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1. Man takes knee during national anthem at Donald Trump's White House ceremony

WASHINGTON - Instead of welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump held an event to celebrate America and play the national anthem. The playing of the national anthem was followed by brief remarks from Trump, who spoke for about three minutes about the importance of standing for the national anthem. MORE: Donald Trump rips NFL's anthem policy in tweets: 'NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!'.


2. Trump Unable to Remember Words to ‘God Bless America’ at Fake Fan Rally

Faced with the embarrassment of his poorly attended ceremony to honor Super Bowl champion the Philadelphia Eagles, President Trump announced that he was inviting the team's "Fans" to a display of patriotism instead. The president "Believes there is a significant overlap between football fans and his base and has told confidants that he believes his voters would enthusiastically take his side over football players whom Trump thinks have looked unpatriotic and greedy," the Associated Press reports. If the plan was to prove that Eagles fans would side with Trump over the Eagles, there is very little evidence it worked. Trump attempted to sing along to "God Bless America," but managed to get just two lines in before he obviously no longer knew the words.


3. Mitch McConnell says Senate's August recess is canceled

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is canceling most of the chamber's August recess as Republicans try to push through President Donald Trump's nominees, he said Tuesday. "Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled," McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. The action will allow Senate Republicans to move more quickly toward helping Trump reshape both the executive and judicial branches of the government.



5. President Trump said Eagles players kneeled for the anthem. They didn’t.

Why? In part because "Only a small number of players decided to come," and in part because Trump said that players had been kneeling or standing in the locker room during the national anthem, which he said was "Disrespectful." Many people on the internet made the reasonable assumption that Trump was talking about Eagles players. A record number of players kneeled during Week 3 of the 2017 season, after President Donald Trump stated that players who did so should be fired. According to a study from Sports Pundit, there were zero Eagles players who kneeled during the national anthem during the 2017 season.


6. Judge rules Puerto Rico must release death records to CNN, local news

A Puerto Rican judge reportedly ruled on Monday that the government must release death certificates and related data to news outlets looking into the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The decision comes after CNN and the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico sued the local government in an effort to get access to death records after Hurricane Maria. In his ruling, Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge Lauracelis Roques Arroyo said that the records are matter of public information and that they must be released.


7. Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted for lying: “There’s no question that she spread lies at this point”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was widely criticized for her refusal to explain the inaccurate statements she made following the revelation that members of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign had secretly met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. On the set of CNN's "New Day," John Berman, the show's new co-host, blasted the press secretary for spewing falsehoods about who authored the official White House response to the controversial Trump Tower meeting that included Donald Trump, Jr. "Maybe she's OK with lying. There's no question that she spread lies at this point," Berman said on Tuesday. In August, Sanders said the president "Certainly didn't dictate" the statement, and Jordan Fabian of The Hill asked Sanders to explain the discrepancy on Monday.


8. Judge: Trump can be deposed in Summer Zervos lawsuit

A judge ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump can be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought last year by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who says Trump kissed and groped her after she appeared on the show. The president has vehemently denied all of the women's claims, which he called "100 percent fabricated," and he retweeted a tweet describing Zervos's claim as a "Hoax." Zervos filed a defamation claim against Trump in January 2017 over those denials. Wang said her legal team had already issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign, which had been unwilling to hand over any information related to other women who've accused Trump.


9. Fox News is coming under fire for using photos of Eagles players praying during segment on NFL anthem dispute

While reporting the story Fox News showed images that falsely implied Philadelphia Eagles players had been kneeling during the anthem throughout the year. The footage showed players kneeling in prayer and was not taken during the playing of the national anthem before games. The NFL recently introduced rules requiring players to stand on the field or stay in their locker room during the national anthem after some players protested police brutality and racial inequality over the past two seasons by kneeling as the anthem was played.


10. Former Eagles player: Obama should invite players over for a BBQ instead

Former Philadelphia Eagles player Cris Carter said in a tweet on Monday that former President Obama should invite the team over for a barbecue after President Trump disinvited the players from visiting the White House. "President Obama should invite the Eagles to his house for a barbecue," Carter said in a tweet. President Obama should invite the Eagles to his house for a barbecue.


11. Judge sets June 15 hearing on motion revoke Paul Manafort's bail because of alleged witness tampering

A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled a hearing for June 15 on a request by special counsel Robert Mueller to revoke ex-Trump presidential campaign chief Paul Manafort bail for allegedly trying to tamper with two potential witnesses against him. Mueller, in documents filed Monday night, accused Manafort of trying to "Suborn perjury" and get witnesses to conceal evidence related to his upcoming criminal trials while under home confinement in his Virginia mansion. If Manafort is jailed, it could ramp up the intense pressure he already faces to plead guilty and to begin cooperating with Mueller's ongoing probe of President Donald Trump's campaign.


12. Dana Rohrabacher Is All Tangled Up in the Russia Scandal. Today We’ll Find Out If Voters Care.

Days after the conference, Martin vowed in a press release to hold five "Putin events" to better inform constituents in his district about "Vladimir Putin and his close relationship to beleaguered Congressman Dana Rohrabacher." He added, "Speaking-out about Putin-Rohrabacher is an issue of national security that I will not ignore." Another Republican candidate, Stelian Onufrei, has also homed in on the issue, telling NPR that Rohrabacher "Is advocating a relationship with Russia that I think is dangerous for United States." Including some Republicans, see the Russia focus as a potentially effective way to drag Rohrabacher down by tying him to Trump, who, polls show, is disliked by a majority of voters in the district. Greg Blair, a spokesman for Rohrabacher's campaign, told Mother Jones that the frequent travels to Russia that Rohrabacher's opponents have harped on were simply part of his work as a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of its Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats subcommittee.


13. Like Donald Trump, Fox News gets caught lying about Eagles

Fact: No player on the Eagles took a knee during the national anthem during the 2017 regular season, post season or Super Bowl last season. The clip on Fox News is similar in it's inaccuracy to a tweet sent Monday evening by Trump, in which he seems to insinuate that the Eagles event at The White House was cancelled due to the team kneeling or staying in the locker room. Trump has been extremely critical of players in the NFL who have protested during the national anthem, and - at least initially - came out in strong support of the league's new policy that will punish players who protest during the anthem.


14. Fox News apologizes for using 'unrelated footage' of Philadelphia Eagles kneeling during White House coverage

Fox News apologized Tuesday for using photos of Philadelphia Eagles kneeling in prayer in a context that implied they were kneeling during the national anthem. "During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer," executive producer Christopher Wallace said in a statement. In lieu of visiting Washington, where members of the Eagles not visiting the White House were slated to participate in community service events, the team is holding a workout at its South Philadelphia facility.


15. America’s allies should respond to steel tariffs with targeted sanctions on the Trump Organization

America's democratic allies probably can't bribe Trump and his family in this way, but they both can and should do the opposite: work together on a package of targeted sanctions narrowly designed to inflict pain specifically on the Trump Organization. Trump is provoking a crisis in America's alliance system Trade spats are nothing new, but to impose these tariffs unilaterally, the Trump administration is invoking a 1962 legal provision that lets the president protect industries that are deemed vital to national security. Sanctioning the Trump Organization The Canadian writer Scott Gilmore is also thinking along these lines, and makes the case for sanctioning the Trump Organization in Maclean's.


16. Sarah Huckabee Sanders: 'My credibility is probably higher than the media's'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday defended herself as an "Honest person" whose "Credibility is probably higher than the media's" even as she again refused to discuss her misleading claim that President Trump did not dictate his son's statement about the Trump Tower meeting. "Frankly I think my credibility is probably higher than the media's and I think in large part that's because you guys spend more of your time focused on attacking the president than reporting the news," she said. Trump's lawyers over whether the president dictated Trump Tower statement.


17. Scott Pruitt enlisted an EPA aide to help his wife find a job — at Chick-fil-A

Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chief executive of the fast-food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss "a potential business opportunity"? Current and former EPA aides, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said Scott Pruitt told them he was eager for his wife to start receiving a salary. Swift's group had invited Scott Pruitt to speak at its 2017 conference in Manhattan, the same event where Marlyn Pruitt was paid $2,000 for three days' work.


18. German politicians call for expulsion of Trump's Berlin envoy

German politicians have called for Donald Trump's envoy in Berlin to be expelled from the country after he said in an interview that he wanted to "Empower" conservative forces throughout Europe. Martin Schulz, the former leader of the Social Democratic party, told German news agency dpa that he thought Grenell's position as US ambassador was untenable in the long term. Schulz said Grenell had acted like the representative of a political movement rather than a country, and punned that next week's meeting with the Austrian leader Kurz, which means "Short" in German, would lead to a shortening of the US envoy's stint in Berlin.


19. UN says US must stop separating migrant children from parents

The United Nations has urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of separating asylum-seeking Central American children from their parents at the southern border. The spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the policy had "Led to people caught entering the country irregularly being subjected to criminal prosecution and having their children - including extremely young children - taken away from them as a result". She said information received from US civil society groups indicated that several hundred children had been separated from their parents at the border since October, including a one-year-old.


20. Senate leader cancels part of August recess, forcing vulnerable Democrats to stay in D.C. instead of campaigning for reelection

The Senate will cancel most of its annual August recess, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators Tuesday, an election year move that will force vulnerable Democrats to shuffle their campaign schedules. The Senate will now recess for one week in August instead of four, said McConnell. The additional workweeks in August mean that endangered Democratic senators on the ballot will face a dilemma: Stay in Washington and attend to Senate business during time they could otherwise use to campaign back home, or remain in their states and face criticism that they are shirking their responsibilities in government.


21. Unidentified man takes knee during anthem at Trump's 'Celebration of America' event

One guy in the audience took a knee during the national anthem at President Trumps celebration of America no Eagles event. A man took a knee during the national anthem at President Trump 's "Celebration of America" event Tuesday amid renewed uproar over NFL protests during the song. No Eagles players kneeled during the national anthem last season, but a few players rose their fists during the song prior to each game to raise awareness of social justice issues, such as police brutality.



23. Judge gives Manafort team until Friday to reply to witness tampering allegation

The judge gave Manafort's lawyers until Friday to present a written rebuttal to accusations by prosecutors that he and a longtime associate repeatedly contacted two executives at a public relations firm in hopes of persuading them to provide false testimony about secret lobbying they did at Manafort's behest in 2013. "Mr. Manafort is innocent, and nothing about this latest allegation changes our defense," Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement. In their filing, prosecutors said that Manafort and a longtime associate reached out to two unidentified potential witnesses in February, shortly after new charges were filed accusing Manafort of failing to register as a foreign agent while lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.


24. UN expert calls US income inequality 'a political choice'

GENEVA - A U.N.-supported human rights expert has blasted the yawning gap between rich and poor in the United States, insisting in a new report that the world's richest country "Is now moving full steam ahead to make itself even more unequal." The United Nations' human rights office said Monday that Philip Alston, an independent expert commissioned to examine "Extreme" poverty, prepared a report on the U.S. that faults "Successive administrations" in Washington for failing to uphold treaty commitments to economic and social rights. "At the end of the day particularly in a rich country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power," Alston wrote.


25. Eagles player rips Fox News for using prayer picture as ‘propaganda'

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz on Tuesday criticized Fox News for using pictures of him and his teammates praying before the national anthem to illustrate a segment about President Trump 's criticism of anthem protests. The segment, which aired following President Trump's Monday announcement that he was disinviting the team from the White House, featured images of Ertz and other Eagles on one knee while praying. No Eagles players took a knee during the anthem in the 2017 season.