New Orleans Saints players kneel before the anthem is played. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found that the majority of U.S. voters — 58% — don't find kneeling by NFL players during the national anthem unpatriotic.

Why it matters: President Trump's culture war against the NFL hinges on the argument that players are ignoring the wishes of their fans and disrespecting the flag and U.S. military by kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

  • The majority of Republicans (70%) find the protest unpatriotic, opposed to 23% who don't.
  • When it comes to athletes' right to protest, 82% of Democrats say they do have the right on the playing field or court — while 81% of Republicans say they do not.
  • 51% of voters support the NFL's new policy that requires players on the field to stand for the anthem.

One more thing: More broadly, Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling race relations — with 61% against and 33% in support.

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Scoop: Lawmakers tee up hearing with academics ahead of antitrust report

Big Tech CEOs testify before the House Judiciary antitrust panel in June. Photo: Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images.

Mostly academics will be testifying at Thursday's House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing, which will reveal where its year-long investigation into big tech and competition is going, a source familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: The hearing is the next step following testimony from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Apple's Tim Cook before the committee in July. A showing of academics and think-tank types signals the lawmakers are still sorting out competition theories and possible legislative fixes to perceived antitrust abuses.

Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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