Five stories you need to know from August 22, 2017

Five stories you need to know from August 22, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally Tuesday in Phoenix. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

With so much news going 0n 24/7, it can be hard to keep up. TheBlaze is here to help. We’ve summarized some of the day’s biggest and most interesting stories to help you stay informed.

Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally  Tuesday night in Phoenix. Like all of the president’s previous rallies, an enthusiastic crowd of supporters came out to hear him speak. Also typical of the polarizing president’s events: some protesters showed up. During his speech, he addressed the media’s role in dividing the nation, and clarified and reiterated his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The director of the Secret Service pushed back on reports that President Donald Trump and his family’s frequent travel had created a budget crisis for the agency. Director Randolph Alles attributed the funding issue to an “overall increase in operational tempo,” rather than anything specific to the Trump administration.

National anthem protests in the NFL aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re only getting larger. Nearly a dozen members of the Cleveland Browns kneeled during the national anthem before a preseason game Monday, which was the largest such protest since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the trend last year. Speaking of Kaepernick, Jesse Jackson had some thoughts on that situation.

PayPal caught some heat for attempting to ban some conservative websites’ accounts that had been labeled as hate groups by either the Southern Poverty Law Center or the American Defamation League. Calls and emails to PayPal by the sites’ (Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defense Initiative) supporters apparently caused PayPal to rethink that decision.

In a bit of lighter news, a dad in the United Kingdom has come up with a way to force his kid to answer his calls. Nick Herbert invented ReplyASAP, an app that freezes the screen and sounds the alarm on an Android phone until the user answers a call from the parent. iPhone users are apparently out of luck on this, for now.

 

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