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Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel barely made it out of the crowded April 18 special election to replace Tom Price as the U.S. House member from Georgia's 6th Congressional District.  But, in the weeks since, the Republican has waged a close battle with Democrat Jon Ossoff, who finished first in April.  The two face each other in a runoff June 20.  Their contest has become the most expensive U.S. House race ever.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election.

 

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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff nearly won the April 18 special election to replace Tom Price as the U.S. House member from Georgia's 6th Congressional District.  Now, he faces Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff in a district that has been solidly Republican for years.  

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer talked with Ossoff about a wide range of issues, including reports of President Donald Trump disclosing classified information to Russian officials; healthcare reform; and whether Ossoff could take the independent course he has promised if he were elected.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so.

 

Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

 

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Even in a world that is now accustomed to big surprises, it was a dizzying week in politics.

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President Donald Trump, who had just visited the Atlanta area to support Karen Handel's 6th Congressional District campaign, abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey. 

That event, in turn, could affect the close battle for the seat left vacant by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price -- at least according to political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson.

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The National Rifle Association will be in town for four days at the Georgia World Congress Center starting Thursday. It's the first time the group's annual convention has been held in Atlanta since the 1970s. President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak.

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The NRA said some 70,000 of its members will converge on Atlanta. Almost two-thirds are coming from Georgia and surrounding states, according to spokesperson Jason Brown.

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After months of listening to ads, robocalls, and door-to-door campaign volunteers, voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District finally get to have their say.

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On a Monday afternoon at Fulton County’s S.L. Lewis Elementary School, 144 students gather in the gym after dismissal. They are grouped in “nests” of 12 kids each. As they wait for everyone to arrive, they talk excitedly to other students and group leaders.

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Gauging Trump's Emissions Standards Delay On Atlanta

Mar 15, 2017
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he’s delaying a plan to require improved emissions standards for car fuel efficiency. As a city filled with cars, Atlanta could be affected by this decision.

The White House says it wants to revisit the fuel efficiency standards set forth by the Obama administration that are scheduled to go into place by 2025.

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As U. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a trip to Asia this week, the emerging nuclear threat posed by North Korea will likely be a major subject of his talks in Japan, South Korea, and China. 

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However, Russia remains the U.S. adversary with the largest nuclear capability by far, and the chance of a conflict with Russia--especially one caused by lack of communication--continues to worry former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.  

Former Senator Sam Nun of Georgia talks in his downtown Atlanta office.
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This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a trip to Asia, with scheduled visits to Japan, South Korea, and China.  Tensions have increased in the a region after North Korea recently conducted new tests of missiles, which North Korea says could carry nuclear warheads.

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, speaking with Denis O'Hayer at the WABE studios on February 17, 2017.
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As President Donald Trump prepares a revised version of his executive order on travel and immigration, he continues to promise tougher enforcement against people who are in the country illegally. Earlier this months, ICE raids in Georgia resulted in 87 arrests.