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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump renews attack on NFL players | Trump legal team to host Hannity's radio show | Dems show frustration with Obama endorsements | Report counts 50 Dems who won't back Pelosi for Speaker | Omarosa book claims Trump used N-word on 'The Apprentice' | DC braces for white nationalist rally | Search begins to cast Michael Scott in 'The Office' musical



In the sports world, everyone equates the end of summer with the start of football season.

In the political world, everyone *now* knows its time to debate the NFL's national anthem policy: 

Trump: 'Give me the football. It's that time of year again.'

The Miami Dolphins: Via The Sun-Sentinel, two Miami Dolphins players kneeled during the national anthem before the preseason opener yesterday. Which players: Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert WilsonOh and: Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist during the national anthem, though he did remain standing.

The Philadelphia Eagles: Via The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the anthem.

Flashback: Earlier this summer, the NFL announced a new policy that would have forced players to stand for the anthem. The Dolphins then submitted a nine-page document to the NFL, called "Proper Anthem Conduct," which explained the fines and suspensions that could be leveled on players for kneeling during the national anthem. After an uproar, the NFL put its new policy on hold while it worked on a solution with the players' union.

Then this morning -- Trump. Is. Not. Pleased.:
President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE renewed his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

He tweeted:


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Hmm, I can't understand what this conflict of interest could be: 

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said he will recuse himself from the vote recount in the state's Republican primary for governor. Why: Well, the primary is between Kobach and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.

KOBACH ARGUES THE RECUSAL IS IRRELEVANT: "There's really no point to doing it, because the secretary of state actually has no role in the counting of provisional ballots or any recount," Kobach told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "But I said if my opponent wishes me to, I'd be happy to."


To quote the wise Jojo, 'It's just too little too late, a little too long':

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former President Obama's list of 81 midterm election endorsements came too late in the election cycle, some Democrats argue. How so: "Strategists, ex-Obama aides, and even some of the former president's fundraisers interviewed by The Hill say they were perplexed by Obama's list, which came after most states have held their primaries." Details:


We don't want a regular Speaker. We want a *cool Speaker*:

Via NBC's Jack Bohrer and Ali Vitali, more than 50 Democrats running for the House say they won't support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE (D-Calif.) for Speaker. The breakdown: At least 42 Democratic nominees, plus nine incumbents. Other Dems are neutral: 34 Democratic nominees haven't said whether they support Pelosi.

THE PROBLEM FOR DEMOCRATS: "Despite the opposition, there's still no viable alternative to Pelosi. Many candidates in the undecided category said they're waiting to see who, if anyone, comes forward to take her on -- and only one could-be-contender has done so publicly so far." 

HEALTH-CARE COMPANIES ARE ALSO PLANNING FOR A 'BLUE WAVE': Health insurance and drug companies are preparing for the resurgence of a single-payer health-care debate if Democrats perform well in November. How they're preparing: "Health insurance and drug companies, who are often at odds on policy issues, banded together to form the group, which lobbyists say could run advertisements against single-payer plans and promote studies to undermine the idea." How this could play out, via The Hill's Peter Sullivan:



Tidbit from Omarosa's new book -- not great if true:

Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman claims in her new book that President Trump repeatedly used the N-word on the set of his show "The Apprentice." The kicker: While Omarosa says she never heard Trump use the word herself, sources told her there were tapes of Trump using the slur. 

Keep in mind: Via The Daily Beast, Omarosa claims she secretly recorded conversations with President Trump and used them for a book deal.


Happening at 3 p.m. EDT:

Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani, both members of President Trump's legal team, are guest-hosting Sean Hannity's radio show.


Happening Sunday -- try to avoid Lafayette Square if you can:

Via The Washington Post's Peter Hermann and Joe Heim, D.C. is prepping for what could become a volatile Sunday in the District. Why: The organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" Charlottesville, Va. rally is holding a white-supremacist rally near the White House. How big is the rally expected to be?: Up to 400 white supremacists and up to 1,500 nearby counterprotesters.

WHAT TIME: The rally kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.


THIS RALLY WAS DEADLY LAST YEAR -- WHY IS IT HAPPENING AGAIN?: "Because last year's rally was so violent, it wasn't as easy for Kessler to get approval the second time around. Still, the National Park Service told ABC 12 that it must approve 'First Amendment events.' " Everything you need to know from The Cut:



Oh no: 



The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., with no public events on his schedule.

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence had a call with the Vatican secretary of state. What they discussed: Recent political violence in Nicaragua. 

11:40 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Washington, D.C., for Morristown, N.J.

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns for congressional candidate Jay Webber in Morristown, N.J. He then heads back to Washington, D.C.

3:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Sunday: The anniversary of the Charlottesville, Va., white nationalist protests. White nationalists are planning to hold a rally in Washington, D.C., which is also attracting counterprotesters. Op-ed:



Sunday: Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanThe Memo: Impeachment's scars cut deep with Trump, say those who know him Author of anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed to publish book Juan Williams: Black Republicans call out Trump — finally — on race MORE appears on NBC's "Meet the Press."



Today is National S'mores Day!

If you're in New York: Head to Girl Scout Central for a free Girl Scout S'mores cookie. The Facebook invitation:


I feel like we ALL know a Michael Scott:

THE OFFICE! A Musical Parody is coming to the Jerry Orbach Theater in New York City starting Sept. 30. The fun part: Producers just announced a nationwide search for the lead character, Michael ScottDetails:


And because you read this far, here's a golden retriever who desperately wants its humans to stay home: