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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Mnuchin: NFL players ‘can do free speech on their own time’ … Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday defended President Trump's attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, saying members of the league “can do free speech on their own time.”
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Mike Allen / Axios:
What Trump, the NFL are thinking  —  White House director of social media Dan Scavino last evening cc'd Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of communications (@NFLprguy), on a Trump tweet criticizing Commissioner Roger Goodell.  —  The taunt reflects the fact that far from being sheepish …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump demands NFL teams ‘fire or suspend’ players or risk fan boycott  —  SOMERSET, N.J. — President Trump on Sunday morning renewed his demand that NFL owners fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem in protest, again urging that fans should boycott the sport to force change.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
The Racial Demagoguery of Trump's Assaults on Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry  —  Every day, and in countless and unexpected ways, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, finds new ways to divide and demoralize his country and undermine the national interest.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue:
White House blows off constitution, declares new limits on free speech for private enterprise  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says NFL players only have free speech rights “off the field.”  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is as hostile to free speech as his boss
Discussion: USA Today
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The dark racial sentiment in Trump's NBA and NFL criticism
ESPN:
Warriors get shunned by president before there could be a dialogue
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:   What President Trump doesn't get about the NFL
New York Times:
Trump Attacks Warriors' Curry. LeBron James's Retort: ‘U Bum.’
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
With ‘son of a bitch’ comments, Trump tried to divide NFL and its players
Lauren Fox / CNN:
Collins: ‘Very difficult for me to envision a scenario’ where she backs GOP health care bill  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Watch Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, speak with CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” at 9 a.m. ET and noon ET.  —  (CNN)Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday morning …
Discussion: NBC News
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Graham: 'We're going to get the votes next week'  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the GOP would manage to round up the 50 votes necessary to pass Obamacare repeal through the Senate by the end of the next week. but their path to 50 is unclear.  —  “I think we're going to get the …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicki Zink / ABC News:
GOP health care act sponsor to a Republican opponent: The bill will ‘save a lot of money’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., directly addressed fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky over his opposition to the latest GOP bill aiming to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying the new legislation would “save a lot of money.”
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:
Republicans continue Obamacare repeal work despite opposition
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trump seen by most Americans as doing more to divide than unite country (POLL)  —  President Donald Trump faces deep challenges on international and domestic issues alike, with a job approval rating mired in historic lows, a broad sense he's done more to divide than unite the country …
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Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Poll: Far more trust generals than Trump on N. Korea, while two-thirds oppose preemptive strike
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: US showing North Korea its military might
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Clark Mindock / The Independent:
‘Inevitable’ that North Korean missiles will hit US mainland after Donald Trump's insults …
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
CNN:
CNN Poll: Opinion of the Republican Party falls to all-time low  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)There are fresh signs the Republican Party's brand is in trouble.  —  Fewer than three in 10 Americans — 29% — hold a favorable view of the Republican Party according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Exclusive: NFL airing unity ad in prime time on Sunday  —  With President Trump taking aim at the NFL and its players who protest during the national anthem, the league is broadcasting a message of unity.  —  The NFL is dusting off a one-minute ad that it produced for the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Push for Gender Equality in Tech?  Some Men Say It's Gone Too Far  —  After revelations of harassment and bias in Silicon Valley, a backlash is growing against the women in tech movement.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Their complaints flow on Reddit forums, on video game message boards, on private Facebook pages and across Twitter.
Mercury News:
UC Berkeley's ‘Free Speech Week’ officially canceled, appeared to be set-up from the start  —  Email suggests organizers didn't intend for the event to happen  —  ederuy@bayareanewsgroup.com, LOUIS HANSEN |  lhansen@bayareanewsgroup.com and LISA P. WHITE |
Axios:
Exclusive: Trump, GOP to cut top rate to 35 percent  —  President Trump and Republican leaders plan to cut the top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans to 35 percent and dramatically reduce taxes on big and small businesses, according to details leaked to Axios.
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Jacob J. Lew / New York Times:
Four Rules for the Coming Tax Reform Debate
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Tom Price to halt taxpayer-funded travel on private jets  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told Fox News on Saturday that he'll stop his taxpayer-funded travel on private jets, pending a formal review by his department's inspector general.  —  “We've heard the criticism.
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
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Fox News:
HHS Secretary Price will stop using private planes until internal review is completed
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Washington Post:
A showdown over  —  SHARIA  —  Two groups of men …
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Oakland A's catcher becomes first MLB player to kneel for national anthem
Lindsey Adler / Deadspin:
Teresa Kaepernick On Trump Calling Injustice Protesters Sons Of Bitches: “It's What Most Of Us …
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
John Bowden / The Hill:
Florida governor under fire over nursing home voicemails left during hurricane
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