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Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, ESPN reports. The filing says NFL owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.” A copy was reportedly sent to the NFLPA, the NFL, and all 32 of its teams.

“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government,” Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, said in a statement. “Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.”

Big Facts

A truck bomb that exploded in Somalia has left at least 300 dead and hundreds seriously injured, becoming “one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years,” according to The Guardian. Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, states the death toll is expected to become higher since people are still missing.

“One hundred and sixty of the bodies could not be recognised and so they were buried by the government [on Sunday],” Aden Nur, a Madina hospital doctor, said. “The others were buried by their relatives. Over a hundred injured were also brought here.”

The U.S. mission to Somalia stated “such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.”

Big Lies

In a full-page ad that appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Washington Post, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt says he’ll pay $10 million to anyone who can provide information leading to the impeachment of 45.

“Did he make some financial quid pro quo with the Russians?” the ad asks. “Has the business of the United States been compromised to protect the business of the Trump empire? We need to flush everything out into the open.”

Like many of us, Flynt is tired, and he wants to see the president finally face consequences for “compromising domestic and foreign policy with his massive conflicts-of-interest global business empire,” “telling hundreds of bald-faced lies,” and exercising “gross nepotism” via the “appointment of unqualified persons to high office.”

“Impeachment would be a messy, contentious affair, but the alternative — three more years of destabilizing dysfunction — is worse,” Flynt concluded. “ . . . I feel it is my patriotic duty, and the duty of all Americans, to dump Trump before it’s too late.”

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