National Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Republican Ed Gillespie on Friday conceded the Virginia Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner, and said he would not seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitled him to one.

WASHINGTON — Voters made clear Tuesday that they're worried about the economy, despite steady job gains, a robust stock market and faster economic growth this year.

In a break with appellate opinions around the nation, a federal court on Thursday struck a blow to the expanding acceptance of same-sex marriage in a ruling that upheld bans on such unions in Tennessee and three other states.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee is about to gain new clout in the U.S. Senate following national gains by Republicans in Tuesday’s election.

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans swept governor's races across the country Tuesday, holding on to control of key swing states like Florida, Michigan and Ohio and scoring upsets in Democratic bastions like Maryland, Massachusetts and Illinois.

NASHVILLE — More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful — were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?

Alone with the sounds of their grumbling stomachs, Gordon County, Ga., jail inmates say they make meals out of what is available in their cells.

"The president already has too many White House staff 'czars' who are not accountable to Congress.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Within an $80 million concrete building anchored to the bedrock of the highest point at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, the Tennessee Valley Authority is storing enough pumps, generators and other equipment to respond to most any type of earthquake, storm or missile attack.

NEW YORK — Four U.S. governors, including Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, have made a surprise visit to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

WASHINGTON — Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans and Democrats forgot about party and split every which way on Wednesday as the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted on a spending bill that also gave the Obama administration approval and money to train and arm Syrian rebels.

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic state militants.

WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.

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