Black Politics

Your tip sheet: House to consider tax breaks for yacht owners, while the Senate looks at medical marijuana

Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 22 Both chambers start today at 10 a.m. In the House, seven bills are up for a vote, including House Bill 125, which  provides tax credits for repairs of more than $500,000 done to mega yachts. The Senate, meanwhile, will consider two bills, including Senate Bill 16, that chamber’s proposal for a limited expansion of ...

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Al Gore: Climate change could render holiest cities of Islam uninhabitable

A re-fashioned meeting on the threats of climate change to human health, canceled after the election of Donald Trump as president, got underway in Atlanta on Thursday, with former Vice President Al Gore, the event organizer, warning that some well-populated areas of the planet are on the verge of becoming uninhabitable. Those spot include the holiest cities of Islam, Gore ...

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Inside the 18-candidate race to replace Tom Price

The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price is more than an early test of President Donald Trump’s popularity. It’s also a bitter battle between powerful Republican factions and a proving ground for Democrats who hope Trump helps them win conservative areas. Eighteen candidates qualified to run this week for the April 18 special election to succeed Price. And ...

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SonnyWatch: Perdue notches early compliments from Democrats

WASHINGTON – Early feedback from Democrats suggests the Senate confirmation process for former Gov. Sonny Perdue may not be marked by the same partisan conflicts that characterized consideration of former Georgia Rep. Tom Price’s health nomination. Many Senate Democrats expressed cautious optimism about Perdue in recent days, a positive sign for the Republican as he waits for his federal paperwork and background ...

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Pro-Trump ‘Spirit of America’ rallies coming to Georgia

Donald Trump supporters are planning a wave of conservative rallies in Georgia and across the nation this month to push back against the massive protests by Trump critics since his Jan. 20 inauguration. Georgia tea party guru Debbie Dooley is helping to organize the “Spirit of America” events across the nation, which she said are open to anyone supporting Trump ...

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Your tip sheet: Dollar bills, baby

Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 21 It’s get-away day in the General Assembly as lawmakers seek to head home until Tuesday — meaning committee action is relatively light. Before they go, however, the House will take up the Fiscal 2018 state budget. The record $25 billion spending plan includes raises for 200,000 teachers and $1 billion in construction ...

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Uncomfortable with Trump’s war on the press? Then join his fight against U.S. spies

If you watched the whole of President Donald Trump’s extraordinary,  77-minute press conference on Thursday, you’ll need the name of a good chiropractor. Because it’s almost certain you’ve got a bad case of whiplash. From the Associated Press: The president denounced media reports of a chaotic start to his administration marked by a contentious executive order — now tied up ...

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center says. The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said in a report ...

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WATCH: Trump Awkwardly Assumes April Ryan Is ‘Friends’ With Congressional Black Caucus

https://www.youtube.com/embed/axCKbWfRXm4?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent President Donald Trump awkwardly pressed April Ryan about being friends with the Congressional Black Caucus after the Black journalist asked POTUS about plans for improving inner cities during an awkward press conference Thursday, reports CBS News. From CBS News: “You go to some of the inner city places and it’s so sad when you look at the crime,” the president ...

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Trump Picks First Hispanic Leader To Join Cabinet

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that R. Alexander Acosta is his  new nominee to head the Department of Labor, reports NBC News. If confirmed, Acosta, a Florida law school dean and former assistant attorney general for civil rights,  would be the first Hispanic in Trump’s cabinet. He would also be the second person of color on the cabinet, joining Housing and Urban Development Secretary ...

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