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Economic anxiety can reshape America for the better, the right says 

Economic anxiety can reshape America for the better, the right says 

1. How economic anxiety could help reshape America for the better From The Guardian: “Today’s economic uncertainty and struggle can motivate people to change their allegiances and sensibilities, and make ‘pie-in-the-sky’ solutions seem more attainable.” 2. New York City’s booming economy is bad news for the far left From New York Post: &ldquo...
The left discusses Pelosi and the House

The left discusses Pelosi and the House

1. Time for a Nancy Pelosi farewell victory and new House leaders for Democrats From USA TODAY: “What would Trump and Republicans run on if they didn't have Pelosi? She should say she'll leave leadership in 2019, then campaign like heck for Democrats.” 2. GOP to weaponize Pelosi and ‘San Francisco values’ in key California House races From San Francisco Chronicle...
Opinion: Trump flunks the Trump test

Opinion: Trump flunks the Trump test

I suppose we should call it “the Trump test,” the standard proposed by the Trump White House to justify its decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan of the security clearance that has long granted as professional courtesy to those who have held that position. You see, Brennan’s error was not leaking a top-secret, highly sensitive Israeli spy program to the Russians. Donald...
Opinion: Moving forward on regional transit in metro Atlanta

Opinion: Moving forward on regional transit in metro Atlanta

A few weeks ago, the Georgia General Assembly passed landmark legislation creating a regional transit authority in metro Atlanta. Skeptics believed it couldn’t be done, saying the issue was too complicated, our state and region too divided. But I had faith that these obstacles could be overcome. Indeed, through the many months spent shepherding this bill through the state Legislature, I was...
Torpy at Large: Will DFCS leader continue to be disposable?

Torpy at Large: Will DFCS leader continue to be disposable?

Gov. Nathan Deal just appointed longtime child advocate Tom Rawlings as interim director of the Division of Family and Children Services, a job also known as Human Cannon Fodder. Heading the agency charged with protecting vulnerable kids in awful homes is arguably the toughest and most frustrating job the state has to offer. The gig often explodes in the face of the dutiful leader, despite his or...
Are teachers on board as Gwinnett rolls out merit pay?

Are teachers on board as Gwinnett rolls out merit pay?

Gwinnett County Public Schools is rolling out a performance-based pay model that the superintendent calls “revolutionary” and a key to raising both student achievement and teacher morale. Saying few districts have the capacity for such bold reform, school chief J. Alvin Wilbanks credits the collaboration of teachers and administrators with finally making performance pay a reality...