WASHINGTON (AP) — America's health care debate has been called an unhealthy political obsession. But if the 2016 presidential hopefuls have any say, it's about to get bigger.
The candidates in both parties are offering options across the political spectrum, from a system wholly run by the federal government to dialing back Washington's commanding role. Behind the rhetoric, each approach has its pitfalls.
25. Conservatives rejoice after Boehner's resigns as speaker - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The news of House Speaker John Boehner's resignation brought hundreds of religious conservatives to their feet to cheer — and one after another, much of the Republican Party's presidential class joined Friday in their rejoicing.26. Clinton adds details to plans on prescription drug costs - Friday, September 18, 2015
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vowing to build upon President Barack Obama's signature health law, Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a sweeping plan to hold down the rising cost of prescription drugs and target pharmaceutical companies that flood the airwaves with ads.27. Hagerty joins Pinnacle board - Friday, July 31, 2015
Bill Hagerty, co-founder and managing director of private equity investment firm Hagerty Peterson & Company, has been elected to the Pinnacle Financial Partners’ 14-member board of directors.28. Health care spending to accelerate, US report says - Friday, July 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down.
Health care spending will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, highlighting a challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.29. With no real rival, state Republicans attack their own - Friday, July 24, 2015
Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.
Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.30. Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision - Friday, June 26, 2015
Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:
"Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court — the Affordable Care Act is here to stay." — Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden.31. House completes Obama's trade items as Pacific pact looms - Friday, June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Congress rounded out President Barack Obama's trade package Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a worker training program just weeks after it was stymied.
The House voted 286 to 138 to renew the program for workers displaced by international trade. Obama had said he wanted to sign that bill alongside the "fast track" negotiating authority that Congress approved a day earlier.32. Senate and House prepare to complete Obama's trade agenda - Friday, June 19, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is wrapping up President Barack Obama's trade agenda, one day after handing him the big prize of "fast track" negotiating authority.
Lawmakers appear ready on Thursday to approve a jobs retraining program for workers displaced by international trade. Usually a Democratic priority, it briefly became hostage to Democrats' failed efforts to block fast track.33. Key miscalculation forces Obama to weigh new path on trade - Friday, June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican leaders are thinking of returning to the Senate to salvage their imperiled trade agenda. It's testament to a crucial miscalculation they made months ago.34. Obama, GOP try to revive trade agenda, but hurdles await - Friday, June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his legislative allies scrambled Monday for ways to revive his severely wounded trade agenda, although Democrats and Republicans alike said all options face serious hurdles.35. House rejects Obama's appeals and imperils his trade bill - Friday, June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Led by union-backed Democrats, the House delivered a stinging blow to President Barack Obama on Friday and left his ambitious global trade agenda in serious doubt.
Republican leaders, who generally support Obama's trade objectives, signaled they might try to revive the package as early as next week. But that could require the shifting of at least 90 votes within either or both parties, a heavy lift.36. Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade - Friday, May 15, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — As House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi delivered the signature achievement of President Barack Obama's first term: his health care bill. Now Obama's top second-term goal, a major trade deal, hangs in the balance on Capitol Hill and Pelosi is again on the spot.37. Senate agrees to open debate on Obama's trade agenda - Friday, May 08, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators reached a deal Wednesday to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda only one day after Democrats embarrassed him by blocking it.
Lawmakers said roughly a dozen Senate Democrats agreed to let full-blown debate begin after both parties' leaders consented to tweak the package that failed on a procedural vote Tuesday. Those Democrats' votes were the difference between blocking the agenda and letting it move ahead.
38. New state chair wants all-GOP Legislature - Friday, May 01, 2015
With more than six years of experience in the House of Representatives, Knoxville Republican Ryan Haynes is leaving the post to take on a new job: Tennessee Republican Party chairman.
Haynes, a lawyer who graduated from the Nashville School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, recently won election to replace Chris Devaney, who is stepping down into the nonprofit world.39. Will Tennessee Republicans ever be truly happy? - Friday, May 01, 2015
Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier? With the GOP so dominant in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.40. Obama's trade agenda set to face House Democrats' objections - Friday, April 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans pushed White House-backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as a ban on currency manipulation by Asian nations.41. Obama's trade agenda set to face House Democrats' objections - Friday, April 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans pushed White House-backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as a ban on currency manipulation by Asian nations.42. Emotions over Obama's trade agenda roil Senate, delay action - Friday, April 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama.43. Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact - Friday, April 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."44. State Agriculture Department gets 53 hemp applications - Friday, April 10, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's Department of Agriculture says it has received 53 applications seeking approval to grow industrial hemp.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1CFrlZc) reports the applicants will serve as test cases for the state law if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gives its approval to the project.45. Haslam urges lawmakers to look beyond politics on Medicaid - Friday, March 27, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday urged fellow Republicans to look beyond political considerations as they prepare to vote on a revived version of his Insure Tennessee proposal.
Haslam told reporters that he spent the weekend talking to fellow Republicans on the state Senate Commerce Committee who are scheduled to vote Tuesday on the proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.46. Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high - Friday, February 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet was probably still dial-up, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.47. Obama faces left-right opposition on trade, military force - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that's like oil and water mixing easily.48. Keystone veto: Can Obama, GOP compromise on anything? - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming veto by President Barack Obama of a Republican-championed bill foreshadows a key question for the White House: whether the president and Republicans can find areas to work together, even as Obama strikes down many of their top priorities.49. NAFTA shadows Obama's efforts to seek clout for trade deals - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 21-year-old ghost haunts President Barack Obama and his allies as he presses Congress for enhanced powers to make trade deals with Japan and other nations.
Obama says new trade deals will avoid the shortcomings of NAFTA, the 1994 North America Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, which many Americans blame for big job losses, especially in manufacturing.50. House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists - Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.51. Tennessee auto industry hits the accelerator: Nissan, GM, VW find ‘best employees’ here - Friday, January 16, 2015
Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.
Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.52. Unions intensifying attacks on new emerging free-trade pact - Friday, January 09, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.53. LGBT-owned businesses get diversity boost - Friday, January 02, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.54. Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.55. Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed to avoid.56. Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration - Friday, November 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on "pretty firm legal footing."57. Obama's immigration actions do have limits - Friday, November 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — As broadly as President Barack Obama may push the limits of his authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants illegally in the United States, the fate of millions more will still be left unresolved.58. Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out - Friday, November 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.59. Time to vote on Keystone: Yes or no on pipeline - Friday, November 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the run-up to a razor-thin vote, Sen. Mary Landrieu beseeched fellow Democrats on Tuesday to provide the support necessary to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the massive project at the center of a fierce environmental dispute and her own uphill struggle for a new term from Louisiana.60. For Obama, some relief in Democratic losses - Friday, November 07, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The morning after Democrats' thrashing in the midterm elections, President Barack Obama unexpectedly dropped by his senior staff's daily meeting to buck up his exhausted and defeated team.61. City refocuses its domestic violence plans - Friday, October 24, 2014
Ruth Freeland, an attorney who helped women obtain orders of protection against domestic abuse in her native Australia, found herself on the other side of issue in Nashville.
In court and facing her abusive American husband, Freeland says it was an unsettling situation.62. Child’s legacy lives on with $2M in scholarships - Friday, September 19, 2014
THEA crops up in crosswords occasionally. In an easy puzzle, it’ll be clued as “Ellington’s ‘Take ___ Train’.” Or “Mr. T’s ‘___ Team’.”63. US companies falling behind as Africa surges - Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Africa's economy rises, American businesses are at risk of being left behind.
"We are missing the boat" was the sour warning former President Bill Clinton issued Tuesday at an otherwise upbeat U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit here.64. Obama announces $33B in commitments for Africa - Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to strengthen America's financial foothold in Africa, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in commitments Tuesday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships.65. Senate tires of patching highway programs - Friday, July 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.66. Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you - Friday, July 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?
A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified.67. High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.68. Poll shows voters favor free tuition plan - Friday, May 16, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - A majority of Tennessee voters support Gov. Bill Haslam's program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, as well as higher education standards, according to the latest Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.69. Tennessee Democrats net $500K in annual fundraiser - Friday, May 16, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.
The event headlined by Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday.70. At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power - Friday, May 09, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama came to a Wal-Mart store in Silicon Valley on Friday to praise new steps by businesses and communities to deploy solar energy, showcasing efforts to combat climate change that don't rely on a disinclined Congress.71. Sebelius, a lightning rod for critics, resigns - Friday, April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law. But with sign-ups exceeding expectations and a new face soon to be in charge at HHS, the White House is eager to see if the poisonous atmosphere might give way to more pragmatic efforts aimed at fixing problems with the nation's newest social program.72. Obama tests work policies on federal contractors - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama is using the federal government's vast array of contractors to impose rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under his control.73. Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public support for President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.74. Jeb Bush: Follow through on Common Core standards - Friday, March 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.75. GOP leaders meet in Tennessee amid Common Core discord - Friday, March 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street.76. Obama's N. American agenda hits congressional drag - Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama headed into a summit Wednesday with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests, even as Congress is pushing back against some of his top cross-border agenda items.77. Trade bills divide Obama, fellow Dems - Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it will continue to press Congress for "fast track" authority to speed approval of trade deals even as election-year politics makes the task harder.
The Obama administration is engaged in two difficult trade negotiations, one with Japan and 10 other Pacific nations, and the other a proposed trans-Atlantic deal with European Union nations. The trans-Pacific talks are closer to completion.78. Obama, fellow Dems are at odds on big trade bills - Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a "fast track" to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to sidetrack them instead.79. Obama, Dems meet as struggle for Senate builds - Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama solicits advice Wednesday from his party's senators, the voices of some Democrats may come through louder than others.
Of the 53 Democratic senators, it's the nearly two dozen facing re-election this year who are causing jitters for Obama and the party. With control of the Senate at stake, many of those Democrats are actively seeking ways to distance themselves from a president who is deeply unpopular in their home states.80. State of the Union analysis: A narrow path for Obama's ambitions - Friday, January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's year of action could amount to a lot of running in place.
The constitutional constraints on his authority and lack of cooperation in Congress are a recipe for low-yield initiatives with limited reach. But limited executive actions, such as the ones he announced Tuesday night, might be all government can bear to do in an election year when Congress' balance of power is on the line.81. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 - Friday, January 24, 2014
Top 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.82. Obama: On economy, focus is on executive actions - Friday, January 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling for "all hands on deck" to assist the economy, President Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery.83. Senate ready to OK Yellen to lead Federal Reserve - Friday, January 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared ready Monday to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.84. Senate confirms turnaround specialist to head IRS - Friday, December 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Friday to confirm a retired corporate and government turnaround specialist to head the Internal Revenue Service, an agency recovering from scandal as it gears up to play a big role in implementing the president's health care law.85. Auto parts supplier Aisin expanding in East Tennessee - Friday, December 13, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) — Parts supplier Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. is planning a $54 million expansion in Anderson County and will add 81 jobs over the next two years.86. Blue ribbon panels stumble on trimming red ink - Friday, November 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation's thorniest fiscal problems. Seldom have their recommendations spurred congressional action.87. Obama's gatekeeper now point man on health care - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was ready to vent.
"I've had too much humble pie," he fumed, striding into a top aide's West Wing office. "That was the last slice. I'm full."88. Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination - Friday, November 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
The vote reflected the nation's rapidly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. The final tally was 64-32.89. Christie, McAuliffe, winners in slate of elections - Friday, November 01, 2013
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — The 2016 overtones were clear in this year's two most high-profile elections.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie's resounding re-election victory in Democratic-leaning New Jersey sets the opening argument for a possible White House run while Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial victory gives fellow Democrats — if not his confidante Hillary Rodham Clinton, herself — a road map for success in the pivotal presidential swing-voting state.90. Senate moves ahead on gay rights bill - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans' shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic.91. Senate blocks Obama picks for judge, housing posts - Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nominees to lead an influential federal court and a housing agency on Thursday, despite Democratic warnings of a return to last summer's partisan brawl over who wields power in the Senate.92. No safe bets for Obama despite toned-down agenda - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term.93. As shutdown drags on, time to call in mediator? - Friday, October 04, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe it's time to call in a mediator — if there's one not on furlough.
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are in stalemate over a partial government shutdown now in its second week. And a looming crisis over the federal debt limit is rapidly approaching, with economists saying that could have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy.94. Politically safe lawmakers see no shutdown urgency - Friday, October 04, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise.
Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans virtual shoo-ins for re-election, insulating them from everything but the views in their slice of the country. That means some lawmakers can be greeted as heroes back home even if nationally the budget standoff comes to be viewed with scorn.95. Obama hits GOP 'ideological crusade' in shutdown - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by GOP lawmakers determined to gut his health care law. On Capitol Hill, House Republicans answered with a bid to restart a few favored slices of government, including national parks, while still demanding concessions on health care.96. Closed for business? Government shutdown history - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — OK, gridlocked politicians we're used to. But why padlock the Statue of Liberty?
You don't see other democracies shuttering landmarks and sending civil servants home just because their political parties can't get along. Belgian civil servants, for example, carried on nicely for a year and a half while their politicians bickered over forming a new government.97. GOP unity frays as midnight shutdown approaches - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as the Senate swatted aside the latest tea party-driven demand to delay the nation's health care overhaul in exchange for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.98. Obama's no-negotiation stance setting new tone - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, President Barack Obama says, he's not budging. This is the confrontational Obama, the "Make my day" president, betting Republicans blink to avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation's debts.99. Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums in the nation's capital. Workers at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs wouldn't be around to process visa and passport applications, complicating the travel plans of hundreds of thousands.100. Boehner: House won't pass 'clean' spending bill - Friday, September 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a tea party plan to "defund Obamacare," House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.