President Donald Trump continued his criticism of the NFL on Monday morning, saying there is “no leadership” in the league as some players continue to take a knee during the national anthem.
“Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem showing total disrespect to our Flag & Country. No leadership in NFL!” Trump tweeted.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that players “should” stand for the anthem. However, last week, after a meeting with team owners in New York City, he said that players would not be penalized for kneeling during the anthem.
Some players have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
Trump voiced his disagreement after last week’s decision tweeting, “The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”
Goodell said that players “are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag, but they also understand how it’s being interpreted.”
Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a soldier killed earlier this month in Niger, said Monday that a condolence call from President Donald Trump “made me cry even worse,” telling ABC News that Rep. Frederica Wilson’s account of the conversation, not the White House’s, is accurate.
“The president said that he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways and I was — it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband’s name was because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him a²nd that’s when he actually said ‘La David,’” Johnson told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risks his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name? And that’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier.”
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The phone call between Johnson and the president became a point of contention last week when Wilson (D-Fla.), who was traveling with the widow when she took Trump’s call on speakerphone, told reporters that the president had struggled to remember Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s name and said the slain soldier knew what he signed up for when he enlisted.
As the week wore on, the White House lashed out at Wilson, accusing the hat-wearing congresswoman of being “all hat, no cattle” and suggesting that she had sought to politicize the soldier’s death. Trump himself, in a post to Twitter, wrote that Wilson had “totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
Despite the White House’s insistence that Wilson had mischaracterized and fabricated the tenor of Trump’s call, Myeshia Johnson’s account of the conversation aligned with that of the lawmaker.
“Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100 percent correct,” she said, explaining that six people, including Wilson, had heard the call as the family made its way to meet the slain soldier’s remains at Dover Air Force Base. “The phone was on speakerphone. Why would we fabricate something like that?”
The widow said she was left “very, very upset and hurt, very” by the president’s call.
She also said that many of her questions surrounding her husband’s death have not yet been answered by the military and that she has not been allowed to view her husband’s body. She said she has not been told how he was killed or why it took two days from the time La David Johnson’s unit was attacked for the military to recover his body.
“Why couldn’t I see my husband? Every time I asked to see my husband they wouldn’t let me,” she said. “I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband. I don’t know nothing. They won’t show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband’s body from head to toe and they won’t let me see anything. I don’t know what’s in that box. It could be empty for all I know but I need — I need to see my husband.”
President Donald Trump on Monday said there would be no changes to 401(k)s, days after the New York Times reported that House Republicans were considering placing a cap on contribution limits.
“There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and popular middle class tax break that works, and it stays!” Trump tweeted Monday.
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On Friday, the New York Times reported that House Republicans, as part of an effort to reform the tax code, are proposing to cap the yearly amount workers set aside in 401(k) accounts to $2,400. Currently, workers under 50 can put as much as $18,000 in a 401(k) without paying taxes on the front end, according to the New York Times. Workers over 50 can put up to $24,000.
The New York Times cited lobbyists, Democrats in Congress and tax consultants in its report.
Sen. John McCain seemingly labeled President Donald Trump a draft-dodger in an interview that aired Sunday night, criticizing those who “found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur” to avoid military service.
Trump was granted five draft deferments – four for college and one for bone spurs in his heel – and did not serve in the military.
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“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said, without attacking the president by name. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
A spokeswoman for McCain did not immediately return an email asking whether or not the senator had intended to criticize the president with his CSPAN remark.
McCain, a former Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, was a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years, held and repeatedly tortured in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Given the opportunity to return home ahead of some who had been captured before him, McCain refused.
The Arizona senator’s status as a former POW – for which he is often revered as a hero by members of both parties – has seemingly not won him much favor with Trump, who has clashed regularly with McCain. The lawmaker has been among the most vocal GOP critics of the president and was among the Republican senators whose “no” votes scuttled the party’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare last summer.
The feud between the two men dates back to the presidential campaign, when McCain said in an interview that Trump “fired up the crazies” in his home state of Arizona. Even more famously, Trump said McCain was “not a war hero” and that “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired Sept. 30, leaving states to come up with short-term fixes to keep their programs going.
CHIP, now in its 20th year, primarily covers children from low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The program has long had bipartisan support, but lawmakers — consumed by the fight over Obamacare — blew past a key funding deadline and have been slow to extend new money.
States haven’t started to pare back coverage yet, but they’re relying on short-term patches to keep their CHIP programs afloat. Here’s where things stand.
Nearly 9 million children are insured through CHIP, but now 4 million could lose coverage
If CHIP funding runs out, many enrollees would be shifted over to Medicaid coverage instead. But roughly 4 million CHIP enrollees live in states whose programs aren’t linked to Medicaid, so those enrollees are at risk of losing coverage. In certain states, pregnant women could also lose benefits.
Six states and D.C. will quickly run out of federal funding
Federal dollars for these states will dry up by December. Twenty-five more states will run out of funding in the first quarter of 2018.
Some states received extra federal funds, but it’s only a short-term patch.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are allowed to distribute leftover funds to help states facing budget shortfalls.