Moderator’s introduction

Today’s moderator: Rick Badie

Rick Badie joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an education reporter in 1997. A South Georgia native, he’s covered the region’s immigrant communities, was a feature obituary writer and opinion columnist for the AJC’s Gwinnett edition.

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On today's page, the CEO of Sandy Springs-based UPS teams with a businessman from east Georgia to urge Washington to come together to solve the nation's short-term and longer-term debt challenges. Also in today's mix, an Atlanta international businessman and South Africa's ambassador to the U.S. describe business opportunities between the two countries. 

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