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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Friday that he will ask athletes who kneel during the National Anthem to suggest people he should pardon, explaining that he understood their concern for those who had been treated unfairly by the justice system.

Why it matters: This is the first time Trump has acknowledged why athletes kneel during the National Anthem — in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. The president has been adamantly outspoken against NFL players who have taken a knee during the anthem, calling it disrespectful to the military. He has said that NFL team owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who kneels, and, most recently, cited the kneeling issue as one of the reasons the Eagles were uninvited to the White House.

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Andrew Cuomo refuses to resign: "I never touched anyone inappropriately"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he will not resign from his post, despite an independent investigation finding that he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law.

Why it matters: Cuomo had previously urged those calling for his resignation — including nearly every prominent New York Democrat — to wait for the results of the investigation overseen by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The findings were damning, but Cuomo said he is not going anywhere.

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Boeing's Starliner awaits its launch atop an Atlas V rocket. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Boeing is set to launch a redo of an uncrewed test of its Starliner spacecraft — designed to one day carry astronauts — to the International Space Station this week.

Why it matters: This is a high-stakes test for Boeing, which failed to get its Starliner to the station during its first uncrewed test flight in December 2019.

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New York City will require proof of vaccination to participate in indoor activities, including visiting gyms and restaurants, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The mandate is the first of its kind for a major U.S. city, according to de Blasio. France and Italy announced similar requirements last month.