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Members of the Indianapolis Colts take a knee during the nation anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns. (Associated Press)

Republicans favor firing NFL players who shun the national anthem

- The Washington Times

President Trump has suggested that National Football League players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the national anthem before major games. Republicans agree with Mr. Trump according to a Cato Institute poll released on Monday. It found that 65 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of conservatives say the players should be let go for “taking a knee” — an act, the players say, meant to draw attention to police brutality and racism.

In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) **FILE**

Trump’s blue slip problem

President Trump inherited more than 130 vacancies on the federal courts when he took office and the White House has steadily rolled out judicial nominations. But the Senate has confirmed only six judges this year, including Justice Neil Gorsuch.

White House rejects North Korea’s characterization of ‘war’ with U.S.

- The Washington Times

Relations between the U.S. and North Korea are so bad the two countries can’t even agree on whether they’re at war. With rhetorical tensions ratcheting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the White House on Monday rejected an accusation by Pyongyang’s top diplomat that Mr. Trump had effectively “declared war on our country.”

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- Associated Press

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Editorials from around Ohio

- Associated Press

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

Clinic CEO: Republican health care bill inefficient, costly

- Associated Press

The Cleveland Clinic's chief executive says he's opposed to the Republican health bill in the U.S. Senate because he believes it will burden hospitals, throw people off insurance and fail to address the rising cost of health care.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel, in New York, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

U.S. says it's not pushing for regime change in North Korea

- Associated Press

The Trump administration said Monday it's not seeking to overthrow North Korea's government after the president tweeted that Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" and called Pyongyang's assertion absurd that Donald Trump's comment amounted to a declaration of war.