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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

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,”