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‘We must not let it define us’: Miss. House Speaker wants Confederate emblem off state flag

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Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) broke ranks on Monday and called for his state flag to be changed by removing the Confederate emblem that was approved by voters in 2001, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

“We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” he said in a statement. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.”

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Gunn’s remarks came hours after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for the Confederate flag to be removed from her state’s capitol. Criticism surrounding the flag was reignited after photos surfaced of terrorism suspect Dylann Roof posing with it prior to his shooting attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last week, which resulted in the deaths of nine people. The flag was also shown on his car’s license plate.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, an online petition has been posted calling for the emblem to be removed from the Mississippi flag, citing the Charleston attack. As of Monday night, the petition had amassed just under 5,500 signatures.

“It is time to remove all symbols of hate and from state and other government buildings,” the petition stated. “It is time for us to come together and move into the future in solidarity.”

As the Washington Post reported, Mississippi is the only US state currently using the Confederate flag as part of its overall flag design. Sixty-four percent of voters chose that design over one without Confederate iconography in a 2001 referendum.

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Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said earlier in the day that he did not expect lawmakers to “supersede the will of the people on this issue.”


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Several Fox News hosts embarked on a large cleanup effort Thursday night in the hours after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged that President Donald Trump withheld millions in military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure the country to launch an investigation that could benefit him politically.

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Sources are saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become frustrated by the loss of some top officials and regrets his failure to defend the former ambassador to the Ukraine from a smear campaign.

One source said Pompeo failed to get involved because he was afraid of upending U.S.-Ukraine policy and be pushed out of the administration like former national security adviser John Bolton, reported CNN.

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Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria may well be remembered as one of the most egregious and inhuman disasters that he has ever taken since he came to power. For a President of the United States to make such a critical decision with so many implications, simply based on a conversation with Turkish President Erdogan, not only shows his shortsightedness and total lack of strategic approach, but his inability to appreciate how that will adversely affect our friends and please our foes. We are already witnessing the unfolding disaster, and there are no words to explain how and by what logic the President of the United States in particular can take such critical steps, knowing how disastrous the repercussions of his actions would be.

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