Politics as Usual.
1. Colin Kaepernick Launches Grievance Against NFL.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken formal legal action against the NFL, claiming the league’s owners have “colluded to deprive” him of “employment rights.” No NFL team has hired Kaepernick, who came within five yards winning the Super Bowl title in 2013. This season after he kick-started a league-wide protest by kneeling during the national anthem last year.
2. Trump’s Drug Nominee Being Friendly For Financial Gain.
A former Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official claims lawmakers in Congress prevented action against opioids because of financial “influence” from the pharmaceutical industry. Joe Rannazzisi said Representative Tom Marino—the president’s pick to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, masterminded a 2016 bill to prevent the DEA from halting suspicious industry shipments. Marino reportedly took almost $100,000 in contributions from pharma-related political action committees.
3. Senate Passes Republican Budget Plan.
Lawmakers voted 51—49 to approve the GOP’s proposed budget Thursday night. President Trump took to Twitter tweeting “first step toward delivering MASSIVE tax cuts.” If the House approves the budget resolution, it would allow for a tax cut package estimated to blow up the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over ten years.