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March 21, 2017

If former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is looking for someone to blame for his unemployment, President Trump just volunteered himself. At a rally Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, Trump veered off topic to note a report that NFL owners don't want to hire Kaepernick because they don't "want to face Trump's Twitter wrath," CNN reported.

Kaepernick, who drew attention last season for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality, has yet to sign with another team since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this month. Last season, when Trump was still a presidential candidate, he slammed Kaepernick's protest, calling it a "terrible thing" and suggesting "maybe he should find a country that works better for him."

"Your San Francisco quarterback, I'm sure nobody ever heard of him," Trump said Monday night, changing the topic abruptly from a "rebirth of hope" in inner cities. "It was reported that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," Trump said. "Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that."

Trump said he wanted to tell "the people of Kentucky" about the report because he knows they "like it when people actually stand for the American flag." Becca Stanek

June 15, 2016

A cybersecurity firm says the Democratic National Committee's server was hacked by people connected to Russian intelligence, but Donald Trump thinks it was an inside job.

"We believe it was the DNC that did the 'hacking' as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader," the presumptive Republican nominee said in a statement. Security experts and the DNC said the hack took place sometime in the last year, and targeted opposition research on Trump. On Wednesday, Gawker published a copy of what appears to be the DNC's anti-Trump playbook, sent to the company by a hacker who said it was one of thousands of files he took from the DNC's network.

The document is more than 200 pages long, and among other things, calls Trump a "bad businessman" and "misogynist in chief" and says he has crafted "dangerous and irresponsible policies." The information in the report "has been out there for many years," Trump said in his statement, and "much of it is false and/or entirely inaccurate." Catherine Garcia

October 27, 2014

A government agency in Russia is warning young people that selfies lead to just one thing: Head lice.

Kursk's regional department of Rospotrebnadzor, which is responsible for consumer rights and human well-being, says that people cramming together for a photo allows lice to jump around from head to head, and that selfies are the main reason why lice spread.

This isn't the first time the agency has given odd advice; former head Gennady Onishchenko once said crows should be killed because they are "feathered wolves which spread bird flu." The public is paying no mind, with online commenters mocking the warning. "This is wonderful!!" one commenter said at the Lenta news site, the BBC reports. "Onishchenko's work still flourishes — the more bonkers the reason, the better." Catherine Garcia

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