FROM Abby Phillip
NFL players respond in solidarity to Trump's harsh critiques As he sang the last words of the national anthem before the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons started to play, Rico Lavelle took a knee. When the Seattle Seahawks played the Tennesse Titans, both teams stayed in their locker rooms during the National Anthem. All around the National Football League, players — and even some owners — stood up to the President of the United States, who issued a challenge Friday night in Alabama. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!' You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.'" Abby Phillip is a White House reporter for the Washington Post .
The role of transgender people in the military President Trump tweeted this morning that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military. Thousands of transgender troops are in the military right now. The numbers are unclear because they have only been allowed to serve openly since June 2016. Sage Fox was the first transgender person to serve openly in the military, starting in 2013.
South Carolina Lawmakers Agree to Remove Confederate Flag South Carolina's House of Representatives argued into the wee hours this morning before voting to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds. What finally appeared to turn the tide was an emotional appeal from a descendent of Jefferson Davis, who was President of the Confederacy. Jenny Horne, a Republican from a suburb of Charleston, proclaimed, "I cannot believe that do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday." Abby Phillip is reporting the story for the Washington Post . Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.
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