Committee to Defend the President

Faced with a crowded Democratic primary field and a range of ideas on how best to move the country forward, former President Barack Obama has taken careful steps not to reveal which candidate he hopes to see take on President Donald Trump in November.

While Obama has yet to endorse anyone, he recently warned a pro-Trump super PAC that he doesn't want his likeness or words used to tarnish his former Vice President, 2020 candidate Joe Biden.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Galt House on August 21, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Historically, an incumbent president running for re-election is all but guaranteed their party's nomination. But like some other more controversial presidents, Donald Trump is facing a primary challenge -- in fact two: former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh—for the GOP nomination in 2020.

Or is he?

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Republican Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina makes opening remarks at a debate with Democratic challenger Archie Parnell. (The Herald/YouTube)

At some point in most people's lives, the wrong thing is said at the wrong moment. The best course is to recognize and acknowledge the mistake and apologize. A sincere apology and genuine remorse can mend most rifts caused by misspeaking.

Or there is the option of going to Twitter and telling people to "lighten up." Republican Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina chose the second option.

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[DIGEST: Washington Post, Gizmodo]

An effort to prevent Zika-infected mosquitoes from taking root in South Carolina has dealt a major blow to the local honey bee population. Bees died in massive numbers after officials in Dorchester County approved the spraying of Naled, a common insecticide that kills mosquitoes on contact, over the countryside.

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This article has been updated to reflect the total percentages of the electorate. 

[DIGEST: Politico, Bloomberg, CNN]

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[DIGEST: New York TimesWall Street JournalColumbia DispatchNBC News]

With South Carolina polls now closed, early results show the clear projected winner of the Republican primary to be Donald Trump, with around 33 percent of the vote. With Trump’s ascendancy all but secured heading into the race (early polls showed him double digits ahead of the other candidates, although that lead narrowed in recent days), the real battle was once again over who would lead among the establishment candidates. With results still coming in, it looks like the establishment candidate will be Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is locked in a heated battle for second place with conservative candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

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Bree Newsome removing the Confederate Flag

At 10:00 AM on Friday, July 10, 2015, the Confederate flag flying before South Carolina’s State House was lowered for the last time. Republican Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law on Thursday ordering the controversial flag’s removal. The New York Times reported that the flag will go to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, and that the flagpole will also be removed.

An emotionally charged national debate

The decision to remove the flag followed a week-long tumultuous and often deeply emotional national debate about what the Confederate flag actually represents and whether it is appropriate to display at all. While many Americans, including 72% of black Americans, view the Confederate flag as a symbol of racial oppression and hatred, others argue that the flag is imbued with alternative meaning: some claim it honors the soldiers, black and white, who fought and died under it in the Civil War; that it is a symbol of Southern heritage and pride; that it represents the “rebel”’ spirit. But after the senseless and racially motivated murders of nine innocent parishioners and the subsequent burnings of at least eight predominantly black churches (only three of which have been ruled to be arson thus far) those arguments have been soundly rejected. National retailers, for instance, including Wal*Mart and Amazon, pulled merchandise bearing the Confederate symbol from their shelves in the days following the horrific shootings.

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