Here’s season 8 “The Walking Dead” trailer from Comic-Con

Cast of the Walking Dead – The Walking Dead _ Season 8 – Photo Credit: AMC

This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

During Comic-Con, AMC released a five-minute trailer for the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.”

But before showrunner Scott Gimple introduced it, he gave a tribute to John Bernecker, the stuntman who died last week on set at Raleigh Studios in Senoia.

“We didn’t know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you and do something for John,” Gimple said. “John was someone who was beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream, and he helped other people do the same.”

Robert Kirkman, “The Walking Dead” creator, said the war between Negan and Rick will cover the entire season.

“We have all kinds of great stuff planned. Our next season … will be very action-packed and very fast-paced. I counted six explosions in the trailer alone,” Kirkman said.

Read more in The Hollywood Reporter. 

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TV briefs: Ebony Steele cast on new talk show; John Walsh moves to HLN, new Atlanta TV shows

This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta’s Ebony Steele, formerly of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” has landed a gig on a syndicated daily talk show called “The Daily Blast Live,” which will air at 2 p.m. weekdays on 11Alive, the local NBC affiliate starting September 11.

The show will replace “T.D. Jakes Show,” which lasted on season.

“The Daily Blast” is owned by TEGNA, which also owns WXIA-TV.

According to the press release, the show  will “also be streamed live across social platforms [such as Facebook] as a part of a first-of-its-kind, innovative format that enables viewers across the country to participate in the show’s conversation by sharing their reactions and opinions on stories, voting on content and interacting with the hosts in real-time.”

Here is the rest of the cast:

  • Erica Cobb: a seasoned correspondent and football fanatic who has been heard on radio stations spanning the Chicago, Denver and Sacramento areas, Cobb has also appeared as a football pre-game correspondent for several television stations, including Denver’s TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate, 9NEWS (KUSA). Follow on Twitter @EricaCobbMedia
  • Tracey Gold: the actress who started her on-screen career at the early age of 4 and later landed the role of Carol Seaver in the popular 1980’s sitcom “Growing Pains.”  Follow on Twitter @TheTraceyGold
  • Al Jackson: the stand-up comedian, writer and TV/radio personality is widely known for his “Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson” special and hosting role on BBC’s “Officially Amazing” series. Follow on Twitter @aljackson
  • Sam Schacher: a broadcast journalist who previously appeared on CNN, was a co-host on HLN’s “Dr. Drew” and contributed to the Huffington Post. She has also hosted and produced the popular internet show, Pop Trigger, since 2012. Follow on Twitter @SamSchacher
  • Jeff Schroeder: the reality TV veteran who has appeared on “Big Brother,” “Amazing Race” and “Marriage Boot Camp.” He conducts the post-interviews online for “Big Brother,” the show where he met his wife. Follow on Twitter @jeffschroeder23
  • Tory Shulman: a stand-up comic and UCB Improviser who is the Pop Culture Correspondent at FOX LA and the co-host on “Sam in the Morning,” airing on LA Talk Radio. She’s also been an on-air host for ReelzChannel. Follow on Twitter @iamtoryshulman
  • Jen Widerstrom: a fitness expert, life coach, best-selling author and cover model who was the undefeated trainer on “The Biggest Loser” and currently serves on the advisory board for SHAPE Magazine. Follow on Twitter @JenWiderstrom

Steele was dismissed from Smiley’s show in 2014 after a long run with him. 

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John Walsh works with both HLN and the Justice Network. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

John Walsh’s show “The Hunt” has moved from CNN to HLN for its fourth season.

The show is a more stylized version of what he used to with “America’s Most Wanted” and fits with HLN’s more crime-focused schedule. There will be 16 episodes beginning Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m. The third season was simulcast on CNN and HLN.

Each episode focuses on a long-running fugitive with hopes that the publicity will create new leads. To date, eight cases have been resolved after “The Hunt” aired.

Episodes will stream live for subscribers on CNNgo (at www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Samsung TV) and on the CNN mobile app for iOS and Android. Episodes will also be available on HLN on demand the day after each premiere on cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

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The season after “Vampire Diaries” was retired, the CW is shooting a record four shows in metro Atlanta for the 2017-18 season: “The Originals,” “Dynasty,” “Valor” and “Black Lightning.”

Cress Williams plays “Black Lightning,” who had retired as a superhero but with the rise of mayhem in the city feels compelled to return to his crime-fighting ways. Former Atlantan  China Anne McClain is one of the stars who plays his youngest daughter.

Here’s the trailer for “Black Lightning,” which is based on a DC Comics character.

“Dynasty” is a reboot of the original version while “Valor” is a military drama with the following descriptive:

The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dqzih8hI1U

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“The Gifted” will be on Fox this fall. CREDIT: Fox

Over at Fox, the network has chosen to shoot “The Gifted” and “The Resident’ in Atlanta along with the second season of “Star.” So like last season, the network has three shows in the area. Last season, “Sleepy Hollow” and “24: Legacy” were shot here but both shows failed to make the cut in 2017-18.

Here’s a teaser for “The Gifted,” another Marvel Comics drama connected to the “X-Men” series. It stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as ordinary parents who take their family on the run after they discover their children’s mutant abilities.

And here’s the trailer for “The Resident,” which looks like a conventional medical drama.

The show centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.

The total number of broadcast dramas being shot this upcoming season in metro Atlanta is eight, the most ever:  four on the CW, three on Fox and “MacGyver” on CBS.

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TV briefs: Ebony Steele cast on new talk show; John Walsh moves to HLN, new Atlanta TV shows

This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta’s Ebony Steele, formerly of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” has landed a gig on a syndicated daily talk show called “The Daily Blast Live,” which will air at 2 p.m. weekdays on 11Alive, the local NBC affiliate starting September 11.

The show will replace “T.D. Jakes Show,” which lasted on season.

“The Daily Blast” is owned by TEGNA, which also owns WXIA-TV.

According to the press release, the show  will “also be streamed live across social platforms [such as Facebook] as a part of a first-of-its-kind, innovative format that enables viewers across the country to participate in the show’s conversation by sharing their reactions and opinions on stories, voting on content and interacting with the hosts in real-time.”

Here is the rest of the cast:

  • Erica Cobb: a seasoned correspondent and football fanatic who has been heard on radio stations spanning the Chicago, Denver and Sacramento areas, Cobb has also appeared as a football pre-game correspondent for several television stations, including Denver’s TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate, 9NEWS (KUSA). Follow on Twitter @EricaCobbMedia
  • Tracey Gold: the actress who started her on-screen career at the early age of 4 and later landed the role of Carol Seaver in the popular 1980’s sitcom “Growing Pains.”  Follow on Twitter @TheTraceyGold
  • Al Jackson: the stand-up comedian, writer and TV/radio personality is widely known for his “Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson” special and hosting role on BBC’s “Officially Amazing” series. Follow on Twitter @aljackson
  • Sam Schacher: a broadcast journalist who previously appeared on CNN, was a co-host on HLN’s “Dr. Drew” and contributed to the Huffington Post. She has also hosted and produced the popular internet show, Pop Trigger, since 2012. Follow on Twitter @SamSchacher
  • Jeff Schroeder: the reality TV veteran who has appeared on “Big Brother,” “Amazing Race” and “Marriage Boot Camp.” He conducts the post-interviews online for “Big Brother,” the show where he met his wife. Follow on Twitter @jeffschroeder23
  • Tory Shulman: a stand-up comic and UCB Improviser who is the Pop Culture Correspondent at FOX LA and the co-host on “Sam in the Morning,” airing on LA Talk Radio. She’s also been an on-air host for ReelzChannel. Follow on Twitter @iamtoryshulman
  • Jen Widerstrom: a fitness expert, life coach, best-selling author and cover model who was the undefeated trainer on “The Biggest Loser” and currently serves on the advisory board for SHAPE Magazine. Follow on Twitter @JenWiderstrom

Steele was dismissed from Smiley’s show in 2014 after a long run with him. 

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John Walsh works with both HLN and the Justice Network. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

John Walsh’s show “The Hunt” has moved from CNN to HLN for its fourth season.

The show is a more stylized version of what he used to with “America’s Most Wanted” and fits with HLN’s more crime-focused schedule. There will be 16 episodes beginning Sunday, July 30 at 8 p.m. The third season was simulcast on CNN and HLN.

Each episode focuses on a long-running fugitive with hopes that the publicity will create new leads. To date, eight cases have been resolved after “The Hunt” aired.

Episodes will stream live for subscribers on CNNgo (at www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Samsung TV) and on the CNN mobile app for iOS and Android. Episodes will also be available on HLN on demand the day after each premiere on cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

***

The season after “Vampire Diaries” was retired, the CW is shooting a record four shows in metro Atlanta for the 2017-18 season: “The Originals,” “Dynasty,” “Valor” and “Black Lightning.”

Cress Williams plays “Black Lightning,” who had retired as a superhero but with the rise of mayhem in the city feels compelled to return to his crime-fighting ways. Former Atlantan  China Anne McClain is one of the stars who plays his youngest daughter.

Here’s the trailer for “Black Lightning,” which is based on a DC Comics character.

“Dynasty” is a reboot of the original version while “Valor” is a military drama with the following descriptive:

The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dqzih8hI1U

***

“The Gifted” will be on Fox this fall. CREDIT: Fox

Over at Fox, the network has chosen to shoot “The Gifted” and “The Resident’ in Atlanta along with the second season of “Star.” So like last season, the network has three shows in the area. Last season, “Sleepy Hollow” and “24: Legacy” were shot here but both shows failed to make the cut in 2017-18.

Here’s a teaser for “The Gifted,” another Marvel Comics drama connected to the “X-Men” series. It stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as ordinary parents who take their family on the run after they discover their children’s mutant abilities.

And here’s the trailer for “The Resident,” which looks like a conventional medical drama.

The show centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.

The total number of broadcast dramas being shot this upcoming season in metro Atlanta is eight, the most ever:  four on the CW, three on Fox and “MacGyver” on CBS.

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Our interview with the stars, producer of “Girls Trip”

“Girls Trip” looks poised to own the box office this weekend, if the enthusiastic reviews and eager social media posts it’s generated are any clue.

The comedy stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as a quartet of inseparable college chums who bring the squad back together at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Pro tip: you’re probably going to need to see this twice. The first time, we’re guessing you might miss a few lines from all the laughter, occasional hollering and sporadic applause drowning out bits of dialogue.

“Girls Trip” may make you cry with laughter, and it might also make you cry, period. As rollicking as it is for much of its two hours and change, its poignant moments are powerfully resonant. Producer Will Packer joined Hall and Smith during a promo trip to Atlanta last week and we got the opportunity to interview them:

 

Jada Pinkett Smith, left, Will Packer, Regina Hall at “Girls Trip’s” advance Atlanta screening. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal Pictures

 

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Donald Trump taps former Georgia rep., Albany lawyer to be U.S. attorneys

President Donald Trump on Friday tapped former state Rep. B.J. Pak and Albany lawyer Charlie Peeler to be U.S. attorneys based in Georgia.

Trump said both candidates shared his vision for “Making America Safe Again.” They are being nominated for four-year terms and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. News of their selection was first reported by your Insiders last week.

If confirmed, Pak will head the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, a vaunted position once held by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias and ex-U.S. Rep. Bob Barr.

Pak is a former federal prosecutor who represented a Gwinnett County-based district in the state House for three terms. While an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, he led the prosecution of conspirators who tried to steal Coca-Cola’s trade secrets and aimed to sell them to Pepsi. Now a partner in a well-connected GOP law firm, Pak briefly considered running for Georgia attorney general.

Peeler would take over the U.S. attorney slot in Georgia’s Middle District, which spans from Albany northeast to Athens. A former attorney with the King & Spalding mega-firm in Atlanta, Peeler moved to Albany about a decade ago to start a boutique litigation firm.

Republicans Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Georgia’s two U.S senators, signaled their approval of both candidates in a joint press release.

“These are two great Georgians whom the president intends to nominate to serve as U.S. attorneys,” Isakson said. “I look forward to working with them as they go through the confirmation process in the Senate.”

The announcement comes a week after Trump named his picks to fill Georgia’s vacant federal district judge positions.

A third Georgia-based U.S. attorney is expected to be named shortly by the White House. Columbia County-based lawyer Bobby Christine has been listed as a favorite to lead the state’s Southern District, which stretches from Augusta through Savannah.

Read more: White House names three to be federal judges in Georgia

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Donald Trump taps former Georgia rep., Albany lawyer to be U.S. attorneys

President Donald Trump on Friday tapped former state Rep. B.J. Pak and Albany lawyer Charlie Peeler to be U.S. attorneys based in Georgia.

Trump said both candidates shared his vision for “Making America Safe Again.” They are being nominated for four-year terms and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. News of their selection was first reported by your Insiders last week.

If confirmed, Pak will head the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, a vaunted position once held by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias and ex-U.S. Rep. Bob Barr.

Pak is a former federal prosecutor who represented a Gwinnett County-based district in the state House for three terms. While an assistant U.S. attorney in Atlanta, he led the prosecution of conspirators who tried to steal Coca-Cola’s trade secrets and aimed to sell them to Pepsi. Now a partner in a well-connected GOP law firm, Pak briefly considered running for Georgia attorney general.

Peeler would take over the U.S. attorney slot in Georgia’s Middle District, which spans from Albany northeast to Athens. A former attorney with the King & Spalding mega-firm in Atlanta, Peeler moved to Albany about a decade ago to start a boutique litigation firm.

Republicans Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, Georgia’s two U.S senators, signaled their approval of both candidates in a joint press release.

“These are two great Georgians whom the president intends to nominate to serve as U.S. attorneys,” Isakson said. “I look forward to working with them as they go through the confirmation process in the Senate.”

The announcement comes a week after Trump named his picks to fill Georgia’s vacant federal district judge positions.

A third Georgia-based U.S. attorney is expected to be named shortly by the White House. Columbia County-based lawyer Bobby Christine has been listed as a favorite to lead the state’s Southern District, which stretches from Augusta through Savannah.

Read more: White House names three to be federal judges in Georgia

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The Falcons head to camp trying to get past a loss like no other

The agony of defeat. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The Atlanta Falcons report for training camp this week bearing a historic tag: They came closer to being Super Bowl champs than any team that didn’t win the Super Bowl. They didn’t trail in regulation that star-crossed night in Houston. Indeed, they led by what is now a famous partial score in NFL annals – 28-3.

They report for camp with a roster adjudged by Pro Football Focus as the NFL’s best. They have the reigning MVP, the world’s best receiver and the league’s leading sack man from 2016. They face a softer schedule than last season, when they were 11-5. Had the Falcons held even one point of that bulbous lead in Houston, we’d be asking if this was a nascent dynasty.

Instead we ask: Is the team that couldn’t win after leading by 25 points with 17 minutes and seven seconds remaining scarred for life?

We can’t know the answer – because there’s not one, not yet. The Falcons haven’t played since falling on the wrong side of history. They’ve had their OTAs and minicamps and whatnot, but neither Lady Gaga nor Tom Brady was present for any of that. Mostly what they’ve done is talk about the Super Bowl, mostly to insist they’re Over It. Then we review summer headlines and ask: Really?

Devonta Freeman took to SiriusXM’s NFL Radio to say, “If I would have stayed in the game, I would have got MVP.” (Had Freeman not been in the game to miss a blitz pickup on Dont’a Hightower, his team wouldn’t have lost.) Peyton Manning made jokes – and did a protracted skit – at the Falcons’ expense during the ESPYs. Even Matt Ryan, who in recorded history had never voiced a discouraging word about anyone or anything, told Pete Prisco of CBS Sports that Kyle Shanahan’s play calls were slow to arrive and seemed to take a dig at Dan Quinn’s we-needed-to-stay-aggressive postgame proclamation.

For 5 ½ months, the Falcons have sworn they won’t be affected by what went wrong in NRG Stadium. Yet here we (and they) are, 5 ½ months later, still talking about what went wrong.

Quinn is very smart and relentlessly upbeat – and aggressive; don’t forget aggressive – and he coined a funny slogan: Embrace the Suck. Thing is, his team has no choice. As much as the Falcons will say, “We’ve moved on,” the subtext of every game this season will be, “Can the team that blew the Super Bowl get over blowing the Super Bowl?” If they make the playoffs (and they should), the question will be, “Can they get back to the game they blew?” If they again reach the Super Bowl (and they might), we’ll all wonder, “Will they not blow it this time?”

For all the feckless moments this franchise has known, nothing compares with the night of Feb. 5, 2017. (It wasn’t just the biggest lost lead in Super Bowl history; it was also the biggest in franchise history.) The fourth-quarter collapse against Dallas in January 1981? Awful, but that was a conference semifinal. The blocked punt against the 0-13 Colts in 1986? Egregious, but who outside Atlanta remembers it? Losing to the Lions at Wembley Stadium after leading 21-nil? Jolly bad, but the game ended just after noon EDT. The wasted 17-0 lead in the NFC title tilt against the 49ers? Utterly wretched, but again – not the Super Bowl.

This was the Super Bowl. This was a day when the Falcons did something an Atlanta team has almost never done – hit the biggest stage and flub nary a line. They were Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic, Freddie Mercury at Live Aid. The first draft of a column begun when it seemed the Falcons would win 42-10 had a line about them “performing in a way we never dreamed possible.” They were that good. Until it went that bad.

Put it this way: Peyton Manning didn’t go on cable TV and crack wise about the Falcons losing the NFC title to San Francisco. This was the game bearing Roman numerals. This was the game with Gaga. It drew 111 million viewers in these United States and was seen worldwide. (When Barcelona overhauled a 4-0 deficit to win a two-game UEFA Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, the Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic said: “We saw in the Super Bowl what is possible in sport.”) It was the crowning moment of Brady’s matchless career, and it wouldn’t have happened if Shanahan, now gone to San Fran, had run the dang ball.

In the history of major U.S. professional team sports, no team has ever lost a game so big in such excruciating fashion. Maybe you’re saying, “That’s not true. There has to be something worse.” My polite challenge to you: Go find it. And don’t give me the Braves in the Leyritz game. (That only tied the World Series.) Don’t give me Greg Norman at Augusta. (He’s not a team.) Don’t give me Bill Buckner. (Game 6.)

Apologies for sounding so gloomy-doomy, but the Falcons convene for camp coming off what I maintain is the single most crushing defeat on record. They might have it within them to become uncrushed. They might be good enough to do as Golden State just did – flub one title and seize the next. But for them to do that, they’ll have to get past the loss for which no precedent exists. Good luck, guys.

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Jeff Sessions riles Georgia Republicans with return of civil forfeiture

President Donald Trump isn’t the only one ticked off at Jeff Sessions.

State Rep. Scot Turner doesn’t have the kindest of words the U.S. attorney general either, now that Sessions has reinstated the use of the widely-panned law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

The Holly Springs Republican penned a blistering letter to the top Justice Department official on Thursday, warning that “the individual liberty and the protections all Americans should enjoy are blatantly under attack.”

“By instituting the expansion of Civil Asset Forfeiture, you have signaled that prosecuting crimes the way our system is intended to work is not a concern for you,” Turner wrote. “Every American should be shocked by your actions, I know I am.” Read the entire letter here:

Sessions’ move makes it easier for cops to seize cash and assets from people, particularly drug suspects, reaping the proceeds without first bringing criminal charges against them. It’s a way police departments have been able to plug holes in their budgets, and proponents argue it helps hurt organized crime.

Turner’s been trying to tamp down on the practice in recent years, but so far he’s been beaten back by allies of law enforcement in the legislature.

The cause has united conservatives and liberals on Capitol Hill in opposition.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, advocated for a similar policy shift back in April in an op-ed in Real Clear Politics, in which he pointed out that minorities are disproportionately affected.

“This program is in danger of morphing into a government-sanctioned shakedown of innocent citizens,” Collins wrote.

Our AJC colleague Willoughby Mariano has written extensively about the potential for abuse in the system.

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Todd Rehm of GaPundit.com points us to the Facebook page of former state Sen. Judson Hill, a Republican who in April was pushed out of the Sixth District congressional race. Hill is now considering a run for state insurance commissioner:

There may not be a more urgent domestic policy issue impacting taxpayers across Georgia than the ability to afford health insurance and to access quality health care.

 

Georgia needs a proven leader as their next Insurance Commissioner who understands the issues and has common sense solutions. A leader is needed who will aggressively advocate with Congress to implement meaningful health care reform to re-set the insurance marketplace.

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On our subscription site, Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia’s onetime public health commissioner who now runs Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, defends her past work on a childhood obesity program that received $1 million from Coca-Cola.

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An Atlanta native has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s local chapter.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tapped Denise Cleveland-Leggett to serve as administrator for the department’s Atlanta-based region four, which oversees operations in nine states and territories, including most of the South and Puerto Rico.

Cleveland-Leggett has spent much of her career as a lawyer in Atlanta and was also a member of the Georgia State Ethics Commission.

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Yet another vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, or to simply repeal it, will be held next week, Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., now says.

One senses in the last-ditch effort the seeds of civil war within the Senate Republican caucus.

Jason Pye still commutes to and from Georgia, but currently is the vice president of legislative affairs for Washington-based FreedomWorks. The tea-party era group has been vociferous in its insistence that Republicans in Congress keep their pledge to do away with the Affordable Care Act.

In a Wednesday conference call with conservative leaders, Pye promised to label Republican senators who don’t carry through – Rob Portman of Ohio comes to mind – as “traitors” who will be presented with busts of Benedict Arnold.

Then there’s Georgia-based Ralph Reed and his Faith and Freedom Coalition, which on Thursday announced that it would “score” next week’s vote – likely to be only a motion to proceed with debate on a repeal bill – as an actual vote for or against repealing Obamacare.

In other words, with his letter sent to every Senate Republican, Reed has joined the effort to press for a full Senate floor debate on the issue.

The “scoring”? Much like the Christian Coalition did decades ago, the Faith and Freedom Coalition puts out primary and general election scorecards – many distributed at churches – denoting the voting records of candidates.

Also, remember that Reed is among the Christian conservative leaders who have pressed President Donald Trump for an end to the Johnson Amendment that has prevented churches and other charities – as a price for IRS-granted, federal tax exempt status — from endorsing specific candidates.

So you could be hearing about this from the pulpit, too. In one direction or another.

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From Washington, WSB Radio’s Jamie Dupree sent a remember-when note on Thursday, shortly after a Nevada state board granted O.J. Simpson parole for his role in a 2007 armed robbery:

October 4, 1995 – I was sitting in my same seat up here in the Senate. Sam Nunn was to hold a newser that day to announce whether he would run for re-election. Nunn delayed it until the next week because of all the attention on O.J.

Oct. 4 was the day of the verdict in the Simpson murder trial. And a week later, Nunn indeed announced he would not seek re-election in 1996.

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The Daily Report has been keeping track of the written testimony between the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Chris Wray, the Atlanta attorney and President Donald Trump’s nominee as FBI director. The newspaper fastened on an exchange between Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Wray. In part:

Hirono: Your current law firm, King & Spalding, has provided extensive representation to large Russian state-owned oil companies Rosneft and Gazprom, and to companies doing business with Rosneft and Gazprom. In fact, your biography on the firm’s website used to include as one of your clients: “An energy company president in a criminal investigation by Russian authorities.” While at King & Spalding, did you participate in any matters involving Rosneft or Gazprom, or share any confidential information with either company, or with entities engaged in business with either company?

 

Wray: No.

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Malaysia bans Justin Bieber “Despacito” remix, citing offense to Islam

Justin Bieber’s remix of “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, propelled the infectious hit to global dominance as the most streamed track of all time: 4.6 billion plays and counting.

But Malaysia’s officially not having it. State-run television and radio stations yanked the track after officials said people were complaining about the song’s racy lyrics.

“‘The lyrics are not suitable to be heard,” Malaysia’s Minister of Information and Communications Salleh Said Keruak told Agence France-Presse.

The political party Parti Amanah Negara had been pressing for the move.

“I urge the authorities to ban this song and other songs that contain sexy and violent lyrics which are not suitable in accordance with Islam and our eastern culture,” party leader Atriza Umar had urged, AFP reported. The song can still be heard on private broadcast stations, and via streaming.

The original version by the Puerto Rican artists Fonsi and Daddy Yankee was already a Latin-market hit; Bieber’s remix gave it an international boost and beat the record he’d previously set with 2015’s “Sorry,” which logged 4.38 billion plays. 

Here’s the song Malaysian politicians don’t want anyone to hear:

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Malaysia bans Justin Bieber “Despacito” remix, citing offense to Islam

Justin Bieber’s remix of “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, propelled the infectious hit to global dominance as the most streamed track of all time: 4.6 billion plays and counting.

But Malaysia’s officially not having it. State-run television and radio stations yanked the track after officials said people were complaining about the song’s racy lyrics.

“‘The lyrics are not suitable to be heard,” Malaysia’s Minister of Information and Communications Salleh Said Keruak told Agence France-Presse.

The political party Parti Amanah Negara had been pressing for the move.

“I urge the authorities to ban this song and other songs that contain sexy and violent lyrics which are not suitable in accordance with Islam and our eastern culture,” party leader Atriza Umar had urged, AFP reported. The song can still be heard on private broadcast stations, and via streaming.

The original version by the Puerto Rican artists Fonsi and Daddy Yankee was already a Latin-market hit; Bieber’s remix gave it an international boost and beat the record he’d previously set with 2015’s “Sorry,” which logged 4.38 billion plays. 

Here’s the song Malaysian politicians don’t want anyone to hear:

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