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Colin Kaepernick on an NFL sideline. Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Colin Kaepernick's lawyers are expected to seek federal subpoenas of President Trump and Vice President Pence in Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL in an attempt to gain more information about the administration's contact with league owners over the league's national anthem protests, reports Yahoo Sports.

The big picture: Recordings released earlier this year revealed NFL team owners are terrified of Trump speaking out against the league because of player protests during the national anthem. That forced a rule change from the league, requiring players on the field during the anthem to stand, propelling the issue back into the zeitgeist and culminating with Trump's decision to disinvite the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from the White House earlier this week.

  • Kaepernick has gone unsigned since the anthem protests gained steam, leading some players in the league to suspect that he's been blackballed by owners. As player Eric Reid stated during last year's player-owner meeting:
“I feel like he was hung out to dry. Everyone in here is talking about how much they support us. Nobody stepped up and said we support Colin’s right to do this. We all let him become public enemy number one in this country, and he still doesn’t have a job.”

The problem: Getting testimony from Trump won't be easy for Kaepernick and his lawyers.

  • Thanks to collective bargaining laws, Kaepernick's request for a subpoena outside of the scope of his contract with the NFL must also be allowed by an arbitrator in the case.
  • Even if Kaepernick were allowed to subpoena Trump, there's an open question if it would even matter. Using his presidential powers, Trump could potentially simply ignore the subpoena — and any attempt to enforce it would require more legal action from Kaepernick.
  • The bottom line: If Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani doesn't think Trump can be subpoenaed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, the same goes for any subpoena from Kaepernick.

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Former Sen. David Perdue to launch bid for Georgia governor

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Former Senator David Perdue (R) plans to announce a campaign against Georgia's incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Monday, according to a source familiar with Perdue's thinking.

Why it matters: Perdue's challenge to his former ally Kemp sets up an unprecedented "scorched earth" battle between Georgia Republicans fueled by former President Donald Trump, in the battleground state. The news was first reported by Politico.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record.

Former Sen. Bob Dole dies

Former Sen. Bob Dole in 2019. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole passed away Sunday morning at the age of 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement.

Driving the news: Dole, a revered figure in U.S. politics and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, served in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 years as GOP leader. Earlier this year he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.