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8:35 AM ET, November 21, 2021


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Associated Press:
Rittenhouse lawyers' trial playbook: Don't ‘crusade,’ defend  —  (AP) - Soon after a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges against him, defense attorney Mark Richards took a swipe at his predecessors, telling reporters that their tactics — leaning into Rittenhouse's portrayal …
Kyle Rittenhouse verdict sends a chilling message to Wisconsin and the rest of the country
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Timothy Nerozzi / Washington Examiner:
State university offers race-segregated events after Rittenhouse trial, mistakenly saying Jacob Blake is dead
Discussion: RedState
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 and Reuters
Washington Post:
A MAGA squad of Trump loyalists sees its influence grow amid demands for political purity in Congress  —  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 …
Discussion: The Intercept and New York Times
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:   The Republicans Have Turned Congress Into Arkham Asylum
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump's Battle to Keep His Grip on His Party  —  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: Fox News
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’
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Sarah Fortinsky / CNN:
Jan. 6 committee member: Many of 200+ witnesses are ex-Trump admin staff who voluntarily came forward  —  Washington, DC (CNN)A member of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack told CNN Saturday many of the more than 200 witnesses they have interviewed are former officials …
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
China and Russia vow not to let West divide them  —  Chinese and Russian nuclear-capable bombers conducted a “joint patrol” over the Sea of Japan in a military gesture that dramatized Russian President Vladimir Putin's vow to remain unified with his communist neighbor.
John Wright / Raw Story:
Proud Boy Capitol rioter wants charges dropped because he's ‘not unlike Kyle Rittenhouse’  —  An accused Capitol rioter and leader of the Proud Boys militia group is invoking Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's case in arguing that charges against him should be dropped.
Selina Cheng / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Exclusive: Hong Kong public libraries purge 29 titles about the Tiananmen Massacre from the shelves  —  Hong Kong's libraries now have 392 fewer copies of books about the June 4, 1989 massacre than they did in 2009, an HKFP review has found.  —  Hong Kong public libraries over the past 12 years …
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 …
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.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
With Back Channels to Manchin and Sinema, Pelosi Found a Path to a Deal  —  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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Nicholas Fondacaro / Newsbusters:
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Discussion: Townhall
Ellen Uchimiya / CBS News:
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Discussion: RedState
Kansas City Star:
Judge announces verdict in Kansas City police shooting trial
Discussion: New York Times
Chuck Jones / Forbes:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Dispatches Russian Vessels to Shadow U.S. Warships During Flare-Up
Discussion: Associated Press
John Blake / CNN:
There's nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man
Discussion: Twitchy and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Covid-19 Deaths in 2021 Surpass 2020
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Gov. Mike DeWine approves Ohio congressional map bill that likely strengthens GOP share
Discussion: Ohio Capital Journal