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VOL. 41 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 10, 2017

Resolve to try a different fitness method

'The gym?' Really? There are more options than ever. Try something new

Julie Kramer, 58, had what she calls her “epiphany moment” when she was 45 and had gotten a few bad blood test scores from her doctor. She was 40 pounds heavier than she is now, and it really hit her that she needed to make some serious changes.

Managing pain helps aging clients get/stay in shape

There comes a point in time where we all start to “feel our age,” when those aches, pains and sore joints become a bit more pronounced.

Fitness franchises offer varied routes to better health

Pace McCamy, 51, was at a crossroads in life. Her oldest of four boys was 19, and the stay-at-home mom decided it was time to do something for herself, if for no other reason than to stave off the sadness of her children leaving the nest one by one.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Grab a gun, go see your state representative

When legislative leaders started to allow guns in the Legislative Plaza nearly two years ago, the Sierra Club’s Scott Banbury had his daughter take pictures of him wearing his holstered Ruger and lobbyist ID card to put on lawmakers’ desks with the question: “Is this what you want?”

Local Weather

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EVENTS

Amazon Seasonal Job Fair. Amazon is hiring for more than 1100 open seasonal positions for customer fulfillment facilities throughout the Nashville area. Applicants can apply by attending one of the below hiring events through Friday. There are door prizes at some locations and on-the-spot job offers at all. Shift schedules and responsibilities vary. Last year, thousands of holiday positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays, and the company expects to continue that trend this year. Information: www.amazon.com/peakjobs. Locations and times: Thursday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Hotel Preston, 733 Briley Parkway Nashville. Friday, Nov. 17: 1-8 p.m., Hotel Preston.

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TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Average Joe’s barbershop is run just like Grandpa’s

Hipsters pursuing trendy urban shaves and haircuts, beers and cigars aren’t going to feel at home in Joe’s Barber Shop in the unnamed shopping strip just across Granny White Pike from Lipscomb.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

A win is a win and a sale is a sale. Perfection is overrated

With the thermometer striking 76 degrees at game time for the Titans game, it’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is around the corner.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Byard adding ‘smart’ to instinctual game

With five interceptions in two games, it’s tough not to notice what second-year safety is doing for the Tennessee Titans.

Bengals at Titans: What to watch

First down: Welcome back, Pac. Admit it, when he ended his shameful tenure in Tennessee with a year-long suspension in 2007, you never thought you’d see Adam Bernard Jones play another game in Nashville.

PREDATORS

Rinne slows his approach to high-speed game

When Pekka Rinne broke into the NHL in 2005, Paul Kariya was the Predators’ leading scorer, Ryan Suter a promising rookie and the team was playing in a building called the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson’s Severson named College fellow

Adam C. Severson of Baker Donelson’s Nashville office has been named a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

It’s not you, it’s us: Learning to stear clients elsewhere

When your business is young, you naturally welcome every new customer with open arms in an effort to generate cash flow and get on your feet.

CAREER CORNER

Increasing your executive presence

I recently had the honor of speaking on the topic of executive presence – not just once, but twice.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Honda Fit or Kia Rio? Depends on what you need

Driving a small hatchback offers many advantages. They’re efficient, maneuverable, practical and, above all, affordable. Sometimes they’re even fun to drive.

STATEWIDE

Chevron: Tennessee investigation a "fishing expedition"

NASHVILLE (AP) — Chevron says Tennessee's attorney general has undertaken a "fishing expedition" in its investigation that has claimed Chevron fraudulently bilked $18 million-plus in petroleum cleanup funds.

NASHVILLE AREA

New marker honors original Fisk Jubilee Singers

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission has given a marker honoring the original Fisk Jubilee Singers.

REAL ESTATE

US homebuilder sentiment rises in November

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes.

AUTO INDUSTRY

General Motors recalls trucks to fix potential fuel leaks

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank problem that increases the risk of a fire.

HEALTH CARE

Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the uninsured rate is holding steady, with about 9 percent of Americans lacking coverage in the first six months of this year. That's nearly 29 million people, about the same as in 2016.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech companies lead early gains for US stocks

U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Thursday, led by big gains in technology companies. Consumer product makers and health care stocks also rose. Energy companies declined as the price of crude oil headed lower.

Report: Time Inc. in merger talks with Meredith

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Inc. is considering a sale to fellow publisher Meredith Corp., according to media reports.

US industrial output climbed a healthy 0.9 pct. in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production jumped a solid 0.9 percent in October as factory activity recovered from the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

US unemployment benefits rise 10,000 to 249,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up again last week to a still-low 249,000. Meanwhile, the overall number of people collecting unemployment benefits fell to a near 44-year low, further evidence that Americans enjoy job security.

Walmart lifts profit outlook on strong third-quarter results

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart raised its annual profit outlook Thursday after the world's largest retailer reported third-quarter results that topped Wall Street projections.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP, Democratic senators back bill to bolster FBI gun checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on legislation to ensure federal agencies and state governments accurately report relevant criminal history to the FBI's database of prohibited gun buyers.

Federal "extreme vetting" plan castigated by tech experts

Leading researchers castigated a federal plan that would use artificial intelligence methods to scrutinize immigrants and visa applicants, saying it is unworkable as written and likely to be "inaccurate and biased" if deployed.

House Republicans await audience with Trump on tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging them on to a critically needed legislative victory and GOP House leaders exuding confidence they have the votes.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
COURTS

Former Pilot exec: Haslam 'loved' trucking rip-off scheme

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A former truck stop company executive boasted in a secretly recorded conversation that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam "loved it" when the sales team ripped off customers.

PREDATORS

Ekholm, Fiala lead Predators to 6-3 win over Capitals

NASHVILLE (AP) — The trade that sent Filip Forsberg to Nashville has not worked out well for the Washington Capitals.

STATEWIDE

Activist Ogles drops bid to succeed Tennessee Sen. Corker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Wednesday that he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Audit: Staff shortage, report errors at some private prisons

NASHVILLE (AP) — The nation's largest private prison provider has been operating some prisons in Tennessee without enough corrections officers, and much of the staffing information needed to monitor what's happening behind bars is riddled with errors or hasn't been shared with the state, according to an audit released Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

'Obamacare' mandate repeal would remake market for consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others in a sharp break with the idea that everyone should contribute toward health care.

'Obamacare' sign-ups about 45 pct ahead of last year's pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday.

AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM says next-gen electric cars will cost less, go farther

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is telling investors its next generation of electric vehicles will cost the company 30 percent less than current ones, making them profitable after the new version debuts in 2021.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks decline for a second straight day; oil falls

Technology companies led U.S. stocks lower Wednesday, giving the market its biggest loss since early September.

US retail sales rose for 2nd month led by cars, clothes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.

US consumer prices barely up in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in October, the smallest gain in three months as energy prices retreated.

Target sees highly competitive holiday on the way

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A cautious outlook on the crucial holiday season overshadowed a strong quarter from Target, pulling shares down sharply before the opening bell and the shares of other retailers as well.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Republicans set stage for crucial tax overhaul votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans began pushing a broad tax cut for businesses and many individuals through the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, a measure complicated by a late addition — repeal of the Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage.

Trump likely to change watchdog agency as Cordray leaves

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Cordray, the aggressive first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, plans to leave the agency by the end of the month, giving President Donald Trump a chance to appoint a replacement likely to be friendlier to the financial industry.

Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation.

AP Explains: What happened when Russia bought Uranium One

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sale of Uranium One, a Canadian firm with rights to mine U.S. uranium, to a Russian company is in the news again with the Department of Justice signaling it could appoint a special counsel to look into the matter.

Just back from Asia, Trump calls trip a success, slams media

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just back from Asia, President Donald Trump has resumed his morning tweeting routine — this time citing what he's calling a "successful" trip and slamming a regular media target.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
STATEWIDE

East Tennessee Baptist church that hired female pastor can't vote

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Baptist Convention is not allowing representatives from a church with a female pastor to vote at its annual meeting.

Songwriter joins GOP race to succeed Blackburn in Congress

BRENTWOOD (AP) — Songwriter Thomas Lee Miller is joining the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee state Rep. JoAnne Favors to retire after 7 terms

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Democratic state Rep. JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga says she won't seek re-election to the Tennessee General Assembly next year.

REAL ESTATE

Tiny houses are trendy — unless they go up next door

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tiny homes have been promoted as the solution to all kinds of housing needs, and they've inspired at least six national TV shows. But the popularity of the trendy structures seems to evaporate when developers try to build them.

COURTS

Is gun maker liable? Court takes up Newtown shooting case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With both gun rights supporters and gun control advocates nationwide looking on, lawyers for Newtown families and gun maker Remington Arms are set to face off Tuesday before the Connecticut Supreme Court to argue whether the company should be held liable for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

TECHNOLOGY

US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns.

Company plans to build hyperloop test track east of Denver

DENVER (AP) — Colorado transportation officials have partnered with a company to explore the possibility of building a futuristic system that would move passengers and freight at speeds of up to 200 mph.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Energy leads modest slide in US stocks as oil prices fall

Energy companies led U.S. stocks modestly lower Tuesday, erasing the small gains the market made a day earlier.

Consumer safety group unveils its 'worst toys' list

BOSTON (AP) — Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holidays.

Postal Service: Red ink for 11th year in row as mail slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.

US producer prices rise 0.4 in October on higher food prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices at the wholesale level climbed 0.4 percent in October and 2.8 percent over the past year, biggest annual jump in more than five years and a sign that an improving economy may finally be reviving inflationary pressures.

US oil and gas 'resurgence' expected as global demand grows

LONDON (AP) — Oil will continue growing as a source of energy for over two decades, with the U.S. set to become the undisputed leader in crude and gas production, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

'Weinstein Effect' goes global as powerful men confronted

The sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein that rocked Hollywood and sparked a flurry of allegations in other American industries, as well as the political arena, are reaching far beyond U.S. borders. Emboldened by the women, and men, who have spoken up, the "Weinstein Effect" is rippling across the globe.

Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

NEW YORK (AP) — Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances — and that can mean picking sides.

S&P says Venezuela has defaulted on its debt

LONDON (AP) — Ratings agency Standard & Poor's says Venezuela has defaulted on its debt after it failed to make payments due on some of its bonds.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate GOP insisting on Obamacare repeal for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans said Tuesday they are intent on repealing the Obama health care law requirement that Americans get health insurance, targeting the provision as a way to pay for GOP legislation cutting corporate taxes and individual rates.

Corker says nuclear hearing isn't a Trump rebuke

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Corker, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, says the panel's hearing on the president's authority to use nuclear weapons isn't a rebuke of President Donald Trump.

GOP bill aimed at overhauling taxes to get Trump push

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republicans stake their claim to middle-class rescue in tax cut legislation deemed to carry tax hikes for millions, President Donald Trump plans an in-person appeal to lawmakers as the proposal faces a crucial vote in the House.

Trump Jr.'s WikiLeaks exchange adds intrigue to Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's oldest son released a series of private Twitter exchanges between himself and WikiLeaks during and after the 2016 election, including pleas from the website to publicize its leaks.

Sessions considers a Clinton Foundation special counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said, in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
SPORTS

Titans fight to best start since '08, edge Bengals 24-20

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker can pin down the biggest difference between the Titans this season and their often painful struggles of recent seasons.

Butch Jones out as Tennessee's football coach

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee began the season in the Top 25 and is ending it with a coaching change.

COURTS

Trump choosing white men as judges at highest rate in decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Consumer goods firms lead US stocks slightly higher

The major U.S. stock indexes capped a day of mostly subdued trading with slight gains Monday.

Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East.

Light at the end of GE's tunnel? Lighting, more, may be gone

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric slashed its dividend in half and will attempt to vastly narrow its focus to three key sectors — aviation, health care and energy — as the conglomerate with early ties to Thomas Edison considers shedding even its historic lighting business.

Colleges draw fewer foreign students but avoid crisis so far

BOSTON (AP) — International enrollments at U.S. colleges have fared better than expected this year, but many schools still fear the country's political climate, according to a national survey.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Bipartisan analysis: Senate bill would hike taxes for 13.8M

WASHINGTON (AP) — Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the Senate Republican tax overhaul actually would increase taxes for some 13.8 million moderate-income American households, a bipartisan analysis showed Monday.

US budget deficit up sharply to $63.2 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government began its new budget year with an October deficit of $63.2 billion, up sharply from a year ago.

McConnell, Roy Moore each insist the other should quit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican said Monday that GOP candidate Roy Moore should quit his Alabama race amid allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. Moore fired back that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the one who should leave, saying he "has failed conservatives and must be replaced."

Trump barges into tax debate, seeks deeper cut for wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday barged into congressional Republicans' carefully calibrated work on revamping the nation's tax code, calling for a steeper tax cut for wealthy Americans and pressing to add a contentious health care change to the mix.

Trump names former drug exec as new health secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health and human services secretary, overseeing a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health.

Chairman: House won't agree to nix property tax deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House's tax-writing committee is expressing confidence that chamber won't go along with the Senate's proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flashpoint as Republicans aim to put a tax cut bill on President Donald Trump's desk before Christmas.

Biden says he wouldn't have stepped in for Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he wouldn't have agreed to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee under any circumstances.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on veterans' health care, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Day prompted President Donald Trump and his administration to take stock of what's been done to fix health care for those in uniform. They claimed more progress than has been made.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
COURTS

Tennessee Sen. Overbey confirmed as US attorney

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm state Sen. Doug Overbey as the U.S. attorney for Tennessee's eastern district.

Defense to focus on Haslam relationship with conspirator

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's relationship with one of the chief conspirators in a scheme to defraud customers at the truck stop chain controlled by the Haslam family is becoming a focus for the defense in the fraud trial of the company's former president.

STATEWIDE

Official: Toyota-Mazda reject Memphis industrial site

MEMPHIS (AP) — A state official says Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have eliminated an industrial site in Tennessee from consideration for their new auto manufacturing plant.

Tennessee governor names Stephen Smith as new chief of staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named senior adviser Stephen Smith as his new chief of staff.

NASHVILLE AREA

Panel to consider case to bar development of Fort Negley

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel will consider a petition to protect a Nashville Civil War fort from nearby development plans.

HEALTH CARE

Nashville General Hospital to wind down inpatient care

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's mayor says an indigent care hospital will wind down inpatient services and the historically black medical college that trains there will work with another hospital.

'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says more than 600,000 people signed up for Affordable Care Act coverage in the first week of open enrollment season, and nearly 8 in 10 of those were current customers renewing their coverage.

Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Eight-week streak ends as stocks slip

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing slightly lower Friday as the market's eight-week winning streak comes to an end.

The gaping US trade gap: A sign of weakness? Not necessarily

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ripped into one of his favorite targets Thursday in Beijing: The United States' "shockingly" large trade deficit with China.

Trump's Mar-A-Lago gets approval to hire 70 foreign workers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's upscale Mar-a-Lago club received permission from the federal government to temporarily hire 70 foreign housekeepers, waiters and cooks to fill out its staff during its upcoming busy season, with its managers attesting there aren't enough Americans qualified, willing and available to do the work.

Clue, Wiffle Ball, paper airplane enter Toy Hall of Fame

The board game Clue. In the National Toy Hall of Fame. With the Wiffle Ball and paper airplane.

Study: Most student loan fraud claims involve for-profits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who attended for-profit colleges filed more than 98 percent of the requests for student loan forgiveness alleging fraud by their schools, according to an analysis of Education Department data published Thursday.

Brexit talks resume amid warnings that time is running out

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain again that time is running out to reach an agreement, as officials from the two sides met Thursday for an abbreviated round of divorce talks.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Tax split between House, Senate poses a big challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then there's the ambitious timetable they've set of finishing in time to get legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas.

Highlights of House, Senate GOP plans to overhaul tax code

A comparison of a Republican-written tax bill approved Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee and another being proposed by GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee:

AT&T vs. Justice: Behind the dispute over Time Warner deal

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it's ready to fight the government for its $85 billion Time Warner deal if it has to. The Justice Department's objections surprised many on Wall Street.

Senate confirms Trump EPA nominee with oil industry ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate narrowly confirmed a lawyer for the petrochemical industry on Thursday to a key post at the Environmental Protection Agency to oversee air pollution regulations affecting his former clients.

AP FACT CHECK: China-US business deals are largely gloss

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese officials have signed a seemingly significant package of trade and investment deals during President Donald Trump's visit. They say it's worth more than $250 billion.

US and them: America, the elephant in room at climate talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — How's this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on an agreement that the president wants no part of.

Senate GOP proposes to delay major corporate tax cut a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping tax legislation from Senate Republicans includes a one-year delay in plans for a major corporate tax cut despite strident opposition from the White House and others in their own party. Their bill would leave the prized mortgage interest deduction untouched for homeowners in a concession to the powerful real estate lobby but would ignore a House compromise on the hot-button issue of state and local tax deductions.

Trump voter fraud commission faces lawsuit from member

A member of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud sued in federal court on Thursday, alleging that the commission is violating federal law by excluding him and others from participating in the work of the commission and refusing to provide documents available to other members.

GOP sees political fortunes rise and fall with tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's an article of faith among Republicans — reinforced by the party's drubbing in this week's off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey — that the GOP's electoral fortunes next year hinge on whether they succeed in their longstanding dream to redraft the nation's complex, inefficient tax code.

AP Exclusive: Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts.

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