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    Former President Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again. A peanut farmer turned politician then worldwide humanitarian, Carter is carving out a unique role as several Democratic candidates look to his family-run campaign after the Watergate scandal as the roadmap for toppling President Donald Trump in 2020. 'Jimmy Carter is a decent, well-meaning person, someone who people are talking about again given the time that we are in,' Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said in an interview. 'He won because he worked so hard, and he had a message of truth and honesty. I think about him all the time.' Klobuchar is one of at least three presidential hopefuls who've ventured to the tiny town of Plains, Georgia, to meet with Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who is 91. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, also have visited with the Carters, including attending the former president's Sunday School lesson in Plains. Carter had planned to teach at Maranatha Baptist Church again Sunday, but he is still recuperating at home days after being discharged from a Georgia hospital where he had hip replacement surgery following a fall as he was preparing for a turkey hunt. 'An extraordinary person,' Buttigieg told reporters after meeting Carter. 'A guiding light and inspiration,' Booker said in a statement. Klobuchar has attended Carter's church lesson, as well, and says she emails with him occasionally. 'He signs them 'JC,'' she said with a laugh. It's quite a turnabout for a man who largely receded from party politics after his presidency, often without being missed by his party's leaders in Washington, where he was an outsider even as a White House resident. To be sure, more 2020 candidates have quietly sought counsel from Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama. Several have talked with former President Bill Clinton, who left office in 2001. But those huddles have been more hush-hush, disclosed through aides dishing anonymously. Sessions with Carter, on the other hand, are trumpeted on social media and discussed freely, suggesting an appeal that Obama and Clinton may not have. Unlike Clinton, impeached after an affair with a White House intern, Carter has no #MeToo demerits; he and Rosalynn, married since the end of World War II, didn't even like to dance with other people at state dinners. And unlike Obama, popular among Democrats but polarizing for conservatives and GOP-leaning independents, Carter is difficult to define by current political fault lines. He's an outspoken evangelical Christian who criticizes Trump's serial falsehoods, yet praises Trump for attempting a relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Carter touts his own personal relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, another Trump favorite. 'I have his email address,' Carter said last September. For years, Carter has irked the foreign policy establishment with forthright criticism of Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. He confirms that he voted for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, over Hillary Clinton in Georgia's 2016 presidential primary. In 2017, Carter welcomed Sanders, who's running again this year, to the Carter Center for a program in which the two men lambasted money in politics. Carter called the United States 'an oligarchy.' Yet Carter has since warned Democrats against 'too liberal a program,' lest they ensure Trump's re-election. Klobuchar credited Carter with being 'ahead of his time' on several issues, including the environment and climate change (he put solar panels on the White House), health care (a major step toward universal coverage failed mostly because party liberals though it didn't go far enough) and government streamlining (an effort that angered some Democrats at the time). But she also alluded to how his presidency ended: a landslide loss after gas lines, inflation-then-unemployment, and a 14-month-long hostage crisis in Iran. 'Their administration was not perfect,' she said. It's enough of an enigma that Carter is the only living president not to draw Trump's ire or mockery, even if Republicans have lambasted Carter for decades as a liberal incompetent. Trump and Carter chatted by phone earlier this spring after Carter sent Trump a letter on China and trade. Both men said they had an amiable conversation. Nonetheless, 2020 candidates cite Carter's juxtaposition with Trump. 'There was a feeling that people had been betrayed in our democracy by someone who wasn't telling the truth,' she said, referring to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. Buttigieg said he and Carter 'talked about being viewed as coming out of nowhere' and how Carter ran two general election campaign entirely on the public financing system that now sits unused as candidates collectively raise money into the billions. Klobuchar recalled Carter telling her that 'family members would disperse to different states and then they would all come back on Friday, go back through the questions they had gotten.' Then 'he would talk about how he would answer them' so they'd all be prepared on their next trips, she said. It was 'a different era,' Klobuchar added, recalling that Carter said he felt 'hi-tech because they had a fax machine on his plane.' Indeed, Klobuchar, born in 1960, wasn't old enough to vote for Carter until he sought a second term. Booker, 50, recalls voting for Carter, but in a grade-school mock election. Buttigieg, 37, wasn't even born when Carter left office. Nonetheless, Klobuchar said she regularly meets Iowans who remember Carter and his family members campaigning in 1975 before his rivals and national media recognized his strength, and she said she sometimes references on the campaign trail how her fellow Minnesotan and Carter's vice president, Walter Mondale, remembers their term: 'We obeyed the law. We told the truth. We kept the peace.' Whatever the reasons for the renewed attention, Carter allies say they hope the 2020 campaign is part of bolstering his reputation as a president. 'People are tired of hearing that he was a better ex-president than president,' said DuBose Porter, a former Georgia Democratic chairman who has known the Carters for decades. 'Of course he's done amazing things at the Carter Center, but he did great things for the country, and we're proud of it.' ___ Follow Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP .
  • Milwaukee Brewers (27-21, second in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (25-21, second in the NL East) Atlanta; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (6-1, 3.72 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 59 strikeouts) Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (6-3, 8.02 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 14 strikeouts) LINE: Brewers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs The Braves are 14-11 in home games. Atlanta has a team on-base percentage of .337, good for third in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a mark of .403. The Brewers are 11-13 on the road. Milwaukee has hit 75 home runs this season, fourth in the league. Christian Yelich leads the club with 18, averaging one every 8.5 at-bats. TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 23 extra base hits and is slugging .566. Josh Donaldson is 9-for-32 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Yelich leads the Brewers with 18 home runs and has 40 RBIs. Mike Moustakas is 11-for-44 with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Milwaukee. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 7-3, .282 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs Brewers: 5-5, .255 batting average, 3.12 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs Braves Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Chad Sobotka: 10-day IL (abdomen), Darren O'Day: 10-day IL (forearm), Ender Inciarte: 10-day IL (lumbar strain). Brewers Injuries: Bobby Wahl: 60-day IL (knee), Brent Suter: 60-day IL (elbow), Jimmy Nelson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Knebel: 60-day IL (elbow), Travis Shaw: 10-day IL (wrist), Manny Pina: 10-day IL (hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Night' game were: 5-8-0 (five, eight, zero)
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 0-6-0-9 (zero, six, zero, nine)
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  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the 'Powerball' game were: 02-10-25-66-67, Powerball: 26, Power Play: 4 (two, ten, twenty-five, sixty-six, sixty-seven; Powerball: twenty-six; Power Play: four) Estimated jackpot: $270 million ¶ ___ ¶ Online: ¶ Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
  • Freddie Freeman marveled at Austin Riley's continued hot start and then showed the new kid how to end a game with flair. Freeman led off the 10th inning with a home run into the right-field seats , lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The Braves recovered to win their fourth straight game after Luke Jackson blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth. Freeman pulled a fastball from Josh Hader (0-3) for his 10th homer. Braves manager Brian Snitker called the matchup 'two of the best left-handers in the game right there, going one-on-one.' The tough matchup didn't alter Freeman's approach. Asked what he was looking for, Freeman said: 'A strike, the same with anybody on the mound. Just looking for a pitch to hit.' Jacob Webb (2-0) pitched a perfect 10th for Atlanta. Riley, the Braves' rookie left fielder still in his first week in the majors, hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. 'For what he's doing the first four games, it's hard to put in words,' Freeman said. '... He's aggressive. He's aggressive in the zone. He's taking pitches out of the zone, which is very hard for a young guy. I'm just very impressed with how he has approached his first four games.' Riley joined the on-field celebration when his new teammates surrounded Freeman following the game-winning homer, drenching the first baseman with a cooler. 'For Freddie to hit a walk-off was super cool,' Riley said. 'I've never been a part of anything like that.' Riley's homer off left-hander Alex Claudio gave him eight hits, including two homers, in four games since he was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. The eight hits are an Atlanta record for a player's first four games. Riley singled in the second but made a rookie mistake when he was fooled by shortstop Hernan Perez, who pretended to field a throw at second on Brian McCann's fly ball to fight field. Riley slid head-first into second before standing to watch right fielder Christian Yelich throw to first base to complete the double play. The front of Riley's shirt was still covered in dirt when he made up for his mistake with the homer. The Brewers left the bases loaded in the third and ninth and left 10 runners on base overall. 'We didn't capitalize enough on our offensive opportunities,' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, adding the missed chances 'cost us in the end.' Jackson hit Keston Hiura with a pitch to open the ninth. Hiura moved to third on Orlando Arcia's one-out single to right and scored on Lorenzo Cain's high bouncer over third baseman Josh Donaldson for a 3-3 tie. Braves right-hander Kevin Gausman allowed two runs in six innings. TRAINER'S ROOM Brewers: Counsell says a decision must be made on RHP Jimmy Nelson (right shoulder) and his possible place on the staff following one more rehab assignment with Triple-A San Antonio on Thursday. Nelson gave up three hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings Friday night. Braves: Donaldson likely will be given a rest Sunday. Snitker said he plans to give Riley his first start at third base. Riley made his fourth straight start in left field after pregame fielding drills at third base, his primary position in the minors. ANDERSON'S RETURN Milwaukee right-hander Chase Anderson came off the injured list to allow one unearned run on two hits with four walks in four innings in his first start of May. He was placed on the injured list on May 1 due to a blister on his right middle finger. ROSTER MOVES The Braves released left-hander Jonny Venters, whose comeback from his third Tommy John surgery helped him win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award last year. Venters, 34, had a 17.36 ERA in nine appearances. The Braves recalled left-hander Jerry Blevins only four days after he was designated for assignment. The Brewers optioned right-hander Jacob Barnes to Triple-A San Antonio. BIG THROW Yelich threw out Markakis at the plate to end the eighth. Markakis was trying to score from second on Ozzie Albies' single. UP NEXT Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (6-1, 3.72) will make his first career appearance against Atlanta in Sunday's final game of the three-game series. He has won his last four starts and is 5-0 over his last six starts. Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-3, 8.02) is 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA in six career games, including five starts, against the Brewers. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • E_Moustakas (2). DP_Milwaukee 1. LOB_Milwaukee 10, Atlanta 8. 2B_Cain 2 (15), Moustakas (12), Grandal (3), F.Freeman (12), B.McCann (4). HR_F.Freeman (10), Riley (2). SB_Moustakas (3). SF_Markakis (4). Albers pitched to 1 batter in the 6th HBP_by Jackson (Hiura). WP_Winkler. Umpires_Home, Jeff Kellogg; First, Brian O'Nora; Second, James Hoye; Third, Mark Ripperger. T_3:34. A_39,121 (41,149).
  • The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Night' game were: 03-05-07-09-10-14-16-18-21-22-23-24 (three, five, seven, nine, ten, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • Police say a woman is dead after a stabbing at a shopping center in Roswell Saturday night.  The suspect was also injured and taken to the hospital. He is in serious condition.  Several police cars, officers and ambulances responded to the Old Lake Place shopping center on Alpharetta Street around 8 p.m. Police said the stabbing happened at Dalias Events. Video shot by Channel 2 Action News showed young people crying and hugging each other in the parking lot and police tape strung across the business.  Police said the suspect was seriously hurt before they got there. The victim's identity and the suspect's motive have not been released.  TRENDING STORIES: Columbine school shooting survivor found dead in home Celebrity chef offers to hire lunch lady fired after giving lunch to student who couldn't pay Georgia country star Travis Tritt's tour bus involved in fatal crash