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News Article | December 1, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its ranking of the Best Online Registered Nursing (RN) Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points on colleges and universities who offer online RN programs, the site honored 65 schools for providing the best overall value and quality for students. East Carolina University, Allen College, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and West Virginia University were among the highest scoring four-year schools, while New Mexico Junior College, Amarillo College, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Hopkinsville Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College were among the highest scoring two-year schools. "There is a growing demand for health care workers, and quality registered nursing programs are growing more and more competitive,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Our list of schools gives registered nursing students a better idea of which programs offer the best combination of cost, quality curriculum and online learning flexibility.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to meet several minimum requirements to be eligible for placement on their rankings. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools or below $25,000 annually at four-year schools. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. More details on data and methodology used to rank each online criminal justice program and a complete list of schools and scores is available at: Two-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Amarillo College Ashland Community and Technical College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Columbus State Community College Community College of Philadelphia Henderson Community College Hopkinsville Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Minnesota West Community and Technical College New Mexico Junior College San Antonio College Somerset Community College Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Four-year schools with the Best Online Registered Nurse Programs for 2016-2017: Allen College Aurora University Ball State University Barry University Clayton State University Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Drexel University East Carolina University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gannon University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University La Salle University Loyola University Chicago Minot State University Missouri State University-Springfield New Mexico State University - Main Campus North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Olivet Nazarene University Sacred Heart University Seton Hall University South Dakota State University The College of Saint Scholastica University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Delaware University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Boston University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Memphis University of North Alabama University of North Dakota University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Southern Indiana University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Villanova University Wayland Baptist University West Virginia University Western Kentucky University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released its list of the Best Schools with Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in the U.S. for 2016-2017. The ranking cites the top 50 colleges and universities for online nurse practitioner students based on an in-depth cost and quality comparison. Highest scores were awarded to Stony Brook University, University of Cincinnati, Ball State University, University of St. Francis and Northern Arizona University. "The U.S. Department of Labor predicts Practitioners to be among of the most in-demand nursing positions in the nation through 20214,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Aspiring students will find the schools on our list offer the flexibility of an online education with exceptional overall quality and value compared to other nursing programs around the country.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools to meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. To maintain affordability standards, AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $25,000 per year. Each qualifying school is scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates by school. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final top 50 list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top 50 Online Nurse Practitioner Programs in the Nation for 2016-2017: Ball State University Clarkson College Columbus State University Concordia University - Wisconsin Duquesne University East Tennessee State University Fitchburg State University Gardner-Webb University Georgia College and State University Graceland University - Lamoni Indiana State University Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis Indiana Wesleyan University Loyola University New Orleans Maryville University of Saint Louis McNeese State University Michigan State University New Mexico State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Samford University Seton Hall University Southern Adventist University Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Stony Brook University The University of Alabama The University of Texas Medical Branch University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of Central Florida University of Central Missouri University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Detroit Mercy University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Indianapolis University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Memphis University of North Dakota University of Northern Colorado University of South Alabama University of Southern Indiana University of St. Francis West Virginia University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Winona State University Wright State University - Main Campus AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | November 3, 2016
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A new list from leading higher education and online student resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has ranked the Best Online Colleges in Georgia for 2016-2017. Comparing more than a dozen statistics on affordability and program variety, schools at the top of the list include Columbus State University, Brenau University, Shorter University, Albany State University and Truett-McConnell College among four-year institutions, and Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College among two-year institutions. "Among large urban areas, Atlanta is 7th in the nation in college enrollment,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "More students are seeking the flexibility that online colleges in Georgia offer. This list highlights the schools offering the best combination of quality and value when it comes to online education.” There are specific qualifications schools must meet to make the Best Online Colleges in Georgia list. Only colleges and universities that are accredited are considered, and each must hold public or private not-for-profit standing. Cost and affordability minimums are also set; in-state tuition must fall under $5,000 annually for two-year institutions and under $25,000 annually for four-year institutions to qualify. Scoring for each school is determined by analysis of a variety of statistics, including financial aid availability and breadth of online program options. Find where each of Georgia’s Best Online Colleges ranks and learn more about the methodology used to compile each list at the link below: The following schools are recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Georgia: The following schools are recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Georgia: Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Beulah Heights University Brenau University Clayton State University College of Coastal Georgia Columbus State University Dalton State College Fort Valley State University Georgia College and State University Georgia Regents University Georgia Southern University Kennesaw State University Luther Rice University & Seminary Middle Georgia State College Reinhardt University Shorter University Thomas University Toccoa Falls College Truett-McConnell College University of North Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


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International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology | Year: 2014

Research about the attitudes and beliefs of correctional officers has historically been conducted in prison facilities while ignoring jail settings. This study contributes to our understanding of correctional officers by examining the perceptions of those who work in jails, specifically measuring professional orientations about counseling roles, punitiveness, corruption of authority by inmates, and social distance from inmates. The study also examines whether officers are accurate in estimating these same perceptions of their peers, a line of inquiry that has been relatively ignored. Findings indicate that the sample was concerned about various aspects of their job and the management of inmates. Specifically, officers were uncertain about adopting counseling roles, were somewhat punitive, and were concerned both with maintaining social distance from inmates and with an inmate's ability to corrupt their authority. Officers also misperceived the professional orientation of their fellow officers and assumed their peer group to be less progressive than they actually were. © The Author(s) 2013.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 74.82K | Year: 2010

Georgia College, in partnership with the Cheche Konnen Center of TERC and the school districts comprising the Oconee Regional Educational Service Agency, are collaborating on a planning project to develop a Noyce Teaching Fellows/Master Teaching Fellows project. The project that is planned will focus on developing a cadre of highly qualified science and math teachers for rural, majority African-American middle schools, using a professional learning community design model. Objectives for the planning process include: 1) determining an appropriate scope and a vision for sustainability of the Noyce project that will be proposed, including identifying an appropriate nonprofit partner and non-federal matching funds; 2) designing a robust outreach plan for recruiting and retaining Teaching Fellows and Master Teaching Fellows; 3) developing an evidence-based and practical approach for the teacher preparation framework for the STEM Master of Arts in Teaching program at Georgia College; 4) building a foundation for a professional learning community for the Teaching Fellows and Master Teaching Fellows; and 5) developing an engineering focus for the project which will be primarily centered on supporting teaching in middle grades. The planning process includes an evaluation expert, who is helping to develop the evaluation for the full project alongside the project development, while also providing assessment of and feedback on the planning activities.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 263.32K | Year: 2015

An award is made to Georgia College and State University (GCSU) to acquire a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) which features integrated Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Fully Automatic Critical Point Dryer, Cold Sputter/Etch Unit, and the latest Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) technology. This current technology will have a significant impact on research, education and outreach at the institution. Faculty members at GCSU are committed to its mission of excellence in research and teaching and producing graduates who have been exposed to a culture of engaged learning. Incorporating high magnification observation of organisms with the acquired SEM in the classroom will enhance the learning experience of the predominantly undergraduate population of the only designated Public Liberal Arts institution in the State of Georgia. In addition, this instrument will allow the university to engage students in original research that will enhance discoveries in biology and environmental sciences. The instruments location in the universitys Natural History Museum will provide unique and exciting opportunities for visiting middle and high school students, as well as members of the public, to witness science in action. Efforts to engage the larger community are particularly important given GCSUs location in Middle Georgia at the crossroads of a region with a primarily rural, low-income, minority population. In addition, this project will enable research that will provide vital knowledge to support environmental protection, economic development, and human health.

Faculty at GCSU are committed to assessing and improving the environment in the State of Georgia and beyond. Research with the acquired SEM will be broad, innovative, collaborative, and will involve both undergraduate and graduate students. The imaging capabilities will be used to advance knowledge in a number of areas, including: measuring the abundance calcareous algae as correlated with ocean acidity; changes in calcification of conch in the Caribbean; systematics and taxonomy of diatoms from the southeastern US with continuous descriptions of new algal species; the prevention of algal blooms and algal toxin development considered as new health threats to humans using the recreational waters in Georgia; the microscopic analysis of plant families to understand plant evolution; the microscopic understanding of soil-­‐organism interactions; bacterial virus identification and characterization; and amyloid and prion biology, important biomolecules with largely unknown functions.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs for 2017 in the state of Georgia. 29 of the state’s four-year schools made the list, with University of Georgia, Mercer University, Brenau University, Reinhardt University and Shorter University coming in as the highest scoring schools. 19 two-year schools were also included, with Central Georgia Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College earning the highest marks. “As more versatile options for education become available, more students enrolled in college programs in Georgia can earn certificates and degrees on their own schedule by choosing to study online,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The accredited schools on our list all offer high-quality online programs for students who want to earn a degree remotely.” Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must be an institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit and have at least one online certificate or degree program to qualify. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes student/teacher ratios, post-graduation employment resources, graduation rate and financial aid availability. More than a dozen data points were used to create the list. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Georgia’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Augusta University Beulah Heights University Brenau University Clayton State University College of Coastal Georgia Columbus State University Dalton State College Fort Valley State University Georgia College and State University Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Georgia Southern University Georgia Southwestern State University Kennesaw State University Kennesaw State University Luther Rice College & Seminary Mercer University Middle Georgia State University Reinhardt University Savannah College of Art and Design Shorter University Thomas University Toccoa Falls College Truett-McConnell College University of Georgia University of North Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University Georgia’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Albany Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College Coastal Pines Technical College Columbus Technical College Georgia Military College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Lanier Technical College Oconee Fall Line Technical College Ogeechee Technical College Southeastern Technical College Southern Regional Technical College West Georgia Technical College Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | December 7, 2016
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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlantic Capital Bank, NA has announced the hiring of Cory Burdette as Senior Vice President of its Financial Institutions Group (FIG). He brings 10 years of extensive banking experience working with community and middle market financial institutions. Prior to joining Atlantic Capital, Mr. Burdette worked with BBVA Compass as Vice President, Correspondent Banking Relationship Manager and J. P. Morgan as Vice President, Treasury Sales Officer. “Cory’s extensive experience and diverse background with community and middle market financial institutions will reinforce our objective to grow deposits and expand service delivery to our clients. His market knowledge is a true asset and fits perfectly with our vision to deliver this expertise to community banks across the United States. We are delighted to have him join our team,” said Kurt Shreiner, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Capital Bank, NA, a subsidiary of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. “I believe the biggest differentiator in community banking is customer service. Clients want a long-term financial partner who will listen and provide customized solutions that meet their business goals. That’s the approach I bring for Atlantic Capital clients. I am excited about delivering superior customer service and products that exceed expectations,” said Cory Burdette, Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Burdette received his B. S. in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Management from Georgia College and State University. He is located at Atlantic Capital Bank, Terminus 100, 3280 Peachtree Rd. in Atlanta. He can be reached at Cory.Burdette@atlcapbank.com or 770-855-3190. About Atlantic Capital Bank, NA Atlantic Capital Bank, NA is a subsidiary of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. which is a $2.8 billion publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlantic Capital offers banking, treasury management, capital markets, trust, and mortgage services to privately held companies and individuals in Atlanta, eastern Tennessee, northwest Georgia and Charlotte, N.C. Atlantic Capital also provides specialized financial services to select clients nationally. For more information, visit our website at www.atlcapbank.com.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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The Jackson Law Firm, a Georgia-based personal and criminal attorney practice, has recently added a new attorney to the team. Grady Cullens is local to the Dublin area, having grown up in Dublin and even attending Dublin High School. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Savannah Law School and graduated undergraduate from Georgia College and State University. Says Ralph Jackson, Esq., “Grady fits perfectly with our firm. He brings the work-ethic and commitment to excellence that we have set as our standard.” Like the other attorneys at The Jackson Law Firm, Grady will assist with cases involving litigation and trial work. As a recent graduate from Savannah Law School, Grady holds unique experience that makes him a perfect fit at The Jackson Law Firm. In school, he received the CALI award for Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis II as well as served on the Moot Court Team. As a law clerk at Johnson, Kraeuter, & Dunn, Grady learned the ins and outs of personal injury practice. In addition to his work experience, Grady’s small town background plays a big part in his viability on the Jackson team. Because of his familiarity with the area and its people’s unique life experiences, Grady is able to effectively work with clients from every walk of life. Explains Ralph Jackson, “Grady comes from a background that allows him to be communicate with regular people in a way they understand.” The Jackson Law Firm has high hopes for Grady as a member of its growing team. Helping people in Dublin for over twenty-two years, Jackson Law Firm specializes in practice areas ranging from auto accidents to civil and criminal litigation. “We’re excited about Grady joining the team,” says Ralph Jackson. “He’s a natural fit for our culture here and he’s got what it takes to really be successful in helping clients like ours.” The Jackson Law Firm is a Georgia-based law firm focusing on personal injury, auto accident, criminal, and DUI claims. The firm also has a division that handles real estate, contracts, wills, and general legal problems. For more information on Grady Cullens or on The Jackson Law Firm’s cases and services, contact by phone at 478-272-7607 or visit http://www.ga-laws.com.


News Article | December 8, 2016
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“I have a job,” Newt Gingrich told me this week, when I asked him if there was a job he might accept in the new administration. “I have a full-time job reconceptualizing the way Republican government will occur.” Coming from someone else, this would sound like one of those platitudes Washington insiders often mouth when they’ve been passed over for something, as much to console themselves as to persuade you. I can do more good from outside the tent than inside. I wanted a broader portfolio. And so on. But anyone who’s known Gingrich for very long — and he and I have talked often over the last decade — knows that he couldn’t be happier with how things are shaping up. Yes, he would have accepted the vice presidency had Donald Trump asked him. Yes, he has visions of himself as a very good defense secretary, if only he could hop into a time machine and serve during the last great land war. But it’s hard to imagine Newt — he is universally known by his first name in Washington — dragging himself to the doorstep of some drab Cabinet outpost every morning, managing some sprawling bureaucracy, taking orders over the phone from some deputy chief of staff (or perhaps one of the Trump kids). It’s even harder to imagine him doing all that at the cost of the small empire he runs from across the Potomac River, a lucrative generator of speeches, films and books. What Gingrich wants, as he first told me during a conversation at the Republican convention in July, is to be Harry Hopkins, the confidant to whom Franklin Roosevelt entrusted the implementation of the New Deal. I pointed out to him, during my hourlong visit to his Arlington office Monday morning, that Hopkins had worked alongside the president. “This is the modern world,” Gingrich said breezily. “I’ve got an iPad and a smartphone. I’ll be inside the White House as much as I want to.” Trump’s takeover of Republican politics over the last year, unfathomable and yet somehow inevitable at the same time, posed a treacherous test for establishment Republicans, few of whom came through unscathed. Mitt Romney, for instance, tried to plant himself directly between Trump and the nomination, and now finds himself demonstrating his fitness for the State Department by translating French entrées off a menu. (“I would not say he’s not serious,” Gingrich told me of Trump’s dalliance with Romney. “But I would say he’s massively enjoyed it.”) On the other end of the spectrum you have Chris Christie, who boldly leaped to Trump’s side when it made him a pariah in his own party — only to be cruelly discarded, it appears, when Trump no longer needed the governing imprimatur. Perhaps no one, though, played it wilier than Gingrich, who has managed to hover near the center of Republican power for most of the last 20-plus years. Remaining uncommitted throughout the early primaries, the former House speaker and presidential candidate spoke kindly enough of Trump to be considered an ally, but demonstrated enough independence to avoid becoming a lackey. Gingrich may well be the longtime politician closest to what Trump, who disdains the entire profession, would consider a peer. When he greeted me Monday, he mentioned that he had just gotten off the phone with the president-elect, who called because he had seen Gingrich defending Trump’s call with the Taiwanese president in multiple TV interviews. They talk periodically. “He watches everything, never kid yourself,” Gingrich told me. “I spend a lot of time studying him. What does he do, why does he do it, what he’s trying to accomplish.” To that end, I told Gingrich I was interested less in all the speculation around the transition than in how Trump would govern. I wanted to know what the first six months of the Trump administration would actually look like, if Gingrich had any influence over it. Gingrich flashed that intrigued look he sometimes gives you, which I can only imagine is the same look he used to give his history students at West Georgia College when they asked him something that got him thinking. “You ask me a good question, and I haven’t thought about how to put it down in an organized way,” Gingrich said, rising to his feet. Behind him was a whiteboard where Newt had scribbled some phrases and diagrams, like Alan Turing trying to decode some new political language. Trump begins in answer form … Thus begins the personal evolution … Core cultural difference. Now he hurriedly erased it all. Grabbing a red marker, he started writing out a series of headings, along with a triangular diagram. Below this and in the middle of the whiteboard, Gingrich scrawled out some figures: “$13 6yrs. $3 2.5mths.” These few numbers, he explained, make up the centerpiece of what he calls “Trumpian” reform. They represent the story of the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, which New York City tried and failed to rebuild at a cost of $13 million over six years, and which an exasperated Trump (his office looked out over this monstrosity) finally renovated in a matter of months, for only $3 million. Trump hadn’t known a thing about skating rinks, Gingrich reminded me. The first thing he’d done was to call a Canadian company, because he figured Canadians must know a lot about building skating rinks, and within a week he had a plan. “You have to take that story as a logic train,” Gingrich told me, adding that he had advised Trump to make it a central plank of his campaign. In several key areas of government, Trump’s challenge in his opening months would be to break with convention and smash the bureaucracy in a handful of key areas, delivering fast results at a lower cost. The park story, which Trump did in fact highlight in his primetime convention video, has always seemed a little unpersuasive to me. Rather than highlight Trump’s genius as a can-do builder, it reminds you of how little he can actually point to as proof of public service. A $3 million sheet of ice stands as his lone testament to civic-mindedness. Given that limitation, though, it made sense to me that Gingrich should seize on this story as a guidepost for Trump as he girds for some important early battles with an entrenched governing establishment. When all you have is a bulldozer, I guess everything looks like a rink. “The first challenge in governing is to not blow up,” Gingrich told me. “Because if you blow up, you just have a mess, OK?” He was talking about the unavoidable problem Trump will face right away, which is what to do about President Obama’s signature health care law. With a Republican Congress at his disposal and eager to scrap the law, Trump has no practical choice other than to make good on his vow to repeal it. But moving all at once would revoke coverage for some 22 million Americans and play havoc with the insurance market. “So they’ve got to get through how you unravel Obamacare, because they want to replace it in a way that you never own the problem,” Gingrich said. “You don’t want to leave 22 million people anxiety-ridden. So start with that. And it is really, really complicated.” In other words, Trump and the Republican Congress may make a big show of repealing some provisions, but the heart of the law — namely the state exchanges and the subsidies — may stay intact for a while yet, while lawmakers debate other solutions. “You have to pass something in January or February,” he told me. “You have to. You pick the weakest, dumbest parts of Obamacare, and you replace them.” At the same time, he said, Trump will have to do something immediate to back up his promises on keeping jobs in the country. While Republican leaders have already balked at Trump’s proposal to levy a 35 percent tariff on imports, Gingrich thinks the principle of a transfer tax might be more practical. What that means, in theory, is that businesses might get a 35 percent tax rebate on goods built domestically while paying a corresponding 35 percent tax on anything they import from overseas — essentially a tariff with a corresponding tax cut. The third pillar of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” platform, of course, was stemming illegal immigration. Immediately after the campaign, Gingrich made news when he called Trump’s wall “a campaign device.” In our conversation, he suggested there would, in fact, have to be a wall, but it might be literal in some stretches, with others filled in by sensors or patrols. Gingrich expects Trump to take a hard stand against so-called sanctuary cities, which would afford him a highly symbolic way to castigate both illegal immigration and liberal government — a kind of two-for-one deal. But even as Trump advances some tangible ideas to make good on his promises on these fronts, Gingrich told me, he’ll have to get down to the granular, often nasty business of breaking up longstanding bureaucracies. This is the Wollman Rink parable applied to Washington; either Trump gets control of the governing apparatus so he can do things the way he wants, or the apparatus will simply stall until he’s gone. “This is the biggest fight that they’re going to have,” Newt said. “You say, ‘I want you to go down and paint the building blue.’ And the federal workforce says, ‘Well, we’re not really sure where to find blue paint, and we’re not really sure we know how to paint, but we can fill out a report telling you that we’re seriously thinking about someday thinking about whether or not we’ll eventually have training to someday do something.’” What Gingrich then outlined for me, on his whiteboard, were several grenades he wants Trump to unpin and hurl in his first year on the job — not only to remove the obstacles that stand in his path but to send a significant message to the voters about the meaning of Trumpian reform. The first he mentioned to me was a bill to reform the civil service, so that Trump could hire and fire as he sees fit. Gingrich’s plan would be to make the Veterans Administration the focal point of this debate, because that lends itself to a classic “wedge” strategy; the idea is to make Democrats choose between the interests of civil servants and those of veterans. Gingrich, you may recall, is very good at conceiving of this kind of devious strategy. “What you want is to pit yourself against corrupt, dishonest, incompetent and sometimes criminal bureaucrats who are hurting veterans,” he told me. “And then you say, ‘All right, all you Democrats who are up in ’18, you want to vote to keep hurting veterans?’” The second assault Gingrich wants to launch on the governing establishment is a bid to eliminate the Congressional Budget Office. This is the little-known, nonpartisan group of government economists that “scores” legislative proposals, meaning it tells you how much your tax cuts or your wall is likely to cost the government over a period of years. Or, if you’re Gingrich, it’s “a small band of stunningly arrogant bureaucrats who should all be fired.” The triangle Gingrich had drawn on the whiteboard was what he called a watershed. (“It’s really a chevron, but no one knows what this is,” he mumbled, as if people doodled watersheds every day.) Gingrich put the CBO on one side; on the other he scribbled down “accurate private scoring” alongside other elements of his Trumpian idea. The idea is to hire private-sector firms to forecast public costs. “If you’re still using CBO, you’ve not crossed the watershed,” Gingrich told me. “This is the centerpiece of Trumpism, and this is a very big test for Trump. This is not a city today capable of being a Trumpian city.” Another point on Gingrich’s watershed indicated an assault on the foreign policy establishment. Trump, he said, should quickly order the American Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — something the last three presidents have refused to do, which to Gingrich demonstrates the outsize power of the diplomatic bureaucracy. “I guarantee you the State Department will fall on its sword, people will be committing hari-kari,” he said. “Until somebody says to the foreign service, ‘This is over.’” Whatever one thinks of these proposals, which taken together would essentially set official Washington aflame, Gingrich had, in under an hour, spun out a more specific agenda for Trump’s first year than anything the president-elect has managed himself. He had created a checklist for bold, systemic reform, a series of skating rinks waiting to be taken over and rebuilt. What I wondered, listening to him hold forth, was how much of this agenda reflected Trump’s own conception of his nascent presidency, and how much was Gingrich just being wishful. When I asked him whether he had discussed all this at length with Trump, Gingrich told me, “It is the inevitable consequence of where we are. It’s like saying to me, do I really have to advise him to refuel the car? And the answer is no. These are smart people.” All of which gets at the essential mystery of Trump right now. Is he, as Newt would have you believe, a more strategic, more methodical thinker than he seemed at rallies or on the debate stage? “He’s really radically smarter than most of his critics think, and much more self-aware,” Gingrich assured me. Or is Trump more like one of those toy cars you might have had as a kid — the kind that would keep going until it hit the wall of the playroom, then back up and head off in some other random direction? Did Trump, as his advisers say now, take a call from Taiwan’s president last week because he had made a calculated decision to send China a message? Or did he pick up the phone because he’s impetuous and uninformed, and he’s only trying to look deliberate after the fact? I really couldn’t tell you. And as I tilted my head to study his watershed, it occurred to me that Gingrich might not really know the answer, either. Washington orients itself by historical analogies, and no shortage of them have been thrown around where Trump is concerned. A lot of hopeful Republicans will tell you he’s much like Ronald Reagan, whose adversaries too quickly dismissed him, similarly, as intellectually wanting. The thinking here is that Trump may not be an especially learned guy when it comes to politics and history, but he knows what he doesn’t know, and he can surround himself with people like Gingrich, who know all about governing. What Trump can do, as both a self-reliant billionaire and a skilled entertainer, is to hold the line and galvanize public opinion. In this light, Trump’s controversial chat with the Taiwanese president might be reminiscent of Reagan’s rattling of the Soviets. Perhaps he wants to be seen abroad as more impulsive and explosive than he really is. It seems to me a specious comparison, though, not least because Reagan had governed the largest state in the nation (twice) and led a long ideological struggle within his own party before he was elected in 1980. He was nothing like the political novice that Trump is; the tendency to underestimate him probably came from his Western persona and distant career as a movie star, which seem irrelevant by modern standards. For his part, Gingrich likes to say that Trump is an amalgam of three American prototypes: one-third Andrew Jackson, one-third Franklin Roosevelt and one-third P.T. Barnum. When I offered that Trump’s campaign seemed more like 60 percent Barnum to me, Gingrich nodded. “That’s because it was a campaign,” he said wryly. It’s not accidental that Gingrich compares himself to Harry Hopkins. Clearly he hopes the most relevant of the three influences now is Roosevelt — another wealthy New Yorker who made common cause with the working class at a time of economic peril. Roosevelt not only redefined government in his time but realigned it, too, such that Republicans were effectively decimated as a governing party. Gingrich came to power in the 1990s hell-bent on trying to flip that reality, and he has never given up. “My planning horizon is January of 2025,” he told me. “Do we govern so effectively at every level that the next president is naturally a Republican, because we’re being rewarded for being the party that solved things.” That may or may not be the Trumpian vision of where we are, but it’s Gingrichian to the core.

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