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Alabama Republican: Movement to remove Confederate flag in South Carolina ‘beyond contempt’

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Some conservatives are outraged that South Carolina’s state legislature seems poised today to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds, including Republican Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer.

Palmer took to Matt Murphy’s radio show Monday to say calls for removal of the flag are coming from “people who have an agenda seeking to exploit a tragedy. And to me, that’s beyond contempt,” The Intercept reports.

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Nearly a week after a racist allegedly killed nine in a historically black Charleston church, the Civil War symbol of the slave-owning South still flies over South Carolina’s statehouse.

Images that surfaced of alleged shooter Dylann Roof posing with Confederate flags and the galling sight of it flying at full staff after Wednesday’s violence have prompted everyone from Mitt Romney to John Oliver to demand it be taken down.

On Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley also called for the removal of the Confederate flag, which flew at full-staff above the statehouse even as the state and US flag were at half-mast in mourning after the shooting. Nine were massacred, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was the church pastor.

Palmer isn’t the only lawmaker who thinks the flag should remain where it is. Republican senator Lee Bright called the movement to remove the flag a “Stalinist purge,” the Spartanburg Herald Journal reports. Bright said that just because the symbol has been “misused” doesn’t mean it should be banned, and it represents “honor” during the Civil War.

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According to South Carolina law, the flag cannot be removed from its location atop the Confederate Soldier Monument without a two-thirds vote state lawmakers, the Washington Post reports. State officials will cast votes today on the fate of the flag.

The Post reports that authorities confirmed over the weekend a racist online manifesto was indeed written by Roof. The manifesto delineates Roof’s hatred of African Americans and contains references to the Confederacy and images of the Confederate flag.

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories

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"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

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"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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