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^Trump's plan to pull troops back in Syria threatens chaos in the region, sparks GOP revolt<

USTURKEY-SYRIA:LA _ President Donald Trump's decision to pull remaining U.S. troops back from northeastern Syria threatens to revive the Islamic State terrorist group and destabilize the volatile region, senior U.S. officials said Monday, while senior Republicans in Congress angrily rebuked the president as he fights an impeachment inquiry.

Trump abruptly announced the move late Sunday without consulting top Pentagon or State Department advisers.

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^For Trump, Syria pullout is a win; Putin may see it that way too<

USTURKEY-SYRIA-RUSSIA:BLO _ President Donald Trump said his decision to shift U.S. troops out of the path of a threatened Turkish military incursion in Syria will be regretted most by Russia and China. They "love to see us bogged down" in expensive military quagmires, he tweeted Monday.

To some Russian and U.S. analysts and officials, however, Moscow is likely to be a major beneficiary of the move.

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^Trump not immune from NY demand for tax returns, judge says, but president wins delay<

TRUMP-TAXRETURNS-1ST-LEDE:BLO _ President Donald Trump's accounting firm was ordered by a federal court to turn over his tax filings and other financial records to New York state prosecutors, though the president won a last-minute delay pending an emergency appeal.

A federal judge in New York ruled early Monday that Trump can't stop his accountants, Mazars USA LLP, from turning over eight years of taxes and other financial documents to the Manhattan district attorney, who is investigating whether the Trump Organization falsified business records related to hush payments.

Trump immediately appealed and in less than two hours won a delay to give the federal appeals court in Manhattan time for expedited review.

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^Trump mines weak spots in foreign leaders for battles at home<

TRUMP-FOREIGNLEADERS:BLO _ He might be fighting to salvage his presidency, but President Donald Trump can still smell weakness in others.

In his efforts to discredit his domestic enemies, Trump has solicited help from Ukraine's rookie president, a collapsing Italian government, an Australian battling China and Boris Johnson of Brexit-divided Britain. Next up could be Romania, where the prime minister's main political backer has just been sent to jail.

The result is that conversations with the U.S. leader have the potential to produce dramatic and unpredictable outcomes, one way or another.

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^Iraqi president condemns protest violence, vows steps toward reform<

IRAQ-VIOLENCE-1ST-LEDE:DPA _ Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the violence that has killed more than 100 people in anti-government rallies over the past week, as he announced a series of measures aimed at meeting the demands of the thousands of demonstrators.

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets since Oct. 1 in the oil-rich country to protest corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor services _ in particular access to electricity and clean water. More than 104 people have been killed.

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^Houston Rockets manager backs off Hong Kong tweet after China backlash<

NBA-CHINA-HONGKONG:BLO _ The Houston Rockets and the NBA found themselves caught in a firestorm of controversy over a tweet about the protests in Hong Kong, extending to the sports world the list of targets vulnerable to China's political sensitivities.

In a tweet late Friday, General Manager Daryl Morey appeared to support Hong Kong demonstrators, with the message containing an image that read "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." The message was deleted, and Morey later tweeted that he did not mean to cause offense. The National Basketball Association issued its own apology.

But the damage was done, with Chinese sportswear maker Li Ning Co. and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Credit Card Center suspending cooperation with the Rockets, while CCTV Sports said it will halt broadcasting the team's games.

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^Desert X art exhibition heads to Saudi Arabia _ and into contentious territory<

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Desert X consisted of large-scale site-specific works staged across the Coachella Valley in 2017 and again in 2019. The new exhibition, Desert X AlUla, will be held in northwestern Saudi Arabia and funded by the government's Royal Commission for AlUla.

Although the Saudi exhibition signals growing international interest in Desert X, three of 14 members on the organization's board of directors resigned over the decision to work with a government responsible for human rights abuses and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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^Graham says he'll introduce Turkey sanctions after Trump orders US troops out of Kurdish territory<

USTURKEY-SYRIA-REACTION:CON _ Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday he and Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen will introduce bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if it crosses the Syrian border and attacks Kurdish forces, after President Donald Trump said late Sunday that he was withdrawing U.S. troops from the border region.

"This decision to abandon our Kurdish allies and turn Syria over to Russia, Iran, & Turkey will put every radical Islamist on steroids. Shot in the arm to the bad guys. Devastating for the good guys," Graham tweeted.

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^Why are Syria's Kurds accusing the US of betrayal?<

USTURKEY-SYRIA-EXPLAINER:LA _ President Donald Trump's announcement late Sunday that he was pulling U.S. troops from northeastern Syria was met with fierce criticism in Washington and elsewhere. Here is why it is so controversial.

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^Perry says he 'absolutely' asked Trump to call Ukraine president _ but about energy, not Biden<

UKRAINE-TRUMP-PERRY-1ST-LEDE:DA _ Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday acknowledged that he asked President Donald Trump "multiple times" to call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy _ but not about former Vice President Joe Biden, the topic that has caught Trump in an impeachment inquiry.

The former Texas governor said at a news conference in Lithuania that he encouraged Trump to speak to the Ukrainian leader about energy, according to CNN and Politico.

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^Supreme Court allows blind people to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible<

SCOTUS-WEBSITES-ACCESSIBLE:LA _ The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue Domino's Pizza and other retailers if their websites are not accessible to these people.

In a potentially far-reaching move, the justices turned down an appeal from Domino's and let stand a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to restaurants and stores, but also to the websites and apps of those businesses.

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^Here are the big cases to watch in Supreme Court's new term<

SCOTUS-KEYCASES:LA _ The Supreme Court this term will hear arguments in more than 50 cases that have been granted review so far. Here are some of the most closely watched.

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^Why GOP may want a House vote on impeachment inquiry and Pelosi doesn't<

IMPEACHMENT-INQUIRY-VOTE:LA _ Beneath the heated argument of whether the House should have a formal resolution to open an impeachment inquiry is a potential benefit for Republicans, if they can force a vote: the chance to subpoena their own witnesses and information.

In both the Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton impeachment inquiry resolutions, the minority party on the investigating committee was granted the power to subpoena _ something the minority party does not normally have.

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^Texas Rep. Will Hurd, Republican and former CIA officer, at center of impeachment fight<

IMPEACHMENT-HURD:LA _ On a two-lane highway between Del Rio, Texas, and Eagle Pass, Republican Rep. Will Hurd shifted in the passenger seat of a small rental car. He'd folded his long frame into the tight space for the hour's drive through his massive district, which stretches along more than 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The summer heat blurred the landscape outside.

Ever since his time as an undercover officer in the CIA, where he learned how to maintain control at high speeds, Hurd said, he prefers being in the driver's seat.

"Old habits die hard, man."

A few months later and 1,700 miles away in Washington, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is hurtling forward with House Democrats behind the wheel. That leaves Hurd with a difficult decision: Put up roadblocks, or try to navigate?

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^Attorney says oil magnate Harry Sargeant 'has nothing to do with Ukrainian businesses'<

IMPEACHMENT-OILMAGNATE:MI _ South Florida energy and asphalt tycoon Harry Sargeant III is pushing back on news reports that he worked this year with two Soviet-born businessmen _ who are now embroiled in an ongoing impeachment investigation _ to overhaul the leadership of a massive Ukrainian state gas company and steer contracts to President Donald Trump's allies.

Sargeant, in a statement released Monday, disputed a report from The Associated Press that he schemed to create a pipeline of contracts from Ukraine's Naftogaz, the state-owned oil and gas company, alongside two businessmen who have helped Trump's personal attorney dig for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

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^Rep. Carolyn Maloney of NY hospitalized after suffering medical episode<

HOUSE-MALONEY-2ND-LEDE:NY _ Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., was hospitalized Monday after suffering a fainting spell in Manhattan.

Maloney, 73, appeared to be on the verge of blacking out after delivering remarks at a news conference in Chinatown. The Manhattan congresswoman told a staffer that she felt pain and couldn't see. She was taken to Lower Manhattan Hospital and said in a statement later Monday that she was already sick when she went to work.

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^US, Japan sign limited deal on farming, digital trade deals<

USJAPAN-TRADE:BLO _ The U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal intended to boost markets for American farmers and give Tokyo assurances, for now, that President Donald Trump won't impose tariffs on auto imports.

The accords on agriculture and digital trade cover about $55 billion worth of commerce between the world's largest- and third-biggest economies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a ceremony in the Oval Office alongside Trump.

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^Rubio on calls for Haitian president to resign: 'We are not going to interfere'<

HAITI-RUBIO:MI _ Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has been one of Haiti's most vocal supporters _ urging the current government to side with the United States against longtime ally and oil benefactor, Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, and also warning the Caribbean nation against ditching Taiwan for China.

But on Monday as Haiti entered a fourth week of paralysis over demands for President Jovenel Moise to step down, Rubio said the U.S. has no role to play in the deepening crisis spurred by recurring fuel shortages and allegations of graft and mismanagement of the economy by Moise.

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^Warren has many plans, but on health care, she's with Bernie<

WARREN-HEALTHCARE:BLO _ Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything _ but on the crucial 2020 issue of health care, she's borrowing from a rival and fellow progressive _ Bernie Sanders.

The presidential candidate who made a mark with her signature "I have a plan for that!" is the only one of the five top-polling Democrats without a sweeping proposal of her own to remake the health care system. She has instead championed Sanders' legislation to replace private insurance by putting every American in an expanded Medicare program.

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^Joe Sestak walked across Pennsylvania in a failed Senate bid. Now he's crossing New Hampshire in a run for president.<

SESTAK:PH _ It's a long walk for a long shot. But he's done longer. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Sestak, a former U.S. representative from Pennsylvania, will take his signature campaign move _ the literal statewide walk _ to New Hampshire this month. Moving east to west, he plans to cover about 100 miles over seven days.

In 2015, Sestak walked 422 miles across Pennslyvania to launch his bid for Senate. He lost the primary to party-backed Katie McGinty, who went on to lose to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

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^Suspects in Kansas City, Kan., mass shooting had criminal histories<

KANSASCITY-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:KC _ One suspect in Sunday's mass shooting in Kansas City, Kan., had recently been released from jail over the objections of prosecutors. The other was recently arrested in a similar disturbance at a bar.

Both of the men suspected of carrying out the shooting that killed four people and injured five others early Sunday had pending criminal cases in Kansas City, Mo., where they had been released on bond.

Javier A. Alatorre, 23, and Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, have each been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

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^Rep. Ilhan Omar files for divorce<

HOUSE-OMAR-DIVORCE:MS _ Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, long under scrutiny from conservative groups about her personal life, filed for divorce Friday from her second husband, Ahmed Hirsi, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.

The divorce papers, filed on her 37th birthday, cite an "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship" with Hirsi, a man with whom she has been romantically involved since she was 19. Omar and Hirsi, a former Minneapolis City Council aide, have three children together, although they did not legally wed until 2018.

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^Julian Castro escorts LGBTQ and disabled asylum-seekers across Mexican border<

CASTRO-BORDER:LA _ Presidential candidate Julian Castro on Monday escorted a group of asylum-seekers across the border bridge to his native Texas from Mexico, where they had been sent under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Walking across the bridge with Castro were nine gay and lesbian asylum-seekers from Cuba, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as a deaf Salvadoran woman and her three relatives.

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^NAACP legal defense fund calls for independent investigation into death of witness in former Dallas police officer's trial<

DALLAS-POLICE-SHOOTING-WITNESS:DA _ The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund called for an independent investigation of the shooting death of Joshua Brown, who was a witness in the case of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, as his slaying Friday touched off an outcry around the country.

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^Jerry Falwell Jr. settles Miami court case over South Beach 'pool boy' venture<

FALWELLJR-POOLBOY:MI _ Jerry Falwell Jr. has settled the Miami court case that laid out many of the details behind the South Beach real estate venture his family launched in 2013 with a former Fontainebleau pool attendant the evangelical leader and his wife met while on vacation.

In a federal court filing, Falwell and the young lawyer who sued him, Gordon Bello, said they have settled the case for an undisclosed "monetary sum" that Falwell, the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, will pay Bello, a legislative aide for the Miami-Dade County Commission.

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^Judge vacates ruling against man who spent 10 days in jail for missing jury duty<

FLA-JURYDUTY-JAILED:PM _ The man whose story about serving 10 days in jail for missing jury duty gained national attention will no longer have a criminal record, a Palm Beach County judge wrote in an order filed Monday.

Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes vacated and rescinded his finding of contempt of court and the sentence of probation for Deandre Somerville, after "reflection over the weekend."

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^Professor testifies law prevents 80% of Florida's ex-felons from registering to vote<

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The testimony came during a hearing in a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups and ex-felons fighting the law.

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^Florida lawmakers say 'Jaime's Law' would close ammo loophole<

FLA-GUNS-AMMO:FL _ Two Florida lawmakers said Monday they've filed legislation to require background checks for ammunition buyers.

The proposal is called "Jaime's Law," in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 people killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

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^US senator questions FAA exemption that allowed passengers to fly in B-17 after crash kills 7 and injures 7<

CONN-VINTAGEPLANE-CRASH:HC _ In a letter to the head of the Federal Aviation Administration Monday, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal questioned an exemption that allowed passengers to fly in a 75-year-old B-17 bomber that crashed last week at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, killing seven people and injuring seven others.

Blumenthal's office uncovered a letter from the FAA in March 2018 that extended the exemption allowing the plane to fly with paid passengers through 2020.

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^Texas man accused of robbing bank to pay for wedding ring, venue, sheriff says<

BANKROBBERY-WEDDING:FT _ A Crockett, Texas, man is accused of robbing a bank Friday to pay for a wedding ring and the venue for the wedding, a Texas sheriff said.

He was going to be married Saturday.

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^State medical examiner exhumes bodies of two victims of infamous 1944 circus fire in search for DNA<

CIRCUSFIRE-BODIES:HC _ For 75 years they've been numbers in a graveyard _ 2109 and 4512 _ but on Monday the state medical examiner began the painstaking process of exhuming their bodies in hopes of solving one of the enduring mysteries of the Hartford circus fire.

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^HIV prevention drugs will be available over the counter in California under law signed by Newsom<

CALIF-HIV-DRUGS:LA _ California will expand access to HIV prevention drugs by allowing pharmacies to offer the medications without a prescription under a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.

Senate Bill 159 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, allows pharmacists to dispense pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, and post-exposure prophylaxis, known as PEP, over the counter in a way similar to birth control and emergency contraceptives. The law will also bar insurance companies from requiring prior authorization before the HIV prevention drugs are provided.

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^Hurricane center tracking three systems; one is near South Florida<

WEA-TROPICALSYSTEMS:OS _ Meteorologists on Monday observed a developing system at the foot of South Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. EDT update.

A trough of low pressure producing showers and thunderstorms exists just south of the Florida Straits and is forecast to pass over South Florida on Tuesday and move toward the Atlantic, the NHC said. The system has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next two to five days.

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^Disney World gondolas: At least 1 person hospitalized, then released<

DISNEYWORLD-GONDOLAS-1ST-LEDE:OS _ At least one person who was stuck on the Disney World gondolas on Saturday night was taken to a hospital but has since been released, according to a Reedy Creek spokeswoman.

A person riding in a cabin evacuated by the Reedy Creek firefighters asked for medical attention, said Eryka Washington, the new communications manager for Reedy Creek, Disney's quasi-government that provides emergency services for the theme parks.

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^2 New Yorkers, 1 British scientist awarded Nobel Prize for medicine<

NOBEL-MEDICINE:NY _ The 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded Monday to two New Yorkers and a British scientist who discovered how the body's cells sense and adapt to different oxygen levels _ a finding the Nobel Committee credited with paving the way for "promising new strategies to fight anemia, cancer and many other diseases."

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^Study: Mice that vaped nicotine for a year had big increase in tumor growth<

SCI-VAPING-MICE:LA _ New research in mice suggests that long-term exposure to vaping liquids that contain nicotine greatly increases the risk of cancer.

After breathing in the vapor for 20 hours a week for more than a year, 22.5% of the mice had cancerous tumors in the lining of the lungs, and 57.5% developed growths in their bladder tissue that can be precursors to cancer.

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^Talk of reparations for slavery moves to state capitols<

SLAVERY-REPARATIONS:SH _ Four centuries after the first African slaves landed on Virginia shores, state lawmakers across the country are taking up the debate over how to atone for what's been called "America's Original Sin."

This year, Democratic lawmakers in California, New York and Vermont _ states that either outlawed slavery before the Civil War or never allowed it _ have introduced legislation that would apologize for their state's role in slavery; recognize the lasting, negative impact of slavery on current generations of African Americans; and explore monetary reparations.

In April, Democratic lawmakers in Texas introduced a bill urging the passage of a federal reparations bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, also a Democrat, that same month. (Sponsors did not return Stateline calls for comment.) And in September, Florida lawmakers introduced a $10 million reparations bill for the descendants of victims of a specific, 1920 racial atrocity, the Ocoee massacre.

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^As new round of tariffs loom, US firms take different roads<

USCHINA-TARIFFS:MS _ With a potentially devastating round of new tariffs set to take effect Oct. 15, multinationals that do business in China have adopted two distinct strategies depending on whether they buy from or sell into the Chinese market.

Buyers, such as Target Corp. and Best Buy, scramble to deal with cost increases, while sellers such as Medtronic, Ecolab and Cargill battle to sustain foreign investments.

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^US blacklists China's Hikvision, 7 others on rights violations<

USCHINA-BLACKLIST:BLO _ The Trump administration placed eight Chinese technology companies on a U.S. blacklist on Monday, accusing them of being implicated in human rights violations against Muslim minorities in China's far-western province of Xinjiang.

The companies include two video surveillance companies _ Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. _ that by some accounts control as much as a third of the global market for video surveillance and have cameras all over the world.

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^'Joker' ending explained: Director Todd Phillips on fan theories and open questions<

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Unlike virtually every other modern comic-book movie, the film _ which rides into theaters today on a wave of sharply divided reviews, concerns over potential violence and endless think pieces about what it all means _ has no post-credits sequence. If you stick around hoping to see a tease of the soon-to-be-rebooted Batman franchise or any other upcoming installment in the DC cinematic universe, you will be sorely disappointed. In every sense, this "Joker" stands alone.

But that's not to say that everything is neatly wrapped up with a bow by the time the credits roll.

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^Ten wild, waaay out-there Ginger Baker drum performances<

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The hard-living, quick-tempered British percussionist, who died Sunday at age 80, took full advantage of his success in the mid- and late 1960s on Cream hits including "White Room," "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine of Your Love."

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^Dan Woike: Could a tweet sink the NBA's business relationships in China? It's complicated<

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But a single tweet from a general manager supporting protesters in Hong Kong could threaten that relationship and affect the way the public here and abroad views the league's intentions on social issues.

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^LZ Granderson: The NBA put money first and what's right second in China controversy<

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And so it seems apropos that the week in which we are acknowledging the heroism of Flood, who was born in Houston, we are reminded of just how difficult it is to stand up for what is right courtesy of a team from Houston.

Seven words in a tweet _ "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." _ that's all it took for Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, to derail what was supposed to be a smooth Asian swing during the NBA's preseason. Now instead of debating whether or not James Harden's latest move is a travel, the league is debating whether or not to sacrifice one of its top executives to appease the Chinese government.

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