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The phenomenal critical success of the film Selma — the first big-screen treatment of Martin Luther King, Jr. — has been cooled somewhat by a debate ignited over whether or not the film diminishes Lyndon B. Johnson’s ardor for and involvement in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Those events are covered in At Canaan’s Edge: America In The King Years, 1965-68, the third book in Taylor Branch’s trilogy of histories covering the civil rights movement (after Parting the Waters and Pillars of Fire). Great history and great historical fiction are not the same, and it would be naive to judge them on the same merits. Branch’s books belong to the former, and we hope they can be consumed and enjoyed alongside the latter.

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The House Select Committee hearings are swaying political independents and centrists to reject the power-grabbing tactics used by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to several polls and surveys of battleground state voters released on Thursday, June 30.

“Vast majorities of the American people are paying attention, and they are deeply concerned,” said Leslie Dach, co-chair of Defend Democracy Project, an advocacy group dedicated to the principle that voters determine the outcome of elections. “They believe that a crime has been committed. They want accountability in the courts and at the ballot box. And they hold not just President Trump responsible, but they hold his allies and Republicans responsible for what happened.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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