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The fact that it was Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers only made the situation worse.

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There is an inherent connection between warfighting and politics, one that has complicated how and why we honor our nation’s war dead since the nation's founding.

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Nike recently picked Colin Kaepernick as the new face of it's iconic 'Just Do It' campaign, sparking a fiery backlash among fans who disagree with the national anthem protests he sparked back in 2016.

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On Sept. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva walked out of the tunnel at the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field for the pregame singing of the national anthem. The West Point graduate and former Army Ranger’s teammates lingered behind as he put his hand over his heart.

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As the American people continue their collective freakout over National Football League players taking a knee in silent protest during the pre-game national anthem, Secretary of Defense James Mattis has one thing on his mind: Doing his motherfucking job.

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