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Upon Harper Lee's Passing, Berkeley Breathed Shares Her Fan Letter to Him


Bloomers: Many, but not all of you, know that in the way that creative life can often surprise, Harper Lee was one of you. One of us. You might be as surprised as I am that she played a large role in my recent return to the streets of Bloom County-- streets inspired by those of Maycomb. When I retired Opus from the Sunday comics some years ago, Harper let me know her displeasure, with all the southern, gracious elegance we knew her for. See the letter below. I've waited until her passing to show it. We came to exchange many similar notes... including one in which she grudgingly forgives me for my retirement (irony alert). Imagine my 14 year-old self -- freshly savoring the first reading of Mockingbird and sending Miss Lee a fan letter in 1970 -- being told about another fan letter returning my way almost 40 years distant. Life is wonderful and strange and wistful and happy at the same time. And I'm happy to share this with all of you today.

Harper Lee - A Life...


On the set of the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird with Mary Badham, who played Scout, in 1962.
Photograph: Everett/Shutterstock/Rex

Harper Lee was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in 2006. Here, the class of 2006 holds up copies of her book during the commencement ceremony.
Photograph: Matt Cashore/AP

TOM TOMORROW: Sunday Talking About Stuff Show (Scalia Replacement)

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/15/1483751/-Cartoon-Sunday-Talking-About-Stuff-Show#view-story


Rep. Barbara Lee: ‘Clear firewall’ between Congressional Black Caucus and PAC backing Clinton


Rep. Barbara Lee: ‘Clear firewall’ between Congressional Black Caucus and PAC backing Clinton

11 FEB 2016 AT 19:49 ET

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) emphasized in an interview on Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s endorsement by the Congressional Black Caucus PAC does not constitute one from the caucus itself.

“The Congressional Black Caucus PAC is a PAC that supports candidates,” Lee told Democracy Now host Amy Goodman. “It raises money, and it helps candidates win elections. And there’s a clear distinction between that—as I said earlier, we have a Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus. That has nothing to do with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC.”

Lee added that she is not a member of the PAC, and repeated her assertion that “there’s a clear firewall. There’s a clear distinction.”

The congresswoman’s statement came shortly before fellow Rep. Keith Elison (D-MN) — who has endorsed Clinton’s Democratic primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — responded to the PAC’s support of the former Secretary of State by stating on Twitter that caucus members were not consulted regarding the issue, as seen below:

“The point it that endorsements should be the product of a fair open process,” Ellison wrote. “Didn’t happen.”


Don't forget. Bernie on Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight...

Post-New Hampshire return visit.

Don't forget. Bernie on Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight...

Post-New Hampshire return visit.

NH EXIT POLL: 55% of Democratic Women Support Sanders


Bernie Sanders Tweets His Gratitude to New Hampshire Voters.

Sanders, Trump Sweep to Victory in New Hampshire Primaries

Source: NBC News

Trump, Sanders Sweep to Victory in New Hampshire Primaries: NBC News

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders will win the New Hampshire primaries, NBC News projects, outcomes that are certain to send further shockwaves through the anxious political establishments of both parties.

Since he began to dominate the race after his entry last summer, Trump has bewildered party regulars with his bombastic style and his appeal to GOP voters disaffected with more traditional candidates. His win Tuesday, following a second-place finish in Iowa last week, seals Trump's position as a legitimate candidate for the Republican nomination and all but ensures a more prolonged primary fight as the GOP candidates turn their attention to the South Carolina primary in less than two weeks.

Establishment-minded Republicans had hoped that the state's notoriously choosy voters would coalesce around one of their preferred candidates rather than affirming Trump, but no single challenger has emerged at the head of the pack. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were in a fight for second place as the votes continue to come in Tuesday.

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who hails from neighboring Vermont, had battled fiercely with consensus front-runner Hillary Clinton this week since losing by a razor-thin margin in last week's Iowa contest. Clinton cast Sanders as an unrealistic zealot for progressive purity without adequate experience to govern a divided country, and former President Bill Clinton suggested that some of Sanders' supporters used sexist language in opposing his wife's presidential bid.

For his part, Sanders hammered Clinton for her ties to Wall Street and big business, portraying her as beholden to callous and corrupt corporate interests who disdain the middle class. A contentious head-to-head debate last week on MSNBC in New Hampshire only fueled the race further.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-sanders-sweep-victory-new-hampshire-primaries-nbc-news-n515191
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