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there would be no nfl without black players. they can resist the anthem policy.

the nfl and its 32 team owners have introduced a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. those refusing to do so have two options: stay in the locker room until “the star-spangled banner” ends or risk being fined for noncompliance. this is an obvious violation of players’ first amendment rights. and the issue is inescapably about race.according to data from the institute for diversity and ethics in sport, 94 percent of nfl franchise owners and 75 percent of head coaches are white. nfl commissioner roger goodell and most of the league’s top executives are white. blacks own majority stakes in none of the 32 teams. only seven nfl head coaches in 2017 were black. yet 70 percent of nfl players are black. this new policy clearly signals white control of black players??...





the biggest china problem has nothing to do with trade

even as china’s trade negotiators were successfully rebuffing the trump administration’s demands last week, the people’s liberation army air force made an announcement: a number of bombers, including a heavy long-range model, had landed on an island in the south china sea. it was another significant step in beijing’s militarization of disputed territories in the region — and more evidence of how president trump has been strategically outplayed by his “friend” xi jinping.for years, mr. xi’s regime has been steadily building up islets it controls in the paracel and spratly islands, even though an international tribunal rejected its sweeping claim to them. mr. xi promised president barack obama in 2015 that the territories would never be militarized — and then proceeded to d...





trump impulsively blows up the north korea summit

president trump’s abrupt cancellation of a summit meeting with north korean ruler kim jong un had the same air of hasty, strategy-free improvisation that has characterized his handling of the diplomatic opening all along. mr. trump agreed to the summit in march without requiring any action by the north korean ruler, or even a clear statement of his intentions. he then proceeded to hype the wildly unrealistic possibility that the regime would quickly disarm; he minted a medal to commemorate the upcoming meeting and encouraged talk that he deserved the nobel peace prize.on thursday, in apparent response to hyperbolic but entirely unsurprising comments by a north korean official, mr. trump released a loosely worded letter canceling the summit because of the “tremendous anger and open host...





trump’s foolish conviction on north korea

president trump and north korean leader jim jong un. (composite image: agence france-presse and korea central news agency)in the end what we had was the art of the schlemiel. it’s a yiddish word — a new yorkism — which president trump may know. it means a foolish person, in this case a president who accepts the north korean leader’s invitation to a summit meeting with no preparation but a touching belief in his own negotiating brilliance. that summit is now off.the president announced he would be a no-show at next month’s planned meeting after north korea showed “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement.” trump was referring to recent comments by north korean officials. the latest called vice president pence “ignorant and stupid.” pe...





the nfl plays head games over taking a knee

tom toles is the pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the post and writes the tom toles blog. his latest book is "the madhouse effect," a book about climate and climate-change denial co-authored with climate scientist michael mann. follow @tomtolestoons





how a child born more than 400 years ago became a symbol of white nationalism

roanoke island, shown in the foreground in this aerial view of the outer banks in north carolina, on  june 12, 2014, was the site of the “lost colony” where virginia dare was born more than 400 years ago. (nikki kahn/the washington post)with confederate statues toppling while president trump taunts sen. elizabeth warren as “pocahontas,” it’s clear that our nation’s current divisions reach deep into our shared past. but one of the strangest of those battles is over a baby born on a remote north carolina island more than four centuries ago.like robert e. lee or pocahontas, virginia dare is as much mythical as she is historical. the first english child born in the new world, she is famous for vanishing along with the other 115 colonists at roanoke island who made up england’s f...





if republicans want to uncover fbi misconduct, they sure aren’t acting like it

if republicans are trying to uncover serious fbi misconduct, they aren’t acting like it. instead, every move president trump and his lackeys in congress have made lately suggests they are constructing, at the expense of the reputation and effectiveness of federal law enforcement, a slanted, a-factual narrative to discredit any negative stories that might emerge from the investigation of special counsel robert s. mueller iii.the latest is a thursday meeting mr. trump arranged between top justice department officials and two republican members of congress to review highly sensitive department materials relating to the beginnings of the russia investigation, materials that the department has strongly resisted sharing with lawmakers. one of those members, house intelligence committee chairma...





trump's trade wars would avenge relatively few job 'casualties'

america’s government declares “war” promiscuously — on poverty, on drugs, on cancer, etc. — except when actually going to war, which the nation has done often since it last declared war (on june 5, 1942, on romania, bulgaria and hungary). but the incipient war du jour is being postponed. treasury secretary steven mnuchin says the trump administration is “putting the trade war on hold.” the one with china, that is. others can continue. the armistice-before-the-war is good news for farmers, who could use some. usa today reports that the net income of u.s. farmers has fallen by more than half since 2013, to its lowest point since 2006, marking the steepest decline since the depression. for this, blame productive farming around the world (supply outpacing demand), rotten weather ...





russia will try again this fall. congress doesn’t seem to care.

when top intelligence officials went to capitol hill one morning this week to give house members a classified briefing on the security of the upcoming elections, only 40 or so bothered to show up.in other words, 9 out of 10 lawmakers thought they had better things to do than listen to an assessment of threats to the integrity of a closely contested midterm that is less than six months away.“well, it was at 8 o’clock,” homeland security committee chairman michael mccaul (r-tex.) said.the handful who attended did not come away reassured that much is being done to harden defenses and prevent a repeat of what happened in 2016, when russian hackers made an effort to infiltrate voter-registration files and balloting sites in 21 states. elections are handled with varying degrees of competen...





nfl kneeling isn't just a protest. it's a plea.

like all civil peace, american contentment depends on its people believing in a certain story about how this country functions. elementary school civics lay the groundwork: we live in a democratic republic, wherein the organs of government reflect the will of the people and the legitimacy of every act of governance can be traced back to the collective consent of so many rights-bearing persons. individual rights are to be protected above all else because individuals matter above all else. somewhere way downstream of all this comes football. there’s some patriotic pageantry with all highly televised and profitable sports, but the national football league has always seemed to approach its displays with a grim determination. maybe it is because, for a while, at least, they were a business t...





opinion | the big con: a visual history of trump’s conflicts of interest

being president has its perks — at least for a former business magnate such as donald trump, who refused to divest from his company when he entered office. cartoonist ann telnaes takes a look at the seemingly endless conflicts of interest following the commander in chief and his family.





no, we can’t just discuss things like reasonable adults, and fox news is the reason

(tom toles)much has been made of how fox “news” has degenerated into something between president trump’s propaganda arm and his shock troops. and many americans are still somewhat unaware of how unfair and unbalanced this spigot of misinformation has become. after all, what sane person would want to spend their time watching this unceasing river of drool?luckily, someone had the fortitude to do it for us. media matters for america has posted a compilation of the unhinged way the network has been amplifying the white house’s unhinged conspiracy charges against its own justice department.this is jaw-droppingly beyond irrational. this is a rusty razor being violently drawn back and forth across the throat of american discourse. no, there is no way to have a normal discussion with thes...





i’ve come to believe that ‘are we at full employment?’ is the wrong question

nobel prize winning economist paul krugman speaks during an interview in new york, may 4, 2012. reuters/brendan mcdermida number of top-flight economists with whom i usually agree, most notably paul krugman, assure me that the u.s. job market is at full employment, meaning … actually, it’s not easy to describe what we mean by full employment. the easiest explanation is that that everyone who wants to work and is reasonably able to do so has a job that provides them the hours of work they want.yet, even at 3.9 percent unemployment, there are 6.3 million people unsuccessfully seeking work, and another 5 million who are working part-time but want full-time work. what’s up with that? it’s possible the discrepancy is due to these folks having personal limitations that make them un- or u...





christian leaders call out the 'theological heresy' of trumpism

maybe it takes a royal wedding to offer lessons in what a good sermon sounds like.maybe it takes one of the world’s most elitist institutions — a monarchy, for goodness’ sake — to provide a view of christianity rooted not in conservative cultural warfare (or unrelenting support for president trump) but in an egalitarian love that will “let justice roll down like a mighty stream.”and the most rev. michael curry, who preached for a royal couple and the world last saturday, isn’t finished with us yet. on thursday, a group of christians will march to the white house for a candlelight vigil inspired by a declaration titled “reclaiming jesus: a confession of faith in a time of crisis.” the presiding bishop and primate of the episcopal church, curry is a prime mover of a stateme...





why trump’s ‘animals’ remark should make everyone angry

if you are reading this, the odds are high that you are a member of the animal kingdom: phylum chordata, class mammalia, species homo sapiens. we all know this, even if we’ve forgotten our high school biology. so why did so many people get so angry when president trump said “these are animals” in response to a remark about a gang called ms-13?obviously, because he wasn’t just stating a simple fact; he was using those words to demote those people from the human race. and by the transitive property, to demote immigrants from the empathy and consideration that decent people extend to other human beings. if a equals b, and b equals c . . .trump supporters dispute this interpretation. they say it’s clear, in context, that he was talking about the gang, not hispanics or immigrant...





d’quan young died in an exchange with an off-duty police officer. we still have questions.

surveillance video that captured part of the confrontation between an off-duty police officer and a 24-year-old man that ended with the man dead has provided investigators with some details. as recounted by d.c. police chief peter newsham: the man approached the officer; words were exchanged and then “almost simultaneously” gunfire between the two. but critical questions remain about how a seemingly chance encounter between two people escalated with such deadly consequences. urgency is needed in finding the answers and sharing the information with the public.the may 9 incident in which d’quan young was fatally shot by an unidentified police officer has created tensions in the brentwood community where it occurred. mr. young’s family, the post’s peter hermann reported, has been cr...





the biggest china problem has nothing to do with trade

even as china’s trade negotiators were successfully rebuffing the trump administration’s demands last week, the people’s liberation army air force made an announcement: a number of bombers, including a heavy long-range model, had landed on an island in the south china sea. it was another significant step in beijing’s militarization of disputed territories in the region — and more evidence of how president trump has been strategically outplayed by his “friend” xi jinping.for years, mr. xi’s regime has been steadily building up islets it controls in the paracel and spratly islands, even though an international tribunal rejected its sweeping claim to them. mr. xi promised president barack obama in 2015 that the territories would never be militarized — and then proceeded to d...





if republicans want to uncover fbi misconduct, they sure aren’t acting like it

if republicans are trying to uncover serious fbi misconduct, they aren’t acting like it. instead, every move president trump and his lackeys in congress have made lately suggests they are constructing, at the expense of the reputation and effectiveness of federal law enforcement, a slanted, a-factual narrative to discredit any negative stories that might emerge from the investigation of special counsel robert s. mueller iii.the latest is a thursday meeting mr. trump arranged between top justice department officials and two republican members of congress to review highly sensitive department materials relating to the beginnings of the russia investigation, materials that the department has strongly resisted sharing with lawmakers. one of those members, house intelligence committee chairma...





philadelphia’s unnecessary war on catholics

at a time when more than 400,000 children are in foster care nationwide, the city of philadelphia is threatening to cut ties with catholic social services because of the group’s policy against placing foster children in same-sex households. on the surface, one might say this is a classic case of state vs. church: the city must uphold its policies forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. and css must honor catholic teaching and not place children in lgbtq households. on a deeper level, however, the issue cuts right to the core of religious liberty. although the first amendment guarantee of religious freedom has always meant that the state couldn’t impose a religion upon its people, secularism would seem to qualify as a religion inasmuch as the state’s policies are...





trump is doing long-term damage to israel

i supported president trump’s decision to move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem because that has always been israel’s capital, and i wasn’t worried that it would harm a “peace process” that was already defunct. the muted reaction to the move across the arab world — everywhere except in hamas-controlled gaza — suggests that it wasn’t as big of a problem as many had feared.but i strongly disagree with the emerging conservative talking point that trump “is the most pro-israel president in u.s. history.” he may be the most closely aligned with israel’s current government, led by a fellow scandal-plagued right-winger, but that doesn’t mean trump is safeguarding israel’s interests. he is, in fact, inflicting long-term damage on the u.s.-israeli alliance.what’s trump doin...