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Photo courtesy Flag of Des Moines

Des Moines' iconic red, white and blue flag just got a makeover in time for June, which marks Pride month.

What's happening: Flag of Des Moines, which spearheaded a grassroots campaign that successfully brought back the city's flag in 2019, teamed up with local organizations to create the flag.

  • They partnered with Capital City Pride, One Iowa and Black Liberation Movement on the project.

In the original flag, the blue represents the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers; white represents the Walnut, Grand and Locust Bridges and the red represents Des Moines' "passionate" residents.

  • The Pride version incorporates 11 colors to represent LGBTQ folks.
  • 15% of each purchase will be split between the three organizations.
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Why it matters: Bennett had been on the verge of a power-sharing deal with centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid that would have made him prime minister for two years until Lapid rotated into the job. Without Bennett, Lapid has no path to a majority, and Israel will almost certainly head for its fifth election since 2019 with Netanyahu still in his post.

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