Gavin Newsom

Essential Politics: Sports spat starts with California teams and brings politics to the football field

Essential Politics: Sports spat starts with California teams and brings politics to the football field

It was one of those incredibly newsy Fridays — with breaking stories on North Korea, healthcare and even Russian interference in our election — but still the day somehow managed to be eclipsed by the weekend’s national political drama over one of America’s favorite pastimes.

President Trump didn’t relent from his criticism of NFL players, even as players at stadiums across the country linked arms in solidarity, or took a knee during the National Anthem. (

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