The Agenda: Thousands pay respects in Columbia; Pressure mounts for flag removal; Court upholds Obamacare

Obama administration wins key Supreme Court fight

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A few hundred people gathered in Marion Square yesterday to form a large heart in the middle of the park. Source: P&C

Thousands of mourners queued up for hours yesterday to pay respects at a public viewing for the late S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney at the Statehouse. Source: P&C, WYFF, NYT

Worshippers returned to Emanuel AME last night, filling the church's downstairs room a week after nine people were shot and killed. Source: P&C

In a 6-3 opinion handed down this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the Obama administration on the use of federal subsidies by ACA policy holders in states without state-operated health exchanges. And don't miss this burn from Justice Scalia, in his dissent: "We should start calling this law SCOTUScare." Source: NYT, Vox

The first two funerals for the victims of the Mother Emanuel shootings will be held today for Ethel Lance and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Other services are scheduled for Friday, including Pinckney's at TD Arena, where President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy. ETV says it will carry Pinckney's funeral live on TV and streaming online. Source: AP, WaPo, ETV

Progress continues on the Statehouse initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the S.C. capitol grounds, but as the P&C whip count shows, both chambers sit just short of the needed 2/3 majority with several lawmakers remaining on the sidelines. Meanwhile in Alabama, the governor has ordered rebel flags removed from its capitol grounds and in Mississippi, North Carolina, and Georgia, state leaders have felt pressure to take action as well. A Free Times poll conducted on June 23 showed a shift in the public's view on the flag, with a majority now favoring its removal. Source: P&C, Reuters, NY Mag Free Times

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