Obama acknowledges shooting death during visit to Nashville
January 30th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama acknowledges shooting death during visit to Nashville

Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, 1/30/2014

(CNN) - It’s the issue that dominated last year’s State of the Union address, but two days after President Barack Obama gave gun control only a brief mention in this year’s speech, he confronted the nation’s gun violence crisis head-on during a stop in Nashville.

Obama headed to Tennessee to talk about education, but he spoke at a high school where students are still reeling from the recent shooting death of one of their classmates.

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Filed under: President Obama • Tennessee
Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say
December 11th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
12 months ago

Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say

Updated 7:23 p.m., 12/11/13

(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff was arrested on Wednesday on child pornography related charges, federal prosecutors said.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was held pending a planned hearing on Thursday in federal court in Washington, according to a Justice Department statement.
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Filed under: Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.
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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
Sen. Alexander gets a primary challenger
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
August 20th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Alexander gets a primary challenger

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who's up for a third term next year, now has a GOP primary challenger.

State Rep. Joe Carr announced Tuesday he will run for the U.S. Senate, taking on the state's senior senator in 2014.
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Filed under: 2014 • Senate • Tennessee
An unlikely stop on the president's jobs tour
July 30th, 2013
03:53 PM ET
1 year ago

An unlikely stop on the president's jobs tour

Updated at 4:01 p.m. ET on 7/30

Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) – On the face of it picking Tennessee as the next stop on President Obama's job tour was an unusual choice.

In the last week he spoke in two states that were clearly in his column last year: Illinois and Florida. FULL POST


Filed under: President Obama • Tennessee
July 19th, 2013
06:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Cohen: ‘I still think of her as my daughter’

Washington (CNN) – "I was totally stunned."

That's how Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, described his reaction upon finding out the woman he thought was his long lost daughter, really wasn't.
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Filed under: Steve Cohen • Tennessee
Tennessee senator launches first 2014 ads
July 5th, 2013
06:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Tennessee senator launches first 2014 ads

(CNN) – Never mind that the Tennessee Republican thus far has no primary challenger. Sen. Lamar Alexander is already putting out radio and TV ads for the 2014 midterm elections.

His 30-second television spot also features a popular senator from the neighboring state of Kentucky, Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
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Filed under: 2014 • Lamar Alexander • Rand Paul • Tennessee
Tennessee man charged in Romney tax return extortion scheme
June 26th, 2013
09:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Tennessee man charged in Romney tax return extortion scheme

Washington (CNN) - A Tennessee man was indicted Wednesday, accused of making a false claim that he had obtained tax returns for then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and then trying to extort money for them, federal prosecutors said.

Michael Mancil Brown, 34, of Franklin is charged with six counts of wire fraud and six counts of extortion. It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether Brown had an attorney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Taxes • Tennessee
Congressman claims bogus tweet publicity stunt
April 12th, 2013
03:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressman claims bogus tweet publicity stunt

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee admitted sending out a flashy tweet this week hoping reporters would fall for a ruse to help generate publicity for his home district. But he also raised more questions about his original motivations.

Cohen told reporters Friday he was retaliating against what he called "gotcha journalism" and that they should have been more careful two months ago treating a story about his daughter.
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Filed under: Steve Cohen • Tennessee • Twitter
December 30th, 2012
01:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Corker says deal will pass, predicts $500,000 threshold

(CNN) - Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee sought to assure Americans on Sunday over the looming fiscal cliff, expressing full confidence that most people won't start off the new year with new taxes.

In an interview on CNN, the Republican senator also predicted the income threshold for tax increases will be at least $500,000 per year, rather than President Barack Obama's proposal of $250,000.
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Filed under: Bob Corker • Fiscal Cliff • Tennessee • TV-State of the Union
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