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9:25 PM ET, November 20, 2021


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Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Virginia cop who was fired for anonymously donating $25 to Kyle Rittenhouse's defense fund after being outed by hackers demands his job back from woke police chief as jury acquits on ALL counts  — Lt. William Kelly, 42, was fired by Norfolk Police Department in April this year
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden owes Kyle Rittenhouse an apology  —  Joe Biden tweeted out a video during his 2020 presidential campaign in which Kyle Rittenhouse's image was spliced with infamous images of tiki-torch-bearing white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
From Kenosha riots to Kyle Rittenhouse trial, biased media coverage makes everyone angrier
Looters and vandals strike San Francisco's Union Square  —  Video shows SFPD chasing down suspected Louis Vuitton robbery suspects  —  Raw video of eyewitnesses who saw the aftermath of the San Francisco Union Square Louis Vuitton store being ransacked.  Caution: Content has strong language and video may be disturbing to some.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Rolling Stone
Carrie Levine / Center for Public Integrity:
Pro-Trump nonprofit gives millions to groups boosting his agenda  —  Dollars flowed to groups registering voters and pushing restrictive election laws.  —  A nonprofit closely tied to former President Donald Trump and his administration gave millions of dollars in 2020 to an array of conservative groups …
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: TheBlaze and Ace of Spades HQ
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: Twitchy, and Raw Story
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 …
Associated Press:   Ohio governor signs new congressional district map into law
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Eddie Bernice Johnson says she will retire from Congress after almost 30 years  —  Johnson's retirement sets off a frenzy of political activity among would-be successors.  —  U.S. Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson said Saturday she is retiring from Congress after almost 30 years …
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation  —  A month after the fall of the democratic government.  —  In 2015, six of the 10 websites in Myanmar getting the most engagement on Facebook were from legitimate media, according to data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-run tool.
Ben Gingell / The American Conservative:
Antifa and its Origins  —  In his latest, Paul Gottfried explains how “fascism” became uprooted from time and place in our political parlance. … In this sequel to his 2016 book Fascism: Career of a Concept, Paul Gottfried turns his attention to antifascist critics and movements …
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.
Discussion: The Guardian and Mother Jones
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
Concern grows for tennis player who accused Chinese official of sexual assault  —  The apparent disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has attracted the attention of the United Nations, Serena Williams, members of the U.S. Congress, and other international, high-profile individuals.
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.
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
New York Times:
A Power Struggle Over Cobalt Rattles the Clean Energy Revolution
Discussion: Mercury News
Katherine Shaver / Washington Post:
Single-family zoning preserves century-old segregation, planners say.  A proposal to add density is dividing neighborhoods.  —  In Montgomery County and some U.S. cities, planners say allowing for duplexes and triplexes would help correct racist zoning policies.
An accidental weapon discharge at Atlanta airport caused panic and halted flights  —  (CNN)The accidental discharge of a weapon near the main screening area of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused widespread panic Saturday afternoon, prompting a brief halt of departing flights over the busy travel weekend.
Jasmine Wright / CNN:
Second family becomes first to affix a mezuzah on executive home  —  (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff achieved another first in their historic roles when they affixed a white mezuzah to the right-hand side of the doorway of the vice presidential residence.
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 …
Ellen Uchimiya / CBS News:
Biden is the first president to turn 79 while in office  —  Joe Biden became the oldest man to occupy the White House when he was inaugurated earlier this year.  Now, he's the first president ever to turn 79 years of age while in office.  —  Born on November 20, 1942, Mr. Biden's birthday is Saturday.
Discussion: RedState
Chuck Jones / Forbes:
Biden Has More S&P 500 Records Than Trump  —  The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday at 4,704.54 (its third close above 4,700) and fell just short of another record on Friday when it dropped 6.58 points or 0.14% to 4,697.96.  The Nasdaq closed at a record high of 16,057 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
China and Russia vow not to let West divide them
Discussion: National Review, TASS and
Nicholas Fondacaro / Newsbusters:
Itching for Defamation Suit: Cuomo Smears Rittenhouse as Out to Kill
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
Kansas City Star:
Judge announces verdict in Kansas City police shooting trial
Discussion: The Root and TheGrio
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
The Republicans Have Turned Congress Into Arkham Asylum
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
Deep on the Steele beat: Erik Wemple & Marcy Wheeler
New York Times:
These Americans Are Just Going Around in Circles. It Helps the Climate.
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
At 1.9%, Nebraska Now Has the Lowest Unemployment Rate of Any State, Ever
The White House:
Statement by President Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices could rule on Texas abortion ban as soon as Monday
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Dispatches Russian Vessels to Shadow U.S. Warships During Flare-Up
Discussion: Associated Press and CBS News
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As Biden agenda advances in Congress, White House weighs new offensive on inflation
PBS NewsHour:
2021 is now the deadliest year on record for transgender people
Discussion: CNN, UPI and Los Angeles Times