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12:00 PM ET, November 21, 2021


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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
AOC Fumes Over ‘Empty Promises’ Amid Gutted Spending Bill, Calls on WH to Bypass Congress: ‘Biden Could Do This Stuff With a Stroke of a Pen’  —  To hear Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tell it, Senate passage of the Build Back Better Act in something close to its current form is nothing short of a must.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why Democrats' ‘Talking Points Are Not Enough’  —  The House progressive spoke about “demoralizing” congressional negotiations, how she was told to stay away from Virginia's elections, and what it means to excite the Democratic base.
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Missouri Detective Is Convicted in Fatal Shooting of Black Man Outside His Home  —  A judge convicted Detective Eric DeValkenaere of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Cameron Lamb outside his home in 2019.  —  A Missouri police detective was found guilty on Friday in the death …
Discussion: TheGrio
Kansas City Star:   Judge announces verdict in Kansas City police shooting trial
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — 'She's F'ing Crazy': Trump Slams Pelosi over Iconic Finger Wagging Picture in Forthcoming Photo Book  —  Former President Donald Trump's forthcoming photo book will include the iconic photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wagging her finger at him during a White House meeting …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Dark Money Group Giving Big to White Supremacists  —  Donors Trust raised $360 million last year.  They've been spreading around that money to white supremacist organizations, Jan. 6 organizers, conservative causes, and universities.  —  Efforts to overturn the election.  Jan. 6 organizers.
Discussion: Raw Story
Carrie Levine / Center for Public Integrity:   Pro-Trump nonprofit gives millions to groups boosting his agenda
Bryan Pietsch / Washington Post:
Disney World halts vaccine requirement for workers after Florida restricts employer mandates  —  Disney has halted a coronavirus vaccine requirement for workers at Walt Disney World in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation last week restricting such mandates for workplaces.
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and TheBlaze
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Complicated Truth About Trump 2024  —  If Donald Trump tries to run for president again, one of his former campaign advisers has a plan to dissuade him.  Anticipating that Trump may not know who Adlai Stevenson was or that he lost two straight presidential elections in the 1950s …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Marine Corps compliance with vaccine mandate on course to be military's worst  —  Up to 10,000 active-duty Marines will not be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus when their deadline arrives in coming days, a trajectory expected to yield the U.S. military's worst immunization rate.
Billy House / Bloomberg:
Trump Says Former Trade Aide Navarro Must Defy House Covid Probe  — Subpoenaed Navarro urged to ‘protect executive privilege’  — Panel suggests Trump team prioritized politics over pandemic  —  Former President Donald Trump told his former White House trade adviser to defy …
Discussion: HuffPost, Insider and The Hill
Sarah Fortinsky / CNN:
Jan. 6 committee member: Many of 200+ witnesses are ex-Trump admin staff who voluntarily came forward
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
David Barraza / Associated Press:
El Salvador to build cryptocurrency-fueled “Bitcoin City”  —  LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador (AP) — In a rock concert-like atmosphere, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced that his government will build an oceanside “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano.
Enes Kanter / Wall Street Journal:
Move the Olympics for Peng Shuai's Sake  —  The IOC shockingly echoes Beijing's rhetoric on the tennis star's disappearance.  —  Tennis champion Peng Shuai took to social media earlier this month to accuse a former top-ranking official in the Chinese Communist Party of sexually assaulting her.
Discussion: New York Times
Ryan King / Washington Examiner:
Concern grows for tennis player who accused Chinese official of sexual assault
Anthony L. Fisher / Insider:
Parents of kids that couldn't go to school for a year and a half are mad as hell.  That's a problem for Democrats.  — Parents begged for schools to reopen, long after it became clear that it was safe to do so.  — But in Democratic-run areas, the teachers unions called the shots and kept them closed.
Acosta says this comment has put Tucker Carlson over the top  —  CNN's Jim Acosta criticizes Fox News' latest coverage of top headlines including the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, the Astroworld tragedy in Houston and Vice President Kamala Harris, stating the network is churning out “lie after lie.”
Discussion: The Wrap
Mark Phillips / KNXV:
VIDEO: Senator Kyrsten Sinema sits down with ABC15  —  PHOENIX — Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema didn't do much talking while she helped shepherd the infrastructure bill through the Senate.  But on Friday she took time out during her infrastructure tour in Phoenix to speak with ABC15 exclusively.
Wall Street Journal:
Supply-Chain Problems Show Signs of Easing  —  Asian output is coming back and some bottlenecks are clearing, but labor shortages could persist into next year  —  Global supply-chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they don't expect …
Washington Post:
A MAGA squad of Trump loyalists sees its influence grow amid demands for political purity among Republicans  —  The show of force from Donald Trump's staunchest congressional allies began almost immediately after 13 House Republicans voted this month in favor of a massive infrastructure bill …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Sununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire  —  New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) dashed Republicans' hopes of netting a gold-standard Senate candidate last week when he announced he'd run for reelection next year instead of challenging Sen. Maggie Hassan (D), setting off a scramble to find an alternative top-tier recruit.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Yemen's Battleground Shifts in Favor of Iran-Backed Houthis  —  Saudi Arabia is scrambling to defend oil-rich city against group, as Biden administration debates whether to back Riyadh in Yemen civil war  —  RIYADH—Houthi fighters allied with Iran have gained important new ground …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Plans to Stage Protest Outside Fox News Headquarters  —  ‘CONTROLLED OPPOSITION’  —  MyPillow CEO and 2020 dead-ender Mike Lindell has announced plans to organize a protest outside Fox News' New York City headquarters.  “We are going to do something out in front of Fox News …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Wines / New York Times:
As Gerrymanders Get Worse, Legal Options to Overturn Them Dwindle  —  Persuading judges to undo skewed political maps was never easy.  A shifting judicial landscape is making it harder.  —  Voting-rights advocates are in a North Carolina state court in Raleigh this month …
Kyle Rittenhouse verdict sends a chilling message to Wisconsin and the rest of the country  — Wisconsin State Journal editorial board  —  This wasn't the message Wisconsin or our nation needed to hear, even if the jury correctly followed the law.  —  Teenager Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
From Kenosha riots to Kyle Rittenhouse trial, biased media coverage makes everyone angrier
Timothy Nerozzi / Washington Examiner:
State university offers race-segregated events after Rittenhouse trial, mistakenly saying Jacob Blake is dead
Discussion: RedState
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Space Force general: 'We're not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians' with hypersonic missiles  —  American hypersonic missile capabilities are “not as advanced” as those of China or Russia, Space Force General David Thompson said Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada …
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CBS San Francisco:
‘It Was Insane’; Dozens Of Looters Ransack Walnut Creek Nordstrom Store
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Pope Francis Is Right About My Profession
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
2024 Watch: Pence heading back to first presidential primary state
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Inside Fentanyl's Mounting Death Toll: ‘This Is Poison’
Selina Cheng / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Exclusive: Hong Kong public libraries purge 29 titles about the Tiananmen Massacre from the shelves
John Wright / Raw Story:
Proud Boy Capitol rioter wants charges dropped because he's ‘not unlike Kyle Rittenhouse’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
China and Russia vow not to let West divide them
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Katherine Shaver / Washington Post:
Single-family zoning preserves century-old segregation, planners say. A proposal to add density is dividing neighborhoods.
Ben Gingell / The American Conservative:
Antifa and its Origins  —  In his latest, Paul Gottfried explains how “fascism” …
Nicholas Fondacaro / Newsbusters:
Itching for Defamation Suit: Cuomo Smears Rittenhouse as Out to Kill
Discussion: Townhall
Ellen Uchimiya / CBS News:
Biden is the first president to turn 79 while in office
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
Jasmine Wright / CNN:
Second family becomes first to affix a mezuzah on executive home