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AP: GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Jonathan Mattise ASSOCIATED PRESS    Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election in 2020, giving the red state its second open Senate contest in two years. Alexander said in a news release that he was deeply grateful for being elected to more combined ...

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Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

By ALAN FRAM, ANDREW TAYLOR and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant “dreamers” ...

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Trump’s first year in office has been a can’t-miss drama

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A bleak description of “American carnage.” A forceful rollback of his predecessor’s achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium. And that was just the first 24 hours. In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, ...

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AP: US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, ...

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Trump claims GOP tax bill repeals Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and sweeping tax cut legislation (all times local): 12:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is celebrating the GOP tax legislation, claiming it fulfills his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, he says: “Obamacare has been repealed in ...

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Former lawmaker announces bid for Tennessee US Senate seat against Blackburn

By: Associated Press A former congressman from Tennessee is joining the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate. Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, a gospel-singing farmer from the rural western Tennessee community of Frog Jump, announced his bid in a statement to media on Sunday. Fincher, 44, ...

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