Politics
5:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

S.C. State Legislator Hopes To Remove Confederate Flag This Summer

A Confederate flag that's part of a Civil War memorial on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse flies during a Martin Luther King Day rally in 2008. The state is under fire for continuing to fly the flag.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday a new push to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.

Debate about the flag heated up after nine African-Americans were killed in a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., last week. Its removal would require action by state legislators.

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gov. Haley Announces New Push To Remove Confederate Flag In S.C.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley along with Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham (right, far right) and other lawmakers and activists call for the Confederate flag to be moved from state Capitol grounds.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:31 pm

South Carolina's most prominent political leaders say it's time for their state to stop flying the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of its Statehouse. Gov. Nikki Haley made their position clear Monday afternoon, speaking alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott and others.

Calls for moving the Confederate battle flag have grown since the shooting of nine black church members in Charleston last week. After speaking about the efforts to cope with that tragedy, Haley said that she has seen "the heart and soul" of South Carolina.

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

'We Are Not Cured': Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

President Barack Obama participates in a podcast with Marc Maron in Los Angeles, on Friday.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:24 pm

President Obama talks about his own life, America's race relations and the trouble with politics during the much-anticipated new episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, in an interview that is making headlines for its candid discussion of race.

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Headlines
8:48 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Headlines: Church Threats, Independent Voters & Emoji Passwords

Headlines for Monday, June 22, 2015:

  • I-35 reopens after landslide. (NewsOK)
     
  • The Cumberland Levee near Tishomingo in southern Oklahoma has a breach. (KFOR)

  • The heavy rains wash out a famous bridge in southern Oklahoma. (KFOR)

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Environment
8:07 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Report: Oklahoma Quakes Linked To Oil And Gas Wastewater

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World News
6:24 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Politicians Call on South Carolina to Take Down Confederate Flag

A Confederate flag flies outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina.

Chris Keane/Reuters

A conservative South Carolina lawmaker lost his buddy last week. He watched as his state kept flying the Confederate flag high outside the statehouse, the same symbol that has inspired so many hate crimes in America.

Norman Brannon had enough. He wishes his GOP colleagues running for president would step up and lead on this issue, too.

But will they, or are they fearful of alienating the very small percentage of Americans who have a positive view of the South's pro-slavery banner during the 1861-65 Civil War?

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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Obamacare Repeal Would Add Billions to Deficit

Nonpartisan government analysts say repealing Obamacare would modestly add to the budget deficit, boost the economy, and increase the number of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million.
Don Ryan AP

Congress' official scorekeeper says repealing Obamacare would increase the federal budget deficit and the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million.

The report from the Congressional Budget Office comes as Washington awaits a ruling by the Supreme Court that could end insurance subsidies for some six million people in 30 states.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Predictably, Democrats, Republicans Don't Agree On Charleston Causes, Solutions

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to members of the media after visiting the memorial site at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed.
John Taggart EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:42 pm

This post was updated at 6:13 p.m. ET

When tragedies happen, like the shooting in Charleston, they usually find their way into the realm of politics eventually.

This time is no different, as Democrats and Republicans are finding very different ways of talking about what happened in South Carolina. Democrats see race and gun control as issues at the center of it. Republicans, on the other hand, largely point to mental illness and label what happened a tragic but random act.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Closed Shipping Lanes Pose Yet Another Problem For Oklahoma’s Wheat Farmers

The Newt Graham Lock and Dam near Inola, Okla.
Credit Tyler / Flickr

Slow moving storms that dumped record amounts of rain on Oklahoma in April and May killed the five-year drought, but damaged wheat crops in western Oklahoma. This after one of the worst wheat harvests on record in 2014.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Administration Proposes New Truck Emissions Rules To Reduce CO2

Ram Trucks parade near AT&T Stadium in April. The EPA and Department of Transportation has proposed stricter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks.
PR NEWSWIRE

The Obama administration announced new rules today that would require tighter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

The rules, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), were expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions from trucks and vans by one-quarter by the year 2027.

The proposed standards affect semi-trucks, large pickup trucks and vans, buses and work trucks and cover model years 2021-2027, officials said.

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