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Chief Appraiser Dawn Cochran, Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway

Finance director, tax board to work together

By Elaine Owen, Editor The Aug. 2 Tax Assessor meeting began with Fannin County Chief Financial Officer (CFO)/CPA Robin Gazaway sitting at the table with Tax Assessor Board members Janie Bearden, chair, Troy Junnier, and Mark Henson. The meeting was to clarify misunderstandings between the commissioners and the assessors regarding budget reporting and responsibilities. Junnier […]

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Trump tweets about fake news

‘Not the enemy of the people’: 70 news organizations will blast Trump’s attack on the media

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. – Washington Post – August 12 at 9:19 a.m. For most of the past 19 months, President Trump’s war of words with American news organizations has been more of a one-sided barrage—at least according to the Boston Globe’s editorial board. Trump labeled the news media “the enemy of the American […]

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Viktor, left, and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney Michael Wildes, right, makes a statement in New York Thursday. First Lady Melania Trump’s parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens–using ‘chain migration’ that’s under fire from her husband

Family lawyer praises system By ASSOCIATED PRESS | AUG 10, 2018 | 7:40 AM | NEW YORK The immigration attorney for first lady Melania Trump and her family delivered a passionate defense of so-called “chain migration” Friday (Aug. 10), saying that the policy, which Trump wants to change, is actually a “beautiful bedrock of immigration […]

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US Korean War

U.S. military takes possession of remains that North Korea says belong to Americans who died in the Korean War

North Korea transferred the remains it says are 55 American service members killed in the Korean War to the U.S. military on July 27. (Reuters) By Adam Taylor and Dan Lamothe- REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION – WASHINGTON POST OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A U.S. Air Force plane carrying what are thought to be the […]

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Trump on Iran Sanctions

Statement from the President on the Reimposition of United States Sanctions to Iran

Aug. 6, 2018. Today, the United States is taking action to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions with respect to Iran that were lifted in connection with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (the “JCPOA”). These actions include reimposing sanctions on Iran’s automotive sector and on its trade in gold and precious metals, as […]

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President Donald Trump arrives to board Air Force One prior to departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, July 26, 2018, as he travels to Iowa and Illinois to speak about the economy. Trump traveled by motorcade after the White House falsely claimed the weather was bad. SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Donald Trump’s White House is now literally claiming the sky isn’t blue

By JASON LE MIERE at Newsweek In a comment condemned by many as Orwellian, President Donald Trump last week told the audience during a Veterans’ event in Kansas City that “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” On Thursday, his administration took its apparent attempt to distort reality a step further, […]

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Trump administration says ACLU—not government—should find deported parents. The Trump administration is under a court order to reunite more than 2,500 children separated from their parents at the border, but Justice lawyers say advocacy groups should be responsible for reuniting these children with parents.

In court filing, U.S. Government claims ACLU should reunite deported parents with their children

By Amanda Fox, USA Today In what has been deemed a “remarkable court filing,” the U.S. government has basically attempted to wash their hands of the responsibility of following through on the order of U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw to reunite children with their deported parents. Government attorneys stated in court that the ACLU […]

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In this May 10, 2013, file photo, Cody Wilson holds what he calls a “Liberator” pistol that was completely made on a 3-D printer at his home in Austin. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/AP)

Federal judge blocks posting of blueprints for 3-D-printed guns hours before they were to be published

BREAKING NEWS – July 31, 2018 A federal judge has blocked the public availability of blueprints that provide instructions for making guns using 3-D printers, just hours before the documents were expected to be published online. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday night barring a trove of downloadable […]

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JQC Hearing Panel from left: Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register, Atlanta attorney Jamala McFadden and Fulton Superior Court Chief Judge Robert McBurney.

Judicial Watchdog Opinion cautions Judges on perils of spousal politics

The state Judicial Qualifications Commission has issued a formal advisory opinion warning judges that while the Code of Judicial Conduct cannot bar their spouses from hosting political events and fundraisers, if spouses decline to opt for another venue, judges can’t be affiliated with the event or even show up. By R. Robin McDonald, The Daily […]

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Trump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants

Could lead to deportation of people already citizens BY LYDIA WHEELER – AP – THE HILL ~~ The Trump administration is stepping up efforts to curb legal immigration, taking a series of actions in recent weeks that could lead to deportation for people already granted citizenship. The director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

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