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5:55 PM ET, June 24, 2015


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Jim Webb / Facebook:
This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War.  The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades.
Charles J. Dean /
Alabama Gov. Bentley removes Confederate flags from Capitol grounds  —  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.  —  Two workers came out of the Capitol building …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Righteous Logic of the Neo-Confederate Watershed  —  I think this is the third post I've started with some version of this incredulity.  But I still cannot believe the Charleston Massacre has triggered quite this total a collapse of support, not just for flying the Confederate battle flag …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Yet More on the Confederate Battle Flag  —  RESPONSE TO...  RE: THE DISHONORABLE CONFEDERATE BATTLE ...  A few more thoughts.  I don't like the Confederate battle flag and like Jonah, would take it down from prominent official places as a sheer matter of courtesy, if nothing else.  But, let's remember:
Mother Jones:
The Last Candidate to Weigh In on the Confederate Flag Just Broke His Silence  —  But Jim Webb's stance on whether it should remain on South Carolina capitol grounds is anything but clear.  —  Update, 6/24: Webb has weighed in on his Facebook page, writing that “[t]his is an emotional …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
We Have Officially Reached Peak Leftism
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
No plans to rename US bases named after Confederate officers
Discussion: Daily Kos
GOP contenders play it safe on Confederate flag, but at what cost?
Bradley Engle /
A Special Announcement From Bobby Jindal  —  My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America.  There were three people I think you would agree my wife Supriya and I had to tell first. … Puppy  —  My daughter Selia cut to the chase: she wanted a puppy.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Bobby Jindal's Plan To Stop Being A Punchline And Actually Win
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:   Why Bobby Jindal Is Very Problematic
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jindal announces 2016 White House bid online
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.
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 …
Robert Behre / Post and Courier:
Rep. William Chumley ‘regrets’ self-defense comment  —  An Upstate lawmaker opposed to removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse has apologized for seeming to question why the victims of last week's Emanuel AME Church attack did not do more to defend themselves.
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
Five Hostages  —  Families whose children were held captive in Syria felt that U.S. officials had abandoned them.  So they secretly joined forces. … BUY THE PRINT » … The five hostages, from left: Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, James Foley, and Theo Padnos.
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Obama shifts policies on American hostages
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Scott Walker to sign legislation expanding gun rights in Wisconsin  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm and allowing off-duty …
New York Post:
Shawskank had closet sex with killer at least 100 times: ex-inmate  —  Joyce Mitchell (left), Richard Matt (top right) and David Sweat (bottom right).  —  Prison worker Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell had sex at least 100 times in a sewing-shop storage closet with one of the convicted killers she helped spring …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Gothamist
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News guest: ‘Liberals created this kid that shot up this church’ (Updated)  —  Last week on CNN, a South Carolina lawmaker recklessly blamed “things like Fox News” for inspiring Dylann Roof to allegedly shoot up the Emanuel AME church in Charleston.  —  This morning, the wacky Charleston …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
CBS Dallas:
Dirty And Dangerous; Woman Loses Sight In Eye After Mud Run  —  COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) - A young woman went blind in one eye within 24 hours after catching a flesh-eating bacteria during a mud run in Dallas this month.  —  “My eye started hurting, like maybe I've got mud or some debris in there …
Discussion: Daily Mail, WTVR-TV and
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.
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Hagan's Decision Leaves Democrats With Few Options in North Carolina  —  With the former senator passing on a chance to run again, Democrats' list of potential candidates looks dangerously thin.  —  Kay Hagan wasn't necessarily the best possible candidate Democrats could have run for Senate in North Carolina next year.
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Kay Hagan Won't Challenge Richard Burr in 2016
Discussion: Fox News
Department of Homeland Security:
Statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson On Family Residential Centers  —  ICE Director Saldaña and I understand the sensitive and unique nature of detaining families, and we are committed to continually evaluating it.  We have concluded that we must make substantial changes to our detention practices when it comes to families.
Discussion: San Antonio Current and Guardian
Scott Walker / CNN:
Obama can't pass buck on health insurance  —  Obamacare at the Supreme Court in less than three minutes 02:52  —  Story highlights  —  Scott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin.  The views expressed are his own.  —  (CNN)The Obama administration has had plenty of advance notice …
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