(CNN) Harper Lee, author of the American literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird, has passed away at the age of 89. Published in 1960, the novel takes place in Alabama where a black man is accused of raping a white woman. The book was inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama and was released in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement of the ’50s and ’60s. The story was adapted to a feature-length film with Gregory Peck acting the part of Atticus Finch, a honorable and fair-minded lawyer who defends the accused in a racially-charged courtroom. Harper Lee only released one other novel entitled Go Set A Watchman in 2015.
(FOX) After months of deliberation, the U.S. Military has carried out a successful air strike of an ISIS base. Targeting recruits and a senior military leader for the terrorist organization who was responsible for two deadly attacks on Western tourists in Tunisia last year are believed to be dead. The base is located in Sabratha, just west of Libya’s capital of Tripoli. Local reports are saying that at least 30 have been reported dead; however, it is unclear how many of those are ISIS terrorists. Last week, President Obama ordered for counterterrorism efforts to be bolstered in Libya while he continues to seek a diplomatic solution. Libya is seen as ISIS’s key focus outside of Iraq and Syria. The number of ISIS fighters is believed to have increased from 2,000 to more than double, with an estimated 5,000 current fighters.
(Political Insider) Former Florida governor John Ellis Bush, or as many know him, Jeb, could be suspending his campaign soon. Even with his massive Super PAC funds and his millions spent on campaigns, Bush has not been polling very high and has yet to win a state or any Republican debates; however, the last debate on February 13th is widely regarded as his strongest performance to date. According to a source in his campaign, the money is beginning to dry up and it is reported that staff paychecks will cease on Saturday. The campaign spent $1,150 per voter in New Hampshire and still only finished fourth. Bush currently polls fifth in South Carolina, which is the primary that American free-market policy analyst Phil Kerpen tweeted about claiming that Bush will drop out if he does not finish in the top three on February 20th.
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