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Dear American history teachers: Work harder, faster

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, bless his heart, has joined Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as GOP presidential wannabes in need of one-on-one tutoring by sometimes historian Newt Gingrich. From ABC News:

Texas Governor Rick Perry energetically bounded into the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Dartmouth College’s campus after Tuesday night’s debate, but when he was asked a question about states’ rights, he slipped up on the dates for when the American Revolution was fought.

“Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid if that because they’d just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you, and then it was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will,” Perry said.”

Perry missed it by only two centuries. And who’s to say that Mary, …

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Your morning jolt: Nathan Deal on the next DOT chief

My AJC colleague Ariel Hart had a revealing game of cat-and-mouse with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday, over the topic of who might replace the exiting Vance Smith as head of the state Department of Transportation:

Q: Do you have a preference for who ought to be the next GDOT commissioner?

Deal: No, I hope that they will come up with someone that’s qualified, and has an experience factor of being able to deal with difficult problems.

Q: Have you suggested anyone to (the DOT board)?

Deal: I have suggested that there may be some existing state employees who might be considered, but this is their decision and we’re going to watch and see what they do.

Q: Would that be Steve Stancil (who is executive director of the Georgia Building Authority)?

Deal: Well, Steve Stancil is someone that we think has done an excellent job in his current position and I think possesses the kind of qualities that you would be looking for.

Q: You suggested him?

Deal: (chuckling) I think I’ll leave it at …

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‘The Undefeated’ and Sarah Palin’s message for the GOP establishment

On Friday, metro Atlanta will be one of 10 spots in the country that will see the debut of “The Undefeated,” the glowing documentary of Sarah Palin.

The Palin movie will have an exclusive seven-day run at the AMC Barrett Commons theater complex off Barrett Parkway in Cobb County. Director Steve Bannon, a former investment banker turned filmmaker, is already in Atlanta and plans to be in Kennesaw tomorrow evening – possibly with a CNN crew.

"The Undefeated" director Steve Bannon/CRC Public Relations

"The Undefeated" director Steve Bannon/CRC Public Relations

We were able to catch Bannon for a brief chat this afternoon. The highlights are below:

Insider: The film is an hour and fifty-minutes long. Only at the 65-minute mark do you finish with experience as governor of Alaska. Why is that?

Bannon: Everybody comes into Sarah Palin’s story at the Republican convention, when she was selected [as the vice presidential nominee]. Here, you’re over an hour into the movie before you actually get to see that. That’s why the convention …

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Your morning jolt: In search of Beverly Hall

Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News is conducting a cross-country search for the former superintendent of the scandal-ridden Atlanta Public School system:

Pearson might want to check in with former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who said she called Hall after the report was released last week. Posted by USA Today via 11Alive:

“I called to say I was thinking about her, and I hoped she could relax and reflect,” Franklin said. “She said she was intending to do that. This is a really tough report to internalize.”

Franklin said Hall did not offer an apology to her during that conversation.

“I didn’t ask for an apology, and my conversation was short,” Franklin said. “I think she has appropriately apologized to the teachers, students and to the general public.”

Meanwhile, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Franklin’s evaluation of Hall’s tenure as school superintendent.

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Cobb County has become the latest Republican-controlled bastion in metro Atlanta to …

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Sarah Palin’s movie message to GOP ‘establishment’

On Thursday night, several dozen of Sarah Palin’s best friends gathered in Kennesaw to watch their heroine on the big screen.

It was an invitation-only preview of “The Undefeated,” a two-hour Stephen Bannon documentary on the rise of Palin, from Alaskan mayoral candidate to governor to GOP vice presidential nominee to — well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

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The movie won’t open in metro Atlanta until July 15. “I hope that you will be evangelists for the film,” Rob Cunningham, a member of the Georgia chapter of Organize4Palin, told the crowd before the room went dark.

Cunningham outlined a modest economic plan: The Palin movie will have a seven-day run at the AMC Barrett Commons theater complex off Barrett Parkway in Cobb County. Over 35 showings, the movie must draw $10,000 — about 1,200 tickets — to be judged a success.
Cunningham said he would count on the assembled Palin fans to put out the word — and perhaps organize a few watch …

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Your morning jolt: Next Mideast uprising brought to you by Internet in a suitcase?

Yes, there’s a Republican debate in New Hampshire tonight. But it’s June, and some gadgets are just too cool to ignore. From today’s New York Times:

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”

Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global …

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Sarah Palin documentary to debut in Atlanta – and elsewhere – on July 15

Why? Because the doctor says there’s not enough Sarah Palin in your diet.

The word from AMC Theaters is that Atlanta will be one of several Republican markets where “The Undefeated” – the title of the new Sarah Palin documentary – will debut on July 15.

Other cities and areas: Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City.

Says the press release:

“The Undefeated is the ideal candidate for digital theatrical distribution,” stated Jonathan Dern, President of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. “Given Palin’s ardent following throughout the country, digital cinema allows us to be extremely precise and efficient in our distribution strategy, bringing this much-anticipated film directly to interested theater-goers.”

And yes, “The Undefeated” is also the title of a 1969 western featuring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. Something about invading Mexico.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Sarah Palin movie is a ‘hopeless, sputtering jumble’

A first review of the new Sarah Palin movie by Stephen Bannon, from Kyle Smith of the New York Post – who just became a dues-paying member of the lamestream media:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offers a reporter a revised version of Paul Revere's ride. Associated Press

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offers a reporter a revised version of Paul Revere’s ride. Associated Press

[I]ts tone is an excruciating combination of bombast and whining, it’s so outlandishly partisan that it makes Richard Nixon look like Abraham Lincoln and its febrile rush of images — not excluding earthquakes, car wrecks, volcanic eruption and attacking Rottweilers — reminded me of the brainwash movie Alex is forced to sit through in “A Clockwork Orange.” Except no one came along to refresh my pupils with eyedrops.

I’d sooner have watched a Michael Moore movie.

Any Michael Moore movie.

Even “Canadian Bacon.”

If you’re hopeful (or worried) that this movie is the secret trigger for a Palin relaunch, don’t be. Even if you fixed the blaring soundtrack and took out all the symbols of the …

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Herman Cain leads Newt Gingrich among Georgia GOP voters

Newt Gingrich’s favorite-son strategy isn’t working out so well in Georgia, according to a quick InsiderAdvantage/Channel 2 Action News poll released this evening.

Gingrich may have the support of Gov. Nathan Deal, but Republican voters – at least for the moment – prefer pizzazz of pizza magnate and former radio talk show host Herman Cain.

Results from the poll, with a +/-5% MOE:

– Cain, 26%;

– Michele Bachmann, 13%;

– Newt Gingrich, 12%;

– Sarah Palin, 11%;

– Mitt Romney, 10%;

– Tim Pawlenty, 1%;

– Ron Paul, 1%;

– Other, 4%;

– Undecided, 22%.

Earlier this year Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker and Georgia congressman, declared that much of his campaign would be run from Buckhead. But Gingrich hasn’t had an appearance here since his speech at the state GOP convention in mid-May.

From the Channel 2 website:

“I’m surprised at the level that Herman Cain is leading the rest of the pack. I’m not surprised by the fact that he’s leading. He’s been in Atlanta. He’s been …

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PPP poll: Herman Cain, Sarah Palin tied for second in Iowa

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