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11:38  20 november  2019
11:38  20 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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1655 are seen on display during a press preview of the exhibitIon "Making Marvels, Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe " featuring more than 150 treasures from several of the world' s most prestigious collections, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, U. S ., November 18, 2019.

1655 are seen on display during a press preview of the exhibitIon "Making Marvels, Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe " featuring more than 150 treasures from several of the world' s most prestigious collections, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, U. S ., November 18, 2019.

ATLANTA — When political pundits talk about swing states in the 2020 election, they generally mention Florida, several states in the Midwest, and maybe a couple states in the West or on the Atlantic coast.

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1655 are seen on display during a press preview of the exhibitIon "Making Marvels, Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe " featuring more than 150 treasures from several of the world' s most prestigious collections, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, U. S ., November 18, 2019.

Royal patronage encouraged Florentine craftsmen to migrate to Prague, and their Workshops flourished in Prague, Paris, Madrid, and Naples and at various courts of the Holy Roman Empire; in the The obsession with treasury objects, including pietre dure, was about to conquer all of Europe .

Georgia isn’t often on that list.

But a changing population, strong performances from Democrats in U.S. House, statehouse and statewide races, and increased attention from national voter groups has Democrats hopeful they can flip the traditionally red state blue in 2020. A Democrat hasn't won Georgia since former President Bill Clinton in 1992.

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"There is no denying that Georgia is poised as a swing state and will play an important role in the upcoming election," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a September letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. "With people of color being the cornerstone of the Democratic party, Atlanta remains set to provide a large portion of votes for our eventual nominee."

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Description. In the royal and princely courts of Europe , artworks made of multicolored semiprecious stones were passionately coveted objects. About the authors. Wolfram Koeppe is Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts , The Metropolitan Museum of Art , New

Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal, Vol. 41 (2006). The Metropolitan Museum of Art , with contributions by Timothy B. Husband, Jane Hayward, Carl F. Barnes, Jr., Millia Davenport, Robert S . Lopez, John Plummer, Derek de Solla Price, Helmut Nickel, Emanuel Winternitz, and Robert L. Benson.

In a clear sign of confidence in that assertion, Democrats chose Atlanta to host the fifth presidential debate of the cycle. Ten Democrats will take the stage Wednesday at Tyler Perry Studios, a film and production facility founded by the black actor and filmmaker at the site of a former Confederate Army base in heavily Democratic southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta leaders, Bottoms said in the letter, have long been tied to the Democratic party, and the city has a rich civil rights history as home to icons including Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

"I can’t think of a better place to showcase the Democratic field in one of the most diverse cities in this critical battleground state," Perez said in a statement provided to USA TODAY.

The Stacey Abrams effect

You can’t talk about Georgia politics without talking about Stacey Abrams.

Abrams’ narrow defeat in the 2018 gubernatorial election was a clear sign to some that the state was no longer a sure thing for Republicans. She won the most votes of any Democratic candidate in Georgia history, but lost the bitterly fought election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp by 1.39 percentage points.

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Its collection includes more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Met Collection. From the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time, experience 5,000 years of art from across the globe.

(8 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Annette de la Renta, and Rogers Fund, 2001 (2001.253). Boxes of this type were made either as luxurious display items for the Medici' s use or as diplomatic gifts to the kings and courtiers of Europe .

Speaking at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., last week, Abrams acknowledged that Georgia was now a battleground state.

"If you look at the 2018 election, I received the highest number of votes for any Democrat in Georgia history," Abrams said. "I spent a fraction of what is spent in a presidential campaign. And so if I can get here based on what I had, a presidential nominee can win the state of Georgia if they're a Democrat and willing to make the investment."

Abrams was successful in part because she engaged voters — particularly young people and people of color — who weren't previously registered or hadn’t voted in previous elections, said Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie.

Gillespie noted that Abrams used the New Georgia Project, a nonprofit she launched in 2014, to register tens of thousands of voters from communities of color. The nonprofit also worked to educate voters about the voting process and voting rights.

“She's been doing it for years and growing the electorate," Gillespie said.

The Democratic nominee for president will need to use that same strategy to win Georgia, Gillespie said.

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The Met collection represents more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to works being created today. Through the combined efforts of generations of curators, researchers, and collectors, our collection has grown to represent more than 5,000 years of

Displays of furniture and smaller objects provide a lavish and comprehensive survey of styles in the decorative arts , documenting the achievements of master The Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts has evolved significantly since it was established in 1907, during the Museum

“A Democratic candidate in a state that is newly competitive can’t take voter mobilization for granted," Gillespie said. "It's not doing passive stuff like putting ads on TV or sending out robotic calls. You have to do the hard work of engaging people in a personal way."

Changing voter base

Georgia's expanding liberal base and the fast-growing black population of metropolitan Atlanta have already flipped some Republican-held House districts near the city and are positive trends for Democrats, political experts say.

In 2018, Democrats flipped 14 state House seats in the Atlanta area but lost three elsewhere for a net gain of 11 seats. In the state Senate, Democrats gained two Atlanta-area seats.

In 2016, black voters supported Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump 89% to 8% nationally, according to exit polls. And in 2018, black voters made up 30 percent of Georgia voters, up slightly from 29 percent in 2014, Gillespie said.

At the same time, the state's majority white voting base is shrinking, said Charles Bullock, a University of Georgia political scientist. In 2018, 59 percent of Georgia voters were white, down from 1996 when 78 percent were white, he said.

Bottoms lobbied for Wednesday's debate to take place in the heart of Atlanta instead of the suburb Sandy Springs, which organizers were also considering. Sandy Springs is part of the long held Republican district that was flipped by Democratic U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath last year.

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McBath won the 6th congressional district by about 3,200 votes, a significant shift from 2014, when Republican former U.S. Rep. Tom Price won by 210,500 votes.

Gillespie said the changing political landscape is likely a result of the northern Atlanta suburbs becoming more diverse, and college-educated white women moving away from Republicans, which is also a national trend.

"Some well-educated, affluent enclaves are becoming less conservative," Gillespie said.

More attention from advocacy groups

After Abrams' strong showing and McBath's election in the Atlanta suburbs, political advocacy groups also are focusing more attention on Georgia.

A’shanti F. Gholar, political director of Emerge America, a national organization that supports Democratic women candidates, recently launched a state affiliate in Georgia.

The group has been expanding its efforts across southern states due to the influx of people of color, Gholar said.

“You cannot take any place for granted, even the South,’’ Gholar said. “We wanted to make investments early on because we knew that the South was changing … we wanted to be on the ground and ready for those changes as they took impact.”

Groups are also lobbying to protect voting rights in Georgia. State elections officials have come under fire for purging voter rolls and closing hundreds of voting precincts in black neighborhoods in recent years.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund is calling on lawmakers to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Department of Justice's mandate to approve local voting practice changes.

Many Democratic candidates have skipped heavy campaigning in Georgia in the past because it was considered reliably Republican, Bullock said. He said he expects the debate to create enthusiasm around the Democratic party in Georgia, and candidates should use their time in the city to get out and shake hands with voters.

"If Democrats want to carry the state,” Bullock said, “they need to put (Georgia) in the 10-12 states that they view as being decisive."

Contributing: Rebecca Morin and Deborah Barfield Berry.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is Georgia a swing state? Democrats think so, and some trends are on their side

German police offer half a million euro reward for stolen jewels .
Investigators in Germany on Thursday offered a half-a-million-euro reward for information about the spectacular heist in which robbers snatched priceless diamonds from a state museum in Dresden. Police said the reward ($550,000) was being offered to anyone providing information  "which could lead ... to the capture of the perpetrators or the recovery of the stolen items".

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