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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 …
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: Infowars
Sam Spence / Charleston City Paper:
Charleston state Sen. Paul Thurmond, whose father ran as a Dixiecrat, will vote to remove the Confederate flag
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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.
Margaret Newkirk / Bloomberg Business:
Bobby Jindal to Join Republican Presidential Race  —  The Louisiana governor is polling near the back of the pack.  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will join the crowded contest 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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Take Down the Fascist, Anti-Christian Gay-Pride Flag  —  Under the banner of what is dishonestly called a gay pride or gay “rights” flag, hate, fascism, and intolerance has festered for years, specifically against Christians and conservatives.  Under the auspices of a “rights and equality” …
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.
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
Most-Wanted Cybercriminal Extradited to U.S. From Germany  —  The U.S. will get a rare chance to prosecute one of the world's most-wanted cybercriminal suspects with the extradition of a Turkish man accused of orchestrating a global operation to hack automated teller machines.
Discussion: Business Insider
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post and Univision News join forces to host forum with 2016 presidential hopefuls  —  Republican forum to take place ahead of decisive March primaries  —  The Post and Univision News form partnership to offer deep, authoritative coverage of Hispanic voters during 2016 presidential campaign
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter.
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
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.
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Cold War Without the Fun  —  Let's see, America is prepositioning battle tanks with our East European NATO allies to counterbalance Russia; U.S. and Russian military planes recently flew within 10 feet of each other; Russia is building a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles …
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Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Rotherham child sex abuse: 300 new ‘suspects’
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Scott Walker to sign legislation expanding gun rights in Wisconsin
Discussion: Political Wire and RedState
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Politics In the Era of Symbolic Liberalism
Discussion: Star Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Court Rules Against IRS in Z Street Case, Paving Way for Discovery
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council OKs crackdowns on homeless encampments
Discussion: Daily Mail
Hugh Hewitt /
What GOP Candidates Need To Speak To, Now
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
New details emerge in D.C mansion murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Mass Shootings Are Preventable