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A new barrier is built along the Texas-Mexico border near downtown El Paso. (AP IMAGE)

The government is set to shut down again Friday. Here are ways this week could end

Why the government could be headed for another shutdown The Fix’s Colby Itkowitz analyzes four possible scenarios as congressional negotiators work to avoid a second government shutdown in 2019. (Reprinted with Permission – The Washington Post) February 11 at 11:29 P.M. At the end of last week, the congressional negotiators tasked with averting another painful […]

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President Trump

Donald Trump is facing a dilemma that could define his presidency

By Brian Bennett, TIME The State of the Union speech is one of the most extravagant portraits of American power. Replete with pageantry, tens of millions of television viewers, a chamber crammed with dignitaries and Donald Trump at the center of the shot–is it any wonder the annual address is one of the few Washington […]

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Georgia Dept of Public Health

Where do our tobacco settlement dollars go?

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News – Reprinted with Permission Twenty years ago, Georgia and 45 other states reached an agreement with tobacco companies that settled all future claims against the firms about smoking. A major goal of the pact was to reduce cigarette smoking in the nation. The Master Settlement Agreement has provided Georgia […]

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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Secretary of State opens potential voter fraud investigation

(ATLANTA) — Following a series of accusations related to the race for House District 28, The Secretary of State’s Investigations Division is continuing to pursue an ongoing investigation into potential instances of voter fraud. “Eliminating voter fraud is essential to strengthening the integrity of Georgia’s elections, which is why I am committed to fighting against […]

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President Trump speaks to the nation in 2019 State of the Union address

President Trump speaks to the nation in 2019 State of the Union address

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that “ridiculous partisan investigations” into his administration and businesses could hamper a surging American economy. Trump’s appeals for bipartisanship in his State of […]

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks back to his office after a vote January 28, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate backs McConnell’s rebuke of Trump’s military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan

By Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch Mc- Connell on Thursday (Jan. 31) in a rebuke of President Trump’s rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, voting to declare that the Islamic State’s continued operations in both countries poses a serious threat to the United […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. ALEXEI NIKOLSKY, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Why US, Russia pulling out of INF Treaty raises fears of accidental nuclear war

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Feb 2, 2019 MOSCOW — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump accused Moscow on Friday (Feb. 1) of violating the 1987 […]

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First Fannin Habitat homeowner pays off mortgage early

By Elaine Owen, Editor Almost 20 years ago, Paula Behrens applied for a Habitat for Humanity loan. The length and terms of a Habitat mortgage is based on affordability. In Behren’s case, she and her three boys, twins Paul and Stephen and John Henry, a 20 year note was the best option. Chris Hall, Executive […]

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Representative Matt Dollar

Speaker David Ralston creates group to support Georgia’s film industry

Names Rep. Matt Dollar chair By Elaine Owen, Editor Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced earlier this month that he’s starting a legislative effort to boost the state’s film, TV and entertainment industry. Ralston created the House Working Group on Creative Arts & Entertainment, which will review the state’s tax incentives and other […]

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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray suggested bureau officials have not publicly spoken out because of the “polarized environment.” (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

FBI director blasts ‘mindboggling’ shutdown impact in message to unpaid employees

By Mark Berman, Washington Post (REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION) FBI Director Christopher A. Wray decried the government shutdown’s impact on the bureau’s employees in a video message released amid rising anxiety among thousands of agents and other personnel who have spent more than a month working without pay. In the unusual video message, Wray also offered […]

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