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WASHINGTON — Aides to Sen. Rand Paul said the Kentucky Republican's participation in Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign ad should not be construed as an endorsement for a third term in the Senate.

WASHINGTON — The financial stakes are a little higher today in Tennessee's 4th District, where state Sen. Jim Tracy had another big-money fundraising quarter and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is keeping his campaign fundraising data close to the chest.

WASHINGTON — State Sen. Jim Tracy raised $303,000 between April and June in his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th District, Tracy's campaign said in a news release today.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Tuesday described as "unacceptable" the White House's approach to arming Syrian rebels, saying a reported delay in American weapon shipments "wastes time at the expense of our national interests."

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander doesn't have a declared opponent — Republican or Democrat — in his 2014 bid for a third term. But soon enough, your television or radio might give you the opposite impression.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and his wife, Brenda, contributed a combined $605 to President Barack Obama's inaugural committee.

WASHINGTON -- The Tennessee Republican who represented Chattanooga in Congress in 1996 and supported the Defense of Marriage Act says he would vote against the very same bill today.

WASHINGTON — Heard all about U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's efforts on immigration reform?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais this week introduced a bill that would prohibit all American military efforts in Syria, defying an odd couple in the process.

The steps were packed, elbow to elbow. Signs jumped up from the nervous crowd as the decision came down from the U.S. Supreme Court and then trickled down through word of mouth, text message and Twitter.

WASHINGTON -- Advocates for the shipping industry argued passionately Monday for a conservative House to take up a Senate-passed water bill that could mean new funding measures for the stalled lock project at Chickamauga Dam.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and House Republicans from Tennessee find themselves on opposite planks of the Syria debate embroiling the Capitol.

WASHINGTON — Under the lights at Nationals Park here, Zach Wamp let himself grin; it was a big-league night for the former eight-term congressman from Chattanooga.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., this week voted to restrict abortions in his first crack at high-profile abortion legislation since news outlets revealed he encouraged his future wife's two abortions in the 1990s.

WASHINGTON — More than 30 percent of Tennessee's Medicare suppliers of "durable medical equipment" did not meet licensing requirements and will have their Volunteer State contracts voided, officials announced Wednesday.

WASHINGTON -- Legal opponents of U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann are fighting the congressman's second request to conceal his own court filings from the public.

WASHINGTON — Joined by dozens of fellow lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., sent a letter Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency challenging a regulation that could hurt Lodge Manufacturing Co. in South Pittsburg and other American foundries.

WASHINGTON — The House lawmaker who controls the fate of American infrastructure says he's "looking very closely" at a Senate-passed bill that could jump-start the stalled lock at Chickamauga Dam.

WASHINGTON — By his own admission, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is a stay-at-home guy. Unlike some lawmakers, the Ooltewah Republican refuses late nights on Capitol Hill, steering clear of bourbon and trouble after hours.

WASHINGTON — In his first wide-ranging public discussion since becoming the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker sold his vision of America's role in the world, pushing an active path in Syria and promising tough scrutiny of future entanglements overseas.

WASHINGTON — Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District will be well-represented at tonight's annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Park.

WASHINGTON — Area lawmakers were divided on beginning the U.S. Senate's first attempt at immigration reform since 2007, with Tennessee and Georgia senators voting to kick off debate Tuesday and Alabama senators voting to prevent it.

WASHINGTON — Senators opposed several December initiatives that would have strengthened oversight of the program that reportedly allows the National Security Agency to access America's phone records and computer screens.

WASHINGTON — Tri-state U.S. senators on Thursday reacted with outrage to reports that the National Security Agency confiscates millions of Verizon phone records each day. But through their own votes, those same senators helped the NSA obtain the records.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's nomination of Susan Rice as his new national security adviser Wednesday provoked a new of chorus of Republican outrage over the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

WASHINGTON — An Ooltewah Republican's accountability bill is getting traction as the Internal Revenue Service faces fresh opposition to its spending on conferences and retreats.

WASHINGTON — Four of the U.S. senators from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama reported more than $1 million in personal assets, according to their newly released financial disclosures. One got a delay.

WASHINGTON — For the second time, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is asking a Nashville judge to seal court records that would reveal his campaign's inner workings.

WASHINGTON — The vice president of Tennessee's medical disciplinary panel said he would have considered a harsher punishment against U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais if the Jasper physician had slept with his patients a year or two ago — not 13.

WASHINGTON — Sex, abortions and civil penalties: Sound like the makings of a negative ad?

WASHINGTON — Tennessee's top medical disciplinary panel fined licensed physician and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais $500 for sexual relationships he had with two female patients, inspiring critics to say the punishment didn't fit the crime.

WASHINGTON — The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners has fined U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais $500 for sexual relationships he had with two female patients, state records show.

WASHINGTON — Several Tennessee and Georgia lawmakers grilled former Internal Revenue Service officials this week.

WASHINGTON — State Rep. Joe Carr announced Tuesday that veteran political strategist Chip Saltsman is joining his 4th District bid to unseat Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

WASHINGTON — A former top Internal Revenue Service official said Monday that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan stretched the truth when the former vice presidential candidate mentioned a Chattanooga nonprofit to bolster the idea the IRS favors liberal groups over conservative groups.

WASHINGTON — In virtual lockstep on topics such as guns, God and limited government, Southern Republicans in the Senate differ on how to balance national security interests with First Amendment protections.

WASHINGTON — By Thursday, after a week of fallout from a growing IRS scandal and the Department of Justice's raid on journalists' records, Tennessee's senior senator wasn't the first Republican to link President Barack Obama with President Richard Nixon — he of the enemies list, secret tapes and Watergate.

WASHINGTON — The IRS subjected the Chattanooga Tea Party to "unnecessary" questioning and "significant processing delays" in the group's request for nonprofit status, according to an inspector general's report and documents obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday passed a water and transportation bill that could resume construction at the unfinished lock at Chickamauga Dam.

WASHINGTON — A bill that could reignite one of Chattanooga's biggest infrastructure projects may pass the Senate as early as this morning. But, as with nearly everything that may clear the upper chamber these days, the latest Chickamauga lock fix faces delay in the House of Representatives.

WASHINGTON — Several Tennessee and Georgia Republicans in Congress will be digging as two House committees investigate the Internal Revenue Service's alleged targeting of right-leaning political groups, including the Ch

WASHINGTON — Speaking on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander boils down the debate as he argues for online sales tax collection.

WASHINGTON — Despite its easy passage in the Senate earlier this week, Sen. Lamar Alexander's top legislative priority is being slow-walked by House Republicans as he heads into re-election season.

WASHINGTON — When Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West unfurled his newspaper Tuesday morning, he scowled at what he saw: U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., grinning next to President Barack Obama on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base.

WASHINGTON — Get ready, Amazon hounds and eBay fiends of America: Start Googling "Internet sales tax."

WASHINGTON — Local Republicans in Congress condemned President Barack Obama's renewed commitment to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, freshening their own arguments against transferring detainees and putting Americans in harm's way.

WASHINGTON — Known as an elder statesman among Tennessee politicians, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander easily snatched up all the House members he wanted to support his 2014 re-election campaign.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Bill Haslam thought he'd come to the nation's capital last week to promote Tennessee's private sector.

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers from Tennessee and Georgia are at odds over the degree of legal protections owed a controversial American citizen — the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

WASHINGTON — Senators on Tuesday sought to humanize a bill that would let states require sales tax collection on all online purchases.

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