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Shock, awe, tears and cheers in Ga. after GOP health bill collapses

6:56 pm Mar. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — There were plenty of ominous signs Friday that the House GOP did not have the votes to pass its health care overhaul, but that didn’t make anything less dramatic shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the news was broken to Republican lawmakers that their effort to overhaul Obamacare had collapsed.

The looks on the faces of many congressmen coming out of a closed-door meeting in the bowels of the

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

Report: Fired U.S. attorney was investigating Tom Price’s stock trades

2:45 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — ProPublica is out with an eye-popping story this afternoon.

The nonprofit journalism outlet is reporting that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating the stock trades of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price when the White House fired him last week.

Here’s an excerpt:

The investigation of Price’s trades by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, was underway

Loudermilk gets on board with GOP health bill after Trump meeting

2:25 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — One of Georgia’s two Republican holdouts on the party’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill now says he’s a ‘yes’ after huddling with President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was one of about a dozen members of the conservative Republican Study Committee to huddle with Trump at the White House this morning to discuss the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Loudermilk said a deal to tweak the bill that the group

Separating dream from reality in Trump’s budget, and what it could mean for Ga.

12:35 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget has no shortage of potential impacts on Georgia’s economy.

Released Thursday, the blueprint proposed bumping up funding for the Pentagon by 10 percent, which could be a boon for the state’s eight military bases and web of defense contractors. It called for slashing 18 percent from the coffers of the Department of Health and Human Services, which some health advocates worried could have a trickle-down effect

Sam Nunn: Pentagon may have to take the lead in Asian diplomacy

6:30 pm Mar. 13, 2017

As Rex Tillerson, the understaffed U.S. secretary of state, wings his way to Asia for crucial visits to Japan, South Korea and China, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) dropped in on former U.S. senator Sam Nunn.

Nunn said the recent spate of missile launches by North Korea, coupled with last week’s successful ouster of the president of South Korea, has created a dicey diplomatic situation. In his interview, Nunn recommended

SonnyWatch: Perdue plans to divest assets after confirmation

12:30 am Mar. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest should the Senate confirm him to be secretary of agriculture, according to new federal ethics documents.

As part of an agreement struck with the Office of Government Ethics, Perdue would resign from positions as manager of Perdue Management Holdings LLC and as