The Agenda: Gowdy backing Rubio; "Misplaced priorities" at Clemson?; Slager defense may use public funds

Mass shootings on the minds of Americans in 2015

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Upstate Congressman Trey Gowdy, now a nationally-prominent conservative in Congress after the Benghazi hearing he oversaw, will endorse U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for president, it was announced this weekend. Gowdy will make the rounds in S.C. with Rubio this week. Missing out on Gowdy's endorsement, Donald Trump is already labeling the hearings over which Gowdy presided a "total disaster." Source: WaPo, NYT, The Hill

The U.S. government will move six of the 13+ tons of surplus plutonium currently stored at Savannah River Site to a storage facility in New Mexico. One industry watchdog says the move could mean the end of the much-criticized MOX program. Source: Reuters

A judge has ordered the review of the financial records of ex-North Charleston police officer Michael Slager upon a request to use public money to pay for the former officer's defense because he is unable to. Source: AP

In the NYT "Room for Debate" forum this week: "Does the Confederate flag breed racism?"

Washington Post editorial tees off on Clemson University's planned $55 million athletics facility: "Misplaced priorities in college sports"

Public mass shootings weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, a new AP poll says. Source: AP

Washington Post: "A Year of Reckoning: Police fatally shoot nearly 1,000"

Interim SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall has already navigated the agency through October's floods and state budget battles, giving her the experience some lawmakers say makes her the right person to be elevated from interim. Source: The State

South Carolina lawmakers will soon take up how many millions to spend on exhibiting the Confederate flag in the state Relic Room, or as the New York times calls it, "curating history's dustbin." Source: NYT

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