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As Trump mulls exiting NAFTA, a look at what it’s meant for Georgia

6:00 am Nov. 13, 2017

WEST POINT — This small town of 3,700 on the Alabama border is emblematic of the way international trade has helped shape many communities — for better or for worse.

Once home to a thriving textile sector, West Point suffered when most of its mills shuttered. But the tariff-cutting North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — also helped spur new factories, including a 3,000-worker auto assembly plant churning out Kia

One year later: How Donald Trump has transformed Georgia politics

6:00 am Nov. 6, 2017

President Donald Trump may be lacking in signature legislative achievements a year after his election victory, but he has one undeniable accomplishment: He has shaped the Republican Party — both in Georgia and nationally — to his will.

Whether it be a matter of respect, compliance or bonhomie, the Never Trump movement among Republicans in Georgia has all but vanished. There are now no outspoken high-profile critics of the president

As some GOP colleagues back away from Trump, Perdue fortifies ties

12:02 pm Oct. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — After President Donald Trump spent a recent morning trading barbs with Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Twitter, reporters on Capitol Hill swarmed his Republican colleague David Perdue.

Most of the journalists stuck to a similar theme: What did the Georgia freshman senator think of the president’s personal attacks on his friend and mentor? Did that mark a turning point in Perdue’s steadfast support of Trump?

Perdue wouldn’t take the reporters’

Jeff Flake in anti-Trump speech: ‘There are times we must risk our careers’

7:42 pm Oct. 24, 2017

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON  — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election next year, delivering a forceful condemnation of the “flagrant disregard of truth and decency” and bemoaning political complicity in a Senate speech clearly directed at President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a rapt audience of other senators, the first-term Arizona lawmaker spelled out his frustration and disappointment in a floor speech before relaying the news that

Georgians scramble after Trump kills health insurance subsidies

7:00 am Oct. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours.

An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out

Mixed reviews in Georgia for Trump’s move to lift Obamacare regs

7:00 am Oct. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump’s move to loosen some of the federal rules governing so-called associated health plans and short-term insurance on Thursday garnered mixed reaction in Georgia.

Republicans lauded the changes for increasing flexibility and competition and providing more lower-cost options to locals with few or no alternatives to Obamacare. Democrats and some health groups, meanwhile, warned it would undermine the Affordable Care Act by luring away young and healthy

Another worry for your weekend: Sam Nunn’s warning on North Korea

2:39 pm Sep. 29, 2017

You may think you’re headed into a weekend in which Puerto Rico and its recovery from Hurricane Maria is your chief concern. We’d like to add something else to your worry cart. In particular, an op-ed posted this morning on the CNN website.

It comes from former Georgia senator Sam Nunn and former energy secretary Ernest Moniz, co-chairmen of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and may be the most worried-sounding

Senate confirms former state rep. to be Atlanta-based U.S. attorney

5:43 pm Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed former state Rep. B.J. Pak to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta for four years.

The Trump administration tapped the former Georgia lawmaker for the prestigious position in July, citing Pak’s vision for “making America safe again.” 

Pak sailed through his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this month and was okayed by the chamber as part of a block of judicial, ambassadorial and military nominees