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Trump addresses NFL national anthem protesters – and gets explicit

President Donald Trump talked about NFL athletes who protested during the national anthem, and he got somewhat explicit about it. Here’s the video of what…

President Donald Trump talked about NFL athletes who protested during the national anthem, and he got somewhat explicit about it.


Here’s the video of what he said:



“Luther and I, and everyone in this arena tonight are unified by the same great American values. We’re proud of our country,” Trump said.


“We respect our flag!” he exclaimed.


“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b**ch off the field right now?” he said.


“He’s fired. He’s fired!” he reiterated as the crowd applauded wildly and chanted, “USA!”


“You know,” he added. “Some owner’s gonna do that. He’s gonna say that guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.”


“And that owner, they don’t know it, they don’t know it,” he continued, They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know – hey’ll be the most popular person for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”


“Cuz that’s a total disrespect of our heritage, OK,” he concluded. “That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for, OK? Everything that we stand for.”


Where did he say this?


Trump was speaking at a rally in Huntsville for Luther Strange, his pick for the Alabama special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became the U.S. Attorney General.


What was the reaction?


While Trump’s comments were a hit at his rally and are sure to thrill his base and others who criticize national anthem protesters, those on the other side were angered by his speech.


“Very revealing that the harshest language Trump has ever used as President was reserved for Black men protesting injustice,” said Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter advocate. “Trump was quicker and more vehement in his hatred of Colin Kaepernick’s non-violent protest than he was of Nazis. Take note of that,” tweeted another. 


Why is this important?


It’s only important insofar as the media will obsess over his comments in order to try to distract from the agenda the president is trying to press forward. Some of his supporters have questioned whether these outbursts, while great for his base, sometimes detract from his mission.


Source: Trump addresses NFL national anthem protesters – and gets explicit
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John McCain could have just decided the fate of Trump’s new repeal bill

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) likely decided the fate of the new Obamacare repeal bill Friday when he announced that he won’t be backing the legislation.…

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) likely decided the fate of the new Obamacare repeal bill Friday when he announced that he won’t be backing the legislation.


Why is McCain voting against the bill?


Senator McCain posted a statement on his official Twitter account to explain his decision.


“We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis,” he said, “as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.”


“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” he continued, “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.”


“Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost,” he added, “how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”


Does this mean the bill won’t pass?


McCain’s “no” vote makes it very likely that the bill won’t pass, but there’s still a chance for it, depending on what other Senators decide, both Democrat and Republican.


What was the response to McCain’s decision?


Many Trump supporters assailed the cantankerous maverick for what they saw as a betrayal of the Trump agenda.










Many on the left praised McCain for what they saw as courage for standing up to his own party.








How did Lindsey Graham react?


Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who is a good friend of McCain but sponsored the repeal bill, offered his thoughts from his Twitter account.








It remains to be seen if proponents of the bill will be able to muster enough votes to push the legislation over the top.


Source: John McCain could have just decided the fate of Trump’s new repeal bill
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Steph Curry wants to ‘inspire change’ by skipping White House visit

Ever since the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in June, it’s been unclear whether the team would follow the tradition of sports champions…

Ever since the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in June, it’s been unclear whether the team would follow the tradition of sports champions visiting the White House (or whether they’d even be invited). All-Star guard Stephen Curry wants his team to forego the tradition as a form of protest against President Donald Trump.


What Curry said


“By not going, hopefully that will inspire some change in terms of what we tolerate in this country,” Curry said Friday.


The team is reportedly meeting today to make a unified decision by taking a vote, but Curry made his vote loud and clear.


“Just like in our country, every opinion counts and matters,” he said.


What do the others think?


Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has made no secret of his dislike for Trump, but he said he is open to the visit out of respect for the office of the president, and as a potential unifying gesture.


“I would want to talk to the team and entertain the idea of going out of respect for the institution, out of respect for the office itself, and maybe as a good gesture to the rest of the country that is so divided right now that maybe it’s like, hey, let’s actually, you know, try to do something that’s unifying, whether you like the person in the office or not,” Kerr said in June.


Kevin Durant has taken the opposite stance, saying in August that he didn’t want to go to the White House specifically because he does not respect the president.


This writer’s perspective


I’ve been an avid sports fan for as long as I can remember, which means I’ve seen dozens of teams visit the White House after championships. Never once did I look at that team and think that their presence meant they endorsed everything about the person in office at the time.


It’s just a formality. It used to be viewed as an honor. If I saw Steph Curry shaking hands with President Trump at the White House, I wouldn’t assume he supports the immigration ban or the Charlottesville comments, or whatever it is Curry opposes.


Just like I didn’t presume that Curry, an outspoken Christian, shared the same stance on LGBT issues as former president Barack Obama simply because they were hanging out working on their jump shot form.


Go to the White House, shake the president’s hand, smile for the camera and move on. There are more useful ways to protest issues than by making very public, but ultimately hollow stands like this one.


Source: Steph Curry wants to ‘inspire change’ by skipping White House visit
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Scaramucci tells ‘The View’ who is the worst person at the White House

In a surprising admission to the women of “The View,” former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci revealed who he thought was the “worst” and most…

In a surprising admission to the women of “The View,” former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci revealed who he thought was the “worst” and most “unlikeable” person was at the White House, and offered a lot of detail.


What did he say?


When Joy Behar asked him who the worst and unlikeable person was at the White House, Scaramucci offered two names.


“Who is the most annoying, horrible person in the Oval Office?” Behar asked. “The most unlikeable? C’mon!”


“Well I mean I would pick two,” Scaramucci responded. “How do you think I got along with Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon? Do you think that was a good relationship? You thought we were triumvirate, the three of us? I mean that was rough.”


“What was Bannon’s worst quality in your opinion?” Behar asked.


“Well, I mean, Steve, his best quality is he’s a great speechwriter, he’s got great linguistic skills,” he explained.


“His worst quality to me was that he a little bit of a messianic complex,” he continued. “He got very mad at me for going to Davos, Switzerland, to speak at the World Economic Forum which was sanctioned by the communications team, but because he’s an anti-globalist, and he was hitting that economic forum at Breitbart [News] for so many years, that put me in disfavor with him.”


“And so you know people who have messianic complexes they think they’re the answer,” he added, “they think they’re the solution and what we know about our country, and what we know about our government, thank God, it’s set up a system of checks and balances where it has to be a collaboration.”


“People also say he’s a white nationalist,” asked Sunny Hostin.


“Is he a white nationalist?” Scaramucci paused and pondered before continuing. “I would say that he has those tendencies, if you read Breitbart, there’s a lot of that white nationalist economic fervor, and so to me, my whole thing is doesn’t matter, we’re a rainbow, let’s grow the pie, let’s share the pie together, but let’s get to work.”


Here’s the video of the exchange:






Why is this important?


Scaramucci’s penchant for gossip is just the latest example of disfunction at the White House that has been a stumbling block for President Trump and his agenda. Whether his swipe at Bannon is accurate or not, Scaramucci is surely pleasing opponents of the president with his incisive criticisms despite his short time at the White House.


Source: Scaramucci tells ‘The View’ who is the worst person at the White House
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Judge: Video outfit’s refusal to shoot gay weddings is like posting ‘White Applicants Only’ sign

A federal judge dismissed Wednesday a Minnesota video production company’s lawsuit for the right to refuse to shoot same-sex weddings, saying the company’s stance is…

A federal judge dismissed Wednesday a Minnesota video production company’s lawsuit for the right to refuse to shoot same-sex weddings, saying the company’s stance is on the level of posting “a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign.”


Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media Group in St. Cloud wanted to add wedding videography to their list of services, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported — and they filed suit against the state in December, arguing that a provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act unconstitutionally barred them from refusing to shoot gay weddings.


The Larsens — a Christian couple who said through their attorneys that they will appeal the decision — argued in court that the law was “a state effort to stamp out expression opposing same-sex marriage,” the outlet said.


Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim rejected that argument in his ruling, the Pioneer Press reported, adding that he said state law doesn’t infringe on the Larsen’s First Amendment rights.


Tunheim added that the Larsens’ aim to place a disclaimer on their company’s website that they won’t shoot gay wedding videos is “conduct akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign,” the outlet said.


“Posting language on a website telling potential customers that a business will discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual orientation discrimination itself,” Tunheim’s ruling reads, the Pioneer Press reported. “As conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by the First Amendment.”


Jeremy Tedseco, an attorney for the Christian legal outfit Alliance Defending Freedom, represented the Larsens and said in reaction to the judge’s ruling that “tolerance is a two-way street,” the outlet said.


Tedesco added in a statement that “creative professionals who engage in the expression of ideas shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for having a particular point of view about marriage that the government may not favor,” the Pioneer Press noted.


The Larsens said in a

about their case that they interact and dialogue with people from diverse backgrounds, including those from the LGBT community.


“In this situation, what you have is a law requiring a film production studio to create films that violate their beliefs,” Jonathan Scruggs — another ADF attorney representing the Larsens — told the Pioneer Pres. “That is a direct assault on the First Amendment, and really the rights of all Americans to operate their businesses and create expression in accordance with their beliefs.”


Alliance Defending Freedom also represents Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and has his case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.



Source: Judge: Video outfit’s refusal to shoot gay weddings is like posting ‘White Applicants Only’ sign
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North Korea threatens to test H-bomb over the Pacific; Kim Jong Un calls Trump a ‘dotard’

North Korea threatened the “most powerful” Pacific hydrogen bomb test yet in response to President Donald Trump’s United Nations speech in which he stated that…

North Korea threatened the “most powerful” Pacific hydrogen bomb test yet in response to President Donald Trump’s United Nations speech in which he stated that the U.S., if forced to defend itself or its allies, would “have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”


What does North Korea have planned?


North Korean President Kim Jong Un, in a rare first-person statement, threatened Trump personally after his U.N. speech and called him a “dog” and a “gangster.”


In a statement released Thursday, Kim Jong Un said:


After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician. His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.


He said that he will make Trump “pay dearly,” as well as “face results beyond his expectation.”


“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire,” Kim Jong Un added.


Ri Yong Ho — the North Korean foreign minister who will address the United Nations on Saturday — announced Thursday that Pyongyang could respond to Trump’s speech, as well as newly announced sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom, by testing an H-bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Ri spoke to reporters and offered the hydrogen bomb threat as part of what appeared to be an attempt to clarify Kim’s Thursday threats.


“It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” he told reporters. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”


He added, “This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean. Regarding which measures to take, I don’t really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does.”




Why is this significant?



  • Should North Korea make good on its threats to detonate the H-bomb, it would be the first time that the country detonated a nuclear device outside the borders of its country.

  • It could result in a further deteriorating relationship between North Korea and China, a benefactor of sorts to North Korea, and sabotage their economy.

    • China and its president, Xi Jinping, have been put off by North Korea’s recent nuclear testing.

    • China could feasibly limit up to 100,000 North Korean laborers from working in China and other areas overseas.

    • China could also opt to limit imports received from North Korea.

    • Additionally, China could cut off North Korea’s crude oil supply.



  • North Korea has also threatened Japan and said that the country wants to “sink” Japanese islands.

    • In August, North Korea fired a missile over Japan.

    • Japan’s prime minister said that the country’s stance on North Korea’s tactics of intimidation align with that of the U.S.



  • South Korean impacts would likely be felt due to the lack of a physical geographical barrier.

    • Korea has also been threatened militarily by Kim Jong Un’s actions, and called “pro-American traitors” who should be “wiped out.”



  • In August, it was revealed that North Korea could impact most U.S. cities with intercontinental ballistic missiles, and had developed warheads small enough to be attached to those missiles.


What was Trump’s response to the latest North Korean threat?


The president addressed the North Korean H-bomb comments in a Twitter update on Friday morning after news broke of the threat.


Calling the North Korean leader a “madman,” Trump wrote, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”




Source: North Korea threatens to test H-bomb over the Pacific; Kim Jong Un calls Trump a ‘dotard’
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Protesters disrupt James Comey’s convocation speech at Howard University

Protesters interrupted former FBI Director James Comey’s remarks at Howard University’s convocation address on Friday, according to multiple reports. Controversy In recent months, Comey has…

Protesters interrupted former FBI Director James Comey’s remarks at Howard University’s convocation address on Friday, according to multiple reports.


Controversy


In recent months, Comey has come under fire from both sides of the political aisle.


Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has frequently blamed Comey for her loss last November, arguing that it was his decision to re-open the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state that cost her the election.


Meanwhile, President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey in May, spurring allegations that he was trying to thwart the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.


After Comey left the FBI, Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., appointed him as its convocation keynote speaker and its Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the 2017-18 academic year. The school said Comey elected to give his entire salary as chair to a Howard scholarship fund benefiting students who grew up in foster care.


What happened at the ceremony?


According to CNN, as Comey began his remarks at the convocation ceremony — which marks the formal beginning of their academic year — protesters in the back of the audience began to shout slogans including: “Get out James Comey, you aren’t our homey,” “No justice, no peace,” and “We shall not be moved.”


According to Politico, Comey told the protesters, “I hope you’ll stay to listen to what I have to say, and I just listened to you for five minutes,” but they continued to chant. He delivered his address as protesters continued to chant.


“I love the enthusiasm of the young folks, I just wish they would understand what a conversation is. A conversation is where you speak and I listen, and then I speak and you listen,” the former FBI director said. “And then we go back and forth, and back and forth. And at the end of a conversation, we’re both smarter. I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful.”


CNN reported that the protesters were students at the school.



What did Comey say?


According to Politico, Comey didn’t address Clinton, Trump, or Russia in his remarks. Instead, they centered on praise for Howard University and advice for its students. He called higher education an “island” offering students an opportunity to grow and learn.


“There is simply too little time taken in the rest of the real world to reflect, to think, to try to reshape the world and yourself,” Comey said. “The rest of the real world is a place where it’s hard sometimes to find people who will listen with an attitude that they might actually be convinced of something.


“Instead, what happens in the rest of the real world — and about four rows in this auditorium — is that people don’t listen at all, they just try to figure out what rebuttal they’re going to offer when you’re done speaking. Sometimes, they will pause briefly before telling you you’re an idiot.”


Ending to a standing ovation, Comey concluded with, “I look forward to adult conversations about what is right and what is true.”


 


Source: Protesters disrupt James Comey’s convocation speech at Howard University
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Student-led loudspeaker prayer banned after HS football game attendee complains to atheist group

When a student-led prayer came through the loudspeaker before an Alabama high school football game last month, that was too much for one offended spectator,…

When a student-led prayer came through the loudspeaker before an Alabama high school football game last month, that was too much for one offended spectator, who promptly complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation — an atheist activist group.


And just like that, Lee County Schools decreed there would be no more student-led prayers over loudspeakers before football games, WTVM-TV reported.


Image source: WTVM-TV video screenshot
Image source: WTVM-TV video screenshot

Superintendent Mac McCoy told the station he received a letter from the FFRF on Aug. 31 that said, “A member of the community that attended the Smiths Station High vs. Opelika game listened to a student-led prayer over the loudspeaker and was offended.”


McCoy said that the FFRF’s demand letter cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that even student-led, student-initiated prayer over a public loudspeaker at football games violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, WTVM reported.


And the superintendent added to the station that litigation didn’t look favorable to Lee County Schools if the loudspeaker prayers continued.


“It’s sad,” McCoy told WRBL-TV. “It really is, that a small group of individuals can dictate to a community something that the community as a whole does not want. That’s hard to swallow, but I know that’s the world we live in. When the Supreme Court has an opinion and rules one way, then that’s what we abide by. I’m all for the students of the Lee County school system, and I think certain decisions are made that it’s unfortunate we have to abide by that we may not believe in.”


How are parents reacting?


Heather Hadaway, a Lee County School parent, told WTVM “it’s depressing to think my kids are going to grow up not being able to have the freedom of speech or freedom of choice like we are supposed to have” and added that she and her classmates participated in prayer before games years ago.


Image source: WTVM-TV video screenshot
Image source: WTVM-TV video screenshot

A similar ban occurred at a West Virginia high school to start off this year’s football season. While the loudspeaker prayer was no more at Clay County High School, prior to its game against Braxton County High School on Sept. 1, players from both teams gathered midfield and prayed together.


Following suit, Smiths Station High School students will line up and lead a prayer — with no loudspeaker — before kickoff at its Oct. 13 home game, WTVM reported.



(H/T: Todd Starnes)


Source: Student-led loudspeaker prayer banned after HS football game attendee complains to atheist group
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Residents of this state will soon be required to work in order to receive food stamps

Which state is making the change?  Tennessee is reinstating food stamp work requirements that were previously rolled back in 2008 at the peak of the economic…

Which state is making the change? 


Tennessee is reinstating food stamp work requirements that were previously rolled back in 2008 at the peak of the economic recession.


What are the new work requirements?


In most counties, able-bodied adults in Tennessee who do not have any dependents will have to work at least 20 hours a week on a job, an approved volunteer program, or a qualified education or training program to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.


When will the change take place?


Gov. Bill Haslam announced this week that the reinstatement will go into effect Feb. 1, 2018, and current recipients will have 90 days — until May 18 — to comply.


How many people will the change affect?


58,000 of the nearly 1 million residents currently receiving SNAP assistance, according to the Tennessean. Nearly 36,000 already meet the work requirements.


Why the change?


The state’s economic recovery since the requirements were waived in 2008.


“When we hit record low unemployment three months in a row, then it comes a time to look around and say, are we doing everything the right way? We looked at this and thought it’s hard to justify a waiver,” Gov. Haslam explained.


Are there any exemptions?


Tennesseans living in 16 counties that are categorized as economically distressed will not be required to meet the work requirements.


What are others saying?


“The fear has been, and remains, that unless this new policy is implemented carefully, local food retailers will suffer, church pantries will be overwhelmed and hunger will increase.” — Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center. 


“Republicans in the General Assembly have been eager to expand the work requirement for SNAP benefits, and I applaud Governor Haslam and Commissioner Barnes for taking what I see as the next logical next step in statewide welfare reform. As speaker, I look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues on this issue during session.” — Republican state Rep. Beth Harwell


“While our great state is doing well as a whole economically, there is a large number of Tennesseans who have not recovered with the same vigor and health as others. … I am certainly against fraud and abuse of our social safety net, as well as every other aspect of our government, but I want to make sure that we are not using an axe where a scalpel is needed in weeding out abusers of the system.” — Democratic state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh


“Memphians shouldn’t be allowed to go hungry, and while I am awaiting more details about how the governor’s workforce requirement policy for food stamps will be implemented, I fear that’s what may happen.” — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)


“[Taxpayers] should not foot the bill for able-bodied recipients who are not trying to gain employment, which undermines the integrity and stability of the program.” — Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy 


 


 


 


Source: Residents of this state will soon be required to work in order to receive food stamps
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Zuckerberg says Facebook won't create new class of stock

Rise in company's stock price will allow billionaire CEO to finance his philanthropy while retaining voting control
Source: Zuckerberg says Facebook won't create new class of stock
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