WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. dollar hasn't been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruled the box office.
Since June 30, the greenback is up 28 percent against the euro, 18 percent against the Japanese yen and 40 percent against the Brazilian real. Not since 1981 has the dollar been so strong.
2. Kelsey’s new voucher plan looks a lot like Haslam’s - Friday, February 27, 2015
Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.
But it is hardly etched in stone.3. Top January 2015 residential real estate transactions - Friday, February 13, 2015
Top January 2015 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.4. Top December 2014 residential real estate transactions - Friday, January 23, 2015
Top December 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.5. Highlights of Obama plan to tax wealthy - Friday, January 16, 2015
The White House says President Barack Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a plan to impose higher taxes on the wealthy and use the revenue to help middle-class families. Congress would have to agree, and lawmakers have rebuffed Obama's earlier proposals to eliminate certain tax provisions and spend the money on road and bridge repair, for example.6. Obama to pitch middle-class economic plan in annual address - Friday, January 16, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.7. Does Obama have authority for immigration changes? - Friday, November 21, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over their legality. Is he on solid legal ground?
For months the White House and Obama's supporters have insisted that he has the authority to direct immigration authorities to exercise discretion in deciding which immigrants in the country illegally will face deportation and which won't.8. Traveling for Thanksgiving? Be prepared for stress - Friday, November 21, 2014
Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone. Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.9. 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."10. Toledo nervously awaiting fate of beloved Jeep - Friday, October 10, 2014
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on the factory floor.11. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions August 2014 - Friday, September 26, 2014
Top August 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.12. Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher - Friday, August 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously led Politico.13. Mourners pay respects to Sen. Howard Baker Jr. - Friday, June 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects to former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. at the University of Tennessee center in Knoxville that bears his name.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that people began lining up outside the Baker Center well before the doors opened Monday for visitors to view the flag-draped casket of the onetime Senate majority leader.14. 5 things to know about former Sen. Howard Baker - Friday, June 27, 2014
Howard Baker, who became widely known for questioning President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal, died Thursday at age 88. Here are five things to know about his career, which spanned several decades and earned him the respect of Republicans and Democrats alike.15. Former US Sen. Howard Baker Jr. dies - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Howard Baker's question sliced to the core of Watergate: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
Repeated over and again in the senator's mild Tennessee drawl, those words guided Americans through the tangle of Watergate characters and charges playing daily on TV to focus squarely on Richard Nixon and his role in the cover-up.
16. Republican EPA chiefs to Congress: Act on climate - Friday, June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.
In a congressional hearing organized to undermine Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's environmental proposals, Senate Democrats asked the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency for Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan to discuss the risks from climate change. Some Republicans dispute the science of climate change and have worked to unravel Obama's steps to address it.17. GOP fundraiser Welch dies at 80 - Friday, March 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Ted Welch, a prolific fundraiser in Tennessee Republican politics for four decades, has died. He was 80.18. Airlines cancel nearly 2,300 flights due to weather - Friday, February 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines canceled nearly 2,300 flights Monday as the latest winter storm hit the U.S. East Coast.
The hardest hit cities were Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. All flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport have been halted.
19. Q&A about Obama's push to raise minimum wage - Friday, January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatively few Americans — less than 5 percent of hourly workers — toil for the minimum wage today.
Yet President Barack Obama's push to offset decades of inflation by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would ripple through the economy and touch the lives of millions more workers and their families. Republicans say some of those in need would be harmed, not helped.20. Congress renews undetectable gun ban just in time - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.21. Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.22. Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence during lifetime - Friday, December 06, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the wealthiest 1 percent.
Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsize influence on America's economy and politics. This little-known group may pose the biggest barrier to reducing the nation's income inequality.23. 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.24. Lawmakers look to sanctions if Iran deal falters - Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are making contingency plans for what happens if — or when — the nuclear accord with Iran falls apart.
Congress is out of town through the end of the month, but lawmakers are already weighing their options for how to address the deal with Iran, in which Tehran agrees to a six-month pause in its nuclear program in exchange for eased sanctions worth $7 billion. Lawmakers from both parties are skeptical the agreement will prod Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions and say they will be waiting with even harsher punishment if Iran proves an untrustworthy partner.25. Despite setback, GOP has impressive budgetary wins - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats who gloat over Republicans' bad week in Congress might pause to recall that conservatives still own major victories from past budget showdowns. And these wins may again thwart Democrats' hopes of changing tax-and-spend policies in two-party talks beginning anew in the Capitol.26. ‘Trickle-up economics’ boon for real estate buyers, sellers - Friday, October 04, 2013
The late Ronald Reagan delivered some of the best one-liners, sometimes two-liners, of any modern-day president.
In a presidential debate, Hank Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asked then-Pres. Reagan the following: “You are already the oldest president in history, and some on your staff say that you were tired.”27. King says Cruz conservatives want to 'hijack' GOP - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter King is charging that tea party-backed members of the House Republican Caucus are trying to "hijack the party."28. 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.29. Judge likely to approve American Airlines bankruptcy exit - Friday, August 30, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge signaled Thursday that he is leaning toward approving American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy protection but wanted more time to reflect.
"I'm finding the arguments in favor of confirmation fairly persuasive," Judge Sean H. Lane said from the bench. He could sign off on American's restructuring plan at the next hearing on Sept. 12 or in a written decision prior.30. Judge likely to approve American Airlines bankruptcy exit - Friday, August 23, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge signaled Thursday that he is leaning toward approving American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy protection but wanted more time to reflect.
"I'm finding the arguments in favor of confirmation fairly persuasive," Judge Sean H. Lane said from the bench. He could sign off on American's restructuring plan at the next hearing on Sept. 12 or in a written decision prior.31. White House to get some power from sun - Friday, August 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A promise to help power the first family's residence with the sun is finally seeing the light of day.
Solar panels have begun to be installed on the White House's roof, the first time solar power will be used for a president's living quarters. The work makes good on a nearly three-year-old promise by the Obama administration to have panels on the White House by the spring of 2011.32. Immigration bill critics focus on health law delay - Friday, August 02, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama's decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law but in opposition to immigration legislation.33. House GOP plans anti-Washington push in August - Friday, August 02, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans' unhappiness with government.34. Johnson to direct Tennessee Justice Center - Friday, June 21, 2013
Managing attorney Michele Johnson will succeed Gordon Bonnyman as executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center at the end of 2013.
Bonnyman and Johnson co-founded the organization 17 years ago to advocate for Tennessee’s vulnerable populations, particularly those struggling to find access to health care.35. Report: Too many teachers, too little quality - Friday, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's teacher-training programs do not adequately prepare would-be educators for the classroom, even as they produce almost triple the number of graduates needed, according to a survey of more than 1,000 programs released Tuesday.36. More humorous quotes, some of which were accepted - Friday, June 14, 2013
Finishing what I started last week, here are more “humorous” quotes I came up with for use in a “new” puzzle game – and which the editors rejected. That I ultimately came up with 30 deemed acceptable now seems miraculous.37. Norman will lead VU School of Nursing - Friday, June 14, 2013
Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., who for 22 years has spearheaded curricular innovations at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), will become the school’s new dean, pending Board of Trust approval.38. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for May 2013 - Friday, June 14, 2013
Top May 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.39. Social Security, Medicare still face big challenge - Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House — and also will probably delay the days of reckoning, feared by millions of aging Americans, when Social Security and Medicare could become insolvent.40. Obama walking a familiar path on IRS allegations - Friday, May 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service controversy dogging President Barack Obama is hardly the first time a White House and the tax agency have been accused of political meddling and bias. Nor is it the first time that political and social advocacy groups have searched for and exploited loopholes and fine points in the federal tax code.41. Role reversal: GOP blasts Obama plan to sell TVA - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Barack Obama's plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach.42. Obama budget suggests possible sale of TVA - Friday, April 05, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Obama administration's 2014 budget is calling for a strategic review of the Tennessee Valley Authority, opening the possibility that the largest U.S. public utility could be sold.43. Headlines revive memories of 80s economics - Friday, April 05, 2013
Believers hailed its reduced tax rates and deregulation as springboards for economic miracles under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Critics dismissed the very same ideas as so much trickle-down hocus-pocus and voodoo.44. ‘Take these towers down' - Friday, March 29, 2013
The demolition of Carmichael Towers, the aging Vanderbilt University high-rise dormitories that occupy some of the highest profile real estate on West End Avenue, could help revitalize one of the major gateways to downtown Nashville.45. Dell committee defends $24.4B sale as best choice - Friday, March 01, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Dell Inc. committee that negotiated the slumping PC maker's $24.4 billion buyout is standing behind the deal despite the misgivings of major shareholders who believe the price is too low.46. Republican losses obscure US drift to right - Friday, February 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican angst over presidential election losses obscures the fact that many conservative ideals have prospered for decades.
Conservative efforts have pushed the government rightward on taxes, spending and other policies, despite losses on some social fronts. One might say Republicans keep losing battles but winning wars.47. Supermarket wine bill clears panel by single vote - Friday, February 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.
The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.48. Government downsizes amid GOP demands for more cuts - Friday, February 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they've already gotten much of both.49. Cutting taxes, halting Medicaid expansion drive Casada agenda - Friday, February 22, 2013
State Rep. Glen Casada, (R-Franklin), the Republican caucus chairman of the state House, is part friend and part cajoler to the 70 representatives with whom he serves.
“I help members with their legislation,” he says. “And I help the caucus rally around a few positions.”50. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Jan. 2013 - Friday, February 08, 2013
Top January 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.51. The rest of the story: Harvey steers Ramsey to the right - Friday, February 08, 2013
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has one issue that has drawn little attention that he wants to pass through this session of the legislature: redrawing the state’s judicial districts.
These districts, which define the areas overseen by judges and district attorneys, have not been refined since 1984.52. Business, unions negotiating guest worker program - Friday, February 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Business leaders and labor union officials are delving into high-stakes negotiations over a particularly contentious element of immigration reform — a guest worker program to ensure future immigrants come here legally.53. Obama nominates Lew to lead Treasury - Friday, January 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury Thursday, declaring his complete trust in an aide with three decades of Washington experience in economic policy and a penchant for shunning the limelight.54. In picking Lew, Obama turns a page at Treasury - Friday, January 04, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's nominee for treasury secretary, is a premier federal budget expert who would take the helm of the government's main agency for economic and fiscal policy just as the administration girds itself for a new confrontation with congressional Republicans over the nation's debt and deficits.55. Alexander: Swap feds Medicaid for education - Friday, January 04, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is proposing a "grand swap" in which the federal government would take over all responsibility for Medicaid and the states would gain all control over education.56. Chevrolet Sonic tells story of Detroit comeback - Friday, January 04, 2013
DETROIT (AP) - When the word reached the Orion Assembly Plant, it spread along the serpentine assembly line like news of a death or natural disaster: General Motors, the biggest automaker in the world, had filed for bankruptcy protection.57. Republicans stepping in own way on immigration - Friday, November 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — After Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election, Republicans quickly identified one of their mistakes as the party's dysfunctional relationship with Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama. But the earliest efforts by GOP lawmakers to tackle immigration policy on Capitol Hill aren't likely to win them new support among Hispanics.58. Liberal group outlines substantial Medicare cuts - Friday, November 09, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to prevent a raid on health care programs in upcoming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House on Wednesday released a plan for significant savings, mostly from Medicare.59. How the stock market has performed on presidential election days - Friday, November 02, 2012
The U.S. stock market was closed on Election Day through the 1980 election. How it has performed on Election Day in the years since:
— Nov. 6, 1984: Hours before Ronald Reagan beats Walter Mondale in a landslide for re-election, and with the economy healing after a deep recession, the Dow climbs 14 points to 1,244.60. Analysis: Presidential debate to set tone for race - Friday, September 28, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans watch, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will be chasing opposite goals in their first debate. The key for Obama is to sit on his narrow lead without mishap, while Romney's challenge is to shake up the race and connect with voters.61. Obama launches new China trade action - Friday, September 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching a new trade enforcement case against China as he seeks an advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney on an economic issue that has become a flashpoint in the presidential campaign.62. GOP focuses on monthly jobs report, but do voters? - Friday, September 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's monthly jobs report has become Washington's most anticipated and studied economic indicator, pounced upon by politicians, economists and journalists for snap judgments as the presidential election nears. But in the real world, most everybody else just looks around and figures things out for themselves.63. How weak is US job market? Depends on your numbers - Friday, August 31, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the U.S. job market dismal as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says?
Or is it steadily improving as President Barack Obama contends?
Not to dodge the question, but both men are correct. It's all about how you slice the data.64. Ford to sell luxury Lincoln brand in China - Friday, August 24, 2012
BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co., eager to grab a piece of China's growing luxury market, plans to start selling its Lincoln luxury brand here in 2014.65. Court leaves ruling against big tobacco intact - Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday left intact a court judgment that ordered tobacco companies to do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking.
The companies sought to overturn a federal judge's order on grounds that the order had been superceded by a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings.66. Top residential real estate transactions for June, 2012 - Friday, July 20, 2012
June 2012 real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.67. US health care reform efforts through history - Friday, June 22, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law follows a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care. A look at the issue through the years:68. US health care reform efforts through history - Friday, June 22, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law comes after a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care. A look at the issue through the years:69. Top residential sales for May 2012 - Friday, June 15, 2012
Top residential sales for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.70. Retiring McDonald draws praise from both sides of aisle - Friday, May 25, 2012
Looking back over his years in the Tennessee Legislature and on the eve of his retirement from that body, House Representative Mike McDonald, Democrat from District 44, says, “My focus has always been on trying to pass legislation that would benefit Sumner County or the people that I represent there. I’ve passed five bills this year and all of them came from constituents.71. Gingrich to end presidential campaign next week - Friday, April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich began taking steps Wednesday to shut down his debt-laden White House bid, setting the stage to endorse one-time rival Mitt Romney next week and rally Republicans behind their apparent nominee.72. Analysis: Obama's incumbency vs. Romney's hurdles - Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality smacked Mitt Romney in the face twice in a 24-hour span.
President Barack Obama used the power of the presidency to ring the general election's opening bell, declaring this week in no uncertain terms that he and his mammoth organization are ready to take on Romney — whether the presumptive GOP nominee is ready or not.73. Obama says today's GOP would reject Ronald Reagan - Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday Republicans want to force a "radical vision" on the nation, accusing the opposition party of moving so far to the right that even one of its beloved figures, Ronald Reagan, could not win a GOP presidential primary.74. TNCPE marks 20 years, 1,200 businesses helped - Friday, March 30, 2012
Even the best-run companies can suffer from too much navel gazing. At least that’s the thinking of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, which works to bring an outside perspective to management, efficiency and more.75. How health care case will unfold before the court - Friday, March 23, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on Monday over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, derisively labeled "Obamacare" by its opponents. A look at how the case will unfold before the court in question-and-answer form:76. GOP DEBATE FACT CHECK: Errant claims on auto bailout, taxes - Friday, February 17, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty Republican presidential debates later, the head-scratching claims kept coming.
Did Mitt Romney really cut taxes as Massachusetts governor, as he asserted yet again? Or did he raise them by hundreds of millions of dollars, as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum alleged? And how could Newt Gingrich have given the nation four balanced budgets when he was only in Congress for two of them?77. Tax reform in this election year: It's not likely - Friday, February 03, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax reform sounds like a good idea to lots of people, but where to start? Eliminate the popular deduction for home mortgages? End the write-off for charitable contributions? How about expanding the Social Security payroll tax?78. Obama could alter stance of federal appeals courts - Friday, February 03, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second term for President Barack Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals courts, the final stop for almost all challenged federal court rulings.79. Nashville adviser shapes Kansas gov.'s tax plan - Friday, January 20, 2012
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul Kansas' individual income tax system will help the poor by creating prosperity, according to a Nashville-based former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan who helped shaped the proposed state policy.80. Residential Home Sales, December 2011 - Friday, January 20, 2012
Residential home sales for Davidson, Williamson, Wilson and Rutherford counties, as collected by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on-line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.81. Against business? GOP split on Romney's practices - Friday, January 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — What gives? Some of Mitt Romney's rivals are waging a fierce attack that you'd never think would come from the mouths of Republicans who claim Ronald Reagan as their hero. They're blasting the GOP front-runner for aggressive, wealth-creating business tactics.82. In elections, jobless trend matters more than rate - Friday, January 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment is higher than it's been going into any election year since World War II.
But history shows that won't necessarily stop President Barack Obama from reclaiming the White House.83. Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges - Friday, January 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation added 200,000 jobs in December in a burst of hiring that drove the unemployment rate to its lowest in almost three years. The figures raised hopes that the economy might finally be healthy enough to power an even stronger job market.84. Unemployment rate falls to lowest since March 2009 - Friday, December 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Small businesses that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.85. US Supreme Court: Pre-election health care showdown - Friday, November 11, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday promised an extraordinarily thorough springtime review of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul — more than five hours of argument, unprecedented in modern times — in time for a likely ruling affecting millions of Americans just before the presidential election in November.86. Abramoff criticizes reforms after lobbying scandal - Friday, November 04, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jack Abramoff can't say he wasn't warned.
When the now-notorious lobbyist was a rising star as Republicans expanded their power in Washington, a concerned senior partner in his firm warned against his win-at-all-costs approach to business. "At the rate you're going," the boss said, "you're either going to be dead, disgraced or in jail in five years."87. Casada finds friends, foes with his ability to ‘articulate a ‘no’’ - Friday, October 28, 2011
Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.88. Government job losses a growing drag on recovery - Friday, October 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it — by default.
Crippled by plunging tax revenues, state and local governments have shed over a half million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. And, after adding jobs early in the downturn, the federal government is now cutting them as well.89. FACT CHECK: Misfires on taxes and more in debate - Friday, October 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan ignited plenty of sparks in the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night, as did testy exchanges between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. In those instances and more, the facts took a bit of a beating.90. GOP isn't sold on Romney, seeking other options - Friday, October 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — If polls show one thing with certainty, it's that Republicans aren't sold on Mitt Romney and they've been looking for other presidential candidates.
At least eight other Republicans have seen their standings soar in GOP primary surveys since the beginning of the year.91. Report: Checks needed on police GPS tracking - Friday, September 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group that includes former leaders of the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday called for limits on law enforcement's use of GPS and other powerful technologies to track the movements of suspects.92. Pick me out a winner, Vic - Friday, September 16, 2011
Success is never inevitable, right? You can’t win ’em all.
Last week we looked at lost (losing) phrases. This week the focus is on winners.
Perhaps ironically, the phrase “You can’t win ’em all” is almost always associated with losing. That’s also is the case with “no-win situation,” a predicament in which a favorable outcome seems impossible.93. Analysis: Is government's role to fix economy? - Friday, September 09, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy needs to be fixed. On this, Democrats and Republicans agree. They part ways over how to do it and, specifically, what role the federal government should play.
"Ultimately," President Barack Obama tells Congress, "our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help." His argument that government has a responsibility to do so probably doesn't sit well with an America that's down on Washington.94. HealthSpring’s Fritch joins CEO Council - Friday, August 26, 2011
Herb Fritch, chairman and CEO of HealthSpring, Inc., has joined Council Ventures’ CEO Council. With Fritch’s addition, the CEO Council includes 24 experienced chief executives who give portfolio companies access to important networks and expertise to complement their capabilities.95. Analysis: Obama pivots to new string of problems - Friday, July 29, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dodged a debt-ceiling fiasco Tuesday. He reacted with a wiped brow more than a victory lap, and with good reason.
As Republicans gradually weigh a potential challenger, Obama's re-election bid faces daunting problems: high unemployment, a limping economy, lackluster approval ratings and a demoralized liberal base. The last-minute debt agreement prevented a full-blown disaster. But it might do little or nothing to help Obama's campaign.96. Conservative leader takes fight to his own party - Friday, July 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama complains about House Republicans unwilling to compromise on a deficit reduction package, he's talking about Rep. Jim Jordan, a former wrestling champion from Ohio who is becoming a driving force in the debt debate on Capitol Hill.97. Obama: Halt '3-ring-circus,' avert US default - Friday, July 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — In unprecedented back-to-back appearances on nationwide television, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner clashed Monday night over the cause and cure for the nation's debt crisis. The two men spoke as Congress remained gridlocked on legislation to avert a threatened default after Aug. 2.98. Obama praises 'Gang' plan as debt debate begins - Friday, July 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "11th hour" urgency" to raise the government's borrowing limit, President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed a plan by "Gang of Six" senators from both parties to reduce federal deficits as the kind of balanced approach that could break the economy-threatening deadlock. He said it was time for Congress to rally around such a proposal.99. Debt plan nears House vote; other ideas emerge - Friday, July 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans pushed ahead Tuesday toward a vote on legislation that would raise the nation's debt limit in exchange for trillions of dollars in federal spending cuts and congressional approval of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.100. Culture, hard lessons drive GOP's anti-tax stand - Friday, July 08, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the surface, it would seem like an opportune time for Congress to include targeted tax hikes as part of a cost-cutting package to reduce the huge federal deficit.
Federal taxes, as a share of the overall economy, are at their lowest levels since 1950. A return to the higher income tax rates of the Clinton presidency — when many Americans prospered, and calls for tax cuts were fairly muted — would wipe out most of the deficit. And congressional Democrats appear ready to make deep spending cuts, sought by Republicans, in exchange for a smaller level of tax increases.