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Social Security Benefit to increase 2.8 percent in 2019

New cost-of-living adjustment largest since 2012 Social Security benefits will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in seven years. The COLA, announced Thursday, Oct. 11, will increase the average Social Security retirement benefit by $39 a month (roughly $468 a year). The average single retired Social Security recipient is expected to […]

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador, expected to leave at end of year

By Elaine Owen, from NEWS REPORTS UN Ambassador Nikki Haley unexpectedly gave her resignation Tuesday morning (Sept. 9). Haley and the president then met in the Oval Office to discuss the resignation. While her reason for resigning wasn’t made clear immediately, President Donald Trump has officially accepted it. Trump called Haley a “very special” person, […]

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US Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Elizabeth Warren: FBI report contradicts Kavanaugh testimony

By Pete Kasperowicz, Washington Examiner Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Thursday that the FBI’s supplemental report detailing sexual assault claims against Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh includes elements that contradict what the nominee told the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Warren, speaking on the Senate floor, said she wasn’t allowed to talk about the details of […]

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Presidential Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2018

By Elaine Owen, Editor NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE Issued on: September 28, 2018 Courageous Americans of every generation have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country and our freedom. The families who stood alongside these heroes have paid a price no family should ever have to pay. Gold Star Mother’s […]

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FBI data shows crime rate falls nationwide, Georgia violent crime lower than average, murder and property higher

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ New FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) data shows crime fell in the United States—largely due to continued declines in property offenses—and Georgia saw a downturn in violent crimes. Last week the FBI published its final analysis of “Crime in the United States, 2017,” finding that the estimated number of violent […]

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President Donald Trump talks to media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Havelock, North Carolina Sept. 19, 2018.

President Trump escalates attacks on AG Jeff Sessions: I don’t have an Attorney General

By JONATHAN LEMIRE / AP – TIME ~~ WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, “I don’t have an attorney general.” Trump, in a Hill.TV interview released Wednesday, said that he’s “so sad over Jeff Sessions,” whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. […]

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Senator David Perdue: American people deserve the truth

Senator David Perdue: American people deserve the truth

“We need to hear from Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford, and make sure we do it in a timely manner.” ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet The Press to discuss Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. Here are highlights of that interview. Getting […]

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Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

Presidential Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2018

Issued on: September 14, 2018 During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we acknowledge the devastating toll the opioid epidemic has inflicted on our country and its people, and we pledge to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid abuse. As we continue our work to end this terrible crisis, I […]

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FEMA test allowing Trump to send emergency alterts

FEMA to test system allowing Trump to send emergency alerts

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is testing a new system today (Sept. 20) that allows President Trump to send messages directly to U.S. cellphones. All major wireless firms and more than 100 mobile carriers are participating in the new Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program that allows for presidential alerts, FEMA […]

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District Attorney warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes

Like cigarettes, vaping is illegal to people under 18 years of age. By Elaine Owen, Editor Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee warns of dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. In a press release Sept. 6, 2018, Sosebee said during the last week, several teens in Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties have experienced medical […]

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