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New York Times:
N.F.L. Protests: Players Respond to Trump by Kneeling and Locking Arms  —  N.F.L. players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem on Sunday in a show of solidarity against President Trump, who scolded the league and players on Twitter this weekend.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
NASCAR owners say they wouldn't tolerate national anthem protests at races  —  Several NASCAR team owners said Sunday they would not condone racers protesting during the national anthem, amid protests by sports players at football and baseball games.  —  There were no protests reported during …
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump's Allies Join His Crusade Against The NFL  —  Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images  —  A political group with close ties to President Donald Trump is amplifying his attack on professional athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest.
Sporting News:
Steelers will remain in locker room for national anthem in Chicago, Mike Tomlin says  —  As part of a wave of protests throughout the NFL in the wake of President Donald Trump's NFL-related comments, the Steelers will not be on the field for the playing of the national anthem before their game against the Bears on Sunday.
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
What President Trump doesn't get about the NFL  —  How the NFL responds to Donald Trump's spit-foaming is hardly a test case for whether the republic will stand.  Nevertheless, the league is a maker of manners in this country, so it means something that Commissioner Roger Goodell and others …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Trump Bungled the Politics of Football  —  Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem is an event a more talented or personally disciplined racial demagogue than Donald Trump could have fruitfully exploited.  Kaepernick's gesture was rife for hostile interpretation.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump demands NFL teams ‘fire or suspend’ players or risk fan boycott
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
Jaguars owner joins players during anthem protest in first game since Trump's NFL remarks
Nicki Jhabvala / Denver Post:   Von Miller among 32 Broncos players who take a knee for national anthem
Mike Allen / Axios:
What Trump, the NFL are thinking
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Kushner used private email to conduct White House business  —  Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue:
“How do you sleep at night?”:  Former NFL player schools head of Trump's diversity coalition  —  The head of Donald Trump's “diversity coalition” got righteously schooled Sunday afternoon when he tried to defend Trump's attacks on the First Amendment rights of NFL players.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue:
“Stupid as a rock”: Dem rep nails Steve Mnuchin for denying NFL players' First Amendment rights
Discussion: IJR
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Mnuchin: NFL players ‘can do free speech on their own time’
Caroline Orr / Shareblue:   White House blows off Constitution, declares new limits on free speech for private enterprise
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Cruz opposes latest Obamacare repeal attempt  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said he doesn't support the latest Obamacare repeal plan, dealing a fresh blow to Republicans' last-ditch effort to kill Barack Obama's signature health care law.  —  After seven years of promises …
Discussion: RedState and ThinkProgress
Robert Costa / Washington Post:   Sen. Rand Paul lays out demands on health care as talks continue
Washington Post:   GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Graham: 'We're going to get the votes next week'
Discussion: ABC News
Cas Mudde / The Guardian:
What the stunning success of AfD means for Germany and Europe  —  The radical right party profited from the fact immigration was the number one election issue.  But can its breakthrough last? … n 1991 Belgium had its (first) black Sunday, when the populist radical right Flemish Block gained 6.8% of the national vote.
Discussion: National Review
Charles Hawley / Spiegel Online:
Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament
Washington Post:   Merkel heads for another term in Germany, but far right spoils the party
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
If Hillary truly loves America, she should support President Trump  —  BY DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 09/24/17 09:00 AM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  , during a recent interview promoting her new book …
William Cummings / USA Today:
Trump threatens ‘Little Rocket Man,’ says Kim may ‘not be around much longer’
Discussion: The Hill, RedState, NPR, CNBC and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
‘If anyone can hear us ... help.’ Puerto Rico's mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria  —  SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — In the northern Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja, the floodwaters reached more than 10 feet.  Stranded residents screamed “save me, save me,” …
Discussion:, Gizmodo and Common Dreams
Brian Resnick / Vox:
The entire island of Puerto Rico may be without electricity for months
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Valerie Plame resigns from Ploughshares Fund after tweeting anti-Semitic article  —  Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson on Sunday announced that she has resigned from Ploughshares Fund after she tweeted an article that argued American Jews are pushing for wars in the Middle East.
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Alan Dershowitz / Fox News:   Valerie Plame knew exactly what she was tweeting
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel for anthem  —  A's rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell, who earlier in the day profanely bashed President Trump on Instagram, became the first major-league player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday before Oakland's 1-0 win at the Coliseum.
Marissa Payne / Washington Post:
'To single out NFL players for doing this isn't something we should be doing': A's player takes up anthem protest
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.
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Nigel Farage to support controversial judge Roy Moore in Alabama election … Nigel Farage will speak in Fairhope, Alabama on Monday night, in support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.  —  ‘Fire or suspend’: Trump attacks NFL protesters as players kneel in London  —  Read more
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrew Carter / The Charlotte Observer:
UNC national championship team not visiting White House  —  CHAPEL HILL  —  North Carolina's 2017 national championship men's basketball team will not visit the White House, a team spokesman said on Saturday, though the Tar Heels were invited to visit, as is the custom for teams …
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