Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem yesterday. Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes / AP

President Trump continued his Twitter crusade this morning against NFL protests during the national anthem, thanking the fans who "demand respect for our Flag" and applauding the public statements of some NASCAR owners regarding the anthem.

The context: Some NASCAR team owners, including championship driver Richard Petty, came out in support of Trump's stance on the protests over the weekend, saying they would dismiss or fire drivers who protest the national anthem, according to USA Today.

The protest's origin: Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then-quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to police brutality against black Americans.

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Breaking down the Tesla obsession

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Tesla is the company of the moment — the prime exemplar of just about any big and important trend that you might care about.

Why it matters: Almost every reader of finance and business news will have at least one strongly-held opinion about Tesla. What you might not realize is just how widely those opinions range, and the degree to which they map onto much broader views of the world.

Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."