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Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album

Jun. 14, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's latest song has a new target: homophobes. Coinciding with the announcement of her seventh album, "Lover," the pop star on Thursday released a new tune called "You Need to Calm Down," where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community....

GOP officials rehash old fight against Volkswagen union vote

Jun. 7, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize, and they are following a blueprint that helped GOP officials sink a similar vote five years ago. Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga voted 712-626...

Sethi launches Republican bid for open Tennessee Senate seat

Jun. 3, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trauma surgeon Manny Sethi said Monday that he's running for a U.S. Senate seat opening in Tennessee. Sethi's announcement comes months after Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said he's not seeking reelection in 2020. In a video, the 41-year-old Sethi described himself as a...

Analysis: Time to legislate? Restless senators hope so

Jun. 3, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the old timers in the Senate are getting fed up with the lack of action on legislation, but after weeks of focus on approving President Donald Trump's backlog of nominees, there's a chance the chamber will soon be stretching its legs again. Don't look for action on top-tier issues...

Taylor Swift asks Tennessee senator to support Equality Act

Jun. 1, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift says she's kicking off Pride Month by asking Tennessee's Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. The pop star, who lives in Tennessee, posted a letter on social media early Saturday that she supported the House's recent...

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander has lump removed from leg

May. 29, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A representative for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Tennessee Republican has undergone surgery to remove a lump from his left leg. A statement from Alexander's chief of staff David Cleary said a surgeon removed an atypical lipoma on Wednesday morning at Vanderbilt University...

GOP, Democrats team up to address surprise medical bills

May. 23, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging ahead despite paralyzing partisanship in the nation's capital, senior lawmakers of both parties Thursday proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills and other concerns, from prescription drug costs to uneven vaccination rates. The draft bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander,...

Trump calls on Congress to end 'surprise medical bills'

May. 9, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to "surprise medical bills," the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network. "Not a pleasant surprise," Trump said of bills that arrive in the...

Polarizing but enduring Cabinet member: Education head DeVos

May. 6, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

When President Donald Trump visits a school, it's usually for a campaign rally, not a classroom tour. At his latest State of the Union address, he mentioned education just once. On Twitter, he has used the word "education" six times while in office, compared with 500 uses of the word "border." Education, it's...

Lawmakers debate future of loan relief for public workers

Apr. 29, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that's left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it. The Trump...