Georgia football players acknowledge the crowd during a parade celebrating the Bulldog's second consecutive NCAA college football national championship, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Athens, Ga.

The University of Georgia national championship football team, seen here celebrating in January, declined an invitation to the White House, citing scheduling conflict.

Credit: AP Photo/Alex Slitz

The panel:

Andra Gillespie, professor, Emory University, @AndraGillespie

Chauncey Alcorn, politics reporter, Capital B, @CLamontLives

Greg Bluestein, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @bluestein

Matt Brown, democracy reporter, The Washington Post, @mrbrownsir


The breakdown:

1. A jury finds Trump liable for battery and defamation in E. Jean Carroll trial.

  •  A federal jury has found former President Donald Trump liable for battery and defamation in the lawsuit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.

    • Carroll says he raped her in a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s.
  • Trump faces criminal charges in New York state over hush money payments made to a porn actress and the possibility of charges in Georgia.


2. Title 42 is set to expire tomorrow. 

  • The pandemic-era rule allowed officials to turn away asylum seekers without a hearing. 
  • Now an influx of as many as 10,000 migrants per day are expected. 


3. UGA declines White House invitation after wining national championship.

  • According to a statement released by the Georgia athletic association on Tuesday, the Bulldogs will not be able to attend a June 12 event with other college teams at the White House. 
  • The statement from Georgia says the team's schedule interferes with the suggested date which was provided in an invitation received earlier this month.
    • Georgia did not provide more specifics of the schedule conflict.

LISTEN: Greg Bluestein talks about the White House invite.

Thursday on Political Rewind: Bill Nigut is in conversation with thought leaders on gun violence and school safety. 

*Note- this conversation took place before the mass shooting in Midtown Atlanta last week.