NBA says all teams will be required to play the national anthem

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NBA says all teams will be required to play the national anthem

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Following the Dallas Mavericks discontinuing to play the national anthem before home games, the NBA released a statement that all teams would be required to play the anthem. The Dallas Mavericks stopped playing the anthem at the request of the owner Mark Cuban.

NBA chief communications officer Mike Bass said in a statement, “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy.” Most teams haven’t allowed fans back into their arenas this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Cuban responded to the news with his own statement. “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country,” Cuban said. “I have always stood for the anthem with the hand over my heart – no matter where I hear it played. But we also hear the voices of those who do not feel the anthem represents them. We feel they also need to be respected and heard because they have not been heard.”

Cuban said he hopes those who are passionate about the anthem will be “just as passionate about listening to those who do not feel it represents them.”


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Futures tied to each of the major indexes saw slight gains early this morning as investors continued to monitor stimulus talks in Washington and awaited earnings data from PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz, Kellogg, Disney, and Expedia.

Most of the S&P 500 companies that have shared their earnings reports so far have exceeded expectations.

“As we move through February, we have states reopening, the virus subsiding, and vaccinations spreading quickly,” said Commonwealth Financial Network’s Brad McMillan.

Investors also believe that another virus relief package would further boost the market.

“The markets are anticipating a large amount of stimulus being pumped into the economy,” said Scott Wren of Wells Fargo Investment Institute. “We do believe additional stimulus is needed to help the economy and consumers bridge the gap between now and when vaccines are more widely administered and lockdowns are lifted.”

What else should you be aware of this morning?


These 5 bad habits are making you more stressed

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Have you been feeling stressed lately? A bad habit or two could be to blame.

One of those bad habits is consuming too much caffeine. Research shows that high caffeine consumption is linked to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and mood swings. So, how much caffeine should you be drinking? It’s best to limit yourself to just one or two caffeinated beverages a day in order to avoid all of the health issues associated with caffeine, including increased stress and mood swings.

Another bad habit that could be upping your stress level is not getting enough movement and exercise throughout the day. Yes, exercise helps you lose weight and reduces your risk of developing major health issues, but it can also boost your mood and improve your mental health. What other bad habits do you need to break so you can lower your stress level?


There is such a thing as social media addiction, and many people unknowingly have it. Social media platforms have become such a normal part of our lives that we fail to realize how much time we spend on them. We also underestimate the impact on our mental health that social media has.

When you have your smartphone out, what percentage of the time are you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you review all notifications the instant they come in? And do you get a sense of validation whenever you get positive feedback via social media?

We must remind ourselves that social media doesn’t reflect real-world life. Things are exaggerated both positively and negatively. And if we aren’t careful, that habit can spill over into our personal mindset.

It’s ok to unfriend people or leave groups for the sake of your own mental health. And most importantly, always favor opportunities for in-person communication with others over social media interactions every time.

If you think Facebook or Twitter are harming your mental health, there are some pretty straightforward ways to help you reevaluate your social media use!


They're making predictions about the future of Trump - here are the top nine

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There are a lot of questions about the future of America. But it appears that there might actually be a few more about the future of our former President, Donald Trump.

Right now, he’s in the middle of his second impeachment trial – a claim no other President can make. The folks over at The Hill think that there are nine possible “futures” that Trump could wake up to one day.

In four of them, he’ll emerge from the chaos still holding the limelight and preserving his space in the “public domain.” But in the other five, he fades from view – at least until someone else comes in and takes the stage.

Which boat are you in? Take a look at all nine and reply back and let us know which one you think is the most likely to happen.

Stay Informed,


Rex Jackson

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