Confederates Attack Washington D.C. 

From the Washington Post:

The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.
It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert (Calif.), who had been leading the Republican side of the debate, rose. “I have an amendment at the desk,” he said.
Yes he did: A proposal to protect the sale and display of the Confederate battle flag at national parks and cemeteries.
Democrats couldn’t believe what they were hearing: Just as South Carolina legislators were finally voting to remove the symbol of hatred from their statehouse grounds, Republicans in the U.S. Capitol were proposing to restore the flag. And they were scheduling the vote for July 9, the anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment promising equal protection of the laws.
The maneuver provoked a fusillade of outraged speeches on the House floor, culminating in an emotional plea Thursday afternoon by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon. “When I was marching across that bridge in Selma in 1965, I saw some of the law officers, sheriff deputies wearing on their helmet the Confederate flag,” he said. “I don’t want to go back, and as a country we cannot go back. . . . We all live in the same house, the American house.”

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