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Shedding crocodile tears on immigration preferable to action

3:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To hear a panicked Gov. Nathan Deal describe it last week, you’d think the federal government was sending unaccompanied al Qaida terrorists to Georgia, rather than unaccompanied children.“This came as a complete shock to me as the governor of this state,” Deal wrote in a letter of protest to President ...

Georgia Civil War calendar of 150th events

Updated: 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A sampling of Civil War 150th anniversary events in the coming weeks. For more on the Civil War in Georgia, follow the AJC: http://www.ajc.com/s/opinion/ and http://www.myajc.com/s/battleofatlanta/SATURDAY, AUG. 2ATLANTA: “The Civil War Battle of Utoy Creek and the Utoy Church and Cemetery” lecture and walking tour, 10:30 a.m., Historic Utoy Cemetery, ...

Readers write: July 30

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Georgia no ‘beacon’ for small businessFor Gov. Nathan Deal to claim that Georgia is a “beacon for progress” defies reality and common sense (“No, governor, we’re not a “beacon for progress,” Opinion, July 23). The U.S. added 288,000 jobs in June 2014; employment decreased by 9,500 jobs. Progress? Or regress? ...

Mideast cease fires don’t necessarily lead to peace

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere.It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing ...

HomeSafe Georgia saves homes

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When Dwight and Keshunda Millbrook of College Park lost their jobs in 2011, they were scared they would lose their home to foreclosure. To save their home, they applied for aid from HomeSafe Georgia, a free program that helps unemployed and under-employed homeowners pay their mortgage for up to 24 ...

Millennials shut out of the housing market

Updated: 12:07 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

First-time homebuyers are the heart of the housing market. Their purchase of starter homes puts the market in motion. First-time buyers allow middle-aged homeowners to move to bigger and better homes as their families expand. In turn, the purchase of larger homes by expanding families allows older homeowners to downsize. ...

Atlanta Forward: Regional economy

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nationwide, states have been scrutinized for their use of money from the “Hardest Hit Fund,” established by the U.S. Treasury in 2010 to help 18 states tailor programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Results have been a mixed bag, which fueled eligibility changes here and elsewhere. Today, we’re given ...

Congress crossing the border into irrelevancy

9:08 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This renews a degree of faith in my fellow Americans that had frankly been weakened by the sight of angry protestors yelling at homeless, frightened children, and by governors and other politicians treating this as some sort of terrorist invasion. From Politico: "According to a poll released Tuesday by the ...

Coal deemed too 'dirty' for America heads overseas

6:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today and tomorrow, the Environmental Protection Agency will hold field hearings about its strict new proposals for power plants in Atlanta, one of just four regional sites around the country to host such a hearing. Interested parties that support or oppose the new rules will offer testimony. And then the ...

Sanchez: Border obsession overlooks the promise of trade with Mexico

8:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your presidential campaign ads.Perry’s posturing here is dimwitted on several ...

Douthat: Up From Greenwich

8:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

When Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, he did so in an unusual way for a Democrat: As the candidate of the rich. He raised more in large-dollar donations than any of his rivals and raked in more cash from Wall Street than John McCain. In November, he ...

EPA’s clean power plan is necessary

4:16 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

Many objections are being raised about the EPA’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions by as much as 30 percent by 2030. Such resistance is predictable, reactionary, and completely unjustified. To the contrary, if comparable restrictions are not adopted and successfully implemented soon, the consequences for Georgians and other Americans will ...

What's in that super-secret Nunn campaign memo?

4:15 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

The leaking of internal campaign documents from the Nunn for Senate campaign provides an excellent opportunity for political junkies to peer into the inner workings of a major campaign. However, aside from the embarrassment of the leak itself, I don't think there's much there for campaign fodder. That's not how ...

The proven folly of a carbon tax

4:06 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings in Atlanta and four other cities to hear from those interested in the proposed Clean Power Plan, which includes new rules regarding carbon emissions from power generating facilities. Of great concern is that the plan, which is on track to ...

Water vapor from Georgia Power's Plant Bowen's cooling towers and scrubber stacks near Euharlee as seen from the top of Kennesaw Mountain, about 30 miles away. AJC File

2:36 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

Today and Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting hearings in Atlanta on its controversial proposed rules aimed at reducing pollution from power plants. Today, an environmental advocate says the changes will create cleaner, healthier air for Georgians and create jobs in the process. Another writer says that, if ...

Embarrassing leaked campaign memo spells out Nunn's strategies, vulnerabilities

2:19 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

A hallmark of the primary season on the Democratic side was Senate candidate Michelle Nunn's studied determination not to define herself. As of today, that's no longer possible for her -- and it's her own campaign's fault. A series of internal campaign memos, totaling 144 pages and covering everything from ...

Readers write: July 29

2:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

With Lottery gains, restore fee payoutsWhen Lottery sales were declining, we were told that certain changes were necessary to ensure HOPE Scholarship funding. GPA levels were raised for students to qualify, and certain fees paid for by HOPE were reduced or eliminated. However, in spite of these cost-saving steps, the ...

Speaking out for clean air, clean power

1:57 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

It shouldn’t be dangerous to breathe. But, for thousands of kids in Atlanta, just going outside is like a fullback going into a game without a helmet — unhealthy and unsafe. Millions of American kids live in places where the air is so polluted that it’s not always safe to ...

EPA owes Georgia more time, more answers

1:41 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

Beginning today, Georgians will have their first and only opportunity to be heard in person about policies that would have a disastrous impact on the state’s economy. The EPA chose Atlanta as one of just four cities to host a public hearing on its proposal to regulate carbon emissions from ...

House GOP just making stuff up to hide its own impotence

8:15 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014

In an interview on Fox News over the weekend, incoming House Majority Whip Steven Scalise of Lousiana was asked repeatedly by Chris Wallace about the prospect of impeaching President Obama. The exchange was illuminating, both for the lack of illumination that Scalise was willing to offer, and for his sheer ...

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