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New York Times:
When it comes to self-defense, the burden is often on the prosecution.  —  For many Americans, the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges on Friday was a vindication of an innocent, if not heroic, teenager with good intentions.  For others, it was a brutal disappointment …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vanity Fair
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Wall Street Journal:
Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty of All Charges in Killing of Two
Discussion: Paul Curtman and Mediaite
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Proud Boys call for ‘stacking up’ bodies ‘like cord wood’ after Rittenhouse verdict  —  On Friday, NPR reported that extreme right groups are rejoicing at the acquittal of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse — and are fantasizing about instigating more violence in their private channels.
Discussion: NPR
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Ali Velshi / MSNBC:   NAACP President: Rittenhouse verdict ‘was an injustice’
New York Times:
How Hunter Biden's Firm Helped Secure Cobalt for the Chinese  —  The president's son was part owner of a venture involved in the $3.8 billion purchase by a Chinese conglomerate of one of the world's largest cobalt deposits.  The metal is a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles.
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New York Times:   A Power Struggle Over Cobalt Rattles the Clean Energy Revolution
Melissa E. Holsman / Yahoo News:
Jury acquits Gifford man who claimed self-defense after girlfriend killed by sheriff's SWAT team in 2017 raid  —  VERO BEACH - A Gifford man who claimed he was defending himself and his girlfriend when he fired shots at deputies during an early-morning raid in 2017 was acquitted Friday of charges that carried a life prison term.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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Steve King / WPBF:
Andrew Coffee IV found not guilty on all counts of murder, attempted first degree murder  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  The latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.  —  Your Email Address  —  Submit  —  Privacy Notice  —  VERO BEACH, Fla. —
Associated Press:
Ohio governor signs new congressional district map into law  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a map of new congressional districts on Saturday that will be in effect for the next four years, despite objections from Democrats and voting rights groups.
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Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Gov. Mike DeWine approves Ohio congressional map bill that likely strengthens GOP share  —  1,281  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill creating new Ohio congressional districts for 2022 and 2024 that, if they withstand legal challenges, likely will strengthen Republicans …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In the House and the Senate, Nancy Pelosi Gets Democrats to Play Ball  —  The House's approval of a sweeping social policy bill after weeks of fits and starts notched another win for the speaker in a career defined by them.  —  WASHINGTON — On a Wednesday night in September …
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Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation  —  The tech giants are paying millions of dollars to the operators of clickbait pages, bankrolling the deterioration of information ecosystems around the world.  —  Myanmar, March 2021.  —  A month after the fall of the democratic government.
Washington Post:
Biden and aides tell allies he is running in 2024 amid growing Democratic fears  —  President Biden and members of his inner circle have reassured allies in recent days that he plans to run for reelection in 2024, as they take steps to deflect concern about the 79-year-old president's commitment …
John Blake / CNN:
There's nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man  —  (CNN)The Brute.  The Buck.  And, of course, the Thug.  —  Those are just some of the names for a racial stereotype that has haunted the collective imagination of White America since the nation's inception.
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
One garage.  Two days.  Nine break-ins.  S.F.'s surge in burglaries is driving residents ‘hopping mad’  —  Jenna Smith was in Chicago last month attending her grandmother's funeral when her boyfriend began scrolling through home security footage on his phone.  Suddenly, he noticed a figure that didn't belong there.
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Dispatches Russian Vessels to Shadow U.S. Warships During Flare-Up  —  U.S. ships transited Black Sea amid heightened tensions as Moscow deployed forces near Ukraine  —  ABOARD THE USS PORTER, THE BLACK SEA—As the USS Porter entered the final hours of a transit across the Black Sea last week …
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
‘Orgy of violence’: Dutch police open fire on rioters  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police opened fire on protesters in rioting that erupted in downtown Rotterdam around a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions late Friday night.  The Dutch city's mayor called it “an orgy of violence.”
New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Energized, but ‘Trump Cancel Culture’ Poses a Threat  —  The former president, tightening his grip on the party as a haphazard kingmaker, threatens Republican incumbents and endorses questionable candidates.  —  PHOENIX — As the country's Republican governors met this week …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Covid-19 Deaths in 2021 Surpass 2020  —  Pandemic continues to exact huge toll despite vaccines as Delta variant spreads  —  The number of U.S. Covid-19 deaths recorded in 2021 has surpassed the toll in 2020, according to federal data and Johns Hopkins University, demonstrating the virus's persistent menace.
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance  —  This year, at least 46 transgender individuals in this country—and hundreds more around the world—were killed in horrifying acts of violence.  Each of these lives was precious.  Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As Biden agenda advances in Congress, White House weighs new offensive on inflation  —  Biden has blamed the oil industry for the increase in gas prices.  Other business broadsides could be coming.  —  After nearly eight months of gridlock, President Biden's push to overhaul the economy …
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
The 1619 Project started as history.  Now it's also a political program. … The New York Times's celebrated 1619 Project is as intriguing for the second half of its title as for the first.  What is the project of this sprawling project; what are not just its principal conclusions and messages …
PBS NewsHour:
2021 is now the deadliest year on record for transgender people  —  The list of names now is longer than it's ever been.  —  With nearly two months left, 2021 has shattered the record of transgender homicides in a year with 45 to date — most of them Black or Latinx — according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Discussion: UPI and Los Angeles Times
 
 
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
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Carson Kessler / ProPublica:
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Christian Schneider / The College Fix:
University fires administrator for discriminating against police chief who voted for Trump
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Reason
Reuters:
Amazon wages secret war on Americans' privacy, documents show
U.S. Department of Justice:
Nashotah man sentenced for attacking U.S. Service Member
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Reuters:
Fact Check-Claims that ‘Biden is not president’ because of footage with blurred presidential sign are false
Discussion: The Wrap
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Corporate America unloads on Biden's newly active business watchdogs
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
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Pew Research Center:
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Danusha V. Goska / Front Page Magazine:
A Letter to the Management of the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Kyle Rittenhouse to Appear on Tucker Carlson as Reality Trails The Onion by 6 Hours
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Governors Distance Themselves From Trump, Drawing His Ire
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story