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Today on “Political Rewind,” it's President Trump's first official trip abroad and he's chosen the Middle East as his first stop, not a cakewalk for any world leader. He's already checked Saudi Arabia off the itinerary and is currently in Israel. Defeating terror is a key mission, along with attempts to negotiate some form of Middle East peace. How is he doing so far?

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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we profile three craftsmen who have living in Atlanta in common:

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump hits the road for his first official trip overseas with planned stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, before heading on to Europe and global summit meetings. After the past week, is he relieved to leave Washington? Is Washington relieved he's gone for a few days?

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From cars to bikes to beach chairs, Amy Condon of Savannah Magazine and Lauren Cleland of Visit Savannah have plenty of weekend fun lined up, no matter how you get there.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the hits just keep on comin'! Now that former FBI director James Comey has said he has notes of at least one of his meetings with Trump, the roar from both sides of the aisle is deafening.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” fasten your seatbelts for another jam-packed day of political news! There was much comment over the weekend following President Trump's tweets about fired FBI Director James Comey. We're following the latest reaction.

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If we wanted to make a list of the most notorious traitors in history, who would top the list? Probably Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. But Benedict Arnold would be right up there with Judas. History has taught us that Arnold was the guy who sold out his fellow Americans by abandoning his duty as a general in the Continental Army and working with the British to defeat the colonists.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” another day, another tweetstorm from POTUS. Among some of his early morning posts, Trump tweeted that former FBI director James Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

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Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that he would support whatever is necessary to complete the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project "in a timely fashion," including the possibility of more state funding. 

Deal spoke at an event at the Port of Savannah welcoming the COSCO Development, the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast.

'It Takes Up The Whole River!' US Ports Welcome Giant Ship

May 12, 2017
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The largest cargo ship ever to visit ports on the U.S. East Coast is so long the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument could fit end-to-end along its deck and still leave room for Big Ben.

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Lawyers for a Georgia inmate scheduled for execution next week are asking the state parole board to spare his life, citing a rough childhood, substance abuse from an early age and his intellectual disability.

J.W. Ledford Jr., 45, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday. He was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston, near his home in Murray County, in northwest Georgia.

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Georgia Power spent $50 million dollars in April to keep construction moving at Plant Vogtle.

That was the word from company officials Thursday at a hearing before Georgia utility regulators, a day before a deadline to decide the fate of two half-built nuclear reactors at the site.

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Whether you're celebrating mom or just enjoying the summery weather, Molly Swagler of the Tourism Leadership Council and Clinton Edminster of Art Rise Savannah have plenty of ways for you to have fun on the Georgia coast this weekend.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey late yesterday and the reaction has been loud and partisan. Some have gone as far as to suggest Trump has committed treason, while others say the firing is completely understandable, inevitable, and not connected the Russia investigation. Our panel digs in on the hottest topic in the country today.

Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion On Final Day

May 10, 2017
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal approved an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program on Tuesday, allowing people being treated for six additional medical conditions to possess cannabis oil.

The new qualifying conditions include autism, AIDS, Tourette's syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease. Patients must register with the state to be eligible and have a doctor's permission.

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Retail stores are disappearing, but the economy is not the bad guy. Rising pressure from online shopping is causing brick and mortar stores to file for bankruptcy at a record pace in 2017. We talked about how this retail downturn is affecting Georgia with Atlanta Business Chronicle reporter Amy Wenk and Georgia Southern University professor John Brown.

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed the campus carry law. Starting July 1, anyone with a weapons license can carry a concealed gun on a state school’s campus. The Chief of Police for Valdosta, home of Valdosta State University, says this is bad news for public safety. Here’s Chief Brian Childress, in his own words.

Crews Working To Box In Wildfire Near Georgia-Florida Line

May 10, 2017
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Ground crews with plows and bulldozers are working to box in a wildfire threatening small communities at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia.

Fire officials said in a news release Wednesday the vast fire near the Georgia-Florida state line has charred more than 220 square miles since April 6. Most of that acreage is on public land within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Governor Nathan Deal has signed three new criminal justice reform bills into law.

 

Deal picked an audience of corrections, parole and non-profit workers at a convention called the Reentry Summit in Macon to sign the bills. The first of the three laws will affect funding for alternatives to prison time like the state’s drug courts, a place Deal says he tells his pastor friends to visit for sermon material.

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Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed a bill that would have made changes to the state’s adoption laws.

It’s one of the nine bills he blocked Tuesday, the deadline for the governor to take action on legislation passed by the General Assembly this year.

Carter Fears Global Effect Of US Approach To Human Rights

May 9, 2017
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Jimmy Carter says he's concerned that the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy will hasten declining support for human rights in other countries.

The former U.S president spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday as dozens of human rights activists gathered at The Carter Center in Atlanta to discuss the rise of populist and authoritarian leaders around the globe.

Carter specifically cited a portion of President Donald Trump's inaugural address promising that the U.S. would not "impose our way of life" but instead act as an example.

UPDATE: Giant Air Tanker To Attack Vast Georgia Wildfire

May 9, 2017
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The latest on a vast wildfire threatening communities near the Georgia-Florida state line.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the House GOP puts out a plan for healthcare and the response is definitely mixed. Need some guidance on what it means and where it's going? That's why we're glad to have Andy Miller at the table today! He'll give us "GOP Healthcare for Dummies." Hint: States, like Georgia, may regret not expanding Medicaid when they had the chance.

This week on “Two Way Street” we have Atlanta-based playwright and screenwriter Topher Payne.

Topher Payne got his start in theater because he had long arms and wasn’t afraid of heights. At least that’s the way he tells it.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” call it Trumpcare, call it the AHCA, call it controversial!

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There’s mixed reaction on college campuses after Governor Nathan Deal’s signing of a bill allowing concealed weapons on some parts of public college and university campuses.

Authorities say a possible tornado demolished one business and damaged several others in a town near Georgia's coast.

The Savannah Morning News reports the Thursday evening storm ripped the walls and roof from an Advance Auto Parts store in Garden City,  leaving insulation, shattered glass and pieces of the building littered across a highway.

City officials said at least five people were hurt, with most of those injuries described as minor.

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The number of  African Americans who own guns is on the rise.

 

According to a 2014 Pew survey, 19 percent of African Americans said they owned a gun, up from 15 percent in 2013.

 

 

 

The National African American Gun Association is a nationwide group based in Atlanta made up of black gun supporters. The organization has seen membership climb to 20,000 members in just two years.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill legalizing the concealed carry of firearms in some areas of public college and university campuses.

Last year, many against the bill celebrated strong language in Governor Deal's veto of a similar bill.

In that veto, Deal's office said it was "highly questionable" that the bill would make students safer.

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