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11:50 AM ET, June 24, 2015


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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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: NOLA River, Raw Story, and Eschaton
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and RedState
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Scott Walker, Set for a Bigger Stage, Faces G.O.P. Revolt in Wisconsin
Discussion: JSOnline and Suffolk University
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” …
Discussion: Towleroad, Joe. My. God. and Advocate
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.
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
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.
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
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: Star Tribune
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
New details emerge in D.C mansion murder case
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Mass Shootings Are Preventable
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.
ABC News:
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Discussion: Daily Mail and
Casey and the Clinic Closings: When “Protecting Health” is an Undue Burden
Discussion: Balkinization