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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

John Lewis, Andrew Young and a serious case of deja vu

5:35 pm Jan. 18, 2017

Andrew Young’s telephone conversation with Donald Trump on Monday delivered one of those déjà vu moments that could carry you back five decades in a single heartbeat.

In more dangerous times, voting rights organizers would send a rabble-rouser into town – often the passionate Hosea Williams, clad in his trademark overalls – to stir up the local black populace.

Young would follow on Williams’ heels, playing the cool and calm “good cop,”

John Lewis leads dozens of Democrats to boycott inauguration

2:15 pm Jan. 17, 2017

More than 50 House Democrats will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, including many who are citing the Republican’s criticism of Georgia Rep. John Lewis as “all talk.”

A handful of Democrats, including Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva,

It continues: Donald Trump dings John Lewis for skipping Bush inauguration

10:02 am Jan. 17, 2017

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend, U.S. Rep. John Lewis said President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration would be the first swearing-in he’d skip in his 30 years as a member of Congress.

Not true, Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Renewing his social media feud with the Atlanta Democrat, Trump picked up on reports from several conservative outlets that Lewis skipped George W. Bush’s inaugural in 2001. Those reports have