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2:30 PM ET, November 21, 2015

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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Rachel Maddow slams Trump for blaming Muslim database backlash on the media  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  MSNBC host Rachel Maddow blasted Donald Trump and his campaign on Friday for refusing to debunk his apparent support for special “databases” and identification for US Muslims.
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New York Times:
Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S.  —  Under assault from Democrats and Republicans alike, Donald J. Trump on Friday drew back from his call for a mandatory registry of Muslims in the United States, trying to quell one of the ugliest controversies yet in a presidential campaign like few others.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How the crazy Trump Muslim database story got started
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
DNC Ad Attacking Republicans for Saying ‘Radical Islam’ Is Laughably Stupid
Teun Voeten / Politico:
Molenbeek broke my heart … Last Saturday in Paris, at the Boulevard Voltaire near the Bataclan club, I found myself staring at a pool of blood.  I wondered what was happening with the world, and refocused my camera on the aftermath of the terror.  When it became clear the attacks were planned in Molenbeek, I was not surprised.
Discussion: neo-neocon
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Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Brussels metro shut as Belgian capital put on maximum alert  —  Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds because of a “serious and imminent” threat of an attack.
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Republican: Syrian refugees coming to U.S. for a ‘paid vacation’  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) says refugees fleeing war-torn Syria are trying to come to the U.S. for a “paid vacation” in the form of generous welfare programs.  —  “I'm one of these folks that think we need to stop paying …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Congressman: Syrian Refugees Are Just Looking For A ‘Paid Vacation’  —  Rather than escaping a bloody civil war, a United States congressman suggested that Syrian refugees are coming to the U.S. for free vacations.  —  In an appearance on the Dale Jackson Show on Friday, Rep. Mo Brooks …
Robert Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
The Crisis of World Order  —  After Paris, Islamic State's rise and Syria's agony are shaking a weakened Europe—and the international system.  Can the U.S. summon the resolve to respond?  —  For several years, President Barack Obama has operated under a set of assumptions about the Middle East …
Discussion: Newsalert
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Carson loses his hold on Iowa's conservatives  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Hours after terrorists attacked a hotel in Mali and a week after Islamic State fighters struck Paris, Ted Cruz took the floor here to deliver a harsh critique of President Obama's Middle East posture and pledge a hardline approach to Syrian Muslim refugees.
KWTX-TV:
Video Shows Bystander Shooting At Thief At Local Walmart Store … Headlines List  —  A bystander took a shot at a fleeing purse thief Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Bellmead in an incident that a witness recorded on a cellphone.
Discussion: Raw Story and addictinginfo.org
New York Times:
The Price of Fear  —  After the attacks in Paris, the world is again challenged by fear.  With every bombing, beheading and mass shooting, the dread spreads, along with the urgency of defeating this nihilism.  —  But no less a challenge for the civilized world is the danger of self-inflicted injury.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A threat to freedom of speech at the Supreme Court  —  Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts.  The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress.  On campuses, censorship proliferates as political advocacy is confined to designated spaces.
Discussion: Hot Air
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Americans: Pay Your Taxes—Or Lose Your Passport  —  U.S. government will be able to deny new passports or revoke ones held by people with serious tax debts  —  Congress is poised to enact a law denying or revoking passports for U.S. citizens who haven't paid their taxes.
 
 
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