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Buddy Carter on transgender troops: ‘I don’t want ’em serving in the military’

9:54 am Aug. 11, 2017

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At the last of his nine town hall meetings on the Georgia coast last night, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter drew “jeers and boos” when he defended his use of a colloquial threat against certain Republicans in the opposite chamber,

An uneventful Johnny Isakson town hall? Perhaps not

6:00 am Aug. 11, 2017

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If Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was hoping to be greeted by a low-key crowd next week at his first in-person town hall of the year, that may be wishful thinking.

A local chapter of the progressive group Indivisible indicated it’s planning to make its presence known when the Republican takes the stage at

Ceasar Mitchell launches his digital campaign for mayor of Atlanta

5:22 pm Aug. 10, 2017

A dozen days before qualifying opens up in this year’s race for mayor of Atlanta, Ceasar Mitchell – currently president of the Atlanta City Council – has launched a digital campaign that leans heavily on this video:

The video relies heavily on biography more than policy, but if you parse the script, you can catch some implied criticism of the incumbent, Mayor Kasim Reed.

For instance, Mitchell calls for “more openness and

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

In Sonny Perdue’s USDA, say ‘weather extremes’ — not ‘climate change’

10:00 am Aug. 10, 2017

The Guardian newspaper has obtained a series of emails passed among the staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a branch of the USDA that oversees  land conservation  — in which the workers were given instructions on how the new Trump administration wanted to talk about global warming:

— Instead of “climate change,” use “weather extremes.”

— Instead of “climate change adaption,” use resilience to weather extremes, resilience to