Is Sam Nunn Guiding Rex Tillerson’s North Korea Policy?

The latest Trump administration policy reversal is on North Korea, specifically having direct bi-lateral negotiations with the country.

Sam Nunn might be the reason for that.

WABE’s Dennis O’Hayer alluded to that this morning. While he wasn’t so bold to directly claim as much, I will.

In a March interview with WABE, Nunn said the “most important” action is to start negotiations with North Korea.

“We ought to have  a bilateral discussions with the North Koreans, informal and without pre-conditions, because its in everyone’s interests including the North Koreans to resolve this and keep the Korean Peninsula nuclear free.”

I don’t know about you but the tune and the tone of that quote sounds a lot like what Secretary of State Tillerson told NPR on Thursday.

“We hope to convince them is that: you do not need these weapons to secure the existence of your regime. … We do not seek a collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula. We seek a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

[A]dding he believes that China shares this goal and is beginning to question whether North Korea is a “liability.”

Tillerson also said he believes China and other superpowers should enforce the UN sanctions already in place against North Korea. Yet another policy about-face and a view that is held by Nunn and articulated in the March interview.

All of that could be rather coincidental but it’s worth remembering Nunn introduced Tillerson at his Senate confirmation hearing suggesting the two have a close connection.

Morning Reads on 4/26

I am on the record as having predicted the Hawks would make the Eastern Conference Final. I’m much less nervous about that than a few days ago.

“Scandinavian Crush” by Craft Spells. 

  1. David Perdue: Selling Purple Heart medals is a most pressing legislative need. 
  2. New film extols Jimmy Carter’s river legacy. 
  3. It will cost $16.6 million to repair I-85. 
  4. Grant Park winning the $48-million parking garage lottery. 
  5. Deputy Wrestles Feisty Alligator in Central Georgia. 
  6. High Museum adds to Thornton Dial collection. 
  7. Interested in a second home on the Golden Isles starting at $1 million? The Financial Times has a buyers guide for you. 
  8. This site is full of Republicans–I’m sure that’s relevant for at least one of you people.

Two Georgians (John Lewis and RuPaul) Crack Time Magazine World’s Most Influential List

Truly we have achieved peak….something…when Congressman John Lewis and RuPaul are considered 1/50th of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Writing in Time, Sen. Cory Booker said of Lewis:

In the 1960s, Lewis was one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders, and today he is the last remaining person alive who spoke at the March on Washington. In the decades since, he has shown through his tireless work in Congress that service isn’t a sometimes thing but an all-the-time thing; that leadership isn’t a title or position but a way of life; and that love of country isn’t a verbal profession but something that is evidenced daily in how you live and give and love your countrymen and countrywomen.

I am not sure a week goes by in the Capitol, where I often see Lewis, that I don’t feel the inexpressible gratitude and debt that I owe—that we all owe—to this living legend. Look closely at his shoulders. They are worn from helping my generation, and generations yet unborn, stand higher and taller. And they are still laboring, still sturdy.

Booker was lionizing Lewis in the “Icons” category.

Lewis had a second go-round on the list, writing the commendation for Bernard J. Tyson, the CEO of Kaiser Permanente.

You can read RuPaul’s write up here.

I know the list is supposed to be filled with Hot Takes to Get the Social Medias GoingTM and Time certainly hit the nail on the head.

Sonny Confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture

You can now refer to George Ervin Perdue as Secretary Sonny.

Our former governor was confirmed as the 39th Secretary of Agriculture today.

Then-Governor Perdue makes his acting debut in the film “We Are Marshall”

With Sonny’s confirmation, Georgia now has more power in the White House than at any time since the Carter Administration, if my memory serves me right.

In addition to his lofty governmental positions, Perdue is a noted thespian, veterinarian and small business owner.

The Albany Herald predicts how Sonny may help the greatest state in the country:

It would undoubtedly mean a friendly face in Washington’s upper echelons, as well as a more direct line to the White House for many of Perdue’s Georgia allies. And while drafting policy exclusively favoring Georgia would be met with suspicion, Perdue will be stepping into a powerful bully pulpit.

Of immediate concern, farmers in the state are looking for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make low-interest emergency loans to Georgia’s blueberry farmers after freezing temperatures killed millions of dollars worth of crops in March.

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Pres. Trump to Karen Handel: Oh–You’re Welcome.

President Trump is claiming credit for ensuring no Republican won in last night’s CD-6 race.

I suppose it’s a badge of honor that you can cause a ten-point swing in an election. But usually, only, you know, if your party benefits from said change.

Or maybe a loss is a win if you have the right alternative facts.

Morning Reads — I’m Back

Miss me?

“First I Look at the Purse” by J. Geils Band (RIP).

  1. John Lewis heading to Haaahvuhd to get an award. 
  2. AgWeek editorial: Sonny Perdue needs to be confirmed. 
  3. Atlanta rapper T.I. urges more civic involvement; rules out political bid (“I’m too motivated”).
  4. Mark Texeira now an eco-advocate for Atlanta’s Procter Creek redevelopment. 
  5. Highways falling apart? That’s a good sign to take MARTA, advocates say. 
  6. Dozens of Cases Are Dismissed and Reviewed in Georgia After Officers are Fired

A Sad Day: Fmr. Congressman Dawson Mathis and Fulton Commission Vice Chair Joan Garner Passed Away

Within about an hour of each other, GAPol learned of the passing of Dawson Mathis, who represented southwest Georgia in the 80s, and Joan Garner who served on the Fulton County Commission since 2011.

Cong. Sanford Bishop announced the news of Mathis’ death in a statement, calling Mathis a “true friend and mentor”. No cause of death was listed. He was 76.

Garner battled breast cancer and Fulton County Commission chairman John Eaves said “We will miss her thoughtful service, her passion for equity, and, especially, her smile and her warmth.”

April 28. That’s When Trump Will MAGA.

MAGA of course meaning: Making Atlanta Greaterthanitalreadyiswhichisalreadyperfect At last.

April 28 is also the date President Trump will address the NRA Annual Meetings, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center. The NRA tweeted the news on Friday. It will be the first time Trump qua President will visit the Peach State.

President Trump will also be the first sitting president to address an NRA Annual Meetings in 39 years when he speaks as part of the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. A whole host of other speakers are on the line up including our own David Perdue.

Pres. Trump Makes Articulate, Fact-Based Analysis of CD-6 Race

Just kidding, we all know that’s impossible.

Instead, President Trump relied on his usual bombastic and semi-conspiratorial scolding (AKA: his most presidential sounding voice) to predict Republicans will win on Tuesday. Anyone want to hazard a guess if he even knows who the Republicans are? Methinks he has no clue.

I-85. What to Say?

We all know what happened last night and that’s partly what has made writing this post so difficult.

The other difficulty is how utterly unimaginable it should be that one of the most important cities in the world’s richest, most powerful nation has a key element of its infrastructure collapse. Regrettably, America’s infrastructure is in horrible condition and failing (SAD!). In 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Georgia’s infrastructure a C and our bridges a C-. The 2017 grade hasn’t been announced and I am emailing the ASCE for a comment on last night’s event.

Related to the above: if we had a robust, well-planned mass transit system, that would greatly alleviate the transportation woes that are going to ail Atlantans at least through the summer.

We don’t know yet if this was just a horrible accident or a symptom of something far worse. And candidly I don’t think there’s any one solution. Hopefully this catalyzes policy makers in the state and country to look at our roads and highways and do all that can be done to prevent another collapse, even if it means a big bill for taxpayers.