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Montini: Colin Kaepernick vs. U.S. Army and Navy and Marine Corps and…hypocrisy — Colin Kaepernick (Photo: (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports) The narrative being pushed for tomorrow's football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers is Colin Kaepernick vs. the U.S. armed forces. That would be a lie. Kaepernick is not anti-military. He has said as much.

Montini: Ducey welcomes Trump, kisses off Arizona — Governor Doug Ducey (Photo: Cheryl Evans/azcentral) During the last race for governor of Arizona optimistic voters noted that one Republican candidate spoke Spanish, had done business in Mexico and had received an award from the Latino Leaders Network for "bringing diverse communities together."

Montini: The making of a milquetoast maverick – John McCain — Sen. John McCain (Photo: Emily Zentner/Cronkite) Donald Trump arrogantly dismissed John McCain's five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He called McCain a dummy. He said McCain hasn't helped veterans enough. He said that he hoped McCain would lose in today's primary election.

Montini: Trump says Kaepernick should find another country (Or, should Trump?) — Love it or leave it Trump (Photo: The Republic) You'd like to believe that a person running for president of the United States would understand and appreciate -- and celebrate --the right of a U.S. citizen to speak his mind. After all, speaking his mind is exactly what Donald Trump has been doing for the better part of a year.

Montini: Follow the Yellow Brick Wall, with Arpaio and Brewer and Trump (oh my) — Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, JState Treasurer Jeff DeWitt and former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic) Donald Trump won't say anything new during his immigration speech in Phoenix on Wednesday. Trump has never said anything new about immigration because he didn't create the politics of prejudice that got him his party's nomination.

Montini: About that serial killer who doesn’t scare you — Usually, politicians and law-enforcement officials come out in force at a big public press conference to urge calm, to offer reassurance, to allay fear. This time the idea was to scare the bejesus out of you.

Montini: Will any Arizona Cardinals 'sit' with Kaepernick? — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) at a game last year. (Photo: David Kadlubowski/azcentrall sports) What will the Cardinals do? Will any of them "sit" with Colin Kaepernick?

Montini: Colin Kaepernick is a patriot for NOT standing during national anthem — San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick (Photo: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports) Patriotism is easy when we all agree. It's a lot tougher when you publicly express an opinion you know is going to tick people off, perhaps even turn you into an outcast.

HOLD - Montini: Will McCain and Flake join Trump on the 'unity' stage? — If Donald Trump comes to Arizona next week -- or any time in the future -- to deliver a speech on 'unity' it will be the worst possible news for Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake. The time has finally come when Arizona's two highest-ranking elected Republican officials will have to fish or cut bait.

Montini: Did Doctors Without Borders leave aid worker Kayla Mueller to die? — Memorial in honor of Kayla Mueller in Prescott (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic) The suffering of Kayla Mueller's family didn't end when our interest in her life, her death, waned. We moved on to other horrors. For them, the personal horror hasn't ended. Now her story is back in the news.
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Aug 31, 2016

RT @rnadna2: Called FREEDOM OF SPEECH! 1st Amendment! ... impeding the free exercise ..... abridging the freedom of speech ... 

Aug 31, 2016

RT @sention: @ejmontini @azcentral Seems like missing the point about being American has become habitual for americans

Aug 31, 2016

"I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag." Colin Kaepernick? No.Jackie Robinson  via @azcentral

Aug 31, 2016

RT @lennieforsenate: @ejmontini @azcentral Why can't they just wear paper bags over their heads ?

Aug 31, 2016

RT @curtis_dutiel: so, he goes to Mexico to repair his image there, and is coming up here to kill it again... 

Aug 31, 2016

Trump to be joined on stage by Sheriff Arpaio, Sheriff "Underpants" Babeu and Ducey. Won't be pretty  via @azcentral

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