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‘Political Rewind’ replay: The collapse of the Obamacare revolt

6:25 pm Mar. 24, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” took place in the maelstrom of the collapse of the Republican initiative to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Washington.

It was all we could do to keep up. If you missed the live version this afternoon, click here to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; Anita Sharpe, the Atlanta bureau chief for Bloomberg; and Hank Klibanoff, former editor of the AJC

Donald Trump and ‘deaths of despair’ among blue-collar whites

8:25 am Mar. 24, 2017

A year before the November election, we told you that a new Princeton University study had found a riveting explanation for the curious viability of a reality TV star turned Republican presidential candidate. From then:

This will sound more than a little gruesome, but if you want to explain Donald Trump, look no further than the increasing rates of suicide and death by drugs among white, middle-aged Americans.

On Thursday, those

Sonny Perdue, David Scott and a slightly adjusted history of the Georgia state flag

3:31 pm Mar. 23, 2017

The history lesson may have been a little off, but one of the more amazing moments in Georgia politics occurred this morning in a U.S. Senate hearing room in which former Gov. Sonny Perdue was vetted as President Donald Trump’s secretary of agriculture.

U.S. Rep. David Scott, a Democrat, gave a passionate defense of his former state Senate colleague and told Senate Agriculture Committee members that he wanted to make sure

Sam Nunn steps down as CEO of Nuclear Threat Initiative

9:30 am Mar. 23, 2017

After 16 years, Sam Nunn is bowing out as chief executive of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the anti-proliferation group he helped create after his lengthy career in the U.S. Senate, it was announced this morning.

Replacing the 78-year-old Nunn will be Ernest Moniz, former U.S. secretary of energy during the Obama administration. Nunn will remain involved as one of three co-chairmen on the NTI board. The other two will be Moniz

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A ‘more gracious’ version of the Opportunity School District

5:26 pm Mar. 22, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” begins with the notation that the state Legislature has passed next year’s $25 billion budget, and the pithy comment from former Georgia congressman Buddy Darden: “This would be a great time for the Legislature to go home.”

But the real topic of the afternoon was education, and the several measures that are still alive, including “Opportunity School District Lite.”

If you couldn’t catch it live,