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"We haven’t passed a budget in more than three years and not a single appropriations bill has been brought to the floor this year."

President Obama campaign surrogate Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley "acknowledged that we are not better off than we were four years ago."

"After one year, Tennessee’s students made their biggest single-year jump in achievement ever recorded in the state."

Says that President Obama said that "Small Businesses Succeed Because of Government."

"Diane Black voted to fund Obamacare."

"If you have ever visited Nashville or Washington D.C. you will see MANY names and initials carved into ... desks."  

"In the last 10 years, only one piece of legislation has been cosponsored and passed by" John Duncan Jr.

 The United States has experienced "40 straight months of unemployment at 8 percent or higher."

Says U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher "breaks earmark pledge."

Says in U.S. Congress, members "don’t even have to be on the floor for debates or votes."

Recent stories from Michael Collins
Opponent says DesJarlais voted against pay raises for veterans

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Jasper, and his Democratic opponent, Eric Stewart, have been squabbling over veterans’ issues for much of the campaign. We take a look at one of the claims.

Who to blame for the price at the pump? Tough to say

Summer is coming, the general election is cranking up and that means the price of gas will be talked about. A lot. Find out why explaining it -- and figuring out who to blame for it -- isn't so simple.

Who to blame for the price at the pump? Tough to say

Summer is coming, the general election is cranking up and that means the price of gas will be talked about. A lot. Find out why explaining it -- and figuring out who to blame for it -- isn't so simple.

Lamar Alexander's wind claim: Is it for the birds?

For Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, there are lots of reasons to loathe wind power. The East Tennessean loves his unobstructed mountain views and much prefers the consistently reliable power output from nuclear reactors.

And lately he has been claiming that wind turbines lead to a yearly slaughter of birds. His claim about turbines being "a Cuisinart in the sky" for birds reflects at least one estimate, but others show lower numbers.

And there's this -- among manmade hazards, wind turbines play a tiny role in bird deaths.

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