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PBC News & Comment: As South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag, House GOP Soils Itself

Amendments to ban display and sale of confederate flags in national parks lead House GOP to ridicule and flagrant rule-bending….

--accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof shouldn’t have been able to buy gun, says FBI boss…where are his parents?

--Sen. Bernie Sanders faces tough questions about his positions on gun laws in town hall meeting

--federal appeals court upholds IRS finding that state-legal pot sales are 100% taxable, no expense deductions

--both US senators from Colorado introduce new marijuana banking bill

--$4 million per trainee is the cost of the fantasy of the “moderate Syrian fighter”; 4 million is the number of Syrian refugees

--after all the Greek drama, Tsipras signals he will accept most of the pension cuts and tax increases bankers demanded

--Iran talks continue into the weekend in Vienna

--OPM director finally resigns, number of hacked personnel files climbs to 19 million

--Florida court throws out gerrymandered congressional map, orders new districts drawn

--Union of Concerned Scientists proves that Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, spent $30 million funding deniers

--new study shows climate change is primary cause of honeybee colony collapse

--curious new report on California fracking claims no evidence of water contamination or quakes, because no agency is collecting that data