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FCC to Consider Punishing Broadcasters that Use Term ‘Redskins’

redskinsFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission is considering a petition filed by GW law professor John Banzhaf III urging it to take away the broadcasting license of WWXX-FM for referring to the Washington NFL team as the “Redskins.”

In August, Banzhaf shared with Broadcasting & Cable several options for having the term removed from broadcast, including a FCC petition to restrict words that are “highly derogatory, racist, and hateful to ethnic and other groups.” Read more

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Chuck Todd and Deborah Turness Have Thursday Night ‘Working Dinner’ at Stoney’s

In the final 72 hours before his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where was Chuck Todd? Stoney’s!

In an interview with POLITICO’s Dylan Byers this week, Todd recalled NBC News president Deborah Turness - who just last month announced that he’d replace David Gregory as “MTP” moderator – requesting a staff working-dinner for Thursday.

Thursday being the start of the NFL season, Todd told Byers, “We found a sports bar that gave us a room with a TV…The rest of the staff can have a working dinner. I’m going to be watching football.”

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Former NFL Athlete Donté Stallworth Named Huff Post Politics Fellow

The Huffington Post has named former NFL athlete Donté Stallworth a politics fellow to cover national security. Stallworth played for the Washington-area NFL team through August 2013 and prior, for the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles. Umm…ok?

While Stallworth lacks professional experience in the journalism industry, he’s been active on Twitter, as documented Thursday morning by The Washington Post, commenting on national and international current events. Back in February, he penned a piece for Think Progress on Michael Sam, who was recently released by the St. Louis Rams.

“As an NFL player I was fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest the game had to offer,” said Stallworth. “That same fortune follows me to The Huffington Post where Arianna Huffington is constantly ahead of the game in changing the ways we get our news. I’m blessed and honored to have such a great opportunity to work with some great minds and even better people.” Read more

GW Law Professor’s FCC Approach to ‘Redskins’ Name Change

banzblueGW professor John Banzhaf has a plan to further efforts for a Washington Redskins name change.

Owner Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name, but most recently, criticism of the use of the term has come from The Washington Post editorial board, who on Friday announced that they’ve banned the word from their vocabulary, and 50 US Senators, who in May, signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans. And in June, the U.S. Patent Office canceled 6 Redskins football team trademarks after it ruled the those in question were “disparaging to Native Americans,” which Snyder is appealing.

How exactly will Banzhaf do it? He told Broadcasting & Cable that he plans to challenge the radio station licenses of seven stations owned by Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting. Read more

WaPo Editorial Board Bans Use of the Word ‘Redskins’ in Reference to DC NFL Team

The Washington Post’s editorial board Friday announced that it will stop writing the word ‘Redskins’ in reference to the Washington NFL football team. “Except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board wrote.

In May, 50 Senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for the team as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans.

“While we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board declared Friday. “That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.” Read more

FOX5′s Kevin McCarthy Trades Career with Robert Griffin III

Today on FOX 5′s “Good Day DC,” the network’s entertainment and film critic Kevin McCarthy visited Robert Griffin III this week at team training and attempted to trade careers with the football star.

In the segment, RG3 rated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and almost successfully taught McCarthy to throw the perfect spiral.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Washington Kastles Match Tuesday Night

At last night’s Washington Kastles’ match, a now regular fan was in attendance. For the fourth year in a row, First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, watched as the Kastles debuted Sloane Stephens against the Springfield Lasers.

The Kastles 23-15 win over the Lasers secured their spot in the Eastern Conference Championship match against the Philadelphia Freedoms this Thursday.

The GW Hatchet, George Washington University’s independent student newspaper, Tweeted the below of FLOTUS at the match along with two Tasty6 cold press juices, a sponsor of the games and our latest obsession since attending this month’s Charity Classic Set, which brought together members of Congress, national media and professional athletes to raise money for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Best Buddies, DC Public Education Fund, and Food & Friends.

Click through for more top Tweets of the night.

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Top Twitter Feed Reactions to LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’

Our top Twitter feed reactions to LeBron James’ “I’m coming back to Cleveland.”

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Where to Watch Tonight’s World Cup Match Near DC News Outlets

mexiconetherlandsIf you too are having a slow news Tuesday this first of July, we’ve got you covered. At 4pm today, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will take on Belgium in the Round of 16 match of the World Cup.

It starts just before the work day ends, so here’s where you can go to watch it, nearest to your respective news outlet.

The Washington Post and Washington Examiner: Post Pub (1422 L St NW) with happy hour specials from 3 – 8pm or Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave NW) with happy hour specials from 4 – 7pm.

USA Today and The Hill: PJ Clarke’s (1600 K St NW).

Roll CallBoundary Road (414 H St NE).

POLITICO: Continental Pool Lounge (1911 N Fort Myer Dr). Happy hour specials from 5 – 8pm.

Daily Caller: Barcode (1101 17th St NW). Happy hour specials from 2 – 7pm.

National Journal: CIRCA at Foggy Bottom (2221 I St NW). Happy hour specials from 4 – 7pm.

Huffington Post Politics: The Exchange Saloon (1719 G St NW). Happy hour specials from 3 – 7pm.

WTOP: Report: District 2 Bar & Grille (3238 Wisconsin Ave NW). Happy hour specials from 4 – 7pm.

WTOP ‘Beltway Poll’ Shows Regional Support for Washington Redskins Name

Photo via Redskins.com.

Photo via Redskins.com.

WTOP’s “Beltway Poll” announced this morning showed that more than 60% of those in the region don’t believe the Washington Redskins should change their name. Of the more than 600 surveyed in WTOP’s listening area, 69% say the team name controversy has not influenced their decision to purchase Redskins’ tickets or merchandise.

While more than half of respondents don’t think a name change is necessary, 55% believe the name will eventually have to change and 72% don’t think the media should stop using the Redskins name.

The survey was conducted following a June 18 announcement that the U.S. Patent Office canceled 6 Redskins football team trademarks after its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that those in question were “disparaging to Native Americans.” In May, 50 US Senators signed support for name change of the Washington NFL team.

The WTOP “Beltway Poll” was conducted by Heart and Mind Strategies and reached 604 participants in the WTOP listening area from June 20-26, 2014. Comprehensive findings can be found here.

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