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Trump Hits Cowboys, Keeping Alive Feud With NFL Players
President claims boos in Arizona were ‘loudest I have ever heard’ as team knelt

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, third from right, and head coach Jason Garrett, far right, kneel with their team in a show of solidarity before the national anthem during Monday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals in Tempe, Ariz. (James D. Smith via AP)

On a busy day for Donald Trump that includes meetings with congressional tax writers and the president of Spain before a Republican Party fundraiser at a glitzy New York restaurant while a key GOP Senate primary race is settled, the president started his day again attacking professional football players.

Trump went after the Dallas Cowboys — the NFL’s most popular franchise — in tweets posted before 7 a.m. Tuesday, ensuring his brouhaha with some of the league’s players would enter its fourth day in the news cycle. The self-created feud with America’s top sports league gives Trump a way to cast players who kneel during the national anthem to protest perceived social ills as unpatriotic citizens who should lose their high-paying jobs.

Trump’s NFL Feud Competes With Health Care, Tax Pushes
Policy agenda has to contend with fights over flag, race and First Amendment

President Donald Trump has been unrelenting in his criticism of NFL players protesting during the national anthem. (White House photo)

President Donald Trump’s feud with the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem continued Monday, threatening to overshadow his domestic agenda as several legislative matters approach crucial milestones.

White House officials wanted to focus on policy this week, with time dedicated to health care, taxes, and a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics education initiative led by the president’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump.

Trump Shares Race-Baiting Image After Calling for Unity
Image shows him slowly covering country’s first African-American president

President Trump retweeted this image on Thursday morning, one day after calling for national unity. (Image created from screengrab)

Updated at 11:41 a.m. Less than 24 hours after calling for national unity after the racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump shared an image with racial undertones with his 36.6 million Twitter followers.

The president, during an aggressive and defensive morning tweetstorm, retweeted an image playing off Monday’s eclipse showing himself and former President Barack Obama. In it, Trump’s head and torso slowly cover more and more of Obama’s until the country’s first African-American president is no longer visible.

Pelosi Joins Call for Removal of Confederate Statues From Capitol
Trump says country is being ‘ripped apart’ by removal of ‘beautiful’ monuments

Democrats are calling for the removal from the Capitol of Confederate statues, like this one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Statuary Hall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 12:32 p.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined a drumbeat from other Democrats, calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” the California Democrat said in a statement

Trump Hits Lindsey Graham Over Alleged ‘Disgusting Lie’
Graham: President suggested ‘moral equivalency’ between KKK, Heyer

President Donald Trump speaks Tuesday about white supremacist groups and the violence in Virginia. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Updated at 9:11 a.m. Accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham of a “disgusting lie,” Donald Trump warned the South Carolina Republican voters will punish him for criticizing the president’s response to the racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Graham in a Wednesday statement said Trump, during an impromptu press conference Tuesday, “took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. [Heather] Heyer,” referring to the young woman killed in a car attack by a Nazi sympathizer.

AG Pick Sessions Makes His Case on Civil Rights
Issue will likely dominate Senate confirmation hearing

Demonstrators from People for the American way protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’ attorney general nomination on Nov. 18 in Washington. Liberal groups have expressed concerns about Sessions’ record on civil rights. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:20 p.m. | Sen. Jeff Sessions sought to defend himself from the most contentious objections to his nomination as attorney general, using Senate confirmation paperwork to describe his role in minority voting rights and civil rights cases.

He pointed out that he sponsored the first black member of the Mobile Lions Club in the 1980s in Alabama. He touted the Justice Department’s first voter suppression lawsuit, which was in his state, and said he was “honored to have been a part of it.”

White House Sees Opportunity in Trump's Pitch to African-Americans
Obama spokesman: GOP nominee's tax plan hurts "everyone" but the rich

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke to a mostly white audience at the  2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is trying to reach out to African-American voters.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House appears to sense an opportunity in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent outreach to African-Americans.

Speaking in Michigan on Friday, Trump made a pitch for black voters to support him in November. "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed,” Trump said.

Trump Backers: Doubling Down on Sharper Racial Rhetoric?
Civil rights experts say U.S. in 'terrible and retrogressive era'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives on stage to introduce his wife Melania Trump on Monday evening during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Where Donald Trump goes, his followers swarm and swoon. What the newly crowned Republican presidential nominee says, they celebrate — and, increasingly, repeat.  

That includes his words about minority groups, which experts and activists say shatter the boundaries of modern political speech.  

On Race Relations, Obama Sees 'Grind' Toward Any Progress
President predicts more 'problems' between police, black communities

President Obama late Tuesday, for the second consecutive day, delivered downtrodden remarks on race relations. (Photo by Getty Images)

President Barack Obama said police and black community representatives found no solutions Wednesday to ease tensions after a spate of shootings, saying the country should prepare to "grind" toward change amid increased unrest.  

"Not only are there very real problems but there are still deep divisions about how to solve these problems," Obama said following a summit on race relations and policing with members from both camps.   

Obama Aims to Provide 'Measure of Comfort' in Dallas
Earnest: President doesn't see country as divided

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where four Dallas police officers were shot and killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to provide “some measure of comfort” to a Dallas area and a country on edge following more racially tinged shootings, a role the White House says he has played “far too often.”  

The White House is still piecing together final plans and the speech Obama will deliver Tuesday during an interfaith service in Dallas, five days after an attack on police there by a 25-year-old Army veteran . But it appears Obama once again will seek to be the country’s "healer in chief" after what his top spokesman on Monday succinctly called “a tough week.”