Sep 28, 2017

Trump: NFL owners are "afraid of their players"

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President Trump said in a Fox and Friends interview on Thursday that the NFL has "rules for everything. Why aren't they honoring this country by enforcing a rule that's been in existence for a long time?"

On the owners: "I think they're afraid of their players if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful."

Other take-aways from the interview:

  • On the filibuster rule: "I think it's just a disaster for the Republican party...there are 270 bills right now sitting now before the senate, you're not going to get them approved."
  • On working with Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi: "I have a nice relationship with them...if we can do a great healthcare bill bipartisan, I'm okay with that."
  • On his tax plan: "This is a tax plan for jobs and growth, growth for our country. It'll be the largest reduction in terms of dollars of any plan ever in the history of the country, and it's going to be something very special."
  • On health care: Republicans "have the votes, but we don't have the time" to pass healthcare, and that they will get a vote "sometime at the beginning of the year but prior to the election in November."

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd outside the CNN Center on May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protestors.

Why it matters: The incidents show how easy it can be for the media to entangled in the stories they cover, especially during a time of civil unrest.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.