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An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

WASHINGTON — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

A day after the ISIS extremist group released a filmed execution of an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker blamed ineffective U.S. foreign policy for helping create a power vacuum in Syria and Iraq and said President Barack Obama needs a clear objective in the Middle East.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker called on Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday to seek a unity candidate with big vision for the 2016 Republican presidential primary — right before mentioning his ability to bring people together and make his decades-old vision of Chattanooga a reality.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power for carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors.

NASHVILLE — For a man who might want to be president, Bob Corker has been notably absent from the parade of Republican hopefuls that has marched into Iowa this month.

NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee still isn't ruling out running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

While a group of civil rights attorneys demands that TennCare officials turn over a series of documents related to delays to its enrollment process, TennCare attorneys Tuesday called the motion an “11th-hour” attempt to gather information as a federal hearing looms.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The

WASHINGTON — Mainstream conservatives ran the table in Senate Republican primaries as tea party upstarts lost all six challenges to GOP incumbents, leaving the establishment upbeat about midterm elections and the insurgent movement beaten but unbowed.

Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan and Washington.

WASHINGTON — Three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts edged out Milton Wolf in Kansas' primary Tuesday night as mainstream conservatives dealt another blow to the tea party movement. A GOP businessman swamped a first-term Michigan congressman, upending his re-election bid.

WASHINGTON — A major trait that endeared James Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

Tennessee's entire Republican congressional delegation has signed off on a letter that U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann wrote President Barack Obama "demanding answers about the administration's handling of the release of 760 unaccompanied alien children to sponsors in Tennessee," Fleischmann said in a news release Thursday.

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