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5:00 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:
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Obama shifts policies on American hostages  —  He says the U.S. government will stick to its no-ransom policy, but won't prosecute family members who pay off hostage-takers.  —  President Barack Obama issued new orders Wednesday in an effort to reconcile the U.S. government's policy …
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
Five Hostages  —  Families whose children were held captive …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
FBI Not Ruling Out Terrorism In Charleston Shooting Investigation  —  Days after FBI director James Comey said he did not think the Charleston attack that left nine dead qualified as terrorism, FBI officials now say they have not ruled out investigating the shooting as a terrorist act.
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” …
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