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Your morning jolt: When Jackie Kennedy called Martin Luther King Jr. a ‘terrible’ man

That TV special featuring post-assassination interviews with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy – scheduled for next week — will open some old wounds in Atlanta. A teaser issued last night by ABC News:

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962 during a boat ride on Lake Pichola in India with her sister, Lee Radziwill. (Metropolitan Museum of Art/The New York Times)

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962 during a boat ride on Lake Pichola in India with her sister, Lee Radziwill. (Metropolitan Museum of Art/The New York Times)

Speaking in the months after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy was so upset with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that she told a friend and interviewer that she could barely look at images of him.

“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” Mrs. Kennedy said, as part of an oral history series of interviews released this month.

The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had told President Kennedy that King tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington, …

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Your morning jolt: A call for Casey Cagle to resign, from a Tommie Williams aide

On her Facebook page Monday, Republican activist Pat Tippett commented on an unsourced – and so far, unverified – report that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is colluding with Democrats to regain his authority in the state Senate.

Cagle has denied any Democratic involvement, but that didn’t convince Tippett:

”Lt. Gov. YOU NEED TO RESIGN! Why do you think we spend our valuable time, money, and energy for our party? It is not to see the democrats in control! RESIGN!”

None of this would be worth noting, except that Tippett is also a part-time staffer for Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, the lieutenant governor’s rival for leadership of the chamber. Tippett works out of Williams’ office in Lyons, Ga., and is paid from the ranking Senate Republican’s campaign account.

Tippett and her friend Kay Godwin are perhaps the most influential GOP volunteers in south Georgia. They are co-founders of Georgia Conservatives in Action, a group that received $2,000 from Williams in 2010, according …

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Where were you on the night MLK died?

Forty-three years ago this evening, I was inside the College Park High School auditorium, where the students of nearby Lakeshore High School had just put on a talent show dubbed “April Follies.”

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (right), two years before his death, talking with Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen (center) and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. New York Times.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (right), two years before his death, talking with Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen (center) and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. New York Times.

I had tagged along with my two older sisters – I was going on 13, in 7th grade. The show was over – perhaps it was as late as 8:30 — and everyone had just stood up.

You literally could see the news waft row-by-row through the mostly white crowd: “Martin Luther King’s been shot. They say he’s dead.”

We were an evening-paper family – the Atlanta Journal sported Art Buchwald and his political humor — and the six o’clock news was over. So we wouldn’t get the details until late the next day, after school. A Thursday.

Classes were at Meadows Elementary, which is still just off Old National Highway – though it’s a storage center of …

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