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Trump: 2020 Most Admired Man in America

The 74th annual Gallup poll closing out the year in review shows President Trump to be the most admired man in America, replacing a 12-year run by the former president, Barack Obama. Since 1946, the incumbent president has won the title 60 times. Mr. Joe Biden was mentioned by 6% of respondents, placing third overall. This year marks the tenth time Trump has finished among the top ten men – four times before he became a candidate for president – 1988 through 1990 and in 2011.

While most incumbent presidents make this list, there have been times when that did not happen. Harry Truman (1946-1947 and 1950-1952), Lyndon Johnson (1967-1968), Richard Nixon (1973), Gerald Ford (1974-1975), Jimmy Carter (1980), and George W. Bush (2008) were incumbent presidents who did not finish first.

The most top-ten mentions over the years were received by Rev. Billy Graham, who passed away in 2018: He made this list 61 times during his life. Behind Graham are two former presidents, Ronald Regan with 31 top ten finishes and Jimmy Carter with 29. Pope John Paul II and Bill Clinton are also frequent runners up.

Other notables making the 2020 Most Admired list include the Dalai Lama, LeBron James, and Elon Musk.

Georgia’s Newest Voters Dominate

The upcoming run-off in Georgia that will determine the balance of power in the United States Senate is being dominated by voters in the 18 – 29 age group. After the November 3 election left no clear winner in the two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs, state Democratic Party officials noticed that youth voters contributed a full 21% of Georgia’s votes.  According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) 17% of those casting a ballot nationwide in 2020 were between 18 and 29 years old.

National Democratic organizers are hoping to re-energize young voters on January 5. Hollywood types, social media influencers, and organized student groups are hosting Zoom calls and getting their message out digitally. This includes both Democrats and Republicans. College Republicans are phone banking, holding remote rallies on-line, and challenged their ranks to do the same with a “National Call Competition.” So far, 300 plus College Republicans are actively involved.

Georgia’s success in encouraging young people to exercise their right to vote may be a blueprint for future elections nationwide. Historically, the 18-29 demographic has had the lowest voter turnout in the country. Perhaps that is changing for the better after the 2020 election.

Nashville Bombing Sparks Questions

Christmas morning in Nashville, TN, began with a warning: “Evacuate now. There is a bomb. A bomb is in this vehicle and will explode.” Before the warning, Petula Clark’s iconic pop hit, “Downtown,” had been playing. Soon after, a computerized voice started a 15-minute countdown. Heroic efforts by local police ensured the residents left safely before an explosion rattled the city block, throwing people out of their beds one street over.

One resident, who reported gunshots sometime before the blast, evacuated after hearing the warning and claimed to have seen a fireball fly over the AT&T transmission building on Second Avenue. Was it terrorism or despair?

An act of terrorism is usually accompanied by a message taking responsibility: That has yet to happen unless the FBI and ATF keep the investigation close to the Kevlar vest and the public is not privy to what has been uncovered. But this is an ongoing investigation; those conducting the investigation will not comment.

It appears that whoever blew up the RV did not want to take innocent lives. As one business owner and resident said: “Whoever did it, did give fair warning.”

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