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MarketWatch.com: NFL's new national-anthem policy reportedly on hold
The National Football League and its players union have issued a joint statement that implementation of , under which all players on the field at the time of the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" would be required to stand respectfully, is on hold. Players would be free to remain in the locker room, if they chose to do so. The league and the Players Association, according to , said they were continuing to work toward resolution of the controversy, which kicked off when quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then of the San Francisco 49ers, followed by players around the league, took to kneeling during the playing of the anthem in protest of police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality. The New York Post and others that news of the policy pause followed a report that the Miami Dolphins were set to take actions including four-game suspensions against players who violated the new NFL policy.

Earnings Outlook: Toy maker earnings: Will Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation continue to squeeze Hasbro and Mattel?
Soft performance of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ toys could weigh on Hasbro; Mattel was downgraded twice in JuneSome analysts say the Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation will continue to have an impact on Hasbro and Mattel, while others highlight other headwinds.

MarketWatch First Take: Microsoft shows it deserves place among tech giants
Opinion: With Azure doing the heavy lifting, pressure is on for Microsoft to keep growingMicrosoft Corp. became even more deserving of its $800 billion plus valuation this quarter but the pressure is on the 43-year-old software giant to keep up the growth and maintain its seat at the table with the other high performing tech behemoths

MarketWatch.com: FBI has secret tape of Trump talking payment to Playboy model: N.Y. Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a tape of President Donald Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model, according to a report from . The article published Friday morning indicates that the president's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, recorded a conversation with Trump two months before his 2016 election in which payments to a former Playboy model were discussed, the paper wrote, citing lawyers and others familiar with the matter. That former Playboy model was identified by the Times as Karen McDougal. The FBI seized the tape during a raid on Cohen's office. The report comes as adult-film star Stormy Daniels says she was paid by Trump's attorney to keep quiet about an alleged affair just prior to his election. Daniels legal name is Stephanie Clifford. Trump has publicly of any payment to the film star. Stocks didn't react to the New York Times report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index retained slight gains. Investors have mostly ignored the White House drama to focus more on upbeat earnings and a strong economic backdrop. The payments have been a focus for some because they could constitute a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

Deep Dive: Why you should buy shares of companies whose CEOs have skin in the game
Bryan Hinmon of the Motley Fool Global Opportunities Fund likes Amazon.com, XPO Logistics, Watsco and AtlassianBryan Hinmon of the Motley Fool Global Opportunities Fund likes Amazon.com, XPO Logistics, Watsco and Atlassian.

The New York Post: At least 11 dead after ‘duck boat’ capsizes in Missouri
5 others still missing after thunderstorm flips and sinks tourist boatFive people are still missing as 11, including children, are reported dead Thursday after a tourist “duck boat” flipped and sank during a thunderstorm on a lake in Branson, Mo.

The Wall Street Journal: The very first test drive of Tesla’s Model 3 Performance: ‘The car is a star. Doubters will have to bring it’
The Tesla brand has its share of haters, but none have yet driven the new Model 3 Performance—until now.The Tesla brand has its share of haters, but none have yet driven the new Model 3 Performance—until now. Dan Neil takes a first turn behind the wheel of the dual-motor dynamo.

Personal Finance Daily: Why husbands and wives lie about their salaries and you should make your Venmo account private
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Grow: ‘Real Housewives’ star Bethenny Frankel gets real about money
Take a lesson from the founder of Skinnygirl cocktailsBethenny Frankel, founder of Skinnygirl, opens up about her childhood and the clause that saved her millions.

MarketWatch.com: Morgan Stanley wraps up bank earnings with beat
Morgan Stanley's second-quarter earnings rose 39% from a year ago, wrapping up a big-bank earnings season that showed continued strength in the economy and few signs that global tensions are spilling over into the financial sector.