Here is what is trending in politics around Georgia and across the nation on Friday.
1. Maybe ‘fire and fury’ isn’t enough
President Donald Trump said during a press conference on Thursday that his earlier statement about unleashing ‘fire and fury” on North Korea might not have been "tough enough.” The president said that if North Korea chooses to fire missiles at anyone, the results would be “an event the likes of which nobody has seen before."
2. Trump says McConnell’s ACA repeal failure is a ‘disgrace’
President Donald Trump on Thursday called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s failed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act “a disgrace,” hinting that if the veteran Kentucky senator cannot push an upcoming infrastructure plan through the Senate, he may need to resign. Trump was responding to a comment McConnell made earlier in the week saying Trump has “excessive expectations” in regard to passing legislation.
3. Gingrich defends McConnell
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich defended McConnell on Thursday, saying, Trump was “part of the team” when it came to passing legislation. Watch his remarks below.
4. One-third of US states now have school vouchers funded by businesses
More than one-third of U.S. states have crafted school voucher programs run by nonprofits that rely on businesses for funding, The Associated Press reported. Georgia is one of those states. Traditional school voucher programs are funded by the states.
5. Trump declares opioid crisis a national emergency
President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a “national emergency,” saying the federal government would pour more resources into fighting the problem. Opioid addiction has become a major health crisis across the country. In Georgia in 2015, 68 percent of drug overdose deaths were due to abuse of opioids – including heroin.
6. Restructuring Title IX enforcement
The University System of Georgia’ central office will have a greater role in investigating some allegations of sexual assault on the state’s college campuses, according to a story from Inside Higher Ed. Some believe the new policy does not line up with federal law.
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