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Peyton Manning dumped his Papa John’s franchises just two days before NFL cut ties with pizza chain

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Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Papa John’s pitchman sold off his stake in 31 Papa John’s pizza locations he owned in the Denver area just two days before the NFL and the pizza chain ended their partnership in late February.

According to the Denver Post, Manning’s involvement with the company — including appearing in commercials with ousted founder John Schnatter —  was part of a six-year joint venture with Papa John’s International which has now ended with the sale of his stores.

The report notes that Manning made his sale at a fortuitous time, coming just two days before the NFL severed ties with Papa John’s as the official pizza of the football league.

Papa John’s had a tumultuous year after founder Schnatter agreed with President Donald Trump and criticized NFL players for kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem to protest racial inequality in the U.S.

In a statement in late February, the NFL and the pizza franchiser said they were mutually dissolving their national sponsorship deal, and that Papa John’s would focus instead on the smaller sponsorships it has with individual teams.

 

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‘Finally #MuellerTime’: Internet celebrates Mueller’s upcoming public testimony on Russia investigation

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On Tuesday, the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees announced that special counsel Robert Mueller will publicly testify about the Russia investigation's findings before Congress.

Quickly, the internet reacted to the news:

This will really matter, even if Mueller merely repeats what he said in his report. The vast majority of Americans have never read it. https://t.co/ZuRHqbRAEv

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‘Quit trying to make Jared happen’: Ivanka ripped for praising her husband’s DOA peace plan for the Middle East

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First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was mercilessly ridiculed on Tuesday after praising the so-called "peace plan" for the Middle East created by her husband, Jared Kushner.

The couple, known as Javanka, have been highly criticized for having had no government experience prior to joining the administration and needing presidential intervention after being unable to obtain security clearances.

Ivanka tweeted a quote from her husband at the "Peace to Prosperity workshop today in Bahrain" and urged her Twitter followers to watch his full speech.

Kushner's plan was rejected by the Palestinians before even being released.

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The Navy accidentally nominated a convicted child sex predator to be a future department head

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On Tuesday, the Navy Times reported that Lt. j.g. Michael D. McNeil was nominated, along with several other junior service officers, as eligible to be a future department head by the Navy Personnel Command.

This would be somewhat surprising, given that McNeil is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, for soliciting sex from a 12-year-old deaf girl.

The reason why McNeil was listed as under consideration is that the Navy had not yet updated his records with the "civil action report" noting his conviction, which was handed down in March. Navy records still listed him as active duty and assigned to the guided-missile destroyer Lassen when the list was drafted.

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