Many More People Came Out To Support The President
President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night in advance of the first-ever visit by a sitting president to a federal prison, in the midst of his weeklong efforts to address criminal justice issues. And in a shocking display, a small group of protesters greeted the president by waving giant Confederate battle flags at his motorcade. The protest was reportedly organized by the same man -- Andrew Duncomb, who calls himself the "black rebel" -- who staged a similar stunt on Saturday at the Oklahoma state capitol, one day after South Carolina removed the controversial Civil War symbol from the State Capitol grounds. "They’re blaming the racist problems on the flag and not on the real problems of America. Through the race lies the people who carry and harbor the hate inside," Duncomb, who is black, told reporters. A second group of Confederate flag supporters held a similar rally in the town of Durant shortly before the president arrived.
Former President George H.W. Bush Broke His Neck
Doctors say the elder Bush, 91, is in stable condition after falling in his Maine home and fracturing his neck. Bush is the oldest living president and he's been hospitalized twice in the several years, once for bronchitis and again in December for breathing difficulties.
Amber Heard Charged For Smuggling Johnny Depp's Poodles
Australian authorities have charged model Heard with two counts of illegally smuggling the couple's dogs, Pistol and Boo, into the country, as well as one count of producing a false document. These are the same pocket pooches that the government threatened to execute if they were not taken out of Australia in May after Depp reportedly brought the Yorkies into the country illegally on his private jet while visiting to film the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" flick (Australia has strict quarantine regulations to prevent diseases like rabies from spreading). The smuggling charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $75,000 and the false doc ones could land her in prison for up to a year.
Hillary Clinton Raised The Most Money
The Clinton presidential campaign released its fundraising totals on Wednesday, showing that it raised $45 million for the Democratic primary in the first three months of the year, 61 percent of it from women, with more than 250,000 people contributing in total; men typically make up the majority of campaign donors at just over 70 percent. Her campaign committee fundraising totals are vastly more than Democratic challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders ($15.2 million) and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz ($14.3 million). Meanwhile, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush received the most outside support from super PACs at $103 million, followed by Cruz ($38 million).
Quick Take: Dylann Roof, 21, the suspect in the racially motivated murders of 9 people at a historic black church in Charleston last month is due in court on Thursday, where a judge will hear a media challenge to his gag order on releasing documents in the case, including 911 calls and coroner's reports.
Quick Take 2: However you feel about Atticus Finch's newly revealed racist tendencies, Harper Lee's prequel to the classroom classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," the controversial "Go Set a Watchman," has set a first-day sales record at Barnes and Noble. The nation's largest book chain would not release sales figures, but it said "Watchman" beat previous records set by Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" and EL James' "Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told By Christian." Lee's second book is on track to be the best seller of 2015.