What’s Happening: The Final Days of the Confederate Flag in South Carolina
On Monday, in the wake of last week’s church shooting in Charleston, some notable elected officials called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol. The development followed a weekend of protest and prayer in Charleston, Columbia, and across the state. Speaking at a Monday afternoon press conference, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott in calling for the flag to be taken down—three of the most prominent Republicans to have done so.
U.N. says Israel and Hamas are both to blame: The United Nations released its report on the 2014 Gaza conflict, saying that the two main parties likely committed war crimes during the 50-day conflict last summer. Both Israel and Hamas rejected criticisms of their own actions and blamed each other for the violence, which left over 2,000 dead.
Obama’s garage interview: The president’s interview on the popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” made headlines for Obama’s invocation of the n-word during a conversation about race. A White House spokesman said the word choice was deliberate and that the president did not regret its use. As David Sims writes in The Atlantic, “While focusing on a single word might miss the forest for the trees, Obama’s frankness was still notable, particularly two days after the attack in Charleston.”