The Agenda: Dignitaries converge on Charleston for funeral; Gay marriage ruled constitutional right

Obama, congressional delegation, and others in Charleston today

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The President of the United States, the Vice President, the First Lady, and other dignitaries are coming into town for the service at TD Arena. For more information on street closings and alternate viewing sites, refer to Paul's post this morning. Source: CNN, CP

The late Rev. Clementa Pinckney is remembered on the front page of today's New York Times: "Called to pulpit in politics in a life cut short." Source: NYT

The State says that Columbia police reports from incidents between local law enforcement and Dylann Roof point to the suspect in the mass murder of nine at a Mother Emenuel AME Bible study last week wanted to buy a high-powered AR-15 assault rifle (he could have, legally), but he could not afford it. Source: The State

A North Charleston police officer was reportedly fired after he posted a Facebook photo on Tuesday of himself wearing Confederate flag boxer shorts. Source: P&C

Sir Paul McCartney, who performed yesterday at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, dedicated last night's rendition of "The Long and Winding Road" to the Emanuel Nine. Soruce: WIS-TV

Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill legalizing the operation of transportation network companies like Uber, making South Carolina the 21st nationwide to do so. Source: P&C

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given approval for South Carolina to move forward deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel to 52 feet to prepare for larger ships that will soon be traveling through the Panama Canal. Source: Wall Street Journal

This year is on track to be a record sea turtle nesting season, according to state DNR. Source: South Strand News

A 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning likely clears the way for gay marriages across the United States, asserting same-sex couples' constutitional right to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and discussed the wish by many gay couples to get married: "Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Source: NYT, P&C, Supreme Court

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