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That wasn’t John Lewis — he skipped Donald Trump’s speech

9:05 am Mar. 1, 2017

After a bit of confusion last night, a top aide to U.S. Rep. John Lewis confirmed this morning that the Atlanta congressman skipped President Donald Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

As Trump spoke, we saw a lot of Tweets — including from a few news organizations — noting Lewis’ presence, seated right next to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” fame. Problem is, that wasn’t Lewis.

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Ga. politicos clutch wish lists as Trump takes Capitol Hill spotlight

7:00 am Feb. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s prime-time address to Congress tonight is being watched closely by Georgia leaders looking for more detail on everything from infrastructure to health care.

State lawmakers said they’re eager for Trump during his first speech before a joint session of Congress to fill in the details on many of his sweeping campaign pledges, including overhauling the tax code, replacing Obamacare and injecting $1 trillion into infrastructure projects.

“What I’m

John Lewis might skip Donald Trump’s first Capitol Hill speech

8:50 pm Feb. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — Six weeks after engaging in a personal and very public tiff with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, declined to say whether he’ll attend Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

“I’m just not speaking about it,” the civil rights icon said just outside the House chamber on Monday evening, steps from where Trump will address Washington’s power players.  “I don’t know what I’m going

It’s not the Falcons vs. Patriots. It’s John Lewis’ team vs. Donald Trump’s

9:59 am Feb. 3, 2017

You had to know it would come to this. Ed Kilgore is a Democratic commentator with deep roots in Georgia.

In New York magazine, he suggests that Sunday’s Super Bowl match between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots may be the billboard – but the subtext is a match between John Lewis and his maligned Fifth District, which is home to the Falcons, and President Donald Trump. A taste:

The

In the South, the real immigration battle will be about business, not refugees

6:00 pm Feb. 1, 2017

If metro Atlanta becomes a hub of resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency, it won’t be because John Lewis stood up or because Sally Yates was pushed out.

Nor will it be spurred by stories of refugees from the world’s wars who have suddenly found their journey blocked — or the extra-large Southern hearts that were prepared to receive them. And still are.

But temperatures might rise because decades of Republican and Democratic

Conservative group files ethics complaint against John Lewis, top aide

7:00 am Jan. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. John Lewis Monday, alleging that the Atlanta Democrat improperly hired his top aide as a highly-paid staffer on his reelection campaign.

In a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, alleged that Michael Collins, Lewis’ longtime chief of staff, broke ethics rules that bar senior staffers from serving on campaign

Where every Georgia congressman stands on Donald Trump’s refugee ban

1:03 pm Jan. 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — One by one, Georgia’s Republican members of Congress lined up behind President Donald Trump’s divisive executive order barring some Middle Eastern refugees from entering the country.

Nearly all of the dozen Republicans elected to represent the Peach State on Capitol Hill came out in favor of the executive action — or most of it — on Monday, three days after Trump first issued the directive.

“America will always be a compassionate country, and