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‘You complete lunatic’: Internet buries Arizona governor for retaliating against Nike over Kaepernick

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On Monday, Nike announced it was scrapping a new commemorative sneaker bearing the “Betsy Ross” flag after former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick, who took issue with the flag’s perceived cultural connections to slavery, intervened to oppose the design.

Republicans nationwide were outraged — but few more so than Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who went so far as to announce on Tuesday that he was canceling a planned economic development incentive for Nike.

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“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours,” tweeted Ducey. “I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here … We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”

While many applauded Ducey’s announcement, it also sparked immediate blowback on social media, with commenters ridiculing and denouncing his move to punish a private company for a political decision:

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‘A complete sham’: Anger grows over report GOP senators met with Trump to map out ‘rigged’ impeachment trial

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News from The Washington Post that top White House officials held a clandestine meeting Thursday with Republican Senators to map out a plan to limit the Senate impeachment trial while President Trump has been secretly "courting" Senate Republicans in an effort to gauge and gain their loyalty has many angered and alarmed.

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What did the vice president know? Don’t fall for Mike Pence’s non-denial denials

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“Everyone was in the loop,” Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, told Congress on Wednesday. As he made clear, that very much included Vice President Mike Pence.

This article was co-produced with Press Watch, a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by making a donation.

Sondland’s testimony that he had informed Pence about Trump’s Ukranian squeeze – and that Pence simply responded with a nod — elicited what at first glance appeared to be denials from Pence’s office, but really weren’t.

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Are Republicans preparing to cut Rudy Giuliani loose to save Trump?

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lashed out at Republican impeachment counsel Steve Castor over his questions to European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland as Republican lawmakers signaled that they may point the finger at the former New York City mayor to help President Donald Trump.

Sondland testified Wednesday that he and other administration officials were unhappy that Trump directed them to work with Giuliani to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and said Giuliani pushed for what Sondland described as a “quid pro quo.”

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