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Lynn Westmoreland

House GOP leaders delay vote as skirmish breaks out over Rebel flag

WASHINGTON A few Confederate graves on federal land, including precisely one in Georgia, became the spark this week for a racially charged debate in Congress over the battle flag. House GOP leaders yanked a wide-ranging spending bill Thursday and called for calm, putting off a vote on placing Confederate flags at national park gravestones. Democrats seized upon the issue and pressed further in an unsuccessful effort to boot the state flag of Mississippi which incorporates the Rebel war emblem from the U.S. Capitol. The false steps and sharp tones were a marked contrast to South Carolina, where legislators voted to take down a battle flag flying on the state Capitol's grounds. Gov....

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