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Vice President Mike Pence Leaves NFL Game Saying Players Showed “Disrespect” Of Anthem, Flag

Vice President Mike Pence left Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts after players on the field knelt during the national anthem. Pence tweeted that he had left the game, saying that he would not “dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” President Trump then tweeted that he asked to Pence to leave if any players kneeled, which seemed a fairly predictable outcome since it’s happened at most games this fall. A spokesperson for the Colts did not immediately return a…

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Facebook Execs Have Donated To Lawmakers On Congressional Intel Committees This Year

Some top Facebook executives have donated money to lawmakers serving on the two intelligence committees that are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. In February of this year, according to federal election filings, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg gave $2,700 to Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich. In May, she donated $2,700 to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking member of the intel committee. In April of this year, Elliot Schrage, the vice president of communications and public policy, donated $1,000 to Heinrich and $2,700 to Warner. And in March of…

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What Would Happen If NFL Players Played An Extremely Anti-Trump Song In The Locker Room?

There aren’t any specific policies about locker room music for the entire NFL, and sources with knowledge of player experience said that the issue is dealt with on a team-by-team basis. So what would happen if players wanted to play “FDT,” which stands for “Fuck Donald Trump,” in the locker room? Last weekend, a source close to the league told BuzzFeed News that a set of players were being advised not to play the song in the pregame or postgame locker room. But BuzzFeed News never found anything that corroborated…

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No, the U.S. Didn’t Just Take a Stand for Executing Gay People

JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/NewscomDid the Trump administration just take a stand for executing gay people? No, but I understand if the internet’s been giving you that impression. “United States rejects UN resolution condemning use of death penalty to target LGBTQ people,” says the headline at Think Progress. “U.S. votes against U.N. resolution condemning death penalty for LGBT people; is this who we are?” fretsSalon. Countless journalists spread the story on Twitter, and several LGBTQ publications repeated it uncritically. But the resolution wasn’t focused exclusively on executing gay people. It came out against…

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Kamala Harris Pushes For “Clean” DREAM Act

California Senator Kamala Harris says there’s no space for compromise on President Donald Trump’s commitment to protect undocumented immigrants who arrived when they were children. Legislation protecting the roughly 700,000 people whose futures are in the balance “needs to be clean and I feel very strongly about that. No strings attached,” Harris said in an interview on the BuzzFeed News morning show AM To DM, which airs on Twitter at 10:00 every day. “We made a promise as the United States government to these young people and we need to…

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A Very Strange Night Launching Anthony Scaramucci’s New Media Project

On Monday night, Anthony Scaramucci invited friends, publicists, and reporters to the basement of the Hunt & Fish Club, his swanky New York restaurant, to announce the launch of a cryptic new media venture, the Scaramucci Post. The New York Times, the Guardian, the Hill, McClatchy, BuzzFeed News, and others wanted answers. What is the Scaramucci Post? Why does it tweet bizarre Twitter polls and endless emojis? After a of day of horrific news coming out of Las Vegas, why do we care? “I am looking you dead in the…

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A Group Called Citizens For Trump Is Raising Money — But Not Always For Trump’s Candidates

A group that describes itself as a “grassroots movement” to support Donald Trump is raising money in Trump’s name — and spending it to boost Republican candidates the president has not endorsed. The group, Citizens for Trump, is raising that money through a group called Patriotic Strategies, which is organized as a limited liability company. In one race, Citizens for Trump even supported the opponent of the Trump-backed candidate, endorsing Roy Moore in last week’s Alabama Senate primary. Citizens for Trump also lists a staffer who also works for a…

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New Poll Shows Alabama Senate Is A Just 6-Point Race

The Senate race in deep-red Alabama might be within reach for Democrats, after the Republican nomination of Roy Moore. The poll, conducted by Opinion Savvy and commissioned by Decision Desk HQ, finds that Moore leads Democratic opponent Doug Jones 50.2% to 44.5%. While still not a close-close race, that’s definitely closer than a normal Senate race in Alabama for an off year. The poll is of 590 likely voters in the state reached this week by landline and mobile, with a margin of error of 4 points. (Full methodology here.)…

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Libertarians Are Still Looking For The Next Thing

If you were a libertarian, 2016 was supposed to be your year. Rand Paul was going to build from his father’s following, take the movement mainstream, and win the Republican presidential nomination. He would realign the party establishment around anti-interventionist, fiscally conservative, and (some) socially liberal policies. That didn’t work. Then the Libertarian Party was going to capitalize on the historic unpopularity of Hillary Clinton and, especially, Donald Trump. Their nominees would run up the middle — if not to the White House, then certainly to official minor party status…

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New Poll Shows The Alabama Senate Race Is A Just 6-Point Race

The Senate race in deep-red Alabama might be within reach for Democrats, after the Republican nomination of Roy Moore. The poll, conducted by Opinion Savvy and commissioned by Decision Desk HQ, finds that Moore leads Democratic opponent Doug Jones 50.2% to 44.5%. While still not a close-close race, that’s definitely closer than a normal Senate race in Alabama for an off year. The poll is of 590 likely voters in the state reached this week by landline and mobile, with a margin of error of 4 points. (Full methodology here.)…

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