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Hot Blast: Howell Raines reviews Sen. Jones' new book on the 16th Street case

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Senator Doug Jones speaks at the event. New Flyer of America Inc. held a ribbon cutting and tour event to celebrate the official opening of its newly-expanded, advanced manufacturing facility in Anniston Friday morning. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

For obvious reasons, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Birmingham, is inseparable from discussions about today's divisive politics. That's what happens when you're a Democrat surprisingly elected to the Senate from Republican-dominated Alabama. 

But let's try to separate them, if only for a moment.