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Trump administration orders EPA contract freeze, media blackout

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday and reviewed by The Associated ...

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Nashville silently protests Trump Inauguration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of people sat in silent protest at a Nashville park while President Donald Trump took the oath of office. Those gathered at Centennial Park on Friday took a 10-minute pause from talking as they declined to watch or listen to Trump’s swearing in. Organizers led ...

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Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for ...

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Tennesseans go to the polls to decide between Trump, Clinton

Republican Donald Trump comes into Election Day in Tennessee with strong support across the state, though supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton have been encouraged by heavy turnout in early voting in urban areas. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam refused to endorse Trump both before and after his presidential nomination. And on ...

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Tennessee statehouse refuses to release sex harassment data

Legislative leaders have said that sexual misconduct accusations levied against ex-lawmaker Jeremy Durham are not demonstrative of the state Capitol culture, but officials have refused to give data about sexual harassment in state government. The General Assembly was the only one of the state’s 45 agencies and departments that did ...

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Tennessee early voting period now open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s early voting period kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 3. About 59 percent of voters cast early or absentee ballots in the last presidential election in 2012. That was down by 1 percentage point from the 2008 presidential election. Early and absentee ...

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