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2:50 PM ET, June 24, 2015


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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 …
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 …
GOP contenders play it safe on Confederate flag, but at what cost?  —  After vowing to broaden their party's appeal following their 2012 loss, Republicans struggle to follow through.  —  Getty  —  After letting a White House win slip through their fingers in 2012, Republicans made a commitment …
Rush Limbaugh:
I'm Not Arguing to Keep It, But This Is Not Really About the Confederate Flag in South Carolina  —  RUSH: Okay, look, look, look, in the first place, it's not the Confederate flag.  I know it's a mere technicality, but I'm the mayor of Realville.  Facts matter to me.  We're not talking about the Confederate flag.
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.
Amazon Takes Down Confederate Flag, Continues to Sell Communist Merchandise
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Infowars
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.
Margaret Newkirk / Bloomberg Business:
Bobby Jindal Joins Republican Presidential Race
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Jindal Launches His Doomed Candidacy
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 …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Doesn't Renew Sarah Palin's Contract  —  Fox News has cut ties with former vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) who served as a contributor for the network, Politico reported Wednesday.  —  Palin, who will continue to make appearances on the network …
Fars News Agency:
Iran Leader: 10-year-Long Nuclear Restrictions Unacceptable  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran will neither agree with a 10-year-long restriction on its nuclear activities nor IAEA verification of its undertakings as acceptable terms for a deal with the world powers.
George Jahn / Associated Press:   AP Exclusive: Document outlines big-power nuke help to Iran
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.
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
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
French outraged over news of NSA spying  —  French President François Hollande said on Wednesday that it is “unacceptable” for the U.S. to have intercepted his and two other French presidents' communications.  —  The French government has reportedly summoned U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Hollande to Obama: start explaining
Discussion: USA Today
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
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 …
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.
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Kay Hagan Won't Challenge Richard Burr in 2016  —  Hagan is telling donors she will not make another run for the Senate.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr.
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Here Are Some Top New York Times Editors Joking About Mass Killings  —  The New York Times jealously guards its status as America's paper of record through an obsessive focus on decorum and propriety.  So it's interesting to see in two leaked photos that the paper's brass has a sense …
Discussion: The Agonist and Refinery29
Bloomberg Business:
Lexus Builds a Functional Hoverboard Prototype  —  Back to the Future fans may finally get to try a real, live version of the film's famous floating skateboard  —  Watch out, world.  Toyota is heading back to the future.  —  The automaker has hinted it's looking into flying cars.
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 …
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.
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
The ‘Abortion Drone’ Is Bringing Women A Safe Way To End An Early Pregnancy  —  A coalition of reproductive rights group is re-purposing drone technology with a new goal in mind: Expanding women's access to a safe method of ending an early pregnancy.  —  The world's first “abortion drone” …
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Unraveling the threads of hatred, sewn into a Confederate icon  —  Sally Jenkins is a sports columnist for The Post and co-author with John Stauffer of “The State of Jones,” about Unionists in Mississippi during the Civil War.  They are writing a biography of Charles Sumner.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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