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CONFEDERATE FLAG

Final hours: For 54 years the sun has risen on the Confederate battle flag on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds. This morning marks the last sunrise that flag will see. Around mid-morning, the flag will be taken down and immediately moved to a nearby military museum, capping a decades-long battle in the state to have it moved. Yesterday Gov. Nikki Haley signed the lawthat made the flag’s removal possible. She used nine pens, which will be given to the families of the nine victims of last month’s massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

DATA BREACH

Way bigger: Now the government says the personal information of about 21.5 million people — both inside and outside the government — was stolen last year in one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. The hackers got not only Social Security Numbers, but also information from security clearance applications. The Office of Personnel Management — whose computer system was comprised — originally estimated only the files of four million people had been hacked.

2016

Tit-for-tat: How did presidential candidates ever bicker before social media? Apparently they did, but not as colorfully. On Wednesday, Jeb Bush said that “people need to work longer hours.” Hillary Clinton responded with a tweet that said “anyone who believes Americans aren’t working hard enough hasn’t met enough American workers.” Boom. Oh, and she also included a chart — a chart! — showing productivity rising over the last couple of decades while hourly compensation remains mostly flat. Early yesterday Bush fired back with his own tweet, saying “anyone who discounts 6.5 million people stuck in part-time work & seeking full-time jobs hasnt listened to working Americans.” Oh snap, we got a full-fledged Twitter war on our hands.

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source: CNN.com

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