Supreme Court cancels oral arguments concerning Trump’s travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled next month’s oral arguments concerning President Donald Trump’s travel ban, citing the new travel restrictions he issued by proclamation Sunday. The high court isn’t disposing of the case. Rather, it is asking both sides to file briefs by Oct. 5, showing whether the case is now moot, given the new proclamation. Meanwhile, Chad, Iran and Venezuela...
The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled next month’s oral arguments concerning President Donald Trump’s travel ban, citing the new travel restrictions he issued by proclamation Sunday. The high...

Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system

Just as federal officials began acknowledging which of 21 states Russian-backed hackers targeted ahead of last year’s presidential election, Georgia lawmakers began to weigh in on how to replace Georgia’s aging and potentially vulnerable election system. Georgia was not among the targeted states, but the conversation Friday was an important step in what will likely be a long process...
Just as federal officials began acknowledging which of 21 states Russian-backed hackers targeted ahead of last year’s presidential election, Georgia lawmakers began to weigh in on how to replace...


Amid a last GOP push to repeal, the plight of Georgia hospitals is overlooked

Amid a last GOP push to repeal, the plight of Georgia hospitals is overlooked

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins said Sunday she finds it “very difficult” to envision backing the last-chance GOP bill repealing the Obama health care law. AP file/Robert F. Bukaty Late Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., threw an adjustable spanner into Senate Republican plans for a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It&rsquo...
Georgia ethics panel will audit candidates in governor’s, mayor’s races

Georgia ethics panel will audit candidates in governor’s, mayor’s races

Candidates for governor in Georgia are often targets of campaign-report-related ethics complaints from political opponents who don’t want them to win the state’s top job. But they’d better keep an even closer eye on their campaign books in 2018. Because the state’s ethics watchdog agency is going to be auditing them. In addition, the agency may audit other races — some...
Rural Georgia hospitals see few benefits, so far, from tax credits

Rural Georgia hospitals see few benefits, so far, from tax credits

State lawmakers thought they’d found a way to help struggling rural hospitals by offering $180 million in tax credits to Georgians willing to donate to them, but the program has gotten off to a slow start. The state allocated a third of the tax credits for this year and legislators passed a bill increasing incentives to donors, but by mid-September, only a little more than $3 million had been...
John Barrow aims for comeback with bid for Georgia secretary of state

John Barrow aims for comeback with bid for Georgia secretary of state

Former Georgia congressman John Barrow in 2013. AP/Charles Dharapak Former Georgia congressman John Barrow, who was the last white Democrat from the Deep South in Congress, will end a three-year absence from politics with a statewide Democratic bid to become secretary of state in 2018. Barrow made the announcement Sunday during a meet-and-greet with Democrats in Athens. In...
President Trump issues new travel ban affecting eight nations

President Trump issues new travel ban affecting eight nations

The Trump administration late Sunday announced it is replacing its travel ban with a new proclamation barring visitors from eight countries, saying those nations are not doing enough to block criminals and terrorists from reaching the United States. The result of a review of vetting procedures in nearly 200 countries, the new directive continues existing restrictions against Iran, Libya, Somalia,...
Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Metro Atlanta’s own Tom Price, the surgeon-turned-congressman-turned-U.S. Health Secretary, is now getting pummeled for flying around in private jets. Last week, the news site Politico detailed a three-day sprint for which Price spent more than $60,000 on such flights. Later, Politico said it was more like $300,000 since May, with flights often costing $10,000-plus a pop, even when commercial...
A Democratic auto executive gears up for Georgia’s No. 2 job

A Democratic auto executive gears up for Georgia’s No. 2 job

Georgia’s iconic Gold Dome. AJC/Bob Andres. An auto executive and political newcomer filed paperwork to enter the race for Georgia lieutenant governor, becoming the first Democrat in the hunt for Georgia’s No. 2 job. Sarah Riggs Amico joins three Republicans in the race to succeed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle: Senate Pro Tem David Shafer, state Sen. Rick Jeffares and former...
Tom Price ditches taxpayer-funded travel on private jets for now

Tom Price ditches taxpayer-funded travel on private jets for now

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will stop taxpayer-funded travel on private jets until a formal review by his department’s inspector general is completed, he said Saturday during an appearance on Fox News. The Georgia Republican has come under increased scrutiny after ...
Equifax: Five things you should know about the raid on your data

Equifax: Five things you should know about the raid on your data

Atlanta-based Equifax Corp. and consumers whose credit it tracks have continued to struggle with the fallout from a data breach that affected 143 million people in the United States, and more in other nations. Here are five things you should know about the hacking incident — one of the worst so far — and how it affects you. 1. Protect yourself: You should take a number of steps to protect...
Atlanta mayor’s race: A wide-open contest that will shape the region

Atlanta mayor’s race: A wide-open contest that will shape the region

The contest for mayor of Atlanta is as volatile as ever. Polling shows four leading candidates gunning for two spots in a probable December runoff — and several other credible contenders still in the running. The 13-person field runs the gamut, from a Bernie Sanders-style liberal dangling free college tuition to a self-styled independent who proudly poses with local Republican heavyweights....
Torpy at Large: Cleland’s fight to make peace with ‘The Vietnam War’

Torpy at Large: Cleland’s fight to make peace with ‘The Vietnam War’

Max Cleland said he tried to talk his friend Ken Burns out of making his opus on the Vietnam War, which will premiere Sunday night. “This series is going to kick up dust,” Cleland told the filmmaker. “How can you deal with Vietnam without getting people pissed off? It will split the country again.” Cleland’s torn body represents the absolute folly of that war —...
Equifax’s rapid growth probably added to its hacking risk, experts say

Equifax’s rapid growth probably added to its hacking risk, experts say

Until a dozen years ago, Equifax Corp. quietly made most of its money helping banks and other lenders figure out which U.S. customers were a safe bet for a mortgage, auto loan or credit card. Then Richard Smith was hired on as the Atlanta company’s new chief executive in 2005. The former General Electric executive quickly embarked on a plan to rev up Equifax’s growth. These days, thanks...
Why a MARTA move into Cobb County wouldn’t have to be all or nothing

Why a MARTA move into Cobb County wouldn’t have to be all or nothing

A view of the Cumberland Community Improvement District looking northward from the Cobb Energy Centre. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM Local communities are largely the product of two constituencies. One is business-based. The other is voter-based. Political, in other words. The two don’t always approach change at the same speed. An unusual and important meeting took place at the state Capitol...
Georgia election officials: State not targeted by Russian hackers ahead of presidential election

Georgia election officials: State not targeted by Russian hackers ahead of presidential election

Federal officials began Friday to contact the 21 states where they say Russian-backed hackers targeted elections systems ahead of last year’s presidential election. Georgia was not one of them. “Today, I personally spoke to an official from the Department of Homeland Security,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They confirmed...
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system

Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system

A handful of lawmakers began the discussion Friday about what it might take to move Georgia to a new election system, an important but incremental step toward replacing the state’s aging voting machines. The meeting of the state House Science and Technology Committee represents a start. Any decision will likely take a few years and, depending on the type of system officials pick, could...
Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong

Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong

A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her name did not appear in its water utility records. “It...
Georgia ethics panel to begin auditing candidates in governor’s race

Georgia ethics panel to begin auditing candidates in governor’s race

After years of mainly investigating issues raised by Georgians, the state’s ethics watchdog agency plans to aggressively audit campaign filings from all the major statewide races coming up. Stefan Ritter, the executive secretary of the ethics commission, said that while some details still have to be worked out, the agency will be auditing the campaigns for governor, attorney general and other...
Graham-Cassidy obscures deadlines for other key actions on health care

Graham-Cassidy obscures deadlines for other key actions on health care

Nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars to keep Georgia hospitals’ indigent care afloat. Funding for the PeachCare program that along with Medicaid covers about half of Georgia’s kids. Clear answers on Obamacare subsidies that Blue Cross said it needed to keep selling individual plans in metro Atlanta. Those are some things that Congress has not taken care of — or even, in some...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: John McCain says no, and Sarah Palin’s back

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with breaking, AP style news: Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party’s years of vows to kill the program. It was...
Gwinnett solar firm wins U.S. support for charges of unfair trade

Gwinnett solar firm wins U.S. support for charges of unfair trade

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday sided with a bankrupt Gwinnett company’s complaint that America is being flooded with cheap imported solar cells, setting up a potential trade battle with China or other countries that export solar panels. Norcross-based Suniva said it was “gratified” by the trade commission’s finding, which opens the way for the agency to recommend...
South Georgia college to unveil plaza named after Jimmy Carter

South Georgia college to unveil plaza named after Jimmy Carter

Georgia Southwestern State University has a dedication ceremony set Friday for a plaza named after former President Jimmy Carter. Carter attended the university in 1941 and 1942. The former president and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, also an alumni of the university, are scheduled to attend. The plaza will be located at the main entrance to campus. The east or plaza side includes a mounted...
Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans. After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit monitoring...
Georgia opens its first office for women veterans 

Georgia opens its first office for women veterans 

Georgia’s first women veterans office has officially opened in Atlanta, a nod by officials to one of the state’s fastest growing segments of veterans. The state Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create the program, which seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to just under 100,000, or about 15 percent of veterans in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal this...
Feds surveying Irma damage, aid expected

Feds surveying Irma damage, aid expected

Tropical Storm Irma left cities and counties across Georgia with millions of dollars in damage and tons of debris to haul away. This looks like a job for the federal government. Teams of disaster experts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency fanned out across the state this week to survey the damage, the first step in unlocking disaster aid under President Donald Trump&rsquo...
Sarah Palin squares off against Donald Trump in Alabama senate race

Sarah Palin squares off against Donald Trump in Alabama senate race

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally, Thursday in Montgomery, Ala. Palin is in Montgomery to support Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate candidacy. AP/Brynn Anderson The Associated Press has coined a good, quick description for the GOP end of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama: Donald Trump vs. Trumpland. The president will be in Huntsville this evening, the...
Torpy at Large: The crazy foam board caper, only at ATL City Hall

Torpy at Large: The crazy foam board caper, only at ATL City Hall

On Wednesday, someone filed an ethics complaint against Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office for spending city time and using city resources to print up placards that could be seen as campaign materials. Later that afternoon, the Mayor had those same 28-by-18-inch foam boards posted in the atrium at City Hall outside his office. The placards beat up on City Council President Ceasar Mitchell...
Georgia 2018: Jimmy Carter meets with Stacey Evans

Georgia 2018: Jimmy Carter meets with Stacey Evans

Former President Jimmy Carter. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com Former President Jimmy Carter isn’t picking sides in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s now met with both Democratic candidates vying to succeed Republican Nathan Deal. State Rep. Stacey Evans tweeted pictures of her family breaking bread with the former president and his wife Rosalynn at a ...
Jimmy Carter: I might not have become president if Twitter had been around

Jimmy Carter: I might not have become president if Twitter had been around

Jimmy Carter said Wednesday night that he might not have become president if Twitter had been around back when he was a candidate in the mid-1970s -- but it wouldn’t have been for any lack of trying on his part. “If it had existed, I would certainly have tried to use it.” Carter, 92, grinned as a crowd of students packed into an Emory University gym burst into applause. “I...
Atlanta mayor’s race: Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for Fort in Atlanta election

Atlanta mayor’s race: Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for Fort in Atlanta election

Former state Sen. Vincent Fort said at a campaign event Thursday that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be in Atlanta to campaign for Fort later this month. Fort said Sanders, the popular independent who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, will be in Atlanta Sept. 30. Details haven’t been nailed down yet. “We are on the cusp of getting...
Police charge campaign volunteer with swiping Reed’s provocative sign

Police charge campaign volunteer with swiping Reed’s provocative sign

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s placard targeting Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell. AJC/Scott Trubey Atlanta police arrested a volunteer for Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell’s mayoral campaign Thursday on charges that he swiped a provocative sign at City Hall slamming the candidate. The placard went missing hours after Atlanta Mayor Kasim...
Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?

Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?

LOS ANGELES – For decades metro Atlanta residents have debated whether to expand MARTA rail service into the suburbs – a debate that usually ended with suburban residents saying “no.” But another form of public transportation – bus rapid transit – has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials. Though it does not exist yet in Georgia, it’s already...
Atlanta mayoral candidates deal with issues of race at bicycling forum

Atlanta mayoral candidates deal with issues of race at bicycling forum

An Atlanta mayoral forum this week about the city’s bicycling infrastructure turned into a discussion on race and the lack of transit options and economic development in underserved parts of Georgia’s capital. The candidates, speaking at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition meeting, unanimously praised the benefits of bicycling as a transportation alternative — especially on the city&rsquo...
Mayor 2017: Keisha Lance Bottoms ad takes on Mary Norwood “racial profiling” reply

Mayor 2017: Keisha Lance Bottoms ad takes on Mary Norwood “racial profiling” reply

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms is taking on opponent Mary Norwood over Norwood’s response last week on the existence of racial profiling. In a radio ad that began running Wednesday, Bottoms, an Atlanta City Councilwoman, criticizes Norwood, also a member of the Atlanta City Council, for initially signaling that she did not believe police “target or racially profile black...
Feds investigating Plant Vogtle nuke project’s twin in South Carolina

Feds investigating Plant Vogtle nuke project’s twin in South Carolina

SCANA Corp. said Thursday that federal investigators are seeking information on a South Carolina nuclear plant project that was shut down in late July. The South Carolina utility said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeking “a broad range of documents related to the project.” The company said it would “cooperate with the government’s investigation...
Atlanta software company says it’s adding 500 jobs

Atlanta software company says it’s adding 500 jobs

Atlanta software company OneTrust said it expects to add 500 jobs locally over the next several years and to invest $5 million in a Fulton County expansion. The company, which currently has about 200 employees in Atlanta, London, and other locations, including Asia, produces privacy management software that helps companies comply with privacy laws in various nations. Gov. Nathan Deal and the company...
Testing remains key part of Georgia’s education plan

Testing remains key part of Georgia’s education plan

Georgia hopes to embark on a new education plan that shifts away from the tough test-and-punish regime of the past that some say was unrealistic and unfair but others say held schools accountable for all students, including their worst performers. On Monday, the state will submit its plan for compliance with the latest updates to the federal education law, known as the No Child Left Behind Act under...
Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by the president on stagnant wages, by a Georgia gubernatorial candidate on campaigns to remove statues of some historical figures, and by a Texas senator on disaster relief previously allocated after Hurricane Sandy. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. Wages “haven’t gone up for a long time.&rdquo...
PolitiFact roundup: Trump, Pelosi on “Dreamers”; Trump on new jobs

PolitiFact roundup: Trump, Pelosi on “Dreamers”; Trump on new jobs

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by President Donald Trump and Rep. Nancy Pelosi on public sentiment about immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children, and Trump’s claim about U.S. job growth and companies returning jobs to the U.S. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. Says “92 percent of the people agree...
Norwood, Mitchell pick up endorsements from Atlanta firefighter groups

Norwood, Mitchell pick up endorsements from Atlanta firefighter groups

Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell picked up endorsements Tuesday from two fire fighting organizations. The International Association of Fire Fighters local 134 endorsed Atlanta City Councilwoman Norwood while Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta threw their support to Mitchell, who is president of the Atlanta City Council. The two candidates are among more than a dozen hopefuls...
The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how fans booed the players who did not stand for the anthem, how liberals don’t get Joe and Jane Sixpack and why the players, owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell should be ashamed of themselves. Here are some opinions from the Right. 1. Trump wins when the NFL takes a knee From The Daily Caller: Some NFL fans booed their teams from their stadium...
Trump is nothing more than a racist provocateur, according to the Left 

Trump is nothing more than a racist provocateur, according to the Left 

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how President Donald Trump insists on stirring the racial pot, how the player who sparked the protest won the day and how the president holds a “slave master-like obsession” with attacking blacks. Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Trump keeps fanning racial flames From the Ashbury Park Press: Trump’s comments about NFL players served...
From the Right, the advice for Trump is to try diplomacy

From the Right, the advice for Trump is to try diplomacy

A roundup of editorials Friday looks at the idea that kicking North Korea out of the UN would go a long way toward helping the current situation, and that having President Donald Trump negotiate instead of threaten would be the best move to make.  Here are some opinions from the Right. From The Wall Street Journal: If the world community is serious about isolating North Korea, kick them out of...
What the Left is saying about the North Korean threat

What the Left is saying about the North Korean threat

A roundup of editorials Friday includes a suggestion on bringing the North Korean conflict under control, the irrationality of Donald Trump’s policy toward Pyongyang and the idea that pressuring China will help ease tensions. Here are some opinions from the Left. Newsday: If China is going to continue to shore up North Korea, they should expect to pay a price. 2. The Trump policy toward...
The Right reacts to Graham-Cassidy

The Right reacts to Graham-Cassidy

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. Will the bill strike the right balance between the federal government’s role in health care and what states will be expected to do? Here are some opinions from the Right. From Roll Call: The problem with the Graham-Cassidy plan is lack of momentum. A majority of people think it’s time to move on from...
The Left slams Graham-Cassidy health care bill

The Left slams Graham-Cassidy health care bill

A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. Despite a heavy agenda, the bill is likely to come up on the Senate floor next week. Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Cassidy-Graham is attractive in theory. But it has a giant flaw. From The Washington Post: An experiment in democracy is interesting, but this bill doesn’t provide a fair one...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in probe of voter registration group

Georgia AG gets 53 forms in probe of voter registration group

Fifty-three allegedly forged voter applications are being referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, a decision by the State Elections Board that effectively closes the Secretary of State Office’s 2014 fraud investigation involving an attention-grabbing registration drive by the New Georgia Project. The unanimous vote Wednesday came as the case&rsquo...
Battle over the fate of Dreamers flares in Georgia

Battle over the fate of Dreamers flares in Georgia

Jaime Rangel vividly recalls the day the letter arrived five years ago in his family’s mailbox in Chatsworth, an event that prompted his mother to burst into tears. A Mexican native who was brought to America as an infant, Rangel learned from the letter that he had been accepted into the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program would make...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in fraud probe of Stacey Abrams' voter registration group

Georgia AG gets 53 forms in fraud probe of Stacey Abrams' voter registration group

The State Elections Board on Wednesday referred 53 allegedly forged voter applications to the Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, essentially closing a 2014 fraud investigation involving a massive registration drive by the upstart New Georgia Project.  The decision allows the office to decide whether to prosecute those involved. It provided little drama compared with the...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Why what Trump said at the U.N. won’t work; a speech that was all bluster

Opinion roundup from the Left: Why what Trump said at the U.N. won’t work; a speech that was all bluster

A roundup of editorials Wednesday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s speck to the United Nations on Tuesday.  Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Motormouth Trump warns 'rocket man' Kim From the Chicago Tribune: Trump was blunt in his comments about North Korea during his U.N. speech. Here’s hoping his approach pays off. From Esquire: Charles Pierce thought Trump&rsquo...
Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump gave fair warning to U.N.; speech was perfect example of America first

Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump gave fair warning to U.N.; speech was perfect example of America first

A roundup of Wednesday editorials includes a look at President Donald Trump’s Tuesday speech to the United Nations. Here are some opinions from the Right. From The Washington Times: President Donald Trump took it to the U.N. on Tuesday with a fair warning that the North Korea situation needs to be dealt with. From Fox News: Trump gave two speeches-in-one on Tuesday, praising the UN in one breath...
Opinion roundup from the Right: How good a hire was Manafort; Obamacare repeal plan; Trump and the U.N.

Opinion roundup from the Right: How good a hire was Manafort; Obamacare repeal plan; Trump and the U.N.

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at ‘hiring the best’ when it comes to Paul Manafort; the latest effort to repeal Obamacare and what President Trump means when he addresses the United Nations Here are some opinions from the Right.  From The Resurgent: Eric Erickson questions the president’s hiring skills as the investigation into Paul Manafort’s actions continue...
How will GOP’s last run at health care overhaul impact Georgia

How will GOP’s last run at health care overhaul impact Georgia

The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again. Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept. 30. What exactly the legislation’s impact would be...
Accenture to add more than 800 jobs in Atlanta

Accenture to add more than 800 jobs in Atlanta

Business consultancy Accenture plans to expand its operations in Atlanta in a move that will create more than 800 largely tech-related jobs over the next few years, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The announcement is expected to come during a Wednesday press conference with Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The Accenture expansion would be the latest...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Ferguson’s legacy; surviving climate change; a ‘funeral’ to take note of

Opinion roundup from the Left: Ferguson’s legacy; surviving climate change; a ‘funeral’ to take note of

A roundup of editorials Tuesday includes a look  at the lingering damage from Ferguson; the argument of climate control; and a ceremony in Columbus, Georgia, that people across the country should take note of. Here are some opinions from the Left. From the New York Times: The 2014 police shooting in the Missouri town led to the discovery of systemic bigotry. That discovery still haunts the city...
Georgia AG joins 36 states to demand answers from insurers on opioids

Georgia AG joins 36 states to demand answers from insurers on opioids

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday joined three dozen other states’ attorneys general in firing a shot across the bow of insurance companies in regards to the opioid crisis. Opioid addiction among Americans is at epidemic proportions. This weekend, ProPublica and The New York Times published an investigation into the role insurance companies have played in the opioid epidemic...
How Jane Fonda's 1972 trip to North Vietnam earned her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’

How Jane Fonda's 1972 trip to North Vietnam earned her the nickname ‘Hanoi Jane’

On a hot, sticky May afternoon in 1970, a crowd of several thousand students and protesters took over the University of Maryland mall. Many were there to protest the Vietnam War. Others were hoping to catch a glimpse of a famous Hollywood actress. Her name was Jane Fonda. As the war raged, the one-time blonde bombshell cut her naturally brown hair short, trading sex appeal for liberal activism and...
Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump’s tax plan; Sanders’ Medicare for All; Burns’ ‘Vietnam’

Opinion roundup from the Right: Trump’s tax plan; Sanders’ Medicare for All; Burns’ ‘Vietnam’

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s plans for tax cuts; Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for “Medicare for All” and Ken Burns’ new documentary, “The Vietnam War.” Here are some opinions from the right. From George Will: “The Vietnam War” reminds viewers of the lunacy of blindly going into a war thousands of miles...
Opinion roundup from the Left: Why Harvard dropped Chelsea Manning; the ghost of Comey; Jemele vs. Donald

Opinion roundup from the Left: Why Harvard dropped Chelsea Manning; the ghost of Comey; Jemele vs. Donald

A roundup of editorials Monday includes a look at why Harvard asked Chelsea Manning to take a fellowship then took it back; what ESPN’s Jemele Hill said about President Donald Trump and what James Comey’s role was in this presidential election. Here are some opinions from the Left. From The Daily Beast: Margaret Carlson wonders if former FBI Director James Comey cost both Hillary Clinton...
Georgia wants to honor its Vietnam War veterans

Georgia wants to honor its Vietnam War veterans

The hourlong honor ceremony had just ended when William White, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, burst into tears. His emotion caught him unexpectedly. It left his wife, Patricia, almost speechless — it was not something she had ever seen him do. But having his service appreciated was something he wasn’t used to. “It was terrible when I came back home,” White...
Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers

Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers

The massive data breach at the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm Equifax has thrust into the spotlight the country’s patchwork system of cybersecurity rules and laws that often allow businesses to escape significant penalties for leaving sensitive consumer information at risk. Congress has done little over the past two decades to put broad standards in place for how companies with reams of...
After Irma, Georgia faces a ‘new normal’ of devastating storms

After Irma, Georgia faces a ‘new normal’ of devastating storms

Georgia’s coast had long dodged one epic storm after another, but the catastrophic one-two punch delivered by hurricanes Irma and Matthew in less than a year may be a sign of what’s to come. Climate scientists warn that warming oceans will fuel more hurricanes, meaning once-in-a-lifetime storms are likely to become more regular occurrences. Experts and local officials say it’s time...
Obamacare navigators see deep cuts in funds to guide recipients

Obamacare navigators see deep cuts in funds to guide recipients

In a letter she just received, Trinh Pham saw the yearly funding for her organization’s work guiding Obamacare enrollees drop from about $150,000 to roughly $10,000. Starting right now. “I’m shocked,” she said. She’s not the only one. Her organization, Boat People SOS-Atlanta, is one of a handful that employs “navigators” to educate Georgians on signing up...
Atlanta and Georgia leaders to make big Amazon push for HQ2

Atlanta and Georgia leaders to make big Amazon push for HQ2

In a once-in-a-generation sweepstakes to win Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters — and 50,000 jobs — the state and Atlanta are all in. Legislative leaders are open to new incentives to lure the tech firm. Recruiters are scouting potential mega-sites close to transit and highways. And Gov. Nathan Deal said he’s ordered his economic team to make a “big push” to...
Hot on the right: How the border wall hinders immigration enforcement; Democrats’ Bernie problem and a tax plan for today

Hot on the right: How the border wall hinders immigration enforcement; Democrats’ Bernie problem and a tax plan for today

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes on how Donald Trump’s push for a border wall comes at the expense of other actions that could deter illegal immigration more, why push for single-payer health care will hurt the Democrats and how Republicans can craft an effective tax plan.  From The Patriot Post: “If Democrats were smart, they’d let Trump build whatever...
Obamacare insurers’ 2018 rate increases to rise even more

Obamacare insurers’ 2018 rate increases to rise even more

Customers of the Obamacare exchange markets in Georgia got bad news this summer when insurers first disclosed the rates they want to charge next year. Not only were double-digit increases on the table — well over 50 percent for some plans — but some insurers flat-out said they might rise even more. Now the final deadline for rates is approaching. And according to state officials,...
Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

The bedroom suites at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, available only to members and their guests, feature hand-painted Moorish ceilings, antique Spanish-tiled mosaics and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.  On a weekend in early March, during one of seven trips by Trump and his White House entourage to the posh Palm Beach property since the inauguration, the government paid the Trump-owned...
Georgia store owner sued for calling employees the N-word

Georgia store owner sued for calling employees the N-word

Each day, the owner of the East Point grocery store would call three of his African American employees the n-word or “monkey” or some other racial slur, the employees allege. The three worked in the meat department at GNT Foods and complained to their boss regularly about the epithets, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court on behalf of the men by the U.S. Equal Employment...
Tommy Irvin, whose politics spanned a generation of changes, dies

Tommy Irvin, whose politics spanned a generation of changes, dies

Tommy Irvin, a sharecropper’s son who rose to the top ranks of Georgia Democratic politics and stayed there for more than four decades, died Thursday. He was 88. Irvin served 10 terms as Georgia’s commissioner of agriculture, from 1969 until January 2011. He was elected to his final four-year term in November 2006. Irvin holds the record as the longest-serving state commissioner of agriculture...
Advocates: Transgender patients face barriers to healthcare

Advocates: Transgender patients face barriers to healthcare

Patients who are transgender face uncommon obstacles in daily medical care, a new study by advocacy groups found. In Georgia, 33 percent of transgender patients had some kind of negative experience in medical care, up to and including being refused care. The other types of negative experiences included being assaulted, being verbally harassed, or having to educate the caregiver on transgender healthcare...
Irma aftermath: Georgia governor promises more help is on the way

Irma aftermath: Georgia governor promises more help is on the way

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday toured some of the areas hardest hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irma as the state grappled with the enormous recovery — and mounting cost — of cleaning up from the monstrous storm. The governor surveyed felled trees and blocked roads in North Georgia’s mountains, visited flooded areas and wrecked docks on the state’s coast, and flew over metro...
The Right reacts to DACA and other issues of the day 

The Right reacts to DACA and other issues of the day 

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes why Republicans shouldn’t make a deal with Democrats on DACA, why Trump’s nomination for the administrator of NASA is qualified for the position, liberals are having ‘red pill’ moments which are enlightening them to the lies of the alt-left. From The Hill: “President Trump’s decision to wind...
South Dakota ruling may boost Georgia online tax push

South Dakota ruling may boost Georgia online tax push

A state Supreme Court ruling Thursday in South Dakota may prove a boost to Georgia’s efforts to get all retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products online. South Dakota officials were hoping for a quick ruling in their state Supreme Court on legislation requiring internet companies to remit sales taxes. The bill was passed as a legal challenge to a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court...
The Left reacts to DACA and other issues of the day

The Left reacts to DACA and other issues of the day

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes how young Americans leaving the G.O.P. can help Democrats at the polls, the numbers behind Trump’s voter fraud claims don’t add up, and why the RAISE act is not the solution to America’s immigration problem. From USA Today: “Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia have a plan, endorsed...
Georgia governor tours Irma’s damage, pledges more help on the way

Georgia governor tours Irma’s damage, pledges more help on the way

Gov. Nathan Deal surveyed some of the areas hardest-hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irma on Thursday as the state grappled with the enormous recovery – and mounting cost – of cleaning up from the monstrous storm. The governor surveyed felled trees and blocked roads in north Georgia’s mountains, and later was to visit flooded areas on the state’s coast in Brunswick and fly...
FDA panel: Teens risk breathing trouble from codeine cough syrup

FDA panel: Teens risk breathing trouble from codeine cough syrup

Cough medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone may sometimes help a teen get through a cold, but it’s not worth the dangers, a federal panel advised this week. The panel’s biggest focus wasn’t addiction, though addiction is a significant problem with opioids. According to a report in Stat, the panel members expressed greatest concern about the medicine’s ability...
Equifax, company in data breach, holds Obamacare customer info

Equifax, company in data breach, holds Obamacare customer info

The historic data breach at Atlanta-based Equifax is now raising stress levels in the world of health care. Equifax holds the federal contract to verify personal incomes for policyholders on the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. A spokeswoman for the federal government told Bloomberg News that the Obamacare data wasn’t part of the hack, though...
Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton

Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton

Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.  Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he will tour areas of South Georgia on Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to assess the storm’s impact, giving producers a chance...
Hot on the Right: Private citizens lead the way in Hurricane Irma relief, Trump and Congress abusing the Constitution

Hot on the Right: Private citizens lead the way in Hurricane Irma relief, Trump and Congress abusing the Constitution

A roundup of today’s editorials that includes how private citizens are leading the relief effort behind Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Trump and Congress quietly abusing the Constitution, and how Hillary Clinton doesn’t get George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ which she references in her new book. From Investor’s Business Daily: “But the...
Hot on the Left: Why we need health care for all, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites

Hot on the Left: Why we need health care for all, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites

A roundup of today’s editorials includes an op-ed about universal healthcare from Bernie Sanders, the unexplained and growing wage gap between blacks and whites, and how Steve Bannon’s intellectual reputation is a charade.  From The New York Times: “This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee...
DeKalb asks federal government for help, money to clean up after Irma

DeKalb asks federal government for help, money to clean up after Irma

DeKalb County has declared a local state of emergency as crews restore power to 60,000 people and clear dozens of down trees after being hit by Tropical Storm Irma. The county announced Wednesday that DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond had signed state of emergency the night before. President Donald Trump had already OKed federal funding for Georgia ahead of the storm, but DeKalb’s declaration...
Georgia dips into emergency account to fund Irma recovery

Georgia dips into emergency account to fund Irma recovery

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal transferred $3 million from his emergency fund to help pay the up-front costs of sending state resources to help Florida with storm recovery from Hurricane Irma. The governor shifted the funds to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to pay the tab for the 600 Georgia National Guard troops helping storm-ravaged Florida recover. It could also help fund the costs for 50 Georgia...
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