President Trump reignited the debate on national anthem protests over the weekend. At a political rally in Alabama on Friday, followed by a weekend-long series of tweets, Trump called on NFL owners to fire any player who chooses not to stand during the national anthem. The president’s words fueled widespread protests on Sunday, with players and coaches kneeling, sitting, linking arms, or remaining in the locker room during the national anthem. Several owners linked arms in solidarity with players, as well. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the anthem protests in 2016, saying he wanted to raise awareness about racial injustice. Read the story from NPR.
North Korea Calls Trump’s Comments a Declaration of War
At the U.N. on Monday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho argued that his country has the right to shoot down U.S. military planes because President Trump’s tweets about North Korea amount to a declaration of war. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “We have not declared war on North Korea.” Read the story from The AP.
Trump Advisers Used Private Email
At least six White House advisers, including Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, and Reince Priebus, have used private email to conduct official business. During the presidential campaign, President Trump criticized Hillary Clinton for her use of private email while serving as secretary of state. Read the story from The AP.
Anthony Weiner Sentenced to Prison for Sexting
A federal judge has sentenced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl in 2016. Read the story from NPR.
President Trump expanded the travel ban, imposing new restrictions that indefinitely bar most travel from seven countries, including Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, along with certain officials from Venezuela. Read the story from The AP.
Target Raises Base Pay
The retailer announced on Monday that it will increase its minimum hourly wage for employees to $11 in October and promises to bump it to $15 an hour by the end of 2020. Read the story from NPR.