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President-elect Donald Trump calls to media from the entryway of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J..
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President Donald Trump on Monday attacked his political enemies seeking an upset in Georgia's special congressional election, blasting the leading Democratic candidate as a "super liberal" who "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"

In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa.
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Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia "may be at an all-time low." His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings.

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A new memorandum about the council's composition was published Wednesday in the Federal Register. The memo no longer lists the chief strategist as a member of the Principals Committee, a group of high-ranking officials who meet to discuss pressing national security priorities.

Ivanka Trump: A White House Force, Just Not An 'Employee'

Mar 24, 2017
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President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee.

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When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.

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The nominee for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to work with Democrats to create jobs in the struggling industry.

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During the hearing, Senators from the Senate Agricultural Committee asked Perdue how he felt about Trump's budget, which includes a 21 percent cut to the USDA's discretionary spending. 

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The FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election, according to FBI Director James Comey.

Comey is testified at a highly politically charged congressional examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. He acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he'd been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case.

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Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, begins his three-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

‘It’s Unimaginable Feeling Unwelcome In The Country That I Was Born In’

Mar 18, 2017
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With the election of Donald Trump, political divide is at a seemingly all-time high, causing an uprise in social and racial tensions.

With the Trump administration’s revised travel ban that was scheduled to go into effect on March 16 now on hold  (it bans foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and bans all refugees for 120 days but judges in Hawaii and Maryland have ruled against it) heightening this separation, I decided to investigate what it feels like to be Muslim in the heap of this great American divide.

Trump Welcomes Merkel To White House For High Stakes Visit

Mar 17, 2017
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It was all smiles as President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday, their first personal encounter since he frequently criticized her during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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In late January, Hassan, his wife and his two young daughters were ready to start a new life across the globe in Atlanta. They’d been living in Jordan for about four years after Hassan and his wife fled Syria. Hassan didn't want to use his real name because of family members still living in Syria. 

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In today's  "Medical Minute," reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about the American Health Care Act currently under committee debate in the House. The bill is under attack from the right and the left for different reasons.

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Vox explains why he joins the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and other stakeholders in criticizing this legislation.

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would begin dismantling one of the Obama administration’s key climate change rules.  

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As "Underground" starts its second season, it remains firmly rooted in history — but it also very much reflects on present-day American issues.

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One of the show's stars, Aldis Hodge, says the political commentary is unintentional by "Underground" co-creator Misha Green, who was highly critical of President Donald Trump during his candidacy, calling him "a racist and sexiest."

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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday to send a transgender case back to the lower courts.

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The case involves Gavin Grimm, a transgender male senior high school student in Virginia. He asserts he should be able to use the bathroom of his gender identity under Title IX, which is a national law that protects students against sexual discrimination. 

Although the case doesn't affect Georgia directly,  it could set a precedent on how other courts rule on similar cases. 

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas.

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Everyone was in place for the hearing in Atlanta immigration court: the Guinean man hoping to stay in the U.S., his attorney, a prosecutor, a translator and the judge. But because of some missing paperwork, it was all for nothing.

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When the government attorney said he hadn't received the case file, Judge J. Dan Pelletier rescheduled the proceeding. Everybody would have to come back another day.

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue remembers what it was like dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in Georgia with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
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President Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be his agriculture secretary six weeks ago, but the administration still hasn't formally provided the Senate with the paperwork for the nomination.

 

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The delay is frustrating farm-state senators, who represent many of the core voters responsible for helping elect Trump.

 

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President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9 p.m.

The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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A presidential address to Congress is always part policy speech, part political theater. With President Donald Trump, a former reality TV star, there's extra potential for drama as he makes his first address to Congress.

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President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit a regulation on clean water.

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The Obama-era rule, known both as the Clean Water Rule and "Waters of the United States," was intended to clarify what bodies of water are protected by the Clean Water Act: Big rivers are, but what about creeks that feed into them, or streams that go dry part of the year, or wetlands? The rule would have protected those too.

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Supporters of Donald Trump gathered at the state capitol Monday to show their approval for the president and the first month of his administration.

 

About a hundred people showed up to Liberty Plaza in their Make America Great Again finest.

 

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About a hundred people rallied outside a constituent event with Sen. David Perdue’s staff at the Henry County Farm Bureau in McDonough on Thursday.

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Many demanded a face-to-face meeting with Perdue, some holding signs that read, “You work for us” or “Where are you?”

Perdue’s staff say they hold mobile office hours routinely around the state to help constituents with issues like veterans’ affairs and social security.

Administration To Lift Transgender Bathroom Guidance, Source Says

Feb 22, 2017
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The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, a government official said Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as "horrible ... painful" and said more must be done "to root out hate and prejudice and evil."

Trump made his remarks after touring the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms," Trump said.

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Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As Oklahoma Attorney General, he has opposed the agency in lawsuits, and Georgia has often sided with him.

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Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary.

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The fast food executive says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that he was "honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America's workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity."

Puzder says "while I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team."

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President Donald Trump is the latest in a succession of U.S. presidents pledging unbreakable support for Israel. Last year, for instance, the US signed a $38-Billion military aid package with the Israelis even as Washington pressed Israel to make peace with the Palestinians.

As a presidential candidate, Trump signaled an intent to bolster Israel in even more demonstrative ways. But lately, in the early days of the Trump administration, the language of support has become somewhat less robust. 

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The election of Donald Trump changed something in Katie Dahlstrand, a veteran and history student at the University of Georgia.  

“I decided that being a passive progressive is no longer an option,” she said.

Dahlstrand is now the campaign coordinator for the progressive group Athens For Everyone, which used social media to rally people to a recent meeting with Republican congressional staffers for Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Jody Hice in the rural town of Greensboro, Georgia.

Canada's Trudeau Talks Trade With Trump At White House

Feb 13, 2017
President Donald Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
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President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeatedly stressed their commitment to working together after their first face-to-face meeting Monday.

The neighboring leaders, polar opposites in nearly every way, took up the thorny subjects of trade and immigration, with Trudeau eager to build a relationship with the new U.S. president.

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A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible.

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban last week after Washington state and Minnesota sued. The Justice Department appealed to the 9th Circuit.

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