1) Lawmakers in South Carolina on Tuesday made some tentative steps towards altering their state's relationship with the Confederate flag, but the bigger thing we saw was the flood of retailers joining the push to make the flags unavailable pretty much everywhere. That push includes Amazon, which found itself in an interesting position Tuesday: the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post published a strongly worded editorial against the flag and its symbolism, while Jeff Bezos owned Amazon had yet to say anything about its policy of selling them. That changed Tuesday afternoon, when the giant retailer said it would remove Confederate flag items from its virtual shelves.
2) Hey, America – Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting ready to announce he's running for president! What does New Jersey think? Take him, please!
3) Harrisburg is all about budgets and booze these days. Is the Republican push to privatize the state's liquor sales system holding up budget talks? That depends on who you ask.
4) Matt Smith is getting settled in his new role as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, and potential candidates are lining up for a shot at the Smith's now-vacant seat in the 37th state Senate district. And if you're one of the Democrat's former constituents, have no fear – the district's offices, now being managed by the staff of state Sen. Jay Costa, will continue to operate as normal.
5) If we were to start a regular feature called "The Dumbest Thing We've Read This Week," we wouldn't have to look any further than Rush Limbaugh for this week's top nominee.