🇺🇸 Guilty
November 30, 2021

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Plus, a school is accusing a mom and daughter duo of rigging a homecoming contest. Now they’re both facing 16 years in prison.

Also, a few people have inquired about the Flag Polls methodology below. As a quick reminder, we aggregate this information from RealClearPolitics. Rather than outline the highest result, we're going to start highlighting the "spread" between the various choices. Hopefully this helps clarify various trends. You can click here to see the full results from each poll. 

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ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 11/29: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Disapprove +15
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 11/27: Biden Job Approval, The Hill/HarrisX     Disapprove +1
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 11/24: Biden Job Approval, NPR/PBS/Marist  Disapprove +7
ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 11/24: Congressional Job Approval Disapprove +42

Trending On The Left


Vox: How the Supreme Court could overrule Roe v. Wade without overruling Roe v. Wade

WaPo: Rep. Lauren Boebert renews Islamophobic attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar

Huff Post: QAnon Attorney Lin Wood Ending 'Journey' With 'Deep State' Cog Michael Flynn

CNN: Former DOJ official could be next to face contempt charges for defying January 6 committee

Trending On The Right


Fox NewsLiberal media bemoans Biden's poor approval rating despite 'achievements'

Washington Examiner: Biden prepared to release more stockpiled oil if necessary, official says

CNBC: CNN host Chris Cuomo used his media sources to find out info on brother Andrew’s accusers

DW: Peter Doocy spars with Psaki over ‘xenophobic’ travel bans and Biden’s maskless shopping trips

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JUSTICE SYSTEM

Guilty

Last week, a Georgia jury convicted three white men of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old Black jogger was shot and killed as he ran through their Georgia neighborhood last year. The defense portrayed the fatal shooting as "self-defense," arguing that Travis McMichael, the man who shot and killed Arbery, felt a “duty” to protect his neighborhood and therefore had the right under Georgia law to carry out a citizen’s arrest. The prosecution told jurors Arbery was the victim. They argued he had not been accused of any crime, something the defendants had admitted to police. Here's what both sides are saying about the verdict.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Justice Prevailed. Our System Still Works.


Right-leaning commentators believe justice prevailed not only in the Arbery trial but in the Rittenhouse hearing as well. The US criminal justice system is messy at times, they say, but both verdicts highlight how it can work and act as an unshakeable foundation for our democracy.

"Arbery and Rittenhouse trials show the transcendent strength of our jury system" Jonathan Turley, Fox News: "A jury of 11 White jurors and one African American convicted [the defendants] for their roles in chasing down 25-year-old Arbery. It was the same racial makeup as the jury in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, where 11 White jurors and one Black juror acquitted the defendant on all counts. ... Many in the media denounced the Rittenhouse jury as racist for its acquittal verdict. President Joe Biden declared that he was ‘angry’ with the jury decision. Yet, in both cases, 11 White jurors and one Black juror came to unanimous decisions on multiple counts. While we speak often of our divided nation in this age of rage, these juries found unanimity based on the rule of law and the weight of evidence. They did justice despite angry demands and demonstrations raging around their courthouses. They represented precisely what John Adams foresaw when he declared, 'Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.'"

"Conviction of Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers undermines everything the Left said after the Rittenhouse acquittal" Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner: "Our justice system is not perfect. Lord knows that the elder McMichael’s ties to local law enforcement allowed the three [defendants] to go an egregious 74 days before being arrested. But in the end, the justice system worked, proving that white supremacists cannot lynch an innocent black man and walk free. This, of course, defies the narrative promulgated not just by the loathsome cretins dominating corporate newsrooms but also a president and his congressional allies who smeared a young man as a white supremacist for killing three other white men. ... The only miscarriage of justice in either of these cases was how long it took to charge Arbery’s murderers and that the Rittenhouse charges went to trial at all. But in the end, our justice system worked. In a sane world, this would be cause for celebration and a vindication of anti-racism."

"The verdict of the Ahmaud Arbery trial points towards hope" Rachel K. Paulose, Spectator World: "No citizen, regardless of color, should fear assault and murder while peaceably jogging through a neighborhood." Keep reading.

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Applaud This Rare Win


Left-leaning commentators applaud the guilty verdict but see the case as a rare bright spot in an otherwise unfair justice system for people of color.

"Guilty, Guilty, Guilty" Charles Blow, The New York Times: "The guilty verdicts landed oddly for me. This was the right decision, the way it should have gone. There was an impulse to celebrate the victory, but it felt a bit like celebrating a mother caring for her children or respecting a spouse. ... Our justice system is so racially biased, so often allowing vigilantes and police officers to kill Black people with impunity, that simply having the system not perform in that way becomes extraordinary. ... We have seen so many cases in which those lives appeared not to matter. Trayvon. Tamir. Eric. Breonna. There are so many names over so many years. The drumbeat of injustice is unrelenting. ... I dare not say that this one case teaches us much about the American justice system. I dare not say that it demonstrates a trend or a shift. There is simply too much evidence to the contrary."

"The guilty verdicts against Ahmaud Arbery’s killers are justice for a lynching" Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post op-ed: "It is almost possible to reconcile the loud and clear guilty verdicts in the Arbery killing with last week’s equally emphatic acquittal in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. ... I say ‘almost’ possible because these two high-profile trials have delivered a mixed message to a divided nation. What they have in common is that they were both about vigilantism — about civilians, with no authority or training, arming themselves and rushing to ‘defend’ their communities. In both incidents, people died tragically and needlessly. I wish Rittenhouse had been convicted of something, anything, if only as a deterrent to future potential camo-clad crusaders. But justice is supposed to be specific, not generalized. And the Arbery case was potentially more explosive because it was so specifically about race — and because it had such specific historical resonance. If White men chase an unarmed Black man down and lynch him, they will be punished. That should be an unremarkable statement. And we should not have to feel so relieved to see it affirmed."

"Justice prevailed in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers. In America, that’s a shock" Moustafa Bayoumi, The Guardian: "The jury reached the right verdict — even as the criminal justice system did everything it could to exonerate the three men." Keep reading.

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Relatively Equal Trust


On a weekly basis, Morning Consult tracks how much trust Americans have in 18 major institutions, from Congress to Hollywood. The latest results are based on a survey conducted November 10 – 11, 2021, among 2,200 US adults. With respect to the criminal justice system, Republicans and Democrats have relatively equal trust levels, as 51% of Democrats said they trust the justice system either “a lot” or “some,” and 49% of Republicans said the same.

Flag Poll: Do you trust the US criminal justice system? Click here to share your thoughts.

US & WORLD

Dorsey Ditches Twitter, Kim Potter Jury Selection, Atlanta Election

CNBCTwitter CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief of the social media company, effective immediately. Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, will take the helm, the company said Monday.

USA Today: Jury selection begins in the trial of Kim Potter. The former police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is accused of fatally shooting Daunte Wright during an April traffic stop. She is charged with manslaughter, and says she mistook her service weapon for a Taser.

AJC: Atlanta voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for the city’s next mayor, bringing Atlanta one step closer to the end of a historic election cycle that initially had a crowded field of candidates arguing that they can lead City Hall for the next four years. Here's everything you need to know about the election.

CNBC: Investors will be looking for guidance from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who appears before Congress with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to discuss the coronavirus and the CARES Act stimulus package. Today, there is a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee. Here's what he's going to say about the Omicron variant.

The Hill: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday strengthened its recommendation for all adults to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, citing the risks of the new omicron variant.

Reuters: President Joe Biden urged Americans on Monday not to panic about the new COVID-19 Omicron variant and said the country would not go back to lockdowns to stop the spread. He plans to lay out his strategy on Thursday for combating the pandemic over the winter.

The Hill: A federal court on Monday temporarily halted the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers at hospitals that receive federal funding.

CNBC: New York City on Monday issued an advisory strongly recommending that everyone wear masks indoors in public places at all times regardless of vaccination status, amid concern about the new, highly mutated strain of the coronavirus named omicron.

Fox News: Matthew McConaughey announced Sunday that he has decided against a run for Texas governor amid speculation that the actor might enter the race.

WATERCOOLER

Mark Twain Born, Great Listeners, Super Volcanoes

On November 30, 1835, Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, who wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was born in Florida, Missouri. Above is a portrait of Twain taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907.

Vox: Some are happily replacing the clans they’re born into with chosen families

Quartz: Stephen Hawking Left Us Bold Predictions on AI, Superhumans, and Aliens

Harvard Business Review: What Great Listeners Actually Do

Today I Learned there are approximately 20 supervolcanoes in the world, and the supervolcano underlying Yellowstone last erupted approximately 600,000 years ago.

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