The South Carolina and American flags flying at half-staff behind the Confederate flag erected in front of the State Congress building in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in Charleston in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions. Police detained 21-year-old Dylann Roof, shown wearing the flags of defunct white supremacist regimes in pictures taken from social media, after nine churchgoers were shot dead during bible study on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)A Flag Hijacked by Modern Segregationists

A historian and Southerner says the Confederate flag was not the flag of the Confederacy

By Lonn Taylor

It was first raised over the South Carolina state capitol on April 11, 1961, to mark the beginning of the Civil War Centennial; in March 1962, the legislature voted to leave it there as a protest against the civil rights movement. Its 20th-century symbolism is clear to anyone who examines the historical record, and it is not something to honor or revere.


Dark MoneyThe Dark Politics of Dark Money

A defanged IRS means never having to say you’re accountable

By Karoli Kuns

In the United States, money spent on candidates, politics, or public policy is protected speech under the First Amendment. What happens when protected speech is wrapped in a cloak of secrecy? How to reconcile a Supreme Court case that gave corporations the same rights as individuals with regard to political speech while shielding them for any accountability for that speech?


You Can’t Make the Congress Do Anything

The ability of presidents to move the legislative needle will always be severely limited

By Scott Lemieux Read

The_Pentagon_January_2008Accounting for the Pentagon

The debate over defense spending isn't what it looks like

By Peter Certo Read

Charts final 2abCorporate Dollars v. Union Dollars

"The distinctive potential of corporations to corrupt the electoral process [has] long been recognized."

By Lou Dubose Read

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