I had a great time in 2008 observing the news and the people who made it. What started as an exercise in observing and drawing a portrait every day, for me at least, became something more after I started posting them. After all, there's nothing special about these simple doodles done in ball point pen on my morning newspaper. But the whole somehow became greater than the sum of it's parts. The drawings and the content when seen as a group became a myopic record of sorts, historic events viewed from my kitchen counter over a cup of coffee and peaking out from behind a drawing, the first woman to have a serious shot at being president, the failure of our corporate and financial institutions, the first woman on the GOP ticket, the ri ...

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The sultry singer, dancer, actress, star of stage and screen, perhaps best known for her 1953 Christmas song Santa Baby, passed away on Christmas day. The multi talented Kitt won two Emmy awards and had multiple Tony and Grammy nominations but I will always remember her as the sexy Cat Woman on the campy Batman TV series. She was 81. ...

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This morning, in perhaps his final act as President of the United States, George W. Bush is doing what the legislative branch fail to, bail out the big 3 U.S. automakers. In the eleventh hour, Bush was forced to concede what the majority of Americans have come to believe, ideology is less important than a competent and timely handling of issues in the best interest of the country, given the current set of facts. In normal times Bush said he would not be in favor of government intervening in the bankruptcy process but "In the midst of a financial crisis and a recession, allowing the U.S. auto industry to collapse is not a responsible course of ...

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Baugh was the best all around football player of his or any era. He set 13 NFL records at three different positions: quarterback, punter and defensive back. Fifty six years after his retirement, he still holds the Redskins record for career touchdown passes 187, and completion percentage in a season 770.3. His 31 interceptions on defense are third on the team's career list. He was the last surviving member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class of 1963. Sammy Baugh passed away last night at the age of 94. ...

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President-Elect Obama's choice for Secretary of the Interior is Senator Ken Salazar. Salazar earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Colorado College and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He served as Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources before being elected Colorado State Attorney General in 1994. He was  and reelected in 2002 before running and being elected to the US Senate in 2004. ...

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Fellow Chicagoan Arne Duncan was named yesterday as Obama's choice for Education Secretary. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where he was also co-captain of Harvard's basketball team. After graduating he played four years of professional basketball with the Eastside Spectres in Australia. Upon returning to the US he ran an education nonprofit on Chigaco's South Side before being named  the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools. ...

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