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This week: House to vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran after strike | TheHill – The Hill

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Lawmakers are returning to Washington this week as an in-limbo impeachment trial and the fallout from an airstrike that killed a top Iranian general have scrambled Congress’s schedule only days into 2020. 

Most senators are coming back to town on Monday, after the chamber held a brief hour-and-a-half session on Friday; the House will return for votes on Tuesday night. 

 

Kaine introduced a war powers resolution on Friday that will force a vote as soon as this month on Trump’s authorities. The resolution would require Trump to remove U.S. forces from hostilities against Iran, “or any…

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I-TEAM: GAO report shows much work to be done for private military housing – WRDW-TV

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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – We have an update on an I-Team investigation into military housing.

Since we started digging into problems at Fort Gordon, the issue has gone up the chain of command at installations across the country.

We got our hands on a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.

The final report should be out in early 2020, but if this is any indication, there is much…

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Georgia’s new senator: A political novice with deep pockets – Santa Fe New Mexican

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ATLANTA — At a black-tie gala for Georgia 4-H in August, finance executive Kelly Loeffler told the crowd of farmers, instructors and students how she got her start — tending soybeans and corn and caring for cattle on her family’s farm in rural Illinois.

“Whether it’s memories of working with my dad in the feed lot with our cattle or sewing and baking with my mom, these are things, priceless memories, that have also helped me in the business world,” Loeffler said.

That night, the youth service organization announced a $200,000 donation from Loeffler to help…

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Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings – POLITICO
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Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings – POLITICO

As top diplomats William Taylor and George Kent prepare to appear before the House in the first public phase of the inquiry, few senators said they had plans to watch most of the testimony on Wednesday. And though Democrats and a handful of Republicans said they would try to play catch-up if they couldn't monitor in real time, a significant portion of the Senate GOP said they have no plans to watch at all. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’s going to “be paying attention to what we’re doing in the Senate.” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 GOP...
ICE attempts to deport student’s mother – Yale Daily News
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ICE attempts to deport student’s mother – Yale Daily News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers removed Tania Romero from the Irwin County Detention Center in southern Georgia early Monday morning in an attempt to deport her from the United States, according to the Honduran consulate in Atlanta. Shortly after midnight on Monday, Cristian Padilla Romero GRD ’24 received a phone call from one of his mother’s fellow detainees at the detention center where Romero has been held since mid-August, he said.
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Senators stuck on plan to fund historically black colleges and universities – 11Alive.com WXIA

Time continues to run out on a fight over how to fund historically black colleges and universities. An extension expired October 1, but Senators are still at odds over how to make it work. This could mean a shortfall of $4.2 million dollars for HBCUs nationwide and other schools that serve minorities, like Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University here in Atlanta. For nearly 200 years, HBCUs have served tens of thousands of studen
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President Trump plans to unveil new campaign to appeal to more black voters – WSB Atlanta

President Donald Trump is headed to metro Atlanta on Friday to launch a drive to recruit more African-American voters. Trump is hoping to boost his numbers by unveiling a new initiative called "Black Voices for Trump." He will discuss the plan at his rally in downtown Atlanta. His campaign picked Atlanta because of its role as an epicenter of black life and the region's fast-growing population, according to a senior White House official.
Georgia Supreme Court upholds election despite alleged missing votes – New York Daily News
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Georgia Supreme Court upholds election despite alleged missing votes – New York Daily News

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there wasn't enough evidence to further dispute last year's election for lieutenant governor, which had inexplicably low vote totals. An election can't be overturned based solely on unusual vote counts in the lieutenant governor's race tens of thousands fewer than in every other statewide election the court wrote in its 94-page decision upholding a lower court's dismissal of the case. Specific evidence of illegal or improper votes is required, it said. The plaintiffs in the case alleged there were about 127,000 fewer votes than expected compared with previous elections, a larger disparity than the 123,172-vote margin of victory for Republican Geoff Duncan over Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. "A party contesting an election must therefore offer evidence not merely theories or conjecture that places in doubt the result of an election," according to the court's 8-0 ruling, written by Justice Sarah Warren. "The petitioners in this case have not carried that burden."
GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk
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GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk

Key Republican senators told CNN the Senate should conduct a fulsome trial of President Donald Trump — assuming the House soon sends over articles of impeachment, as expected — and not try to jam through a motion that would allow them to dismiss the case quickly on a partisan vote. A motion of dismissal was attempted in the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton when his Democratic allies in the Senate, led by the powerful institutionalist Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, tried and failed to get that case dismissed. Even though Byrd rounded up some support from Republicans who controlled the chamber, his effort fell short and the trial went on for about three more weeks before Clinton was acquitted.
Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times
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Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times

Those voters had received a notice asking them to confirm that they still lived at their addresses, and they were given two additional election cycles to respond. Next week, those who have failed to do so will receive a final notice along with a card they must return to avoid being purged. If they do not respond, their names will be removed. Fair Fight Action, an advocacy organization founded by Ms. Abrams, said Georgia’s removal of registered voters who had not cast recent ballots was wrong. “Voters should not lose their right to vote simply because they have decided not to express that...
Georgia’s AG joins Republicans assailing Trump impeachment – Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Georgia’s AG joins Republicans assailing Trump impeachment – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia’s top law enforcement official has joined the chorus of Republicans who oppose the Democratic-led impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Attorney General Chris Carr said on social media on Monday that the House is “setting a bad precedent” with its push to oust Trump after he pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his top political rivals. “Impeachment should only ever be pursued with extreme caution, must follow due process & must be open & transparent,” wrote Carr.
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Sen. David Perdue ‘truly honored’ to join President Trump at World Series – 11Alive.com WXIA

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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Georgia Sen. David Perdue was an invited guest of President Donald Trump at the World Series Sunday night, his office confirmed. 

His office said Perdue was “truly honored” to join the president and first lady for Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. 

The president was on hand for seven innings before heading back to the White House. The Astros took a 3-2 series lead with a 7-1 victory in Game 5.

His office made the point to mention to 11Alive that “he made it clear he would prefer to…

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Trump attends World Series after big national security win – Washington Post

Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered a lower-tier box to the left of home plate. His presence wasn’t formally announced, but fans in the section just below Trump’s suite turned to look toward the box as he arrived. Some waved at the president as he smiled and gave a thumbs-up. Five wounded veterans were among those watching the game with the president. A dozen or so congressional lawmakers accompanied the president, according to a list provided by the White House, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and David Perdue Georgia.