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Political Rewind: Rev. Bernice King on training center; DA Fani Willis calls out Trump's attacks
Leo Smith, @leosmithtweets, political analyst and president, Engaged Futures
Meg Kinnard, @MegKinnardAP, national politics reporter, The Associated Press
State Sen. Sonya Halpern (D), @SonyaHalpern_, 39th District
Tamar Hallerman, @TamarHallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- In a column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, King called for corporate leaders and city officials to re-examine commitments to police reform made in 2020. She also asked that the facility's programming, design, and location be changed.
- This comes as Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens has seemingly doubled down on the center's construction. In a State of the City address, he vocalized support for the center.
- Throughout the process, protestors have criticized city leaders for refusing community feedback.
- The city will hold its first meeting with the South River Forest and Public Safety Training Center Community Task Force next Wednesday.
2. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis calls attacks from Donald Trump "ridiculous".
- After his arrest in New York, Trump maintained his phone call to Brad Raffensperger was "perfect." He's attacked Willis and New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg, calling the latter an "animal" and a "racist."
- The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee announced a visit to New York in order to confront Bragg on an alleged effort to ignore violent crime.
- Since 2000, violent crime is down in New York City. You can find statistics from 2000 to present here.
3. The Department of Justice asked to pause Texas' mifepristone ruling.
- The DOJ requested an extension on the week-long period ruled by Texas federal Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk so they can stage a more effective appeal.
- A Washington federal judge immediately followed the Texas decision with an order that blocked the FDA from changing the drug's availability in 17 states.
- Georgia's "Heartbeat Bill" is still under review by the state Supreme Court.
- Nashville's Metro Council voted to reinstate freshman Democrat Rep. Justin Jones as an interim legislator in his own seat. Jones, along with fellow freshman Rep. Justin Pearson, were expelled from the body after their participation in a pro-gun control protest.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The AJC's Greg Bluestein joins the panel.