FILE- In this Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, police fire pepper spray at protestors during a demonstration in downtown Washington after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. A District of Columbia Superior Court ruled Thursday, Aug. 24, that an internet hosting company must turn over records for a website that the government alleges was used to plan violent protests on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File
Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

Your political briefing: Trump attacks GOP legislators; redistricting; Sanders is most popular politician; Mo’s backers

Here's what's trending in politics in Georgia and around the nation on Friday.

1. Trump goes after GOP legislators

President Donald Trump went after Republican members of Congress on Thursday, blaming them for not attaching legislation that would increase the U.S. government’s borrowing limit to the military veterans benefits bill he signed earlier this month, according to The Associated Press. "Could have been so easy-now a mess!" Trump tweeted Thursday.

2. Visas could be banned over deportations

According to the White House, the United States is ready to limit visas from four countries which are refusing to take back citizens deported from the U.S. Government officials from the four countries -- Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone -- would more likely be the target of a ban on visas rather than a widespread ban on average citizens trying to come to America, The Washington Post reports.

3.  Court orders internet provider to turn over records

An internet provider that hosted a website that prosecutors allege was used to organize anti-Trump protests on Inauguration Day has been ordered to turn over records connected to the website. According to the AP, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Morin ordered DreamHost to turn over to the Justice Department records for a website called disruptj20.org. According to prosecutors, the site was used to promote violence during the inauguration. Lawyers for DreamHost say the request for so many records is overreaching. 

4. Poll shows McConnell is least popular politician

A new Harvard-Harris poll shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), is the least popular politician in the United States, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vermont), is the most popular. Forty-one percent had a favorable view of Trump, while 55 percent had an unfavorable view.

5. All U.S. counties will have an ACA plan now 

Every county in the United States will have an Affordable Care Act marketplace option next year after health insurer CareSource agreed to offer an exchange plan in the one Ohio county that did not have one, the Wall Street Journal reports

6. Redistricting case delayed

A three-judge panel ruled Thursday to put on hold a Maryland redistricting case because the U.S. Supreme Court is set to review a similar case in October. Seven Republican voters brought the case in Maryland, claiming Democrats redrew their district so it would favor the Democratic Party. In Georgia, the legislature draws both the congressional and state legislative district boundaries. 

7. Who gets Mo’s backers?

According to a story from Ballotpedia, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has picked up support from those who originally backed U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, (R-Alabama) for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat. Said Alabama Rep. Ed Henry (R), "I very naturally gravitate toward a nonpolitician who says what he means and means what he says and stands behind their own decisions. ... Roy Moore has that quality." 

8. GOP to condemn white supremacists

The Republican National Committee plans Friday to adopt a resolution condemning white supremacists, though some wonder why they are having to prove they are not racists. "It's amazing that we have been lured into this argument that we're not racists. It's absurd," said Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays, who is attending the organization’s summer meeting. "Why would we feel compelled to do that?"

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