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8:40 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 …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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:
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
No plans to rename US bases named after Confederate officers
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
The Controversy Over the Confederate Flag Has Reached Hazzard County
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  —  NEW ORLEANS — The most viral headline this year with the Louisiana governor's name in it was published in The Onion: “Bobby Jindal Not Sure He Willing To Put Family Through 2-Month Presidential Campaign.”
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Why Bobby Jindal Is Very Problematic  —  Today Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to join the 2016 field.  He is barely making it into the polls at this juncture - his message, which combines serious executive and policy experience and a record of dealing with multiple challenges …
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 …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Sarah Palin is the REO Speedwagon of Politics  —  Sarah Palin in a few short years has gone from a telegenic and slightly charismatic speaker (when reading from a tight script), to a TV commentator who never meets a run-on sentence she can't out-run.  —  So it's perhaps no surprise …
ABC News:
Obama Tosses Heckler From LGBT Event: 'You're In My House' … President Obama had a heckler tossed from a White House reception in celebration of LGBT pride month after the woman refused to stop interrupting the president.  —  “Listen, you're in my house,” Obama said, to the applause of the crowd …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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.
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.
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:, Hot Air and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Guide: Six Big Decisions Remain  —  The Supreme Court is scheduled to issue decisions Thursday, with six major cases remaining on the docket, and is expected to release opinions again on Friday and perhaps next week.  Still to be decided are the health-law subsidies and gay-marriage cases …
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
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
Patrick Phillips / WCSC-TV:
GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Charleston cop appears to respond to cursing kids with, 'Don't go to church and get hurt'  —  Charleston Police are investigating a Facebook video of an apparent interaction between one of their officers and a group of African-American children.
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
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Lydia Warren For / Associated Press:
'I am sorry for the lives that I've taken': Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stuns court …
Discussion: Instapundit
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham: Charleston Shooter Showed ‘Mideast Hate’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Raw Story
Texas woman discovers she's white after 70 years
Discussion: Slantpoint and theGrio
David Perera / Politico:
Jason Chaffetz: OPM data breaches may affect 32 million
Discussion: ABC News
Scott Walker / CNN:
Obama can't pass buck on health insurance
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Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times:
Judge strikes down proposed ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’ calling for killing of gays
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Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Hollande to Obama: start explaining
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and Weekly Standard
Bloomberg Business:
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Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Rotherham child sex abuse: 300 new ‘suspects’