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Outsourcing Confederate pride

August 5, 2008 - What is allegedly the world's largest Confederate battle flag recently began flapping from a 139-foot flagpole at the crossroads of Interstates 10 and 4 in Florida, placed there by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Predatory lenders boost political giving in Southern states

July 31, 2008 - In recent years, state legislatures in the South and elsewhere across the country have taken steps to crack down on predatory lenders -- payday advance companies, title loan firms, and other outfits that charge borrowers exorbitant interest rates sometimes as high as 36 percent. Last year alone, for example, more than 100 bills pertaining to such lenders were introduced in 33 states.