Several State Department officials left their posts Wednesday, reports the New York Daily News. From New York Daily News: At least four senior officials at the State Department resigned Wednesday, leaving the critical agency devoid of most of its management-level personnel ahead of the expected confirmation of Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson… The departures are just the latest wave in an ongoing mass exit from the State Department following President Trump’s electoral victory in November…CNN reported that the foursome was fired — and didn’t resign — by the Trump administration as part of an effort, officials said, meant to “clean house.” …Resignees included Undersecretary for ManagementRead More →

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering Callista Gingrich, the third wife of former Georgia lawmaker and Donald Trump confidante Newt Gingrich, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, according to The New York Times. The newspaper reported the papal news on Thursday, citing a “person briefed on the discussions”: Mr. Gingrich, reached by telephone, said that he was aware that his wife had been on a list for the job, but declined to say where things stand. If nominated and confirmed by the Senate, the move would represent a major career shift for Gingrich, who has never held elected office. Before taking over as president of Gingrich Productions,Read More →

Donald Trump filled out his Cabinet just before he was sworn-in as president, but he still hasn’t appointed hundreds of other powerful positions in his administration. And many of his earliest supporters and most prominent allies in Georgia are in the running. Here’s a rundown of which Georgians have already earned jobs in the Trump White House – and which ones are likely to work for his administration. Let us know if we’re missing anyone from the list. Already in the Trump White House: Georgia Rep. Tom Price. The Roswell Republican was selected in November as Trump’s health secretary, and a U.S. Senate vote onRead More →

We told you earlier this week about that climate change and health conference that was cancelled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential contest. It’s back on, and former vice president Al Gore might have had something to do with it. And maybe Ted Turner, too.  From the Washington Post: The meeting now planned for Feb. 16 will take place outside of any government circles. Rather than at CDC, it will be held at the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta. It will be a one-day event rather than the three days originally planned.Read More →

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said it was too early for him to weigh in on a new proposal that emerged this week to allow two casinos in the state,  including one that would likely be in city limits. His wait-and-see comments to our AJC colleague Scott Trubey and a scrum of other reporters are a far cry from his staunch opposition in 2015, when he told reporters he is “not there at all” on legalizing gambling. “I believe Las Vegas is in Las Vegas for a reason,” the mayor told reporters then. “I have a real issue with putting a (gambling) facility in Atlanta.”  Read More →

Over at the Saporta Report, David Pendered writes that the legal bills for the lengthy court fight with Georgia over water are creating some financial friction in Florida: Florida lawmakers balked Tuesday at a request for an additional $13 million. In response to the opposition, the request was withdrawn, records show.   Even the $13 million would not cover a shortfall now forecast at $17.1, according to information on the agenda of Florida’s joint House-Senate Legislative Budget Commission. It’s costing us serious cash, too. As reported last week: The public cost for Georgia’s seemingly never-ending legal battle with its neighbors over water ballooned to nearlyRead More →