The significance of the guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

After deliberating for roughly 11 hours, a jury in Georgia has found three men — Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. — guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a run on the outskirts of Brunswick, Georgia, when the three white men cornered him with their vehicles and shot him dead. Video footage of the murder was viewed by millions of people in May 2020, sparking a widespread outcry about America’s disregard for Black life.

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Arbery and Rittenhouse trials show the transcendent strength of our jury system

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Three defendants have all been convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. are now looking at life in prison. Their trial in Brunswick, Georgia, was a testament to two key elements in the criminal justice system: the integrity of the American jury and the power of videotape evidence.

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The Rittenhouse Verdict Will Backfire on Republicans

The jury acquittal of self-appointed vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse left far-right militias and Republican Trumpers chortling. Seemingly, this win was a trifecta. It vindicates the strategy of enacting self-defense, open-carry, and stand-your-ground laws. It makes a hero of Rittenhouse. It intensifies the racist maneuver of leaving Blacks at the mercy of rogue cops and private militiamen, making it harder for Biden to keep faith with African American demands for justice without scaring off whites.

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Thankful for the men and women in blue

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Thanksgiving is a time to gather family and friends, to share a feast of traditional food items and to reflect on the things we are thankful for.
This year we should all be particularly thankful for the men and women who dedicate their lives to law enforcement. At a time when certain parts of society seem to be coming apart at the seams, it is the boys in blue (and the girls too of course) that put their own safety second in an effort to protect the rest of us. 
Sadly this has become much more difficult for the modern-day brave warriors in the last couple of years.

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Woke culture has hit our police hard and now it threatens our safety

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A survey of 5,935 New York Police Department officers, released last week, found that a startling 56% would not become cops if they had to do it again. 
That’s a travesty. 
DOZENS OF SAN FRANCISCO AREA STORES, PHARMACIES HIT BY MOBS OF SMASH-AND-GRAB LOOTERS: ‘HURTS US ALL’
There’s a certain type of person who is drawn to law enforcement jobs. It is not a glamorous job nor does it pay particularly well for the risks they are asked every day to endure. 
But for a long time, the profession was respected.

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Republicans for BLM and Other Things You Don’t Remember About the Summer of 2020

I can’t say I expected it to happen, but somehow it feels inevitable: Kyle Rittenhouse has endorsed Black Lives Matter. “I support the BLM movement,” the culture-war lightning rod declared on Fox News last night. Rittenhouse, whose politics before his trial seemed to be those of a back-the-blue conservative, added that “there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.

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Republicans for BLM and Other Things You Don’t Remember About the Summer of 2020

I can’t say I expected it to happen, but somehow it feels inevitable: Kyle Rittenhouse has endorsed Black Lives Matter. “I support the BLM movement,” the culture-war lightning rod declared on Fox News last night. Rittenhouse, whose politics before his trial seemed to be those of a back-the-blue conservative, added that “there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.

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Why an army of union workers and other activists coalesced around America’s infrastructure bill

Donneta Williams and her coworkers at the Corning plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, hail from different backgrounds and hold diverse views.
But just as they team up on the production floor to make top-quality products powering the internet, they banded together to push for a long-overdue infrastructure program that’s destined to lift up their community and countless others across America.
They didn’t fight alone.

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A Facebook Employee Was Tortured in Iran. Shouldn’t the Company Be More Prepared for Situations Like This?

Among software engineers, Behdad Esfahbod is something of a celebrity. He created HarfBuzz, a tool that allows programs to render scripts in languages like Persian, and led Google’s fonts and text-rendering efforts. In 2019, he went to Facebook to work on its internationalization team, earning about $1 million a year. The following year, in January, he traveled to Tehran for what was supposed to be a two-week trip to visit his family. It became a nightmare.
On a Wednesday, he was supposed to meet up with friends at a café.

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A Facebook Employee Was Tortured in Iran. Shouldn’t the Company Be More Prepared for Situations Like This?

Among software engineers, Behdad Esfahbod is something of a celebrity. He created HarfBuzz, a tool that allows programs to render scripts in languages like Persian, and led Google’s fonts and text-rendering efforts. In 2019, he went to Facebook to work on its internationalization team, earning about $1 million a year. The following year, in January, he traveled to Tehran for what was supposed to be a two-week trip to visit his family. It became a nightmare.
On a Wednesday, he was supposed to meet up with friends at a café.

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