In the Loop

  • Podcast: The Gorsuch Confirmation Catastrophe

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    On this week’s episode, Lawrence Weschler—a longtime New Yorker staff writer and the author of numerous books including the recent Waves Passing in the Night—talks with host Baynard Woods about the catastrophic implications of confirming Neil Gorsuch, the need for massive mobilization, and the nature of scientific inquiry. And composer Ruby Fulton puts one of Trump's tweets to music.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

    Co-host Marc Steiner is on a reporting trip in Alabama for the next two weeks. 


  • Allen West at UGA: U.S. Is Facing 'Civilization Jihad'



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    Allen West speaks at CPAC in 2013.

    Former Florida congressman, tea party star and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Allen West was at the University of Georgia on Tuesday to talk about “the war on radical Islam,” embracing President Trump’s travel ban from certain Muslim nations while criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East dating back to the 1970s.

    West began by reading 1786 letter written by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson about the Barbary Pirates off North Africa to describe a long, contentious relationship between America and Islam.

    This was part of a highly-rehearsed presentation, noted one student who said he has seen West speak before. West was “painting a picture of ‘us versus them’” by tracing the history of an entire religion back to terrorist group, the student said, and criticized him for seeming to lump all Muslims into the “extremist category.”

    West disagreed—it’s they who paint this picture, he said. “I’m not making any of this up. We’ve been dealing with this since 1786.”


  • Rep. Jody Hice Hosts Telephone Town Hall Today

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    Who you gonna call?

    U.S. Rep. Jody Hice—the Republican who represents most of Athens—has been largely MIA, other than a speech to a private club in February.

    But you can hear, if not see, and maybe even question (if you're lucky) Hice during a tele-town hall today from 6:15–7:15 p.m.


  • Clarke County School Superintendent Nominee Demond Means Is 'All In' on Social Justice

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    Means speaks at a public forum Monday night at Whitehead Road Elementary School.

    Speaking to an audience of Athens parents, teachers and concerned citizens for the first time, Demond Means, the sole finalist for Clarke County school superintendent, described himself as someone who's committed to social justice, marginalized students and raising his family in Clarke County.

    The board is expected to formally appoint Means today after a public forum Monday night.

    Although Means has been superintendent of a smaller, largely white and affluent district in suburban Milwaukee for nine years, he was raised in inner-city Milwaukee and graduated from public schools there.

    One of the reasons he felt drawn to Clarke County, he said, is the opportunity to help minority and low-income students. (CCSD is 79 percent minority, and more than 80 percent of students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches before a USDA grant made them free for everyone.)

    "I firmly believe our most marginalized children deserve the most attention," he said. "Those children who don't have an advocate in the superintendent's office or other places are the ones who need us the most."


  • Video: Kids, Cops and Charlayne Hunter-Gault at the Chess and Community Conference

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    The fifth annual Chess and Community conference Saturday at the Georgia Center featured entrepreneur Beau Shell (the Lil' Ice Cream Dude), journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault (who integrated the University of Georgia) and a tournament between the Classic City Knights youth chess team and local police officers.

    Here's a video by Flagpole senior staff photographer Joshua L. Jones featuring Chess and Community founder Lemuel "Life the Griot" LaRoche.


  • CCSD Names Sole Finalist for Superintendent

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    The Clarke County School District will introduce Demond Means as its sole finalist for CCSD superintendent at a public forum tonight, the district announced this morning.

    Means, a Milwaukee native, has been the superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville school district in suburban Milwaukee since 2008. He also has experience as a high-school social studies teacher, assistant principal and associate principle, middle-school principal and human resources director, all in Wisconsin.


  • Photos: Clarke County School District Maker Faire


    The Clarke County School District held its first-ever Maker Faire Saturday afternoon at Clarke Central High School. The event featured more than 100 students from all 21 CCSD schools, including exhibits on arts and crafts, 3D printing, film, music, drones, robots, science, engineering, agriculture and more. All photos by Flagpole contributing photographer Austin Steele.


  • Deal Is Likely to Sign Campus Carry; Kemp Is Officially In for Governor


    Brian Kemp will #MAGA (Make American flags Giant Again).

    For your Sunday reading pleasure, here are a couple of items from the AJC that will be of special interest to Athenians:

    First, Greg Bluestein reports on whether Gov. Nathan Deal, who vetoed campus carry last year, will sign it this time. He says it's likely, because exceptions added to the bill this year make it more palatable to the governor.


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