Where 2016 presidential candidates stand on the Confederate flag

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Presidential candidates with their eyes on 2016 have begun to share their stances on the Confederate flag as the state of South Carolina wrestles with the divisive symbol.

Statements from White House hopefuls have been flowing in since nine black people were killed by a white shooter at a historic church in Charleston Wednesday. Some candidates were seemingly thrust into the spotlight Saturday after 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s defiant statement on the subject, which was later retweeted and praised by President Barack Obama.

Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 20, 2015 Read more…

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Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, dies of brain cancer

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Vice President Joe Biden’s son has died after suffering from brain cancer, according to a statement released by the White House Saturday evening.

Beau Biden, who formerly served as Delaware’s attorney general and had a promising career ahead of him in Democratic party politics, lived a life “defined by service to others,” Biden said in the statement

“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us,” according to the statement.

The 46-year-old who died Saturday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was a decorated Iraq War veteran. The Bronze Star awardee, and major in the Delaware National Guard, has had a string of health issues for years. He was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. Read more…

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Moment of truth: Sun-powered plane takes off from China for 6-day journey

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A week ago, André Borschberg had a bad gut feeling about piloting the toughest leg of the first around-the-world flight powered only by the sun. But before lifting off in China early Sunday morning local time, his ominous emotions transformed into excitement.

Noting that the confidence of the team behind the Solar Impulse flight was palpable, Borschberg said he felt excited about what has been dubbed the “moment of truth,” the approximately 8,172-kilometer, or 5,078-mile, oceanic flight to Hawaii.

If successful, the flight will become an aviation milestone. Read more…

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