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10:25 PM ET, November 24, 2021

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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Centrist Dems sink Biden's nominee for top bank regulator  —  Five Democratic senators have told the White House they won't support Saule Omarova to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, effectively killing her nomination for the powerful bank-regulator position.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The System Only Worked Because It Was Pushed  —  The most surprising aspect of the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers is not the verdict, but the fact that it happened at all.  —  The men who killed Ahmaud Arbery will not get away with it.  Yet the most surprising aspect of the trial is not the verdict …
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Three Men Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery: Live Updates  —  The three men were found guilty of murder and other charges on Wednesday for the pursuit and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.  Follow live here.  —  Three men found guilty of murder in Arbery shooting.
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
All 3 men charged in Arbery's death convicted of murder  —  BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday convicted the three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was chased and fatally shot while running through their neighborhood in an attack that became part …
The White House:
Statement from Vice President Kamala Harris  —  Today, the jury rendered its verdicts and the three defendants were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery.  Still, we feel the weight of grief.  Ahmaud Arbery should be alive, and nothing can take away the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones …
Sarah Lustbader / New York Times:   What the Arbery and Rittenhouse Verdicts Couldn't Tell Us
Fabiola Cineas / Vox:
The significance of the guilty verdicts in Arbery's murder
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Biden restarting Trump's “Remain in Mexico” policy  —  President Biden will start turning asylum seekers back to Mexico as soon as next week under a reinstated Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program — but will offer them the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Axios has learned.
Gabby Orr / CNN:
‘Nothing about this is normal’: RNC payments to Trump attorneys irk GOP officials  —  (CNN)A pair of payments the Republican National Committee made to a law firm representing former President Donald Trump is raising questions among former and current GOP officials about the party's priorities …
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump argues January 6 committee could damage the presidency in quest for his records
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Ruth Styles / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Waukesha massacre suspect Darrell Brooks was convicted for threatening to bomb Nugget Casino in Nevada and is STILL wanted after failing to appear in court  — Darrell Brooks was busted in March 2007 for calling in a bomb threat to the $43-per-night Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, DailyMail.com can reveal
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Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
Aaron Rodgers Doesn't Just Have Any Toe Injury.  He Has Covid Toe.  —  The Packers star quarterback is dealing with a painful toe injury that stems from the body's immune response to his recent case of Covid-19.  —  Since Aaron Rodgers returned to the field after testing positive for Covid-19 …
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
‘Bitter,’ ‘Angry,’ ‘Enraged’: Reality Winner Blasts the Intercept After 4 Years in Jail  —  After years locked away for leaking classified information on Russian interference, the former NSA contractor has a lot to say about how she got there  —  One of the first things Reality Winner …
New York Times:
Trump Investigation Enters Crucial Phase as Prosecutor's Term Nears End  —  New developments suggest the long-running inquiry has returned to an earlier focus: the valuations the former president and his family business applied to properties as it sought loans.
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News, Insider and CNBC
Molly Jong-Fast / The Atlantic:
Deprogram your relatives this Thanksgiving  —  Some people (like my friend Tom Nichols) think that you should spend your Thanksgiving playing nice, pretending that your cousin doesn't follow QAnon and that your uncle doesn't believe the election was stolen and also that the Cyber Ninjas …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Roger Stone Answers DOJ Tax Suit.  Surprise: He Blames Robert Mueller.  —  The Trump whisperer says that Meuller's prosecution “nearly bankrupted” him, even though the new case against him centers on charges that largely predate his earlier trial.  —  “This case would never have been brought if it didn't involve Roger Stone.”
Discussion: Raw Story
David French / The Atlantic:
We Argue in All the Wrong Ways  —  You can't fact-check your way into family peace  —  Here's a very small thing I'm thankful for on this Thanksgiving eve—unless my eyes deceive me, I've seen fewer examples of a genre of article that used to be popular some years back.
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Israel Warns White House Over Striking Partial Nuclear Deal with Iran  —  Disagreements between the Biden administration and Israel over Iran policy have spilled into the open in recent weeks as nuclear-deal talks are set to begin Monday  —  Israeli officials are urging the White House …
Discussion: The National Interest
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Al-Monitor:
UN nuclear agency chief leaves Iran with no agreement
Discussion: TASS and One America News Network
John Hudson / Washington Post:
CIA director warns Russian spies of ‘consequences’ if they are behind ‘Havana Syndrome’ incidents  —  CIA Director William J. Burns delivered a confidential warning to Russia's top intelligence services that they will face “consequences” if they are behind the string of mysterious health incidents known as …
Discussion: NBC News, Forbes and New York Post
Choire Sicha / New York Magazine:
Here's the Best Strike for Most People  —  In October 2016, Wirecutter, a scrappy website that uses journalism to help people make purchases, was five years old.  On a Sunday that month, Brian Lam, the site's founder, told everyone to clear their Monday for an all-hands meeting.
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
Rep. Greene introduces bill to award Congress's highest honor to Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal — the legislative branch's highest honor — to Kyle Rittenhouse …
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Joe Rogan is Everyone Else's Problem  —  The UFC, Spotify, and other mainstream entities continuing to make money from Rogan are content to ignore his growing ties with the far right.  —  Anna Merlan  —  As November wears on, Joe Rogan has begun to inhabit, more fully than ever, what can best be described as a double life.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Weekly jobless claims post stunning decline to 199,000, the lowest level since 1969  —  The ranks of those submitting jobless claims tumbled to their lowest level in more than 52 years last week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.  —  New filings totaled 199,000, a number not seen since Nov. 15 …
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Washington Post:   Weekly jobless claims plunge to 199,000, the lowest level in more than 50 years
Katya Adler / BBC:
Germany's Team Scholz sweeps away 16 years of Merkel  —  Has Angela Merkel actually gone now?  —  Her imminent departure has been reported on for months, in the lead-up to Germany's September general election and ever since.  Yet Mrs Merkel kept popping up this autumn at press conferences in Berlin …
Andrea Roberson / DCPS Reopen Strong:
Sharing My Gratitude  —  This post is an email sent by Chancellor Ferebee to the DCPS community on November 18, 2021.  —  Esta carta está disponible en español a continuación.  —  Dear DCPS Families,  —  This Thanksgiving, I want to reflect on the past year and express …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Twitchy
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
On ‘Hannity,’ Trump reveals the truth about right-wing lionization of Rittenhouse  —  Donald Trump ventured into the safe confines of Sean Hannity's show on Tuesday night, where he disclosed that Kyle Rittenhouse had visited him at Mar-a-Lago.  “Really a nice young man,” the former president declared.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Reëxamining the Legacy of Race and Robert E. Lee  —  The historian Allen C. Guelzo believes that the Confederate general deserves a more compassionate reading.  —  In his new book, “Robert E. Lee: A Life,” the historian Allen C. Guelzo analyzes the career of the Confederate general …
Dan Vergano / BuzzFeed News:
Murder Is A Leading Cause Of Death In Pregnancy In The US  —  A woman in Houston who showed an ultrasound to her boyfriend, a mother of five who was carrying a sixth child, and a pregnant woman coming home from a baby shower were all recent victims of homicide, a top cause of death for pregnant people in the US.
The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Trolls Fox News With Pathetic Rally  —  While he jet-sets across the nation, Lindell orders a smattering of his most fervent fans to protest at Fox News HQ.  —  MyPillow CEO and 2020 dead-ender-who-will-simply-never- quit Mike Lindell attempted to put pressure on Fox News to cover …
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Is Ending With a Whimper  —  Perhaps you've figured this out already: The pandemic will not have a discrete end.  The coronavirus will not raise a white flag.  There will be no peace treaty, no parade, no announcement from the CDC that the United States is done worrying about COVID.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
4th Circuit judge to maintain active status, eliminating vacancy for Biden … (Reuters) - U.S. Circuit Judge Robert King on Wednesday told the White House he had changed his mind about stepping down from active service on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, eliminating a vacancy President Joe Biden could fill.
 
 
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Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Tens of thousands entered US unvetted after Kabul airlift, officials say in memo
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
I am thankful for journalists who bring clarity to our times
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Army Whistle-Blower's Lonely Death Highlights Toll of Mental Illness
Foreign Policy:
Biden Aims to Quash Nord Stream 2 Sanctions in Defense Bill
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Tapped out: Judge spikes DeSantis' gambling plan
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and Breitbart
Casey Quinlan / The American Independent:
Therapists connected to US Christian groups push anti-LGBTQ practices in other countries
Dean Baker / Center for Economic and Policy Research:
The Media's War Against Biden Over Inflation
Discussion: Daily Kos and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Lawrence / The Daily Beast:
Rittenhouse Photo Reveals Where Trump Keeps Bizarre Rushmore Sculpture
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed News:
Why Cori Bush Won't Be Silent On Democrats' Failures: “You Should've Fixed It Before I Got There”
Discussion: Insider
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Fights Covid Mandates, Then Blames Biden as Cases Rise
Discussion: Portland Mercury
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: 77% of Americans now say inflation is personally affecting them — and 57% blame Biden
Aaron Maté / RealClearInvestigations:
Five Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’ Corrections We Need From the Media Now — Just for Starters