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1:40 PM ET, November 21, 2015

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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.
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Rachel Maddow slams Trump for blaming Muslim database backlash on the media
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
DNC Ad Attacking Republicans for Saying ‘Radical Islam’ Is Laughably Stupid
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 …
Discussion: Naked Politics
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
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.
Discussion: Guardian, Refinery29 and Infowars
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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
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
Alexandra Klausner For / Daily Mail:
University of Vermont held a ‘white privilege’ retreat for students who ‘self-identify as white’  — The free program was hosted by the university's African, Latino, Asian, Native American and Bi/Multiracial Student Center (ALNA)  — The retreat was aimed at answering questions …
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.
Raw Story:
Hacker collective Anonymous claims ISIS has plans for more attacks on Sunday  —  Anonymous Says New ISIS Threat To Paris Anonymous, the loose collective of online activists, said Saturday it has uncovered information about Islamic State group attacks in Paris as well as on locations in the U.S. …
Discussion: LiberalAmerica.org
David Batty / Guardian:
Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam  —  Friends of Palestinian Ashraf Fayadh believe he is being punished for posting video showing religious police lashing a man in public  —  A Palestinian poet and leading member of Saudi Arabia's nascent contemporary art scene has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam.
Discussion: Mashable and Friendly Atheist
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Kamel Daoud / New York Times:   Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Obama Sees Worst Rating on Handling of Terrorism in His Career
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems push to end ban on gun violence research
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Democrat Wins Mississippi House Race After Drawing Straw
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders calls for new NATO that includes Russia
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Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg Business:
Passenger Taken Off Chris Christie's Flight, Campaign Says
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Women of Hollywood Speak Out
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40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities
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Obama warns Asian leaders to avoid ‘pitfalls’ of America
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Hillary: Muslims ‘Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Terrorism’
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