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Joe Rogans Spotify Debut Sparks Speculation Over Missing Episodes – Forbes

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Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 10, 2017 in ... [+] Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

Joe Rogans Spotify debut has sparked intense speculation from fans, as several episodes appear to be missing from Spotifys new Joe Rogan Experience channel.

Scanning through the list of absent episodes, a pattern seems to emerge; Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, and many other figures associated with the alt-right are currently missing. Most of the absent episodes (but not all), feature highly controversial media personalities, whose appearances on the podcast were heavily criticized.

McInnes founded a violent, neo-fascist organization known as the Proud Boys, Jones regularly regurgitates outlandish conspiracy theories, while Molyneux is a passionate believer in race science, also known as scientific racism, or simply, racism.

But not all of the missing episodes feature guests obsessed with skull shapes, IQ scores, and interdimensional illuminati - documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux, pot activist Tommy Chong and comedian Nick Kroll are also missing from Spotify.

Longtime Rogan fans, already fearing the corporatization of the podcast due to the Spotify exclusivity deal, began to speculate wildly, many suspecting that the podcast might be shifting direction, away from the controversies of the past.

Mikhaila Peterson, famous for being Jordan Petersons daughter (and promoter of a quack diet that literally consists of beef, salt and water), was initially missing from Rogans Spotify channel, but her episode was uploaded a few hours later.

Peterson took to Twitter to call out Spotify for perceived censorship, but was quickly placated by the reappearance of her episode.

Strangely enough, Alex Jones spoke up to calm the fanbase with an uncharacteristically level-headed analysis that didnt involve time-travelling child molesters, or even human-animal hybrids. Jones claims that the missing episodes are Rogans favorite one hundred episodes, and will stay on YouTube, before eventually migrating to Spotify.

That explanation doesnt make a great deal of sense - for example, it seems unlikely that a dull conversation with disgraced comedian Chris D'Elia is one of Rogans favorite episodes. While the missing episodes might find their way to Spotify at some point, its still unclear why they are being excluded in the first place.

Perhaps Rogan really is moving away from the baggage of his past, despite being a consistent, vocal critic of cancel culture and deplatforming. Rogans previous description of the Spotify deal implied that his show would remain unchanged, platforming a diverse range of voices, from the interesting, to downright unhinged:

They want me to just continue doing it the way Im doing it right now, Rogan stated. Its just a licensing deal, so Spotify wont have any creative control over the show. It will be the exact same show."

One major appeal of the podcast was Rogans willingness to listen to a broad range of opinions. However, that attitude wasnt always consistent, or admirable. Was there ever any need to broadcast a conversation with Stefan Molyneux? Pseudoscience and bigotry arent exactly in short supply, and amplifying destructive voices isnt the same as platforming quirky outsiders.

But the Joe Rogan Experience has already changed quite a bit since its inception, having attracted enough attention to turn the podcast into a valuable marketing platform.

Whether it will lean heavily into that direction, remains to be seen.

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Russell Howard: ‘The real world isnt social media’ – The Guardian

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I am meeting Russell Howard just days after he made headlines for walking off midway through a gig. He had not been billed in advance and had come to try out some new material in front of a pandemic-appropriate, small live audience. It didnt last long. When the comedian spotted a woman filming him, he at first stopped to chastise her Thats literally the worst thing you can do and then left the stage saying that she had ruined it.

It amazed me that it became a story, Howard says. I mean, its not like theres anything going on in the world, but oh my God a wonky-eyed comedian asked a lady at a live gig to be in the moment I was tired is the truth.

On telly, Howard looks incapable of being tired. Apparently ageless, hugely physical with his performances and relentlessly funny, he has been a mainstay of the schedules for more than a decade. In person, thankfully, he is less of a caricature; calm, thoughtful, wearing prescription glasses. The last time we met was in January, under very different circumstances. It was in front of a huge live audience, and in a bizarre reversal of roles, he was interviewing me for his Sky One show, the Russell Howard Hour, which returns n week.

Of course, a lot has happened since then. His world tour had to be postponed because of the pandemic and he went to lockdown with his parents in Bath so that his wife, a doctor, could stay in their London home with her colleagues. Its very weird at the beginning because you just feel such unbelievable pride but such fear as well, he says. You see the nurses and the doctors in the full PPE gear. And its sort of bewildering to think that thats your wife as well.

His fee for Sky Ones Russell Howards Home Time, which aired during lockdown, went to several charities including one for the NHS. Made in difficult circumstances, it was nonetheless a respectable effort to put an uplifting show together via Zoom calls from Howards childhood bedroom. The day of my 40th birthday, I was meant to be doing a sold-out arena in Amsterdam, he recalls, and I slept in my childhood bed.

Spinning jokes out of dark places is what comedians do best and the hysteria of the 24-hour news cycle has offered plenty of opportunities from grappling with Brexit to dealing with the pandemic. There was that really interesting stat at the beginning, in terms of Priti Patels immigration policy, that you couldnt go into this country unless youre at a job over 26 grand, he says. The majority of jobs that it turns out were vital were below 26 grand. And there was this assumption that if youre earning less than that, its not really a proper job. And yet it was what kept society going.

While he cares deeply, he is careful not to be too worthy when using examples such as this in his standup. What I like doing is talking about those things at gigs and trying to actually make it funny rather than make you applaud something you already know, he explains. A real issue with that kind of comedy at the minute is theres so much clapter, where you just say a thing and in a certain way, like: I think everybody should be treated fairly in the world people ... He gestures people clapping with self-satisfaction.

When people are laughing, you dont have time to do anything else because youre lost in the giggle ... theres such a truth to it because if you laugh, it is true, its tangible. Weve all been in situations where, miraculously, the sunshine of laughter has appeared and made the horror sit less heavily.

He recalls one such moment, at his grandfathers funeral in 2017. For whatever reason, my cousin Stuart had worn a leather jacket to the funeral and my brother Dan, as were carrying Granddads coffin went: Nice jacket, Stu, and our shoulders all went a bit. And then Dan goes: You come as Lovejoy? And Im, like: Seriously, everyone shut the fuck up, but it was somehow a connection. My brother had the audacity to break the tension of heartbreak with stupid silliness. And then my nan died six months later. Stuart arrives late wearing the same jacket and all of us are instantly having to lift our shirts because were laughing so much. It provided a bit of daftness amongst the horror.

Moments such as this are delicate and he is keen to emphasise that it is hard to create the sort of comedy that really touches people. Only Fools and Horses probably added years to their life the joy it gave them, he says, still thinking of his grandparents. John Sullivan when he was writing it in his shed, he probably had no idea that he was making peoples Christmases.

You want it to be that important to people, but you cant approach it like that ... So I see that in Richard Pryor and I see that in Michelle Wolf or Bill Burr or Dave Chappelle or Daniel Kitson.

In recent times, comedians, including Chappelle, have been heavily criticised for jokes deemed to have gone beyond the pale of acceptable topics for humour. In Chappelles recent Netflix specials, the American comedian joked about the transgender community and the #MeToo movement, to much opprobrium from sections of the audience. He was kind of one of the few people that could do it ... just sort of say: Im going to play for comedians. Its kind of fascinating, Howard says. I think he got like 0% on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics and then 99% from the people. And then won a Mark Twain prize [for American humour]. Its bizarre.

As social media increases the level of scrutiny that comedians face, those who remain unfazed by it are held in high regard by contemporaries and fans. The wonderful thing about someone like Bill Burr is that you can disagree with some things he says, and thats fine, Howard explains, but that is challenging in every aspect of the world now. Comedians are being reviewed like theyre presidents and presidents are getting away with behaving like comedians.

Howard is fascinated by the nuts and bolts of how comedy works and he lights up when talking about the process of writing jokes, something that has provided him with solace in difficult times. I certainly realised during lockdown that life is so much easier if you have a purpose, he says. Even if it is an artificial purpose, thats not the worst thing in the world ... The way I got through lockdown is I went through every note that Id written in my phone since 2006 that Id never finished and just tried to, day by day, write stuff on it. I really enjoyed it.

That theme of purpose makes me think of Jordan Peterson, the controversial Canadian academic and author, who featured in the Modern Masculinity series I produced. It was that series that led to me being interviewed on the Russell Howard Hour. I ask what he makes of Peterson and the controversy around him. We now live in a strange world, where if you say: You know its interesting, that Jordan Peterson says life is about finding a purpose and and trying to be the best at that, its like: Oh, my God, so you mean to say that you and then they can pull up things that he said elsewhere [as if you were endorsing them, too]. Some of [what he says] is ridiculous and some of its interesting and thats how most people are.

Thats whats frustrating about so many things, he continues. Everyones multilayered and everyones nuanced. Youre super-liberal on some things and super-conservative on other. This idea that you can only be in that gang or this gang is ludicrous, and it isnt the truth. The real world isnt social media.

[But] it doesnt it matter what you say. If somebody wants to skin you, they can skin you.

Series four of The Russell Howard Hour premieres on 10 September at 10pm on Sky One and NOWTV, whilst Russells return to the UK with his rescheduled world stand-up tour, Respite, begins on the 25 February 2021. More info at russell-howard.co.uk

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Should the Kansas City Chiefs consider signing Adrian Peterson? – Arrowhead Addict

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Adrian Peterson #26 takes the handoff from Case Keenum #8 of the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Adrian Peterson is arguably the most well-known running back of the last decade and a half. From his days starring as an Oklahoma Sooner in the Big 12, to his time carrying the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs on the back of his incredible 2,000 yard season. He is one of the more physically gifted players in recent memory and his place in the top five all-time rushers in NFL history is a well-deserved one.

It seems his historic career may be nearing its conclusion. At the ripe-old age of 35, Adrian Peterson has been released by the Washington Football team mere days before the start of the 2020 NFL season. For a team that has relied on Adrian Peterson the last two seasons to the tune of nearly 2,000 yards, this is not shocking but a little surprising.

The question for many organizations at this point is whether bringing Adrian Peterson in for a workout could improve their team. This is certainly a conversation that every general manager is having, whether theres much intensity behind it or not. So the question remains, does he make sense for the Kansas City Chiefs?

The answer is emphatically no. Whether or not Adrian Peterson has much left in the tank doesnt really factor in here. The Chiefs offense going forward will showcase running backs who are extremely versatile, likely to burn you as much or even more in the passing game than they will in the running game.

Even in Adrian Petersons heyday, he was barely a threat in the passing game. His highest production in the passing game happened 11 seasons ago in 2009 and he really hasnt come close to it since. For his entire career, the percentage of production hes had in the passing game has amounted to only 14 percent of his total production.

Then theres the fact that Peterson wouldnt have any time to learn Andy Reids complex playbook. Even if the team did bring him in, youd likely not see him on the field for at least a few games if not half the season. At that point, would he really even impact the teams chances at repeating as Super Bowl champions? The answer is probably no.

Understandably, there will be some in Chiefs Kingdom who think bringing in a big name like Adrian Peterson will be a nice little boost to start the season. No disrespect to Peterson, as he has had himself a spectacular career, but the Chiefs shouldnt think twice about passing on him.

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2020 NFL roster cuts tracker: See every cut from all 32 teams after initial rosters trimmed to 53 players – CBS Sports

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In a year where nothing about the preseason was normal, one thing did stay the same and that's cut day. The NFL's annual roster purge always occurs on the Saturday before the first week of the season and this year, and this season was no exception. Each of the NFL's 32 teams had until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to get their roster down to 53 players, which means nearly 1,000 players will have been released before the weekend is over. The good news for anyone losing a job is that practice squads are expanding to 16 players this year, which means as many as 512 of the guys who were cut could be scooped back up before the start of the season.

The Jaguars actually got the ball rolling pretty early this year with cuts when they surprisingly decided to release Leonard Fournette earlier this week (Fournette has actually already found a new team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Washington followed the trend of dumping veteran running backs by cutting Adrian Peterson on Friday. The Cowboys also made a surprising cut this week when they released Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

There have also been some notable cuts in the AFC East. In New England, the Patriots cut both of their kickers (they don't currently have a kicker on their roster) while the Bills also decided to make a change at kicker (They cut veteran Stephen Hauschka, who lost his jobto rookie Tyler Bass). In Miami, the Dolphinsdumped former first-round pick Josh Rosen, who they acquired in a trade just last year. Miami sent a second-round pick to Arizona in exchange for the quarterback.

For a look at every cut that was made around the NFL on Saturday, be sure to check out our tracker below.

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): K Stephen Hauschka, P Lachlan Edwards, PR/KR Andre Roberts, LB Vosean Joseph, LB Corey Thompson, TE Jason Croom, RB Antonio Williams, CB Cam Lewis, LB Andre Smith, OL Brandon Walton, WR Duke Williams, DE Bryan Cox Jr., DT Vincent Taylor, QB Davis Webb, WR Robert Foster, OL Trey Adams, DB Brian Allen, TE Nate Becker, OL Evan Boehm, OL Marquel Harrell, DB Dane Jackson, DE Mike Love, DB Dean Marlowe, OL Victor Salako, DT Tanzel Smart, DB Josh Thomas, RB Christian Wade, DT Justin Zimmer

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): QB Josh Rosen, S Jeremiah Dinson, DE Avery Moss, CB Deatrick Nichols, WR Ricardo Louis, WR Chester Rogers, WR Andy Jones, DE/LB Trent Harris, RB Salvon Ahmed, CB Breon Borders, DT Brandin Bryant, OL Shaq Calhoun, WR Matt Cole, CB Tae Hayes, DB Nate Holley, OL Jonathan Hubbard, OL Danny Isidora, WR Gary Jennings, LB Kylan Johnson, DT Benito Jones, WR Kirk Merritt, TE Chris Myarick, DT Durval Queiroz Neto, DE Tyshun Render, OL Keaton Sutherland, CB Ken Webster, TE Nate Wieting, DB Nate Brooks, RB Kalen Ballage

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): WR Mohamed Sanu, CB Michael Jackson, DL Michael Barnett, QB Brian Lewerke, OL Ben Braden, WR Jeff Thomas, WR Andre Baccellia, TE Paul Butler, OL Tyler Gauthier, RB Lamar Miller, LB Terez Hall, FB Paul Quessenberry, DL Nick Thurman, CB Myles Bryant, CB D'Angelo Ross, TE/DE Rashod Berry, DL Tashawn Bower, TE Jake Burt, K Nick Folk, LB Scoota Harris, LB Cassh Maluia, DL Bill Murray, K Justin Rohrwasser, WR Devin Ross, RB J.J. Taylor, DL Xavier Williams, WR Isaiah Zuber

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL) :QB Mike White, LB James Burgess, OL Jonotthan Harrison, CB Lamar Jackson, CB Nate Hairston, CB Zane Lewis, WR Lawrence Cager, WR Jehu Chesson, CB Javelin Guidry, OL Jared Hilbers, TE Ross Travis, QB David Fales, RB Josh Adams, WR George Campbell, WR Josh Malone, WR D.J. Montgomery, TE Daniel Brown, TE Bronson Kaufusi, OL Josh Andrews, OL Jared Hilbers, OL Corbin Kaufusi, OL Brad Lundblade, OL Jimmy Murray, DB Shyheim Carter, DB Matthias Farley, DB Bennett Jackson

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL):TE Jerell Adams, LB Aaron Adeoye, DB Terrell Bonds, OL Trystan Colon-Castillo, DT Aaron Crawford, DB Khalil Dorsey, OL Parker Ehinger, OL Will Holden, QB Tyler Huntley, WR Jaylon Moore, LS Nick Moore, DB Josh Nurse, DB Jordan Richards, DE Chauncey Rivers, TE Charles Scarff, P Johnny Townsend, DB Nigel Warrior, LB Kristian Welch, RB Ty'Son Williams, DE Marcus Willoughby, TE Eli Wolf

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): QB Brandon Allen, DT Freedom Akinmoladun, DE Amani Bledsoe, DT Trey Dishon, QB Jake Dolegala, TE Jordan Franks, DE Kendall Futrell, LS Dan Godsil, S Trayvon Henderson, WR Trenton Irwin, OT Josh Knipfel, WR DaMarkus Lodge, CB Greg Mabin, C Frederick Mauigoa, DT Kahlil McKenzie, CB Torry McTyer, WR Stanley Morgan, HB Jacques Patrick, CB Winston Rose, TE Mason Schreck, S Maurice Smith, LB Marcel Spears Jr., WR Scotty Washington, TE Mitchell Wilcox

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): QB Kevin Davidson, QB Garrett Gilbert, RB Dontrell Hilliard, RB Benny LeMay, FB Johnny Stanton, WR Ja'Marcus Bradley, WR Damion Ratley, WR Taywan Taylor, OL Brady Aiello, OL Alex Taylor, OL Jon Toth, OL Michael Dunn, OL Willie Wright, DE Robert McCray, DE Chad Thomas, DT Daniel Ekuale, LB Solomon Ajayi, LB Willie Harvey, LB Montrel Meander, CB A.J. Green, CB Robert Jackson, CB Donovan Olumba, S Elijah Benton, S Javonte Moffatt

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): LB Tuzar Skipper, TE Kyle Markway, DT Cavon Walker, DB Trajan Bandy, WR Ryan Switzer, DL Daniel McCullers, DB Antoine Brooks Jr., QB Paxton Lynch; RB Kerrith Whyte Jr., RB Trey Edmunds, RB Wendell Smallwood, WR Saeed Blacknall, WR DeAndre Thompkins, WR Deon Cain WR, Amara Darboh, OL Christian DiLauro, OL John Keenoy, OL Derwin Gray, OL Anthony Coyle, OL Jarron Jones, TE Kevin Rader, DL Henry Mondeaux, DL Calvin Taylor, LB Jayrone Elliott, DB John Battle

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): QB Alex McGough, LB Daren Bates, DL Albert Huggins, TE Dylan Stapleton, OL Cordel Iwuagwu, OL Rick Leonard, LB Nate Hall, OL Greg Mancz, OL Kyle Murphy, OL Jerald Hawkins, S Jaylen Watkins, DT Auzoyah Alufohai, DT Angelo Blackson, OL Brent Qvale, LS Jon Weeks, LB Davin Bellamy, CB Anthony Chesley, LB Nate Hall, WR Chad Hansen, RB Karan Higdon, LS Anthony Kukwa, WR Steven Mitchell, OL Elijah Nkansah, DB Jonathan Owens, RB Scottie Phillips, WR Tyler Simmons, TE Jordan Thomas, WR Isaac Whitney

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): QB Chad Kelly, OL Joey Hunt, TE Xavier Grimble, CB Andre Chachere, DT Kameron Kline, TE Dominique Dafney, OL Jake Eldrenkamp, WR Daurice Fountain, TE Farrod Green, DE Gerri Green, WR DeMichael Harris, OL Brandon Hitner, WR Marcus Johnson, K Chase McLaughlin, OL Carter O'Donnell, OL Javon Patterson, CB Lafayette Pitts, CB Jackson Porter, DB Donald Rutledge, CB Tremon Smith, TE Andrew Vollert, DT Chris Williams, DT Robert Windsor, CB Travis Reed

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): RB Leonard Fournette, DE Caraun Reid, QB Mike Glennon, QB Josh Dobbs, RB Nathan Cottrell, TE Ben Ellefson, LB Nate Evans, TE Matt Flanagan, LB Joe Giles-Harris, WR Terry Godwin, WR Josh Hammond, OL Blake Hance, CB Amari Henderson, OL K.C. McDermott, OL Garrett McGhin, CB Parry Nickerson, LS Matt Orzech, OL Austen Pleasants, OL Ryan Pope, S J.R. Reed, WR Marvelle Ross, OL Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms, WR Mike Walker

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): DL Joey Ivie, QB Trevor Siemian, CB Kareem Orr, LB D'Andre Walker, LB Cale Garrett, WR Rashard Davis, LB D'Andre Walker, CB Tye Smith, CB Chris Milton, DB Ibraheim Campbell, WR Krishawn Hogan, OL Brandon Kemp, OL Zac Kerin, WR Mason Kinsey, RB Marcus Marshall, K Tucker McCann, DB Doug Middleton, RB Senorise Perry, DE Wyatt Ray, WR Kristian Wilkerson, WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, DE Jamal Davis, DB Kenneth Durden, TE Tommy Hudson, RB Jeremy McNichols, OL David Quessenberry, DL Teair Tart, DL Kobe Smith

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): OL Quinn Bailey, RB LeVante Bellamy, WR Trinity Benson, WR Fred Brown, OLB Malik Carney, S Douglas Coleman III, RB Jeremy Cox, WR Kendall Hinton, S Alijah Holder, LB Justin Hollins, OL Tyler Jones, S P.J. Locke, C Pat Morris, T Darrin Paulo, T Jake Rodgers, QB Brett Rypien, OLB Derrek Tuszka, ILB Josh Watson, T Hunter Watts, WR Cody White, DL DeShawn Williams, WR Juwann Winfree, CB De'Vante Bausby, TE Troy Fumagalli

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): S Adrian Colbert, OL Ryan Hunter, WR Gehrig Dieter, CB Chris Lammons, RB DeAndre Washington, QB Matt Moore, QB Jordan Ta'amu, OL Jackson Barton, DB Rodney Clemons, LB Omari Cobb, WR Maurice Ffrench, WR Jody Fortson, LB Darius Harris, TE Daniel Helm, DB Lavert Hill, DT Braxton Hoyett, DT Devaroe Lawrence, WR Kalija Lipscomb, RB Elijah McGuire, OL Greg Senat, WR Justice Shelton-Mosley, DE Breeland Speaks, DE Tim Ward, OL Darryl Williams

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): LB Asmar Bilal, RB Darius Bradwell, CB John Brannon, LB Cole Christiansen, WR Jeff Cotton, OL Josh Dunlop, NT Breiden Fehoko, LB Romeo Finley, DE Joe Gaziano, OL Nate Gilliam, RB Derrick Gore, OL Ryan Groy, FB Bobby Holly, LB Malik Jefferson, WR Darius Jennings, WR Tyron Johnson, DE Jessie Lemonier, CB Kevin McGill, DB Quenton Meeks, FB Gabe Nabers, OL Ryan Roberts, WR Dalton Schoen, OL Trent Scott, DT TJ Smith, OL Cole Toner, CB Donte Vaughn

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): CB Prince Amukamara, OL Jordan Devey, RB Rod Smith, CB Nick Nelson, DE Sharif Finch, OL Jordan Roos, S Damarious Randall, DL Chris Smith, LB Javin White, DL Datone Jones, RB Theo Riddick, WR Marcell Ateman, TE Nick Bowers, OL Lester Cotton, WR Keelan Doss, DB Madre Harper, CB Dylan Mabin, DT Mike Panasiuk, LB Justin Phillips, WR De'Mornay Pierson-El, OL Kamaal Seymour, LB Kyle Emanuel, LB Kyle Wilber, OL Sam Young

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): WR Devin Smith, QB Clayton Thorson, OL Adam Redmond, OL Mitch Hyatt, OL Wyatt Miller, OL Pace Murphy, OL Cody Wichmann, TE Charlie Taumoepeau, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DE Joe Jackson, DB Saivion Smith, CB Deante Burton, RB Sewo Olonilua, LB Francis Bernard, WR Tevin Jones, WR Jon'Vea Johnson, CB Chris Westry, S Luther Kirk, DL Justin Hamilton, DL Ron'Dell Carter, Justin Bernard, OL Isaac Alarcon, CB C.J. Goodwin, DL Ladarius Hamilton, OL Marcus Henry, WR Aaron Parker

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): QB Cooper Rush, QB Alex Tanney, LB Ryan Connelly, DT Chris Slayton, WR Johnny Holton, WR Alex Bachman, WR Derrick Dillon, WR Austin Mack, WR Binjimen Victor, RB Tavien Feaster, TE Eric Tomlinson, TE Garrett Dickerson, OL Jon Halapio, OL Eric Smith, OL Tyler Haycraft, OL Kyle Murphy, DL Daylon Mack, DL Niko Lalos, LB Josiah Tauaefa, DB Grant Haley, DB Montre Hartage, DB Brandon Williams, DB Dravon Askew-Henry, DB KeiVarae Russell, DB Jarren Williams, DB Prince Smith, Jr., LS Carson Tinker

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL):RB Elijah Holyfield, RB Adrian Killins, RB Michael Warren, OL Julian Good-Jones, OL Luke Juriga, TE Tyrone Swoopes, TE Caleb Wilson, WR Manasseh Bailey, WR Deontay Burnett, WR Travis Fulgham, WR Marcus Green, DB Grayland Arnold, DB Elijah Riley, CB Trevor Williams, DT T.Y. McGill, DB Michael Jacquet, DE Matt Leo, CB Sidney Jones, DE Shareef Miller, CB Rasul Douglas, DE Joe Ostman, OL Sua Opeta, DT Anthony Rush, TE Noah Togiai, OL Prince Tega Wanogho, DT Raequan Williams

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): CB Aaron Colvin, S Sean Davis, DE Nate Orchard, TE Richard Rodgers, T Paul Adams, DT David Bada, DE Jordan Brailford, WR Tony Brown, G Joshua Garnett, TE Hale Hentges, WR Johnathon Johnson, CB Ryan Lewis, QB Steven Montez, LB Jared Norris, T Timon Parris, LB Donald Payne, C Ross Pierschbacher, WR Trey Quinn, S Jeremy Reaves, WR Cam Sims, T David Steinmetz, WR Jester Weah

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL):RB Napoleon Maxwell, WR Alex Wesley, WR Ahmad Wagner, OL Corey Levin, DL Lee Autry, LB Keandre Jones, K Cairo Santos, DL Abdullah Anderson, CB Stephen Denmark, DL LaCale London, QB Tyler Bray, OL Lachavious Simmons, RB Artavis Pierce, OL Dieter Eiselen, PL Badara Traore, DT Trevor McSwain, LB Rashad Smith, LB Ledarius Mack, WR Rodney Adams, WR Thomas Ives, WR Reggie Davis, OL Sam Mustipher, S Xavier Crawford, LB Isaiah Irving, DB Kevin Tolliver, TE Jesper Horsted

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): G Oday Aboushi, G Beau Benzschawel, QB David Blough, WR Victor Bolden, DE Will Clarke, S Jalen Elliott, DT Frank Herron, RB Wes Hills, DT Albert Huggins, RB Jason Huntley, WR Tom Kennedy, WR Chris Lacy, TE Isaac Nauta, LB Anthony Pittman, S Bobby Price, DT Olive Sagapolu, P Arryn Siposs, TE Matt Sokol, DT Kevin Strong, CB Dee Virgin, G Kenny Wiggins, DT Kevin Wilkins, RB Jonathan Williams, LS Steve Wirtel, T Dan Skipper

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): WR Jake Kumerow, WR Darrius Shepherd, WR Reggie Begelton, WR Malik Turner, RB Dexter Williams, LB Tim Williams, TE Evan Baylis, FB John Lovett, CB Stanford Samuels, DT Willington Previlion, OL Alex Light, RB Damarea Crockett, OL John Leglue, OL Cody Conway, OL Zack Johnson, OL Jake Hanson, LB Krys Barnes, LB Tipa Galeai, LB Greg Roberts, LB Delontae Scott, DB DaShaun Amos, DB Will Sunderland, DB Henry Black

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): RB Tony Brooks-James, LB Jordan Fehr, DE Stacy Keely, DE Anthony Zettel, DB Josh Metellus, DB Myles Dorn, WR Alexander Hollins, DB Steven Parker, DT David Moa, OL Kyle Hinton, FB Jake Bargas, QB Jake Browning, QB Nate Stanley, OL Aviante Collins, OL Brett Jones, LB Blake Lynch, OL Blake Brandel, CB Nevelle Clark, WR Quartney Davis, TE Brandon Dillon, CB Mark Fields II, TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart, OL Jake Lacina, LB Blake Lynch, CB Nate Meadors, WR Dillon Mitchell, LB David Reese II

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL):DB Delrick Abrams Jr., DT Hinwa Allieu, OT Ka'John Armstrong, QB Kurt Benkert, DB Jamal Carter, DB Chris Cooper, RB Mikey Daniel, DE Austin Edwards, OG Justin Gooseberry, WR Devin Gray, WR Juwan Green, DB Tyler Hall, OG Sean Harlow, DB Josh Hawkins, OT Evin Ksiezarczyk, OT Sailosi Latu, QB Kyle Lauletta, WR Jalen McCleskey, TE Jared Pinkney, RB Craig Reynolds, LB Edmond Robinson, WR Chris Rowland, WR Laquon Treadwell, LB Ray Wilborn, DB J.J. Wilcox

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): DT Myles Adams, DB Quin Blanding, RB Reggie Bonnafon, OT Branden Bowen, DT Woodrow Hamilton, DT Bruce Hector, OG Mike Horton, DB Jameson Houston, WR Ishmael Hyman, DB Natrell Jamerson, DE Jalen Jelks, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, DE Austin Larkin, WR Marken Michel, OT Aaron Monterio, LB James Onwualu, LB Chris Orr, WR Cam Phillips, TE Giovanni Ricci, WR Darrell Stewart, C Sam Tecklenburg, TE Colin Thompson, K/P Kaare Vedvik, DB T.J. Green, TE Temarrick Hemingway

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): LB Anthony Chickillo, DE Mario Edwards, WR Bennie Fowler III, OL Patrick Omameh, DE Margus Hunt, LB Joe Bachie, WR Emmanuel Butler, WR Austin Carr, DE T.J. Carter, LB Andrew Dowell, TE Garrett Griffin, CB Kemon Hall, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey, WR Juwan Johnson, RB Tony Jones, LB Wynton McManis, OL Jordany Steckler, TE Tommy Stevens, OL Calvin Throckmorton, OL Cameron Tom, DB Keith Washington, TE Ethan Wolf

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): G Zack Bailey, RB Raymond Calais, LB Kahzin Daniels, LB Noah Dawkins, LB Michael Divinity, S D'Cota Dixon, C Anthony Fabiano, K Matt Gay, WR Cyril Grayson, S Javon Hagan, TE Tanner Hudson, DL Jeremiah Ledbetter, G Nick Leverett, TE Codey McElroy, CB Herb Miller, WR Bryant Mitchell, RB Dare Ogunbowale, WR Josh Pearson, DL Benning Potoa'e, ILB Chapelle Russell, WR Spencer Schnell, C Zach Shackelford, QB Reid Sinnett, CB Mazzi Wilkins

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): TE Ryan Becker, OL Steven Gonzalez, OL Sam Jones, OL Brett Toth, CB Zane Lewis, DE Adam Shuler, CB Jalen Davis, WR Hakeem Butler, P Ryan Winslow, CB Chris Jones, CB Jace Whittaker, DB Kentrell Brice, DL Jonathan Bullard, TE Dylan Cantrell, DL Trevon Coley, CB Ken Crawley, RB D.J. Foster, CB Chris Jones, OL Koda Martin, WR Andre Patton, WR A.J. Richardson, LB Reggie Walker, WR JoJo Ward, RB Jonathan Ward, LB Evan Weaver

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL):K Austin MacGinnis, K Lirim Hajrullahu, DB Adonis Alexander, LB Daniel Bituli, TE Kendall Blanton, OL Cohl Cabral, OL Jamil Demby, WR Earnest Edwards, DB Jake Gervase, DB Juju Hughes, RB John Kelly, OL Jeremiah Kolone, WR J.J. Koski, DB Dayan Lake, DB Tyrique McGhee, LB Derrick Moncrief, WR Easop Winston, CB Donte Deayon, DT Marquise Copeland, DB Donte Deayon, DT Michael Hoecht, LB Clay Johnston, LB Natrez Patrick, QB Bryce Perkins, LB Christian Rozeboom, DE Jonah Williams

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): CB Jamar Taylor, OL Dakoda Shepley, WR Jauan Jennings, OL Ross Reynolds, DL Alex Barrett, WR River Cracraft, S Johnathan Cyprien, DL Darrion Daniels, LB Evan Foster, OL Hroniss Grasu, TE MarQueis Gray, TE Chase Harrell, CB Tim Harris Jr., RB JaMycal Hasty, FB Josh Hokit, CB Dontae Johnson, OL Jaryd Jones-Smith, DL Dion Jordan, DL Cameron Malveaux, S Jared Mayden, WR Shawn Poindexter, OL William Sweet, CB Jamar Taylor, LB Joe Walker, WR Kevin White

Players cut to reach 53 (FINAL): TE Stephen Sullivan, QB Danny Etling, DE/LB Shaquem Griffin, QB Anthony Gordon, WR Paul Richardson, FB Nick Bellore, OT Tommy Champion, DT Demarcus Christmas, WR Aaron Fuller, WR Penny Hart, CB Gavin Helsop, DT P.J. Johnson, DT Cedrick Lattimore, WR Lance Lenoir, TE Tyler Mabry, S Chris Miller, DB Ryan Neal, CB Debione Renfro, DB Jayson Stanley, WR Cody Thompson, OT Chad Wheeler

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The marriage was rocky between Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they're now divorced. The team waived its former fourth-overall pick on Monday, ending a irreparable relationship that also saw the Jaguars decline his fifth-year option months ago, which hinted at things to come. In an attempt to move on before now, they put out trade feelers, but head coach Doug Marrone says the club couldn't get a single draft pick -- late and/or conditional -- for Fournette, leaving them no other choice in his eyes.

Of course, Marrone making that public didn't do any favors for Fournette's brand on the way out, but it's apropos for such a toxic relationship. And with that, Fournette goes from being one of the most heralded draft prospects in recent memory just three years ago, to a bit of a pariah. The stench of the latter could [also] be easily attributed to a floundering Jaguars club the has been forced to jettison a laundry list of top talent over the past few seasons, considering the NFLPA grievance against now-fired Tom Coughlin and all matter of violation that stemmed from his actions that led to it, along with the fact the Jaguars simply haven't been a winning team since reaching the AFC Championship Game in Fournette's first year.

They're 11-21 since that trip, and the turnover has been massive. And one day after trading defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings -- after he refused to ever again play in Jacksonville and subsequently took a $5 million pay cut to leave -- it's now Fournette heading out of the door.

But where to? Here are five teams who should seriously consider tossing him a jersey for 2020.

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Think about this for a moment, and it'll make sense to you.

Yes, the Patriots already have a starting running back in Sony Michel, a former first-round pick himself, but they haven't truly been able to depend on him since grabbing him with the 31st-overall pick in 2018. Michel has consistently battled injury over the course of his first two seasons in the NFL, and it's already cost him several games. It's also dampened his production when on the field a bit, because while his 1,987 career yards from scrimmage mark (with 13 touchdowns) is nothing to shake a stick at, he's yet to reach his full potential. The Patriots are also now seeing him duke it out with former third-round pick Damien Harris in camp, after Michel began camp on the team's PUP list following offseason foot surgery.

Enter Fournette, a proven NFL talent who also drew the ire of the Jaguars organization for rebuking Gardner Minshew this offseason and telling the team to sign Cam Newton instead. That's the same Cam Newton who will likely start for the Patriots when the regular season opens, by the way, if you smell what The Rock is cooking. The only question here is character, but Bill Belichick isn't afraid to roll those dice, and even less so when the player has 3,640 career yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns in three seasons.

A fresh start is usually the right medicine for players exiting Jacksonville, and going from the Jaguars to the Patriots could see Fournette refocused and rededicated to torching defenses. He'd also go a long way to ensuring Belichick has insurance at RB1, and the chemistry with Newton should be readymade.

That guy who used to be the quarterback of the Patriots and is now in Tampa would love a beefy RB.

True, the Bucs are attempting to appease Tom Brady by signing LeSean McCoy to a one-year deal, but McCoy lost his spot to a young halfback in Kansas City before being shelved in the Super Bowl. And if McCoy is being projected by anyone to be the team's lead back for Week 1, well, that simply drives home my point regarding concern at the position. Adding Fournette would keep him in Florida, where there's no state tax, something he's sure to be keen on when considering he will need to keep as many of his coins near as possible in the event he loses the $4 million grievance against the Jaguars, and puts him with Brady and Bruce Arians -- two people who are unequivocal in what they demand from players (both in character and in production).

It's a doable deal financially as well, because although the Bucs have a scant $2.24 million in cap space currently -- via Overthecap.com -- Fournette isn't in position to command big money. A one-year prove-it deal would give him the chance to join a club on the verge of becoming a winner, on an offense loaded with receiving talent, under a proven head coach, behind a six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, and right next door to the team he loathes in North Florida. It's perfect for Fournette, truly, and he could parlay a dynamic 2020 into a multi-year deal with the RB-needy Bucs next offseason.

As far as future tense goes, should he stick around, the Bucs would enjoy seeing a rotation that includes Fournette, Ronald Jones, II and young talent like either Ke'Shawn Vaughn or Raymond Calais, so this really becomes more and more of a no-brainer if you think about it. Tampa Bay is all in on winning a Super Bowl in 2020, and signing Fournette would play right into that narrative.

If you're sitting in the front office in Miami and you're reading this, pick up the phone.

Trust me, I get it. You added Matt Breidaand Jordan Howard this offseason, but pick up the phone. You like the upside on Myles Gaskin, but pick up the phone. You see something in Patrick Laird, but pi-... you get the point here. With the issue of quarterback now seemingly solved and Tua Tagovailoa readying to be the face of the franchise for the next half decade or more, he needs some help in the backfield. Sending away Kenyan Drake by way of trade with the Arizona Cardinals ended swimmingly for them, but it left the Dolphins without a feature back en route to seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick (!!) lead the team in rushing with only 243 (!!!) yards in 2019, and he also led the team in rushing touchdowns with four.

That's as ugly as the witch who gave Snow White the apple, but at least she had an apple. Prior to adding Breida and Howard, the RB room was in dire straits, and it still can't be viewed as "elite" for 2020. Breida did good things for the 49ers, but he's not the offensive bully Fournette is. Howard is a bit of a different story, seeing as he has two 1,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt, but a tandem of Fournette and Howard is just feels downright more impactful than Breida and Howard in a rideshare capacity.

And the Dolphins need the most powerful one-two punch they can get to help out Tagovailoa. From there, the club could use Breida as both insurance and a spell RB, while developing some of the younger talent behind the trio.

Lastly, but also of significant importance, is the fact grabbing Fournette would eliminate the Patriots' ability to do so. That's not a primary reason to make the move, but it is most definitely something to help fuel the motivation to sign him, considering Miami is hoping to finally take the AFC East crown in 2020 -- having not done so since 2008 and achieving the goal only twice since the turn of the century.

Pick up the phone.

Todd Gurley is gone.

Breaking news, I know, but it's a reminder that the Rams could use a bully in the backfield for 2020. Even with reduced utilization in 2019, Gurley still led the team with 1,064 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. You can love the potential of Malcolm Brown and still point out the fact he posted only 271 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns last season. Now that he's the feature back in Los Angeles, the added reps will inevitably cause those numbers to go up, but it's not a guarantee he'll suddenly rack up 1,200 rushing yards in his first season as the top dog. In his five-year career, Brown has never rushed for more than the 255 yards he delivered in 2019, and had only two touchdowns in the four seasons prior -- before his career-best five last year.

Contrarily, even a disgruntled Fournette on the most toxic team in football produced in a big way, so imagine what he might do if added to a team with a winning culture who also needs him to help lead the way. There are other bodies in the Rams RB room, and they are talented as well (e.g., Darrell Henderson, second-round rookie Cam Akers), but the football resume simply isn't there for them either. This is a situation where adding Fournette creates a definitive focal point for opposing defenses that will take pressure off of Jared Goff, and open up the passing game as Sean McVay intends.

Pairing Fournette with Brown is simply smart football business, assuming McVay and Co. can keep the former fourth-overall pick a happy camper, by way of ensuring he's the lead back. It's when Fournette gets disgruntled that things go dark, but that's why they call it being "disgruntled".

This team has been stacking running backs all offseason, so why stop now?

Washington is desperate to find a successor to Adrian Peterson after several failed attempts since signing him. It's not lack of production that warrants them locating an heir, but age and contract, because the future Hall of Famer is a ripe 35 years old and entering the final year of his deal. So even if Peterson can still produce, it doesn't mean he'll land another contract in Washington, despite feeling he has upwards of four more years left in him. They tried benching Peterson in Week 1 of the 2019 season to give former second-round pick Derrious Guice, but were forced to give the reins back to Peterson in Week 2 and beyond due to yet another injury to Guice. With Guice now released following a troubling detailing of domestic violence allegations, there's a free seat ready and waiting for Fournette.

Rookie third-round pick Antonio Gibson helps the room, but he's not taken a snap in the NFL just yet, and there's no preseason for him to acclimate more quickly; so put a pin in that. Bryce Love, Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic all have talent, but you could roll them together into a ball and wouldn't equal what Fournette has done at the NFL level. For all the bodies in the RB room in Washington, Peterson is the only one that would strike any sort of fear into the heart of a defense, and he's possibly on his way out in 2021.

Sign Fournette on an incentive-laden prove-it deal to challenge Peterson for reps. If he can't beat out an aging Peterson, take what you get from him in production and move on in the offseason. If, however, Fournette hits prime form and nudges Peterson out of the way, the test drive proves successful, and there could be a multi-year re-up for the 25-year-old -- possibly tethering him to Dwayne Haskins for the next several seasons and helping to create a solid offensive corps for the future.

The biggest risk here is, of the teams mentioned, Washington is least likely to be a winner in 2020; but Fournette can't exactly be too picky as he desperately needs to rebuild his brand, and pronto.

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Dr. Jordan B. Peterson at the Canadian Summit '17 on Wednesday June 28, 2017. Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

Gov. Mike Huckabee, the father of former White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee, has some pretty interesting observations regarding Black Lives Matter. He speaks of a far more accurate designation Black Lives Matter More. He also finds an inherent trap in the name: If you disagree with the tactics or ideology of the organization, youre automatically considered a racist.

For example, in my town in Southern California, a bit bigger than Chatham-Kent, our Fourth of July parade was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise our huge fireworks display was cancelled. Yet for the third consecutive week in a row, the Black Lives Matter organization was given a permit to demonstrate, despite some pretty bad behaviour over the previous two events.

Likewise, the mayor of New York City was seen disrupting a funeral ostensibly because of the pandemic, but allowed BLM supporters or at least those who attended BLM events to loot, riot and assault people with impunity.

It seems that organizations and cities are falling all over themselves to placate the organization.

I dont understand the support, as ultimately they were founded upon a lie. Jonathan Caperhart of the Washington Post describes Michael Brown as an inappropriate symbol. And the Hands up, Dont shoot slogan that originated in Ferguson, Missouri was made up by a witness found to be a liar.

When two of an organizations leaders very openly describe themselves as highly trained Marxists and are very open about their plan of dismantling our society, then whats the attraction?

But their trainers apparently did a good job, because, as with Mao, one of their first objectives was to deface or destroy important parts of the existing culture.

One of their colleagues expressed a desire to burn the country down, and in that interview was prompted by an interviewer to clarify whether he meant that literally or figuratively. He seemed to not understand at first, and then said burning down the country was up to us.

Canadian Jordan Peterson saw this coming three years ago. He said what fed them was hatred, but we had to remember that ultimately they were like a clueless, rebellious kid that gets sucked in by the mob, and gets saturated with blood lust when behind a hammer and sickle flag.

Peterson said we should approach them in a spirit of peace, as hate creates more hate, ultimately hitting a flash point like we see today.

What theyre after is absolute power.

Im thinking its a bit late for peace.

Were upside down here. A couple saw their gate come down with rioters threatening to kill them, so they backed the crowd off. A district attorney threw corrupt charges them and not at the rioters.

As I pointed out, other legal groups are not allowed their U.S. First Amendment rights, but this organization is faced with no such barrier.

Its frustrating to see cops under the microscope, afraid to use reasonable force to stop looting and other crimes. A few weeks ago, Antifa announced on social media they were going to destroy a town located a bit north or me. A reception of well-armed citizens were waiting for them. Apparently that didnt keep a few of them from running off at the mouth and they got a hard lesson about threatening peoples home.

Its not the way we want to see things going, but if we keep treating them with some special dispensation its likely things will get worse.

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Watching the Republican National Convention has felt like falling into an algorithmically-driven rabbit hole of right-wing YouTube.

Instead of relying on former presidents or party nominees to give impassioned speeches on conservative values and policies, the RNC has been dominated by Trump-supporting culture warriors whose rhetoric sounds eerily similar to online discourse pushed by right-of-center (some decidedly far-right) social media stars.

The four-day political pageant even kicked off Monday night with a speech by a prominent conservative YouTuber, Charlie Kirk.

The 26-year-old Turning Point USA co-founder with close ties to the Trump White House called the president the "bodyguard of Western civilization." Whatever Kirk meant by "Western civilization" isn't exactly clear, but the term is an obsession of right-wing YouTubers like Dennis Prager, "Intellectual Dark Web" celebrities like Jordan Peterson, and the recently banned by YouTube alt-right philosopher Stefan Molyneux.

When Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones spoke at the RNC of the Democrats' keeping Black people on their "mental plantation," I felt like I was listening to Candace Owens, the YouTube star and Trump favorite who started "Blexit" to convince Black people to abandon the Democratic Party.

Patrica and Mark McCloskey best known for drawing their guns on Black Lives Matter protesters outside their St. Louis home called congressional candidate and protest organizer Cori Bush a "Marxist liberal activist" during their RNC speech. Granted, Bush is a Democratic Socialist, but the McCloskey's deliberate and repeated invocation of Marx made me think of "cultural Marxism" an obsession of conspiracy theorists like former InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson.

Right-wing YouTubers like Ben Shapiro are positively obsessed with opposing left-wingers' goal of "equality of outcome" rather than "equality of opportunity." The latter phrase made it into both Jon Voight's RNC intro narration and Tiffany Trump's Tuesday night speech.

There's nothing particularly novel about hearing these things at an overtly partisan and propagandistic event. Conservatives don't like socialism, they like their "culture," and they can't understand why more Black people won't vote for them.

What's striking is how these phrases, which are repeated like mantras on right-wing YouTube, have made it to the big kids' table at the RNC.

One reason for YouTube rhetoric reaching prime-time could be that under Trump, the GOP's long flirtation with anti-intellectualism went into high gear. Thoughtful, principled Republicans were purged as "Never Trump cuck-RINOs." All that remains are Trump sycophants and a leader who openly flirts with dangerous online conspiracy theories like QAnon.

Filling the void are the conservative YouTubers, whose audiences are legion, and who are directed deeper into extreme content both by the site's algorithm and by the communities formed around these channels.

Hearing these phrases and bugaboos sprinkled throughout RNC speeches feels in some sense like a callback to their original sources. And they may be deliberate or inadvertent signals to young conservatives.

The message: We know who the conservative thought leaders are in the Trump era, and we watch their videos, too.

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A Camden couple involved in a wire fraud case stemming from a fake will have been released from federal prison according to documents filed in the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court.

John Kinley and Diane Kinley were both convicted and sentenced to terms in the Federal Bureau of Prisons system last year after offering guilty pleas in the fake will case of Matthew Seth Jacobs. They had previously petitioned the court for compassionate release due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, but were denied.

Documents filed state, Undersigned counsel learned the Bureau of Prisons released Mr. Kinley to home confinement for the remainder of his term of imprisonment, and he has returned to Camden, Arkansas. Mr. Kinley achieved his request, to return home. He does not want to proceed with his Motion to Renew Compassionate Release Motion.

Likewise, a document referencing Diane Kinley states, Undersigned counsel learned that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has released Ms. Kinley to home confinement for the remainder of her prison term, and Ms. Kinley is in Camden, Arkansas. Ms. Kinley does not want to proceed with her compassionate release request for a sentence reduction

Jacobs, a Camden resident, was the recipient of a multi-million dollar settlement in April 2012 as a result of injuries he sustained in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

The Kinleys became acquainted with Jacobs through Diane Kinleys sister, Donna Herring, who federal investigators later discovered had embedded her family in Jacobs life after he approached her, a real estate agent, for assistance in purchasing a home and investment properties.

After Jacobs was killed in a January 2015 automobile accident at 34 years old, Herring produced the only will discovered to this date in his name; it subsequently was discovered that Herring had forged the will with the Kinleys acting as signatories.

John Kinley was sentenced to prison on Nov. 12, 2019 to 12 months and one day; he has been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City, Ark. since Jan. 22, 2020. Diane Kinley was sentenced the following day to 18 months in prison; she has been housed at the Federal Medical Center Carswell Unit in Fort Worth, Tex. for the same period of time.

Original motions denied

Both John and Diane Kinley filed motions for sentence reductions on April 16, citing federal laws including the First Step Act and the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act.

Upon release, I will return home to my wife of 28 years, a note attached to John Kinleys motion reads. I will also reunite with my sons, their wives and grandchildren whom Ive greatly missed. My job at the Country Club is waiting for me. I will begin work when I return home.

John and Diane Kinley noted in their motions that they requested a compassionate release from their respective prison wardens, with John Kinley indicating that he believed the requirement that 30 days pass without a response from the warden had been lifted due to the ongoing public health crisis, and Diane Kinley saying the exercise in completing ones Administrative Remedy would be an exercise in futility.

Judge Susan O. Hickey, who presided over the Kinleys criminal case, denied both their motions, citing procedural problems in their filings related to not waiting for an Administrative Remedy a compassionate release from their respective prisons wardens or at least 30 days between their request for one and their filing their motions in federal court.

On April 28, after 30 days had passed since both John and Diane Kinley requested release from their respective prisons wardens, they again filed motions in the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Arkansas for compassionate release. John Kinley cited a death attributable to COVID-19 having occurred in the FCI in his second motion.

Diane Kinley referred to the prison as a petri dish in her letter, referring to the high community spread of COVID-19 in congregate living settings like prisons and nursing homes.

Their motions reached the court on May 6 after traveling through the prison mail system. On May 7, Hickey appointed public defender Bruce Eddy, who represented Diane Kinley in the criminal proceedings against her last year, to represent both in any further motions filed in reference to the First Step Act.

FCI outbreak

The FCI in Forrest City has been the location of one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in correctional facilities in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Health listed 752 cases of COVID-19 in inmates at the facility with 633 recovered and 18 staff who have recovered on Monday. The ADH also report no deaths at the facility; John Kinleys second motion contradicts that.

According to the BOP website, active cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 65 BOP facilities and 26 Residential Reentry Management Centers, where federal prisoners may be transferred to in advance of their release to prepare for reentry into society.

The websites case tracker does not list any deaths in the prison facility at Forrest City; it reported four active cases in staff at the medium-security unit and 154 active inmate cases and one active staff case at the low-security unit as of Friday morning.

Other players

Donna Herring, the primary defendant in the years-long fake will case, has not requested any sort of early release as of June 12. She is currently incarcerated at the Bryan Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Tex.

Herring was sentenced on Nov. 12, 2019 to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty in January 2019 to wire fraud.

Jordan Alexandra Peterson, another defendant in the case and Herrings daughter, who pleaded guilty to lying to a federal investigator in relation to the case in January 2018 and was sentenced last November to three years probation, has been serving her sentence since Jan. 22.

Herring and the Kinleys have also been ordered to pay $132,964.66 in restitution to Matthew Seth Jacobs son Jordan Jacobs, who at the time of his fathers death was his sole descendent and the heir-at-law to his estate. Peterson was not included in the restitution order.

In the fake will created by Herring, Peterson was named as the primary beneficiary of Matthew Seth Jacobs estate, with only $50,000 being willed to Jordan Jacobs to help him pay for college or trade school. Jordan Jacobs later received an additional settlement from his fathers life insurance of about $250,000, before the contested will was discovered to have been forged.

In addition to the restitution owed to Jordan Jacobs, Herring and the Kinleys were also ordered to return all property from the estate, property purchased with proceeds from the estate and leftover monies from the estate.

Caitlan Butler contributed reporting.

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When you look at the offseason for the Arizona Cardinals they invested a lot in the defense.

They picked up a starter along the defensive line, a nice player to pair with Chandler Jones on the edge and an athlete to pair with Jordan Hicks inside at linebacker.

Oh, of course they drafted maybe the best defensive prospect in the entire 2020 NFL Draft as well.

That begs the question, who has to play well for the Arizona Cardinals defense to take the next step?

When you look at the individuals on defense in 2019, Chandler Jones, Corey Peters and Jordan Hicks all had good to great seasons.

Therefore they have to maintain their level of play for the Cardinals to be better in 2020, but they clearly wont be the key to the defense taking the next step.

So who is?

Here are the five players I think will be the key.

Jordan Phillips - Phillips got paid after a career season and looks like he can be a dominant force along the defensive line. The Cardinals need him to be.

Zach Allen - Allen was one of the prizes of a great 2019 draft class, at least what the Cardinals hope will be a great class. He has to pair with Phillips to give the Cardinals something consistent on the defensive line, or all the money invested off the ball won't matter a bit.

DeVondre Campbell - While the Cardinals Isaiah Simmons needs to be great to justify his pick, in 2020 the Cardinals need Campbell to be a preview of what Simmons will become in his career. Campbell had to offer something against tight ends and give some much needed athleticism at the off ball linebacker spot.

Patrick Peterson - Peterson showed flashes, but the Cardinals need him to be back to form in 2020. Peterson wants a big payday, so he needs to play well to get what he wants.

Robert Alford - Both corners? Yep, because it was clear last year that Byron Murphy wasnt ready. Maybe Murphy will be in 20, but for now they need Alford and Peterson to be the duo they had hoped for in 2019 if they are going to compete.

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Dave Rubins recent Dont Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason documents the YouTube personalitys intellectual journey from a Young Turks firebrand to a self-described classical liberal and an unlikely hero of the political right. Rubin hails from what has been termed the intellectual dark web, made up of individuals from the left and right who have found themselves on the wrong side of current political whimsmost notably in regard to free speech, race theory, or gender politics.

These individuals include Jordan Peterson, Brett Weinstein, Sam Harris, and Ben Shapiro, all frequent guests on Daves wildly successful YouTube channel and podcast, The Rubin Report. Rubin prides himself on giving a platform to diverse viewpoints, championing a classical liberal perspective he differentiates from the newer regressive left.

While Rubin agrees with many of the issues conservatives are most vilified forfree speech, freedom of religion, Second Amendment rightshe continues to term himself a classical liberal. In Dont Burn This Book, Rubin shows us why he and others who have left the left still consider themselves liberals, lending itself to a broader conversation about liberal and conservative thought.

Dont Burn This Book isnt a dense treatise. Much of what Rubin is discussing are ideas are both conservatives and liberals have been hashing for centuries. The book isnt a manual of new ideas, but an entreaty to return to the old ideas of the left before it turned, as Rubin puts it, regressive.

Chapter 3, entitled Think Freely or Die, spends more than 40 pages outlining a middle ground on hot topics of the day, decrying the vilification of those who hold the slightest different view from current woke trends, discussing free speech, Second Amendment issues, abortion, American exceptionalism, immigration, and more.

According to Rubin, todays liberals, no longer accept that all men are created equal. He writes, While liberalism aims to produce hard work and pride around a common cause, our new, negative worldview spawns only jealousy and grievance. By contrast, classical liberalism returns to the roots of liberalism, rejecting authoritarian leftism.

Before his political awakening began, Rubin says he was, solidly pro-choice, but has recently begun describing himself as begrudgingly pro-choice. While hes upset with the way the left has fetishize[d] abortion, he still supports the right of women to have an abortion before the 12th week of pregnancy. However, Dave concedes that the unborn child is a human life and argues, What may seem to be a logical inconsistency is a well-thought-out position.

Daves reasoning for his position on abortion skews liberal. He says the 12-week cutoff point for abortions is the optimal compromise between observing the rights of the individual (primarily the mother, then the baby) and the necessary role of public policy, which protects our freedoms in the first place. Dave ranks the right of the mother to choose her destiny above the right of the unborn child to live his or her life.

Liberals arent immoral, but they typically place individual freedom over other moral considerations. In this case, a womans right to free herself of responsibility and the physical and mental toll pregnancy and subsequent motherhood leaves her with trumps the fact that life is sacred. At the same time, Rubin tries to balance this position with the recognition that taking an innocent life is immoral.

In the pro-life debate, conservatives and liberals often talk past each other. Liberals see an individuals potential for self-actualization infringed upon and nothing else. Conservatives see the murder of a human life and nothing else. Rubin recognizes this classic conflict between the liberal and conservative mind, saying, My libertarian side says that government should have nothing to with this decision, Rubin explains, but my realist [or perhaps his conservative] side says the state has a duty to protect the life of the unborn.

Abortion is not the only aspect where Daves classically liberal positions highlight the age-old differences between conservative and liberal thought. Dave, a married gay man, doesnt see why someone who cares about individual liberty would be against same-sex marriage.

While he tolerates religious positions on the issue, an individuals right to act in accordance with that position, he makes a too broad sweep over why some of these individuals also believe the government would be remiss in recognizing same-sex marriages as such. But according to the classical liberal tradition, if individual liberty is all that principally matters, then why would anyone care if a same-sex couple may marry?

If you believe in individual rights, he puts it, then, great stuff, youre on the right path. Rubins explanation of the classical liberal, or libertarian, reasoning for gay marriage is woefully simplistic. Its not that Christians and other religious individuals think their religious beliefs should be foisted upon the rest of the nation, but that up until very recently most agreed that government plays a role in shaping the moral compass of the nation through families.

The idea that the state has a role in protecting moral ends is inherent to conservatism. In the case of abortion, to the conservative this means protecting human life at the expense of a womans claimed right to choose. In the case of gay marriage, this means protecting a certain model of the family as the most conducive to a virtuous society, at the expense of homosexual couples ability to marry.

Liberals have often been ridiculed for being so open minded their brains fall out, which, while unhelpful as a serious point of political argument, makes a salient point. The liberal tendency is to look to the future and the new to such an extent that they forget the roots that have held together Western Civilization for so long. Thankfully, Rubin has the good sense to avoid that pitfall, dedicating a whole chapter to praising American excellence and the values of Western civilization.

As Rubin finds that the left has abandoned true liberalism, Rubin, who is by no means a conventional conservative, has found an intellectual home on the right. While the principles of free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of thought arent exclusively conservative or liberal (both sides have their bittersweet histories), its also no accident conservatives have been the ones doing the conserving of age-old civil liberties.

In Chapter 5, Rubin recounts the story of how conservative radio host Larry Elder changed his mind on systemic racism on his YouTube show and podcast The Rubin Report. Instead of digging in his heels, Rubin used the interview as an opportunity to open minds, including his own. [W]hether I liked it or not, he writes, this devastatingly embarrassing moment was everything The Rubin Report was meant to be aboutpushing personal and political growth through conversation.

Maybe conservatives could learn from this. Just as liberals tend to look towards the future and the new to the detriment of the tried and true, conservatives tendency to focus on what has been rather than what could be, often blinds them from considering differing viewpoints. Rubin and The Rubin Report are a testament to how people of goodwill on both sides can stand up for the other sides right to say what they think, even when they dont agree.

Sarah Weaver is a graduate student at Hillsdale College. You can read more of her work as well as contact her through her website at sarah-weaver.net. Find Sarah on Twitter @SarahHopeWeaver.

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