take on coronavirus

Mar. 7, 2020 9:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the stock market convulses, airline schedules buckle and businesses worry their overseas supply lines will snap, President Donald Trump is looking on the sunny side of an economy clouded by the coronavirus. For several weeks he's played down the consequences of the public health...

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks before an appearance by President Donald Trump at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Senators reach $2B deal to boost conservation, parks

Mar. 4, 2020 10:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and the Trump administration have reached an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote more than a $1 billion a year to clear a growing maintenance backlog at national parks. The deal, announced Wednesday by senators from both...

President Donald Trump listens as he tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A disconnect between Trump and health officials on virus

Mar. 4, 2020 12:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whom to believe on the coronavirus threat — the president saying one thing or the public health officials standing beside him and saying something a little different? President Donald Trump’s breezy talk Tuesday of a virus that's “got the world aflutter”...

Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

Feb. 13, 2020 10:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates. Limbaugh's comments came eight days after President Donald Trump awarded him the...