About Michael Collins
Michael Collins is the News Sentinel's Washington correspondent. He also writes for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, where he has been based since 2001.
Before arriving in the nation's capital, Collins was a reporter for The Cincinnati Post and its sister paper, The Kentucky Post in Covington, Ky. He spent five years in Frankfort, Ky., as the state capital bureau chief for The Kentucky Post. He also served as night city editor and editorial writer.
A native of Whitesburg, Ky., Collins earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University, where he was editor of the award-winning student newspaper, the College Heights Herald.
Tennessee Congressmen struggling with internet sales tax decision
Published 05/19/2013 at 4 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. is getting a lot of opinions from a lot of people as he weighs the pros and cons of taxing items purchased over the Internet.
Roane County Tea Party official: IRS hassled for months
Published 05/16/2013 at 4 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Gary Johnston thought the questions the Internal Revenue Service was asking seemed overly intrusive, even for an agency known for being irritatingly meticulous.
Lamar Alexander pushing for FDA to regulate large compounding pharmacies
Published 05/09/2013 at 5:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A top official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday that another deadly meningitis outbreak like the one that sickened hundreds of people nationwide and killed 15 people in Tennessee last year could happen again unless ...
FDA official tells Senate panel meningitis outbreak will recur unless oversight approved
Published 05/09/2013 at 11:11 a.m.
WASHINGTON A top administrator with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned today that a deadly meningitis outbreak like the one that killed 55 people, including 15 in Tennessee, last year will happen again unless the agency is given the ...
Fleischmann bill offers government employees cash for finding savings
Published 05/08/2013 at 6:59 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Federal employees could soon have a big incentive to help the government save money: They could take home a share of the savings.
DesJarlais: Benghazi hearing 'about finding the truth'
Published 05/08/2013 at 6:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans investigating the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September are trying to get to the bottom of what really happened, and Democrats are wrong to suggest that partisan politics is what’s driving ...
Keeping it in play: Corker joins Obama for golf, policy talk
Published 05/07/2013 at 5 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Just weeks after breaking bread with President Barack Obama during a rare dinner at a fancy restaurant near the White House, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker scored another rare invitation on Monday: A chance to golf with the commander-in-chief.
Sens. Alexander, Corker vote in favor of Internet sales tax bill
Published 05/06/2013 at 7:25 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Shopping over the Internet could soon get a little more expensive.
Obama, Corker hit the links
Published 05/06/2013 at 12:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has a new golfing buddy: President Barack Obama.
Michael Collins: Republicans seek to prevent labor board action
Published 05/06/2013 at 4 a.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately decide whether President Barack Obama legally appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board.
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