The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to forbid the flying of the Confederate battle flag over some federal graveyards. This is the first time the chamber has cast a ballot on the issue. Introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), the measure was offered as an amendment to a spending bill. It passed the House 265-159 with the support of Republican leaders. It would prohibit the contentious symbol of Southern rebellion and pride from being flown at cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Last year, a similar Democratic amendment was introduced after the fatal shooting of black Christians at a church in Charleston, S.C. The measure scuttled an entire appropriations bill after Republicans from the Deep South objected.
U.S. Navy personnel have discovered the remains of an American aviator who was shot down in combat over the Pacific Ocean in 1944. A team aboard USNS ...