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In Iowa, Trump basks in Handel’s victory: ‘All we do is win, win, win”

7:44 am Jun. 22, 2017

President Donald Trump may have been in Iowa last night, but Georgia was clearly on his mind.

The commander-in-chief called Republican Karen Handel soon after her victory over Jon Ossoff and tweeted about the race several times Tuesday, but he wasn’t done reflecting on the contest and its symbolism for his agenda. The GOP’s stronger-than-expected win in Georgia was still very much on Trump’s mind as he took the stage at a

One early lesson from Georgia-6: Pelosi a potent campaign villain

6:00 am Jun. 21, 2017

President Donald Trump may have been the 800-pound gorilla in Georgia’s 6th District race, but Nancy Pelosi ended up being the albatross.

Republican Karen Handel’s larger-than-expected win over Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday proved how potent her side’s messaging regarding the House minority leader could be in mobilizing GOP voters.

Handel and her allies took every opportunity on the campaign trail to frame Ossoff as a shill for the California Democrat whose

Updated: Trump urges 6th District voters to back Karen Handel

8:53 am Jun. 19, 2017

President Donald Trump made a last-ditch appeal to Georgia’s 6th District voters Monday, tweeting at two different points in the day that that they should back Republican Karen Handel during tomorrow’s special election in order to block Democrats’ tax, health care and border security agenda.

“The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good health care and Border Security. Their ObamaCare is dead with 100% increases in P’s,” Trump tweeted shortly before 8:30 a.m.,

AJC poll: Trump still unpopular in Ga. 6th, but many say he won’t impact their vote

6:00 am Jun. 11, 2017

The outside world may be looking at Georgia’s upcoming special election as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s tenure, but a plurality of 6th District voters swear that isn’t the case for them.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday found that the commander-in-chief has not been a factor for 45 percent of likely voters as they’ve decided between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel for the state’s open congressional seat.

Among the

Newt Gingrich: Jim Comey’s ‘barefaced’ testimony invalidates special counsel

3:02 pm Jun. 10, 2017

Last night, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich, whose wife has been nominated as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican by the Trump administration,  sent out this mass email detailing his thoughts on secondary and hidden motives:

The most startling revelation from fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this week was his barefaced admission that he intentionally leaked details of his private conversations with the President to the press in an

The ghosts of Washington haunted James Comey’s testimony

6:25 pm Jun. 8, 2017

The ghosts of Washington wafted through a U.S. Senate hearing room on Thursday, as a fired FBI director told of a sitting U.S. president so prone to untruths that instant CYA memos were required for every encounter.

The late Richard Nixon was there. A long dead J. Edgar Hoover slipped in, too. Even Thomas Becket, the ancient saint and murdered archbishop of Canterbury, made a quick Brexit for his first D.C.