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Missouri bar owner crafts ‘Lynch Kaepernick’ doormat — then claims ‘it’s not a race thing’

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A Missouri bar owner is being criticized for a “Lynch Kaepernick” message posted outside his establishment.

Jason Burle, owner of the S.N.A.F.U. Bar in Lake Ozark, ordered Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick NFL jerseys, which he taped down as “doormats” in a manner that read, “Lynch Kaepernick.” Burle was angry with NFL players taking a knee to bring attention to racism in policing, KOMU reports.

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Former San Francisco 49er free agent Colin Kaepernick started his anthem protest in 2016 and it has been swelling in recent months.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said when he started his civil rights protest. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

“It’s not a race thing,” SNAFU owner Burle claimed of his jersey. “A lot of people want to twist it around to be a race thing.”

Taylor Sloan, a patron who complained about the message, argued the owner was “expressing hate, violence and continuing American racism under the faux guise of patriotism.”

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Trump sent the stock market into a free fall right after the Fed chair gave it hope

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Investors were briefly cheered Friday as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell gave some moderate reassurances that the central bank is prepared to use its resources to fight a potential economic downturn. But President Donald Trump quickly dashed any air of positivity, lashing out at Powell, China, and American companies in a frantic series of tweets, leading to a dramatic plunge in stock prices.

Speaking in Jackson Hole Friday morning, Powell did not definitively announce any further plans for rate cuts or other accommodative measures, like quantitative easing. But he suggested he was taking worries about the economy seriously, saying that the Fed “will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”

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Understanding our bully-in-chief: Donald Trump’s ‘antisocial personality disorder’ fits a pattern

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I wasn’t surprised by Donald Trump’s rage-tweet attack on Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, any more than I was surprised by the maturity and sobriety of their response. After all, Trump’s racism is legendary, and telling them to “go back where you came from” is not just textbook racism, it’s a schoolyard bully’s taunt. And a racist schoolyard bully is the sum and substance of what Trump is.

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Trump’s mental decline compared to Reagan’s hidden Alzheimer’s in brutal MSNBC assessment

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On Saturday morning a deadly serious MSNBC panel took up Donald Trump's increasingly erratic behavior of late, which led one panelist to sincerely suggest the president needs to be evaluated by mental health officials because she believes the White House is covering for him.

Speaking with host David Gura, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley admitted that she is no doctor, but that there are signs of the president's decline that reminded her of how Ronald Reagan's White House hid his Alzheimer's from the public.

"This is the man last week said he was the second coming, the 'chosen one,'" Wiley began. "It is very, very difficult to not have a conversation about whether or not he's competent to serve as president. I say that because there were actually objective measures this week."

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