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This Is Really Special

Today we have a graphic novel presentation of the assassination of President Lincoln on this 150th anniversary of his death. See it here. It shows Lincoln's assassination and the years of racial violence and guerrilla warfare in the South that followed formal surrender in April 1865.

I thing I find very striking about these anniversaries is that it brings home palpable how rapidly Lincoln's assassination came after the nominal end of the war. We remembered the anniversary of Appomattox last week and now we're on to this. It came that quickly. Take a look.

How Much Would You Pay for a Lincoln Signature?

Here's a fascinating little bit of information I've always marveled at. It probably only has any resonance if you're a history person. But here goes. Back when I was a little kid one of my best friends subscribed to the catalog of a dealer in historical documents. Even at our young age, I was surprised at how relatively cheap it was to buy say a Civil War era newspaper. Just a few dollars. Well within the means of even a kid. And by "few dollars" I don't mean a rich person's euphemism but maybe $5 or $10.

For, literally, a piece of history.

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Jeb Is Damaged Goods

Yesterday I mentioned the Vox -538 war over 2016 presidential candidate popularity and who's stealing each other's charts. Today Sam Wang steps into the debate. And I think his take on what these numbers mean is the most on-target.

Yes, Hillary is much more popular than all the Republicans out there. And the Republicans as a group are either not popular or totally unknown. But the real stand out is that Jeb Bush is damaged goods.

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Baking on God's Battlefield

TPM Reader JC brings us his experience on the battlefield of cake morality and reminds us of a key point. While anti-gay activists have done a decent job coopting the language of 'religious liberty' as a synonym for prejudice against gay people, Americans - even in fairly conservative states - overwhelmingly oppose laws which give the sanction of law this kind of bigotry.

Thank you for your recent post on the cake/flowers silliness. My major question here that no one in the media seems to ask these folks is--does giving someone a generic cake or flowers mean you endorse what they use the cake and flowers for? Generally a vendor sends all their cakes out without asking or worrying about the recipients daily morality.

What makes a gay couple's morality so important to the cake maker's trade that they now must say No? Why is the supposed "sin" of being gay or getting married as gay citizens suddenly consequential to the the cakes moral mission? Or why does the gay factor even give the cake a moral mission?

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