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2015: Our Very Own Year In Review

A selection of our best analysis, commentary, and reporting from 2015.

December 31, 2015
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Study: States With Stricter Gun Control Laws Have Fewer Gun-Related Deaths

America is #1 in many things, and sadly, we top the charts when it comes to anything related with guns.

October 7, 2015

The Tragic History Of Race Wars

Dylann Roof said he wanted to start a race war. It might have surprised him to learn that we’ve already had a race war.

August 3, 2015

From The KKK To The CCC To Dylann Roof

When Dylann Roof pulled a gun at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, his shots rang through history to the roots of the ideology of white supremacy.

July 21, 2015

Flag Dispute Triggers Clash At South Carolina Capitol

At least five people were arrested on Saturday as white-supremacist and African-American groups clashed outside the South Carolina State House, where the Confederate battle flag was removed last week after a half-century, authorities said.

July 18, 2015
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KKK, African-American Group Plan Rallies At South Carolina Capitol

Governor Nikki Haley (R) hopes that South Carolinians will simply ignore “the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create.”

July 18, 2015
Dylann Roof (R), the 21-year-old man charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month, is helped to his chair by chief public defender Ashley Pennington during a hearing at the Judicial Center in Charleston, South Carolina July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Dylann Roof To Face Trial In 1 Year; Gag Order Extended

State Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a tentative court date of July 11, 2016.

July 16, 2015

Endorse This: ‘I Have Heard Enough About Heritage!’

On the South Carolina House floor, debate raged long into the night over a series of amendments introduced to thwart and delay passage of a bill to bring the Confederate flag off the State House grounds. An impassioned plea to pass the bill — unchanged — came from an unlikely corner.

July 9, 2015

Suspect In Charleston Church Shooting Indicted On Nine Murder Counts

Dylann Roof, the suspect in last month’s massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of murder.

July 7, 2015

Why The Fourth Of July Feels (Refreshingly) Different This Year

On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.

July 4, 2015

President Obama Delivers A Speech For History

The president spoke of gun violence, the hunger of children, the brazen hatred that inspired the alleged shooter, yet it seemed fitting that he returned that night to a White House bathed in colors of the rainbow. One could almost see history making a great, wide turn toward freedom.

July 1, 2015

KKK Cavalry Will Go To SC To Support The Confederate Flag

“It should be a peaceful rally. Like I said, it’s for the Confederate Flag.”

June 30, 2015

Vandalism: Confederate Flag Placed On Black Civil War Troop Memorial In Boston

It may be considered an act of vandalism to take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina — but it is actually a special act of vandalism to raise that flag up on a particular memorial in Boston, Massachusetts.

June 29, 2015
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Enlightenment On Confederate Flag Was Long Overdue

It took an act of mass murder before the South was willing to reckon honestly with the Confederate flag and its meaning. The price of enlightenment seems awfully high.

June 29, 2015

Reciting Prayers, Woman Takes Down Confederate Flag At South Carolina Capitol

In a video posted on YouTube, Bree Newsome grabbed the flag and cried out: “You come against me with hatred, and oppression and violence — I come against you in the name of God! This flag comes down today!”

June 27, 2015

Obama Sings ‘Amazing Grace,’ Mentions Race, Guns, And Grace In Eulogy

President Obama ended his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in a way best befitting a man of the cloth: by singing “Amazing Grace.”

June 26, 2015

Watch: Obama Delivers Eulogy For Charleston Pastor — Sings ‘Amazing Grace’

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed last week in a shooting at the church. A suspect has been arrested and confessed to the shooting, citing white supremacy as the motivation.

June 26, 2015

Never Patriotic: The Real Meaning Of The Confederate Flag

Today, the Charleston massacre has left the Confederate flag standing irrevocably for the most brutal and criminal aspects of Southern heritage – and it is more deeply irreconcilable with American patriotism than ever.

June 26, 2015

This Week In Crazy: ‘There Can Be No Coexistence With The Left!’

Racism, what racism? It’s all the Devil’s fault. Send in the bees! These and other morsels of madness in “This Week In Crazy.”

June 26, 2015
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South Carolina And The Confederate Flag: A Vexatious Past, Tragic Present

South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. A badge of — shame or honor. You tell me.

June 26, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Crashes Bill O’Reilly’s Party

Larry inserted himself into the Fox News host’s show, in order to give some aerial support to the one liberal guest against Bill’s flip responses. “‘So what’?! Slavery gets a ‘So what’?!”

June 25, 2015

The Confederacy Crashes In A Week. It Only Took 150 Years.

It would have been admirable for this change of heart regarding the Confederate flag to have happened without the cruel shock of a massacre of innocents.

June 25, 2015
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The Right To Be Free From Guns

What’s needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns.

June 25, 2015
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What If He Hadn’t Been Holding That Confederate Flag?

We can look forward to weeks of apologists trying to explain why we should ever see the Confederate flag flying anywhere near government property.

June 25, 2015

Jim Webb: The Pro-Confederate Flag Democratic Candidate?

Former Senator Jim Webb, who is exploring a candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made his chances sink even lower — by trying to mount some kind of measured defense of the Confederate flag.

June 24, 2015