Your Monday political briefing: Chicago suing over sanctuary cities; Pence angry; bridging the digital divide


Here is what is trending in politics around Georgia and across the nation on Monday.

1. Chicago to sue Trump administration over sanctuary cities
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday the city of Chicago will be filing a federal lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s administration’s policy to withhold public safety grants from sanctuary cities. According to The Associated Press, Emanuel said the suit will be filed Monday.
2. Pentagon failed to help service men and women with depression, PTSD
A study released Monday shows that the Pentagon failed to follow up with service men and women who were at a higher risk for suicide because of depression and/or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Only 30 percent of troops with depression and 54 percent suffering from PTSD received follow-up care, according to a study commissioned by the Department of Defense, according to a story from USA Today.


3. Pence: NY Times story about 2020 run is ‘disgraceful’
Vice President Mike Pence said a story in The New York Times that suggests he is being groomed for a possible 2020 presidential bid is "is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team." Pence said the story, that said he is laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign if President Trump does not run for a second term, is “categorically false,” the AP reported.


4. Mining on federal lands
The Trump administration is encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the federal government, The New York Times is reporting. An article posted Monday by the Times described the growing support by the administration for energy companies with potential economic interests in lands. The article reported on Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke’s speech at a Western governor’s conference sponsored by many of the companies -- such as Exxon, BP and the Southern Company which is headquartered in Atlanta. Zinke said the government will work to “find a balance between extracting commodities from federal lands and protecting them.”
5. A bill to help rural areas connect
Last week, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia- 9), talked about the digital divide in the U.S. with “CBS This Morning.” Collins has introduced a bill to offer tax incentives to companies to improve rural internet connections. Thirty-five percent of people in rural areas of the United States do not have access to broadband. Around three percent of urban areas lack access. Check out Collins’ CBS interview below.

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