Ripple effect over Trump's NFL feud carries on

For the fifth straight day, President Trump on Tuesday leveled criticism against NFL players who choose to protest by not standing during the national anthem. In a tweet, Trump took a shot at the NFL's TV ratings and the Dallas Cowboys' protest on Monday night.  "The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger," Trump tweeted. But he clarified his stance in a later tweet: "But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!" NFL players, coaches, and owners responded to Trump in full force Sunday and again Monday night. The president even drew a wide range of rebuke from other sports figures. Yet the conversation over Trump's comments might linger in NFL locker rooms for some time. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger revealed Monday he wasn't on board with the team's decision to remain in the tunnel during the anthem. With all the conversations about player protests, here are five misconceptions you might have about the demonstrations. 

Alabama Republicans head to the polls in closely-watched runoff

Alabama Republicans make their party's choice for U.S. senator Tuesday in a primary election runoff that has drawn national attention and split the Republican party. The race pits incumbent Sen. Luther Strange against former state chief justice Roy Moore for the seat of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Strange is backed by President Trump, while Moore has won support from conservatives by labeling Strange as "the establishment" in Washington. The winner will be a strong favorite in the general election against Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, on Dec. 12.

North Carolina to get a glancing blow from Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, now a Category 1 storm with 80-mph winds, is forecast to brush North Carolina's Outer Banks on Tuesday. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday for visitors to Okracoke and Hatteras islands, and tropical storm warnings and watches were posted for much of the North Carolina coast. The storm's hurricane-force winds are not expected to hit land, but up to four feet of storm surge flooding could swamp areas from Cape Lookout to Duck, including the sound side of the Outer Banks, the hurricane center warned. Several inches of drenching rain could also cause flooding.

Kurdish independence vote threatens war against ISIS

Initial polling results are expected in Iraq on Tuesday after a controversial Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Baghdad threatens to weaken the U.S.-backed fight against the Islamic State. The Kurds, who have their own military forces that have been instrumental in stopping ISIS, have long harbored for an independent state but put aside those aspirations to support Iraq's central government in recent years. The referendum has antagonized neighboring countries like Turkey and Iran and is opposed by the U.S., who have said it has hurt military coordination between the Kurds and Iraq’s military. 

Ivanka heads to the Motor City to promote STEM education

Ivanka Trump is heading to Detroit Tuesday to promote STEM education and a significant pledge to boost computer science education. The president's daughter and senior advisor said too many of the nation's K-12 and postsecondary schools lack access to high-quality STEM education. The event, which comes a day after President Trump directed his secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, to expand STEM and computer science education in U.S. schools, will feature "leading members of the technology sector." 

Contributing: Associated Press

 

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