Colin Kaepernick says NFL owners colluded against him to deny him employment and files grievance

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Nearly fourteen months after beginning his protest against police brutality during NFL games, Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. Though he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season, he has been unable to find a new home in the league. This is surprising based on talent alone—especially given how well he played in the preceding season. However, Kaepernick believes (like many others) that he is essentially being blackballed from football after his season-long peaceful protest. For that reason, he has filed a grievance against NFL owners, claiming they are participating in collusion.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on what Kaepernick is looking to accomplish with the grievance:

“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be

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Biden slams New Jersey Republican’s bullcrap anti-immigrant ad: ‘The return of Willie Horton’

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Another day, another Republican gubernatorial candidate resorting to using bullshit, Willie Horton-style ads to whip up anti-immigrant frenzy and make up for lagging polling numbers. But this time it’s not Corey Stewart clone Ed Gillespie in Virginia, it’s Kim Guadagno in New Jersey:

Guadagno just released a TV ad that accuses [Democratic opponent] Phil Murphy of sympathizing with the gang of notorious murderers who shot down four college students in a Newark schoolyard a decade ago, clipping a video in which Murphy says, “My bias is going to be having their back.” One problem: Murphy was not talking about the murderers.

Guadagno clipped a quote from a town hall where Murphy was referencing not “bad hombres,” but Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants at risk of being swept up by anti-immigrant policies—ones championed by Guadagno—despite having no criminal record. Former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning for Murphy, called

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Biden slams New Jersey Republican’s bullcrap anti-immigrant ad: ‘The return of Willie Horton’

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Another day, another Republican gubernatorial candidate resorting to using bullshit, Willie Horton-style ads to whip up anti-immigrant frenzy and make up for lagging polling numbers. But this time it’s not Corey Stewart clone Ed Gillespie in Virginia, it’s Kim Guadagno in New Jersey:

Guadagno just released a TV ad that accuses [Democratic opponent] Phil Murphy of sympathizing with the gang of notorious murderers who shot down four college students in a Newark schoolyard a decade ago, clipping a video in which Murphy says, “My bias is going to be having their back.” One problem: Murphy was not talking about the murderers.

Guadagno clipped a quote from a town hall where Murphy was referencing not “bad hombres,” but Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants at risk of being swept up by anti-immigrant policies—ones championed by Guadagno—despite having no criminal record. Former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning for Murphy, called

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Roy Moore’s successful crusade to keep segregation in Alabama’s constitution

When a bipartisan group of Alabama leaders began collaborating in 2004 to remove Jim Crow-era language from the state’s constitution, the group thought the largely symbolic effort to scrub the long-abandoned policies would go fairly smoothly.

What they didn’t count on was Roy Moore, who had recently been removed as the state’s chief judge for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments statue from his courthouse. Moore needed a new issue and some headlines as he geared up to launch a primary challenge against the state’s GOP governor, Bob Riley, who was leading the effort to develop an amendment to strike the discriminatory segregation and poll tax language. TPM’s Cameron Joseph writes:

“He had a huge impact. It was a measure that was set to pass without much opposition and then because he got involved it changed the dynamic completely,” said Susan Kennedy of the Alabama Education Association, the state

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After denying he profited from his charity, records show Evangelical Senate hopeful paid himself $1M

Alabama’s answer to a just and fair society, Roy Moore once claimed he had not received any money while acting as the president of the charity he founded. He told people that he didn’t take any money because it didn’t jibe with his Christian values. The same values that has made him a raging homophobic fascist. Wouldn’t it be surprising if a very public and vocal “Christian values” official turned out to be a stupendous hypocritical bag of dirty diapers? Let’s ask the Washington Post:

But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.

When the charity couldn’t afford the full amount,

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A majority of deaths by police are misindentified and remain unreported

A Harvard study, using data collected by The Guardian, has found that over half of homicides involving police are misidentified.  

“Right now the data quality is bad and unacceptable,” said lead researcher Justin Feldman. “To effectively address the problem of law enforcement-related deaths, the public needs better data about who is being killed, where, and under what circumstances.”

Feldman used data from the Guardian’s 2015 investigation into police killings, The Counted, and compared it with data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). That dataset, which is kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was found to have misclassified 55.2% of all police killings, with the errors occurring disproportionately in low-income jurisdictions.

It’s almost as if there is a pattern emerging here. Unfortunately, I don’t have a background in math and statistics and probably won’t ever be able to connect the dots.

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Trump’s war on NFL players forces the league to enforce standing during the national anthem

Since he has accomplished absolutely nothing substantive during his time in the White House, Donald Trump has made it his mission to get the country and NFL on his side about the issue of standing during the national anthem. Over the last few weeks, he’s been speaking and tweeting ad nauseam about unpatriotic black football players taking a knee, as well as owners needing to crack down on their actions. He’s been successful at rallying his base and other Americans who see these protests as disrespectful to the country, flag, and those who have served in the military. And apparently, he’s also gotten through to the NFL—because the league’s commissioner is looking to figure out how to enforce requirements that players stand for the anthem.

Concerned about backlash from fans, Goodell sent a letter Tuesday to all 32 team owners asking them to support a plan to “move past this controversy” and

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