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Andrew Young: Don’t blame the Klan or ‘uneducated white people’

11:07 am Aug. 20, 2017

If you watched NBC’s “Meet The Press” this morning, you saw former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young address President Donald Trump’s self-made crisis over race and symbolism:

But if you relied on the video alone, you missed much of what Young said. Some 20 minutes before the Atlanta broadcast, MTP released a transcript of Young’s entire interview with Chuck Todd. Much of it was the 85-year-old

Georgia GOP lawmakers condemn white supremacists but steer clear of Trump

6:00 am Aug. 16, 2017

Several of Georgia’s Republican members of Congress condemned the white supremacists, nationalists and members of the Ku Klux Klan whose rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly over the weekend. But all on Tuesday evening steered clear of criticizing President Donald Trump directly, even after a particularly testy news conference in which the commander-in-chief doubled down on his initial claim that “both sides,” including the “alt-left,” were responsible for

Isakson hedges on Trump, Perdue’s contentious immigration proposal

12:00 pm Aug. 15, 2017

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was conspicuously silent earlier this month as his Georgia GOP colleague David Perdue rolled out a bill slashing immigration levels with President Donald Trump at his side.

So when a group of constituents asked the third-term Republican whether he supported the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or RAISE Act, at his rowdy town hall on Monday, the crowd leaned in a

Jimmy Carter presses U.S., North Korea to tone down escalating rhetoric

1:32 pm Aug. 10, 2017

Former President Jimmy Carter decried the escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korean governments on Thursday, arguing that both sides should put an end to “warlike rhetoric” and encourage peace talks.

Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Carter offered a blunt assessment of the current state of play 48 hours after the commander-in-chief’s promise of “fire and fury” was met with a harsh response from the Korean peninsula. Carter

Asia balks at Donald Trump’s promise of ‘fire and fury’

9:45 am Aug. 9, 2017

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Overnight reviews from Asia weren’t kind to President Donald Trump’s Wednesday’s promise of “fire and fury” if North Korea didn’t stop threatening the United States. From USA Today:

New Zealand’s premier admonished him for remarks “not helpful” in a “very tense”

Trump endorses David Perdue’s proposal to halve legal immigration levels

12:40 pm Aug. 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gave his seal of approval Wednesday to Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s legislation that would halve legal immigration levels, providing a notable boost to a contentious proposal that has yet to advance on Capitol Hill.

Perdue and his Republican colleague Tom Cotton of Arkansas flanked Trump during a brief event in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, where the

Shock, anger, relief in Georgia after health care effort tanks

12:00 pm Jul. 31, 2017

Christy Nelson survived thyroid cancer but has been fighting insomnia for months, terrified of the GOP effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. She and her husband, who has Crohn’s disease, depend on protections for pre-existing conditions to afford health coverage, and following the collapse of the repeal effort their relief is only slowly starting to bloom. “We are a family scared to death,” she said. “This has been a