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Three Men Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery

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I'm still upset this case received less attention than the Rittenhouse one. Particularly with the left, who hold the pretense of being vigilant about racial equality, but curiously preoccupy themselves with cases that involve predominantly white people (see also the Petito case), while actual cases involving minorities go ignored by them in comparison.
>The defendants were found guilty of murder and other charges on Wednesday for the pursuit and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. They face up to life in prison. Follow live here.

>Three men found guilty of murder in Arbery shooting.

>BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Three white men were found guilty of murder and other charges on Wednesday for the pursuit and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in a case that, together with the killing of George Floyd, helped inspire the racial justice protests of last year.

>The three defendants - Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52 - face sentences of up to life in prison for the state crimes. The men have also been indicted on separate federal charges, including hate crimes and attempted kidnapping, and are expected to stand trial in February on those charges.

>The verdict suggested that the jury agreed with prosecutors' arguments that Mr. Arbery posed no imminent threat to the men and that the men had no reason to believe he had committed a crime, giving them no legal right to chase him through their suburban neighborhood. "You can't start it and claim self-defense," the lead prosecutor argued in her closing statements. "And they started this."

>The outcome of the trial brought considerable relief to Mr. Arbery's family, who had watched the proceedings from inside the courthouse for weeks.

>"I never thought this day would come, but God is good," said Wanda Cooper-Jones, Mr. Arbery's mother.
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Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo

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Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a mammoth defense policy bill, throwing the legislation into limbo as Congress heads into a packed year-end schedule.

The Senate voted 45-51 to start winding down debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets spending levels and policy for the Pentagon. But that is short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the hurdle.

Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) was the only Republican to vote with Democrats to advance the bill, while Democratic Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) voted against moving forward along with 46 GOP senators.

The setback comes amid a stalemate on allowing votes on amendments to the bill. Leadership previously got a deal before the Thanksgiving recess to allow for 18 amendment votes, but that agreement was blocked by several Republicans who didn’t get their own proposals included.
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Amazon ordered to redo union vote in Alabama

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A U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official on Monday called for a re-vote in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Why it matters: The move could set the stage for another organizing drive at the e-commerce giant, which has, so far, fought off unionizing efforts in the U.S.

Amazon previously indicated it would challenge any ruling stipulating a second vote should take place.

Catch up quick: Amazon has long faced criticism for workplace conditions in its warehouses, including allegations of failing to protect workers from the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic, Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes.

In a vote tallied in April, workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, voted more than 2-1 against unionizing, delivering a blow to labor activists hoping to bring unions into tech.
In August, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union alleged the e-commerce giant had illegally interfered in the mail-in election. An NLRB hearing officer later submitted a recommendation to hold a new election.

What they're saying: "Amazon's intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a fair say in whether they wanted a union in their workplace," Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said.

"Amazon workers deserve to have a voice at work, which can only come from a union," he added.
“Our employees have always had the choice of whether or not to join a union, and they overwhelmingly chose not to join the RWDSU earlier this year," an Amazon spokesperson told Axios.
"While we’ve made great progress in important areas like pay and safety, we know there are plenty of things that we can keep doing better, both in our fulfillment centers and in our corporate offices, and that's our focus—to work directly with our employees to keep getting better every day.”
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Why legal experts were not surprised by the Rittenhouse acquittal

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I'm a leftie, but his self-defense case was unfortunately water tight if the available evidence was anything to go by.
>After 27 hours of deliberation over the course of four days, a jury declared Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on the five charges he faced after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during a night of unrest in Kenosha, Wis., last year.

>Rittenhouse trembled as the verdict was read, count by count, then collapsed in sobs.

>"There were times we doubted the case. There were times when we were confident," said Mark Richards, Rittenhouse's lead defense attorney, speaking to reporters outside the courthouse after the verdict was read.

>Rittenhouse faced five felony counts after he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, then 26. The most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide, carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

>Though jurors did not speak to the media to explain their decision, legal experts contacted by NPR throughout the trial said an acquittal was not surprising.

>"I think that anyone who saw the evidence could see that the jury might have a difficult time coming to a unanimous decision that Kyle Rittenhouse wasn't defending himself," said Julius Kim, a defense attorney and former prosecutor based in the Milwaukee area.
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Hunter Biden lied on a federal firearms transaction form

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China Finds 12 Million Children That It Didn’t Know Existed

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>China undercounted the number of children born in 2000 to 2010 by at least 11.6 million -- equivalent to Belgium’s current population -- partly because of its stringent one-child policy.

>The latest statistical yearbook released by the government puts the number of children born during that period at 172.5 million, well above the 160.9 million in that age group recorded in the 2010 census.
>China’s birthrate has plummeted to its lowest level since 1978 as the government struggles to stave off a looming demographic crisis.

>Data released by the country’s national bureau of statistics shows there were 8.5 births per 1,000 people in 2020, the first time in decades that the figure has fallen below 10. The statistical yearbook, released at the weekend, said the natural rate of population growth – taking in births and deaths – was at a new low of 1.45.

>The government is under pressure to prevent a potential population decline after decades of interventionist policies on childbirth and more recent pressures including high living costs.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says Hyperinflation

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According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, inflation in the US is soon going to get considerably worse.

In a tweet on Friday, he wrote: "Hyperinflation is going to change everything," adding that "it's happening."

Hyperinflation is when inflation — the increasing price of goods and services — rises uncontrollably for a period of time. It is typically caused by an initial trigger such as a war, social uprising, or supply shock — an event that unexpectedly leads to a sudden increase or decrease in the supply of goods or services.

Dorsey's comment comes amid disruptions to the supply chain, which keep prices rising higher.

The Consumer Price Index — a commonly used measure of US inflation — rose 0.4% last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced. That exceeded the median forecast of a 0.3% gain from economists surveyed by Bloomberg, Insider's Ben Winck and Andy Kiersz reported.

The US economy has been affected by supply bottlenecks, which are troubling businesses and consumers. Americans, who held back from spending through the Delta variant surge, have begun buying more products again. In fact, they are spending more than ever before.

Yet, massive order backlogs and shipment buildups at key ports have kept companies from matching supply with consumers' surging demand.

In response to a user comment, Dorsey added that he sees inflation escalating around the world, too. "It will happen in the US soon, and so the world," he tweeted.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell also recently weighed in on the subject of inflation. He said he was more concerned about higher inflation than previously, CNBC reported.

At a recent virtual conference, Powell added that inflation pressures "are likely to last longer than previously expected," and that they could run "well into next year."
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Biden now polling even lower (38%)

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>how low can he go?

With Election Day in the rearview mirror and both political parties setting their sights on the 2022 midterm elections, a plurality of Americans say that if the election were held today, they would want to see the Republican Party win control of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of adults released today. Americans say 46 - 38 percent they would want to see the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives, while 16 percent did not offer an opinion. Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly back their own parties. Independents say 41 - 31 percent they would want to see Republicans win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while 28 percent did not offer an opinion. Americans say 46 - 40 percent they would want to see the Republican Party win control of the U.S. Senate, while 15 percent did not offer an opinion. Independents say 44 - 34 percent that they would want to see the Republican Party win control of the U.S. Senate, and 22 percent did not offer an opinion.Among registered voters, 46 - 41 percent say they would want the Republican Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives and 46 - 42 percent say they would want to see the Republican Party win control of the U.S. Senate.

"An ominous double whammy for the Democrats with midterms less than a year out. The Senate and the House will be up for grabs and voters want the GOP to win the jump ball," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
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Listerine-American mauls other Listerine-Americans with truck in alcohol fueled accident

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AKA Tuesday on the res
How many more centuries will it take to civilize these native savages?
>United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that BRIAN LUKE WILLIAMS, 20, of Arapahoe Wyoming, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The change of plea hearing was held on November 19, 2021 in front of Chief United States District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl who set sentencing for February 9, 2022.

>The charges stem from a March 13, 2021 incident where Williams was driving a truck in a reckless manner, while intoxicated, in a field at a bonfire party on the Wind River Indian Reservation attended by several of Williams’ friends. Williams lost control of the truck and knocked the victims into the fire, severely burning them. Williams transported one of the victims to the Riverton, Wyoming emergency room. The other victim was transported to the emergency room by another person at the party. Williams remained at the hospital for several hours and called the victims’ family to report the incident.

>Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment, up to three years supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.

>The case was investigated by officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant United States Timothy W. Gist prosecuted the case.