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Jon Gruden. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is suing the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell over selectively leaking his emails, Gruden's lawyer announced in a statement on Friday.

Driving the news: Gruden resigned last month after emails he sent over a roughly seven-year period included homophobic, racist and misogynistic language were obtained by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

What they're saying: Gruden's lawyers say that through an "orchestrated campaign," the NFL and Goodell leaked Gruden's emails to destroy the former coach's career and reputation, according to court documents.

  • "There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden's emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected of the Washington Football Team or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders' season," Adam Hosmer-Henner, who represents Gruden, said.
  • An NFL spokesman denied the allegations, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, calling them "entirely meritless," and adding that "the NFL will vigorously defend against these claims.”

Flashback: Raiders owner Mark Davis said last month that he was also unhappy with how the emails were released and asked for the NFL to release the investigation.

Of note: The House Oversight and Reform Committee requested documents from the NFL on its investigation into the culture of the Washington Football Team.

  • "The NFL’s lack of transparency about the problems it recently uncovered raise questions about the seriousness with which it has addressed bigotry, racism, sexism, and homophobia—setting troubling precedent for other workplaces," per the letter.

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Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.

Women politicians are under siege

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Kevin Dietsch, Stefani Reynolds, and Alex Wong/Getty Images

Women in Congress feel besieged and singled-out amid surging threats against lawmakers at all levels, with some frustrated more hasn't been done to halt the trend.

Why it matters: As record numbers of American women are being elected to public office, their growing political power is being met with death and rape threats, sexist and racist abuse and online disinformation. Collectively, it's discouraged women from running for office.

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