Government & Politics

Fulton 19 recap: 900 local residents to receive jury summons in election interference trial

BY: - September 22, 2023

The Fulton County 2020 presidential election interference trial is scheduled to begin next month, which means attorneys will have to parse through hundreds of potential jurors before opening statements can be made. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has ordered that 900 residents be called as prospective jurors for the Oct. 23 trial of […]

Georgia AG shrugs off open records violations but demands local DAs enforce all laws equally

BY: - September 22, 2023

When Gov. Brian Kemp signed the GOP-backed Senate Bill 92 in May, he set Georgia on a path to creating something the state had never seen before: a prosecutorial oversight commission with the muscle to shove an elected local district attorney out of public office. An appointed panel with the discretionary power to remove county […]

‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war’: Zelenskyy asks Congress to help Ukraine

BY: and - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers to reiterate the need for continued aid to support his country’s fight against the Russian invasion, even as the U.S. faces a partial government shutdown as soon as the end of the month. “If we don’t get the aid, […]

Shutdown inches closer as U.S. House GOP fails to pass defense bill, lawmakers exit D.C.

BY: - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans were unable for a third time Thursday to begin debate on the Defense funding bill, throwing another wrench into Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership tenure. The 212-216 vote that rejected the rule for the $826 billion Defense spending measure was unexpected, coming less than a day after House GOP lawmakers gathered in a […]

U.S. Senate confirms a military nominee, the first since Tuberville blockade began

BY: - September 20, 2023

The U.S. Senate confirmed a nominee for a high-ranking military post Wednesday night and advanced another, the first votes on military nominations or promotions since Alabama Republican Tommy Tuberville started blocking them seven months ago to protest Defense Department abortion policies. Tuberville did not object to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, […]

State officials dig in to launch center for Georgians with disabilities who are in crisis

BY: - September 20, 2023

MACON – Work will soon begin on a new center in Macon that will focus exclusively on serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also have behavioral health challenges. The center, which is set to open in early 2025, will treat people with disabilities from all over the state who might otherwise end up […]

Fulton DA rejects claims of official role by Trump ‘fake electors’ in 2020 election case

BY: - September 20, 2023

Fulton County prosecutors describe a trio of Georgians who served on a false slate of Republican electors in the 2020 presidential election as being fantastical in their attempt to argue their felony election interference racketeering case should be moved to federal court. On Tuesday, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office said the so-called fake electors […]

U.S. attorney general defends Hunter Biden investigation under questioning by House GOP

BY: - September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans led by Ohio’s Jim Jordan on Wednesday grilled U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland about how the Justice Department has handled its investigation and prosecution of Hunter Biden on felony gun charges. The questions about the president’s son came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last week asked several committees, including the […]

A ‘disaster’ nears: Millions of federal workers’ paychecks would be on hold in a shutdown

BY: - September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 3.5 million federal employees and military personnel — many in the Washington, D.C., area but also scattered across the states and around the globe — are bracing for another partial government shutdown, as U.S. House Republicans struggle to produce a short-term plan to fund the government past the end of the […]

U.S. House GOP spending bills falter as Congress struggles to avoid a shutdown

BY: and - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are preparing their own short-term spending bill that they believe will garner bipartisan support, a decision that could stave off a partial government shutdown — and as House Republicans failed to advance two spending bills. The Senate move would work as long as the House votes to […]

Tuberville opponents plant hundreds of signs outside U.S. Capitol in protest of blockade

BY: - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 300 signs dotted the lawn outside the U.S. Senate Tuesday, each bearing the name of a military nominee blocked this year by Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama in protest of a  abortion policy. Multiple Democratic senators delivered comments Tuesday at the sign installation organized by the progressive VoteVets Political Action Committee, which […]

Lawyer says ex-DOJ official acted within scope of duties

BY: - September 19, 2023

On Monday, the attorney representing Jeffrey Clark, a former Trump Justice Department official, accused the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office of opening a Pandora’s Box by prosecuting Clark for disagreeing with DOJ colleagues over the secureness of the 2020 presidential election results. Harry MacDougald, Clark’s attorney, challenged prosecutors charging him in state court for drafting […]