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3:40 AM ET, June 24, 2015


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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Congratulations!  You Oppose The Confederate Flag.  Now What?  —  The U.S. Civil War was a war that never should have been fought.  Some 620,000 men died because slavery, an inhumane and evil practice, was permitted in many portions of this country.  The South gets most of the blame for that …
MJ Lee / CNN:
eBay to ban sale of Confederate flag merchandise  —  (CNN)eBay will ban the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, the auction site announced Tuesday, in a decision that follows in the steps of major retailers like Walmart and Sears.  —  “We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags …
Discussion: CNNMoney, Guardian and Mashable
Dave Boucher /
TN leaders: Remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from Capitol
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Ky. gov candidate Bevin wants state to remove Jefferson Davis statue
Discussion: Hot Air and Slantpoint
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows ‘high-energy’ impact  —  Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” — like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents — 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.
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  —  The Navy will pay more than $9 million to keep using Windows XP under a contract signed this month, Computerworld reported Tuesday.  —  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will pay Microsoft $9,149,000 through the contract, which was approved earlier this month.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Fast-Track Trade Bill Clears Key Hurdle in Senate  —  Vote is pivotal step toward passage of measure; ‘a long and rather twisted path’  —  WASHINGTON—The Senate on Tuesday gave President Barack Obama's trade agenda a big push forward, in a pivotal vote that clears the highest remaining procedural hurdle …
Sen. Ted Cruz / BREITBART.COM:
Exclusive — Ted Cruz: Obamatrade Enmeshed in Corrupt, Backroom Dealings
ABC News:
Dash Cams Show Cops Celebrating After Dylann Roof's Arrest … Newly released dash cam footage shows the moment that officers arrested accused Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof — high-fiving and fist-bumping each other after placing the suspect in a police car.
Discussion: Daily Mail and
NBC News:
First Read: The Most Important Number in NBC/WSJ Poll  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  The most important number in the new NBC/WSJ poll
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid seeks expanded gun background checks  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Tuesday for Congress to expand background checks for gun purchases in the wake of a shooting in Charleston, S.C., last week that left nine dead.  —  “The United States is the only advanced country …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Harry Reid calls for expanded background checks
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Scott Walker, Set for a Bigger Stage, Faces G.O.P. Revolt in Wisconsin  —  MADISON, Wis. — As Gov. Scott Walker prepares to announce his campaign for president next month, promising to bring what he calls “big bold leadership” to Washington, as he did in Wisconsin, he faces a cloud over that story line …
Discussion: JSOnline
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.
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.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Pledges To Block Gay Marriage If Elected President  —  Yesterday, Mike Huckabee chatted with Iowa radio host Steve Deace and Religious Right organizer Bob Vander Plaats, who led Huckabee's 2008 campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, about the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage.
Discussion: Steve Deace Show and Joe. My. God.
Daily Mail:
ISIS video shows caged prisoners drowned, shot with an RPG and blown up  —  Filmed in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, the sickening seven minute video uses expensive underwater cameras to film the terrified men as they sink below the surface with no hope of escape.
New details emerge in D.C mansion murder case  —  Watch “CNN Special Report: The DC Mansion Murders” at 9:30 p.m. EDT.  —  Washington (CNN)The man allegedly responsible for the quadruple homicide at a Washington mansion last month has a cousin who was fired from American Iron Works …
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Apple's Lisa Jackson to lead all of Apple's social policy initiatives  —  Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and Apple's top executive on environmental issues, will become the company's lead on all policy initiatives, including the environment, education and accessibility.
Jeb Bush / New York Post:
School choice is the best hope for New York's kids — and America's  —  Charter-school students at an October march with parents and teachers across the Brooklyn Bridge.  —  Last year, I met a 14-year-old student who is thriving through his attendance at a Success Academy school …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alan J. Kuperman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Times
Washington Post:
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Justin Carissimo / The Independent:
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Discussion: Balkinization
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Mitch McConnell Wants to Remove Jefferson Davis Statue from Kentucky Capitol
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
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Peter Suderman / Politico:
Why the GOP Can't Win on Health Care