Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks to reporters as Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., left, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., listen, regarding a resolution to remove the confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on Thursday, July 9, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks to reporters as Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., left, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., listen, regarding a resolution to remove the confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on Thursday, July 9, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lauren Victoria Burke AP
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks to reporters as Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., left, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., listen, regarding a resolution to remove the confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on Thursday, July 9, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lauren Victoria Burke AP

William Douglas covers Congress and politics regionally for McClatchy. A University of South Carolina alum, he’s also covered the White House and State Department in his stint in Washington. He’s co-host of McClatchy’s Majority Minority podcast.