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John Lewis laughs with Andrew Young in this AJC file photo from 1976.

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,”

John Lewis leads dozens of Democrats to boycott inauguration

2:15 pm Jan. 17, 2017

More than 50 House Democrats will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, including many who are citing the Republican’s criticism of Georgia Rep. John Lewis as “all talk.”

A handful of Democrats, including Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva,

Rep. John Lewis and President-elect Donald Trump. AP file.

It continues: Donald Trump dings John Lewis for skipping Bush inauguration

10:02 am Jan. 17, 2017

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend, U.S. Rep. John Lewis said President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration would be the first swearing-in he’d skip in his 30 years as a member of Congress.

Not true, Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Renewing his social media feud with the Atlanta Democrat, Trump picked up on reports from several conservative outlets that Lewis skipped George W. Bush’s inaugural in 2001. Those reports have

Via The Tennesean

Andrew Young: John Lewis made ‘a mistake,’ and so did Donald Trump

9:11 am Jan. 17, 2017

One of the stranger moments of Martin Luther King Day came Monday morning in Nashville, where – immediately following a speaking event – former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young received a phone call from President-elect Donald Trump.

Watch it here:

The conversation came after Trump had met with Martin Luther King III in New York, and was recorded on Young’s end, as his small audience listened in.

“We all ended up having hope for

Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., left, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, in 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Georgia’s D.C. Democrats divided on strategy as Donald Trump era begins

7:00 am Jan. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — Still reckoning with a crushing election loss that relegated them to at least two more years in the minority on Capitol Hill, Georgia’s four Democrats are divided on how the party should handle President-elect Donald Trump going forward.

With mere days until the New York businessman takes the oath of office, some Georgia Democrats say they’re open to working with him and congressional Republicans on select issues such as

John Kasich ducks a Trump-Lewis fight in Atlanta

6:57 pm Jan. 16, 2017

Our AJC colleague Michelle Baruchman contributed this report:

The setting was perfect for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to take a dig at his once (and future?) rival Donald Trump.

The Republican was in Atlanta for the Martin