National Politics

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr., who asked what President Richard Nixon knew about Watergate, has died. He was 88.

Selling TVA wouldn't yield much for American taxpayers, but it could prove costly for Tennessee Valley residents and the region's economy and environment, according to an outside financial review of America's biggest government utility.

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030.

After hearing that U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had resigned from his post amid deepening revelations of problems in the VA health system, there was a part of veteran John Inman that felt disappointed.

In the wake of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation today, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. has announced he will cosponsor a bill designed to hold senior VA leaders accountable as investigations into mismanagement at the VA continue.

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dispatched his tea party challenger with ease Tuesday night, and Democrats turned to two women, Alison Lundergan Grimes to oppose him in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn to fight for Georgia, in elections next fall with control of the Senate at stake.

When Bob Corker was Chattanooga’s mayor a decade ago, his encounters with “foreign powers” mostly were limited to dealings with neighboring towns in Hamilton County.

A transportation funding bill advancing in Washington, D.C., could have a negative impact on such initiatives in Chattanooga, and 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is the target of national advocates in town this week.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., remains one of the nation's top 10 "most vulnerable" congressmen, according to a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding primarily Christian prayers at the start of town council meetings could have implications nationwide.

Curtis L. Collier, who rose from humble beginnings in the poverty-ridden Mississippi Delta region of rural Arkansas during the 1950s era of segregation to become the first and only black U.S. district judge in eastern Tennessee, will move into semi-retirement in October.

State Rep. Joe Carr says his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is moving at about 1,500 miles a week. But record keeping has seemed to be a bit of a speed bump for the Lascassas Republican.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., says there's no way the Chickamauga Lock will get funding this fiscal year, and its fate for the next few years depends on whether a House or Senate version of a bill to reform its funding prevails.

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

WASHINGTON — It was midnight when the plane carrying Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December on a Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip.

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