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1. New poll: What to do with the Confederate Battle Flag?

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 06, 2015

South Carolina lawmakers may decide this week what to do with the Confederate Battle Flag that flies on their state capitol grounds. Displays of the Battle Flag in general, and S.C.'s flag in particular, have drawn criticism as symbols of slavery, racism and hatred. Flag supporters counter that the flag is a symbol of Southern history and heritage and many Southerners display it with pride. What do you think? This week's question: How should we treat the Confederate Battle Flag? Suggested responses are below. We also welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at politics@smartbrief.com. We will post the results on Friday.


2. Clinton e-mails shed light on her team's PR strategy

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 01, 2015

The State Department's release of 3,000 e-mails between Hillary Clinton and her advisers offers a fresh view of the inner workings of the former secretary of state's senior team. The e-mails reveal the closeness of Clinton's ties to unofficial adviser Sidney Blumenthal and show Clinton's team's management of her public image. Politico (07/01) Bloomberg (06/30)


3. Obama: Washington just made life harder for small businesses

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 01, 2015

The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (06/30)


4. "No gays allowed" signs are still legal in many states

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 02, 2015

The Supreme Court may have legalized same-sex marriage, but discrimination against gay people by employers and businesses remains legal and largely unrestricted in 31 states. That's despite polling suggesting that more than 75% of people believe such discrimination should be illegal. Vox (07/01)


5. Ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich: What the Founding Fathers really thought

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 06, 2015

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/02)


6. Workplace is next target for gay-rights advocates

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 06, 2015

The Hill (07/05)


7. Why the Donald could be good for Democrats

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 02, 2015

Donald Trump's politically incorrect pronouncements about the criminality of Mexican immigrants have propelled him to second place in Republican primary polling -- and Democrats couldn't be happier. Trump's ascendancy could make it harder for other GOP candidates to win over minority voters, analysts say. "I am a person of faith -- and the Donald's entry into this race can only be attributed to the fact that the good Lord is a Democrat with a sense of humor," says Democratic strategist Paul Begala. The Hill (07/01) The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/01)


8. Rope-wielding Clinton staffers corral media on N.H. campaign trail

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 06, 2015

MSNBC (07/05)


9. Columnist James Surowiecki: Lawmakers should let Puerto Rico go bust

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 02, 2015

The New Yorker (tiered subscription model) (07/01)


10. Wal-Mart: Store's bakery shouldn't have produced ISIS-flag cake

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 01, 2015

Wal-Mart received criticism this week after a store refused to sell a cake decorated to look like a Confederate flag, then sold the same customer a cake decorated to look like the Islamic State's banner. The retailer apologized for baking the cake. "It's unfortunate that one customer sought to take advantage of an associate who did not know the [Islamic State] flag or its meaning," said Wal-Mart spokesman John Forrest Ales. The Guardian (London) (06/30)




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