Remember the Atlanta massacre? Yeah, that didn’t happen, either

Here’s what White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Jan. 30:

We’ve had terror attacks, of course. The Temple bombing in 1958. The Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996. But those were committed by jihadists of another religion.

It doesn't speak well for his sense of geography, but it is possible that, over the course of several days, Spicer was confusing Atlanta with Chattanooga, where in 2015 a young Muslim man opened fire on a military recruiting center. The man then drove seven miles away to a Navy reserve facility, where he shot and killed four U.S. Marines and a sailor.

One of the Marines killed in that terror spree was 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Squire Wells of Cobb County.

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As The Hill newspaper explains, the bill is a single page long and simply states that the agency’s operations would end on Dec. 31, 2018. Meanwhile, Hice's Cassville, Ga., colleague, Barry Loudermilk, is sponsoring a similar bill that would eliminate the EPA on the same day.

The proposition of killing both divisive federal agencies is not a new one. Some Republicans have been trying to get rid of the Department of Education since the 1980s, right after it opened. And the EPA has been in the GOP's crosshairs for decades. President Donald Trump has proposed gutting both.

It’s worth noting that shuttering a federal agency is incredibly difficult. Congress in the past has found it much easier to financially starve disfavored federal offices instead.

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Expect a host of speeches in favor and against until then. And lots of Red Bull for your D.C.-based Insider.

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Example A: Former state senator. Dan Moody. The north Fulton County business executive has already filled out federal paperwork signaling he would run for Congress, even if he hasn't started publicly campaigning. Check out the filing here.

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She's back. (Really, she never went away.) But former Insider Daniel Malloy, now at OZY, reports that Georgia tea party guru Debbie Dooley is helping to organize rallies across the country on Feb. 27 and March 4 to support Donald Trump. They will coincide with the eighth anniversary of the first tea party gatherings. From Malloy's story: 

The group isn't expecting huge crowds at the first marches, but fellow organizer Ralph King told Malloy they want to send a simple message: "We're still here."

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Ronna Romney McDaniel will keynote the March 13 gala at the Georgia Aquarium. Fox News commentator and former judge Jeanine Pirro will also speak.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...
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