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11:00 AM ET, June 24, 2015


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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Flag Supporters React With a Mix of Compromise, Caution and Outright Defiance  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — It has been quite a few years since the lost cause has appeared quite as lost as it did Tuesday.  As the afternoon drew on and their retreat turned into a rout, the lingering upholders …
Discussion: Making Light and Althouse
Charles J. Dean /
Confederate flag removed from Alabama Capitol grounds on order of Gov. Bentley  —  On the order of Gov. Robert Bentley, the Confederate battle flag which stands at the foot of the confederate memorial on the state Capitol grounds was taken down this morning.
Nora Kelly / National Journal:
Mitch McConnell to Kentucky Capitol: Lose the Jefferson Davis Statue  —  The Senate majority leader told reporters Tuesday that the memorial belongs in a museum, not the statehouse.  —  Confederate president Jefferson Davis is memorialized in the South through myriad monuments and statues.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Ky. gov candidate Bevin wants state to remove Jefferson Davis statue
Curtis Houck / NewsBusters:
Networks Omit How Democratic Governor in South Carolina Raised Confederate Flag in 1962
Discussion: RedState and Washington Times
Mike Allen / Politico:
Fox dumps Sarah Palin  —  Fox News will not renew its contract with Sarah Palin, whose bombastic appearances have been a cable staple since the former Alaska governor's failed run on John McCain's ticket in the 2008 presidential election cycle.  When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed …
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows ‘high-energy’ impact  —  Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” to his neck and spine — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
Margaret Newkirk / Bloomberg Business:
Bobby Jindal Poised to Join Republican Presidential Race  —  The Louisiana governor is polling near the back of the pack.  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is poised to join the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination with an announcement at a rally outside New Orleans on Wednesday.
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appears ready to launch a long-shot campaign …
Discussion: ABC News
Obamacare dilemma for GOP govs running for president  —  The question: Salvage subsidies or stick to 2016 repeal script?  —  Ohio Governor John Kasich refused to set up an Obamacare exchange, as did most other GOP governors.  Getty  —  If the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare subsidies …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Homegrown Radicals More Deadly Than Jihadis in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — In the 14 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States, explaining their motives in online manifestoes or social media rants.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Anesthesiologist trashes sedated patient — and it ends up costing her  —  These audio clips are excerpts from conversations between a gastroenterologist, an anesthesiologist and a medical assistant during a colonoscopy.  This was entered as evidence in a lawsuit filed by the patient for defamation and medical malpractice.
Discussion: Raw Story, and Eschaton
Hugh Hewitt /
What GOP Candidates Need To Speak To, Now  —  “This is not about guns.  This is about evil.  Here at home, and evil abroad.”  —  No GOP candidate for president has yet used those words but I hope some and perhaps all of them will before a week or more passes.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
New York Times:
Iran's Supreme Leader Seems to Pull Back on Nuclear Talks  —  TEHRAN — With exactly a week left before the deadline for a final agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program, the country's supreme leader appeared to undercut several of the central agreements his negotiators have already reached with the West.
Alan J. Kuperman / New York Times:
The Iran Deal's Fatal Flaw
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Times
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Mass Shootings Are Preventable  —  A firearm is surrendered during a gun buyback event after the 2014 mass shooting at UC-Santa Barbara.  (Kevork Djansezian / Reuters )  —  Mass shooters, although almost always male, in many other ways grimly echo the diversity of American life.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push  —  This post has been updated.  —  In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to expand meaningful background checks on gun purchases.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Chris Christie to announce 2016 bid as early as next week  —  Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.  —  The governor's planning has intensified in recent days.
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Trump: ‘Latinos love Trump ’  —  Donald Trump is shown at Trump National in suburban Washington.  (FNC)  —  STERLING, Va. - Donald Trump is pushing back after taking heat for his comments last week about Mexican illegal immigrants, telling reporters on Tuesday: “Latinos love Trump.”
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Justin Carissimo / The Independent:
An artist created Donald Trump piñatas for Mexicans to beat up on
Discussion: San Antonio Current
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Every state flag is wrong, and here is why  —  As long as we're on the subject of flags that should and should not be flown in states, let's take a moment to talk about state flags.  —  Every state flag is wrong.  If you don't believe me, look at them.  Here are the 50 worst.
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
US Navy paid millions to stay on Windows XP  —  The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from Windows XP.  —  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which runs the Navy's communications and information networks …
Discussion: Business Insider
David McCabe / The Hill:
Navy pays millions to keep using Windows XP
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Court Rules Against IRS in Z Street Case, Paving Way for Discovery
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
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Discussion: The Agonist and Refinery29
Take Down the Fascist, Anti-Christian Gay-Pride Flag
Discussion: Towleroad, Joe. My. God. and Advocate
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council OKs crackdowns on homeless encampments
Discussion: Daily Mail
New details emerge in D.C mansion murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Apple's Lisa Jackson to lead all of Apple's social policy initiatives
Jeb Bush / New York Post:
School choice is the best hope for New York's kids — and America's
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Pledges To Block Gay Marriage If Elected President
Discussion: Steve Deace Show and Joe. My. God.
Bloomberg Business:
Google Reveals Health-Tracking Wristband
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Scott Walker, Set for a Bigger Stage, Faces G.O.P. Revolt in Wisconsin
Discussion: JSOnline
ABC News:
Dash Cams Show Cops Celebrating After Dylann Roof's Arrest
Discussion: Daily Mail and
Daily Mail:
ISIS video shows caged prisoners drowned, shot with an RPG and blown up