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Health and Human Services Secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., accompanied by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who introduced him, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Tom Price hearing: Democrats grill health pick on entitlements, stock trades

2:10 pm Jan. 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Seven weeks after he was nominated to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price sat for the first of two confirmation hearings before the Senate Wednesday morning.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee spent roughly four hours questioning the Roswell Republican, an exceptionally long grilling, Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., noted.

The Senate health panel ultimately won’t vote on Price’s nomination. The Senate

Rep. Tom Price enters Trump Tower. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democrats to hit Tom Price on stock trades at confirmation hearing

7:00 am Jan. 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – More than six weeks of careful preparation will come to a head this morning, when Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price takes the hot seat for the first of two Senate confirmation hearings.

The conservative policy wonk is a well-known commodity on Capitol Hill, and Price’s records, both political and financial, will be front and center as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee mulls his

Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price, center, and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, right, listen to then-Vice President Dick Cheney during a visit to Smyrna in 2005. (JOHN SPINK/AJC staff)

Johnny Isakson steps in as Tom Price’s top Senate champion

12:03 pm Jan. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – As Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price prepares to take the hot seat in the Senate tomorrow, his Republican colleague Johnny Isakson is also taking up arms.

The three-term senator plans to be the Roswell Republican’s chief defender as his health and human services nomination winds through the Senate in the weeks ahead. When it comes to ensuring Price gets confirmed, it’s personal, Isakson said in a recent interview.

“I’m

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2015.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate takes first step toward repealing Obamacare

7:00 am Jan. 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate took the first step toward repealing Obamacare early on Thursday morning, passing a budget bill that would clear the way for legislation to gut the health care law in the weeks ahead.

It came after seven hours of back-to-back, party-line votes on an array of non-binding health care provisions, part of a byzantine ritual known as “vote-a-rama.”

Ultimately, the final vote was 51-48, just enough for the measure to squeak through the

Josh McKoon, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee speaking in favor of his "religious liberty" bill in 2015. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Behind the loss of Josh McKoon’s Senate chairmanship

7:41 pm Jan. 4, 2017

It is tempting, very tempting, to write that Republicans in the state Senate have gone to the mattresses in yet another fight over “religious liberty” legislation.

But that would be wrong.

They have gone to the pillows. Big, fluffy ones filled with eiderdown. Pillows that leave no marks. Pillows weighted with friendly criticism that recipients can almost snuggle up to.

Last week, at a private club in downtown Atlanta, members of the Senate

Sen. Johnny Isakson, left, and Sen. David Perdue, right, campaign together in 2014. (AP photo/John Bazemore)

David Perdue’s new committee perches give him more say over defense, financial regs

12:13 pm Jan. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — It may have taken him two years, but Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday finally got his campaign wish to serve on the powerful Senate committee that oversees national defense.

Senate Republican leadership announced that Perdue will serve on the Armed Services Committee in the new Congress, giving Georgia its seat back after two years. When Republican Saxby Chambliss retired in 2014, Georgia was left without a

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate Rep. Tom Price, R- Ga., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Compared to other Trump Cabinet picks, Tom Price has donated little to senators

11:00 am Dec. 29, 2016

WASHINGTON –As a committee chairman with close ties to party leadership, Roswell U.S. Rep. Tom Price has used the fruits of his fundraising prowess to back the campaigns of fellow House Republicans and Georgia state legislators.

However, Price has given little to the campaigns of U.S. senators, a decision that may have an impact as he faces members of the chamber during his confirmation hearings for health and human services secretary

A man reads a newspaper with the headline of "U.S. President-elect Donald Trump delivers a mighty shock to America" at a news stand in Beijing. AP/Andy Wong

China fires warning shot to Donald Trump on Taiwan

9:47 am Dec. 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump made shaking up relations with China a cornerstone of his campaign for the White House, but now the Asian powerhouse is becoming more and more public about where its own red lines are.

The Associated Press reported this morning that Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, “appeared to underscore that China’s position on Taiwan is non-negotiable”:

Wang told the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, that China will strive to boost