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Under Armour CEO steps down from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank on Monday joined Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth C. Frazier in stepping down from the American Manufacturing Council after Donald Trump’s slow disavowal of white supremacists in the aftermath of a violent rally in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council,” Plank wrote Monday. “I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity diversity and inclusion.”

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Plank’s announcement followed Frazier’s decision early Monday to remove himself from the council—a move that prompted Trump to tweet a sharp attack on the Merck CEO.



Read Plank’s full statement below, via Under Armour:


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North America lost 3 billion birds since 1970: report

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The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists reported Thursday, saying their findings signaled a widespread ecological crisis.

Grassland birds are the most affected, because of the disappearance of meadows and prairies and the extension of farmland, as well as the growing use of pesticides that kill insects that affects the entire food chain.

But forest birds and species that occur in a wider variety of habitats -- known as habitat generalists -- are also part of the downward trend.

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Ben Carson ranted about ‘big, hairy men’ invading women’s shelters in meeting with staff: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development unleashed an anti-transgender rant to staffers, complaining that "big, hairy men" are trying to infiltrate women's shelters in America.

The remarks come after Carson suggested that society no longer understands the difference between women and men while visiting HUD's office in San Francisco, California.

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Former four-star general speculates whistleblower scandal could involve Trump giving Putin an American

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It remains unclear exactly what were the issues cited by the whistleblower who expressed concern at actions of President Donald Trump as a threat to national security, at least one of which involved a promise the president allegedly made in a phone call with a foreign leader.

But former Gen. Barry McCaffrey had a chilling thought about what it could possibly be — and posted his speculation on Twitter:

SHEER SPECULATION. Is it possible that the WHISTLEBLOWER issue was Trump discussing with Putin handing over our former US Ambassador to Moscow Mike McFaul to Russian authorities? https://t.co/0PnQn0upiA

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