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Access v. security? Baseball shooting prompts Georgia discussion

11:17 am Jun. 14, 2017

We nearly missed this as news of this morning’s GOP baseball practice shooting began to trickle out of Washington, but over at Fox Business two Georgia Republicans offered their opening salvos to a debate that’s sure to rage on Capitol Hill in the weeks ahead.

After expressing their shock and horror over Wednesday’s events, U.S. Sen. David Perdue and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both discussed whether security for elected leaders

Gingrich on a plot against Trump: ‘Of course, the deep state exists’

4:51 pm Mar. 14, 2017

With the help of a former Georgia congressman and U.S. House speaker, the Associated Press has tackled the notion of a “deep state” conspiracy against the Trump administration.

Here’s one thing that might be worth remembering, and goes unmentioned in the piece below: Just last October, during the final throes of the 2016 presidential campaign, it was the Hillary Clinton campaign that was talking of a cabal of federal agents

Georgia Republicans dazzled by Trump’s speech, despite few new specifics

7:00 am Mar. 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the lead up to Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday, several of Georgia’s Republican congressmen said they were looking for concrete policy specifics from the new president on issues like health care and infrastructure.

They got relatively little of that, especially by way of new details — such presidential speeches to Congress are designed, after all, to be broad and sweeping — but the state’s Republicans were still dazzled by

Report: Callista Gingrich under consideration to be Vatican ambassador

2:29 pm Jan. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering Callista Gingrich, the third wife of former Georgia lawmaker and Donald Trump confidante Newt Gingrich, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reported the papal news on Thursday, citing a “person briefed on the discussions”:

Mr. Gingrich, reached by telephone, said that he was aware that his wife had been on a list for the job, but declined

Donald Trump sets the record straight on swamp draining: ‘We will always be DTS’

1:18 pm Dec. 22, 2016

Former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich was left to eat his words Thursday after Donald Trump rebuked his ally for saying the president-elect was no longer interested in ensuring Washington is not beholden to special interests.

Trump didn’t use Gingrich’s name in his Twitter scold, but its focus was clear:

Gingrich was quick to admit he “made a big boo-boo” when it came to “draining the swamp,” or DTS:

“I goofed,” Gingrich said in

Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump not into swamp draining anymore

2:09 pm Dec. 21, 2016

Well, that was fast.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich told NPR on Wednesday that Donald Trump’s whole “drain the swamp” bit is no longer a thing.

The former Georgia congressman and confidant to the president elect said the slogan, a hit during the final weeks of the general election, is now out of favor at Trump Tower.

On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Gingrich said: 

“I’m told he now just disclaims that. He

When Tom Price dabbled with something like Obamacare

9:11 am Dec. 2, 2016

Former Georgia Democratic operative Liz Flowers points us to an experimental period in the life of Tom Price, now President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Price now