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Commentary: Dodgers bullpen helps breathe a sigh of relief in NLCS Game 5

The Dodgers earned a trip to an NLCS Game 6 to Atlanta thanks to the bullpen that delivered 8 1/3 shutout innings and an offense that produced 11 runs.

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Moderna CEO says existing COVID-19 vaccines will struggle with Omicron
"There is no world, I think, where (the effectiveness) is the same level . . . we had with Delta," Stéphane Bancel told the Financial Times on Monday.
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Bipartisan congressional duo on their Taiwan visit and 'an angry message' from Chinese officials
U.S. Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Nancy Mace discuss their bipartisan visit to Taiwan, the Iran nuclear deal and the latest Covid measures made by the U.S.
Mesmerizing Video Shows How Tiny 'Living Robot' Xenobot Cells Reproduce
This is the first time the process has been seen in a living organism, and it could one day be used in medicine or for pulling microplastics out of the ocean.
Is President Joe Biden doing a good job? Let's talk about it.
The USA TODAY Editorial Board decided to bring in expert voices from the left and right to assess President Biden's performance.
Which Christmas markets are still going ahead?
From London's Hyde Park Winter Wonderland to the Winter Village in New York, a rundown of the Christmas markets that will be going ahead in 2020, and those that have been called off.
Elizabeth Holmes to face cross-examination from prosecutors
Elizabeth Holmes will take the stand for the fifth time Tuesday.
Politics is still local. When incumbents face off in redrawn districts, community ties make a big difference.
Yes, party matters. But so do incumbents' deep ties to their districts.
Supreme Court Set to Hear Arguments in the Mississippi Case Seeking to Overturn Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Wednesday in the most significant abortion case it has considered since it established the constitutional right to the procedure in the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, centers on a Mississippi law that bans nearly all abortions after 15 weeks…
Despite Nuclear Talks, Iran Is Still Far from Moderation | Opinion
While some American policymakers are eager to take the proceedings in Vienna as a sign of the new administration's cooperative tendencies, most know better.
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Alabama’s 93-game streak as betting favorite ends vs. Georgia
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Holiday shopping, outside the (big) box
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The Mantra of White Supremacy
Below a Democratic donkey, the Fox News graphic read ANTI-WHITE MANIA. It flanked Tucker Carlson’s face and overtook it in size. It was unmistakable. Which was the point.The segment aired on June 25—the height of the manic attack on, and redefinition of, critical race theory, which Carlson has repeatedly cast as “anti-white.” It was one of his most incendiary segments of the year. “The question is, and this is the question we should be meditating on, day in and day out, is how do we get out of this vortex, the cycle, before it’s too late?” Carlson asked. “How do we save this country before we become Rwanda?”[David A. Graham: Tucker Carlson, unmasked]Some white Americans have been led to fear that they could be massacred like the Tutsis of Rwanda. CRT=Marxism, Marxism→Genocide Every time, read a sign at a June 23 Proud Boys demonstration in Miami. Other white Americans have been led to fear America’s teachers—79 percent of whom are white—instructing “kids to identify in racial terms,” as Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, said in May. “You are good or bad, depending on what you look like. At this point it is straight up anti-white racism. I don’t think we’re allowed to say that. But let’s call it what it is.”Even when GOP politicians and operatives don’t openly “call it what it is,” they end up echoing Masters nonetheless, saying without saying that “critical race theory is explicitly anti-white,” to use the words of Christopher F. Rufo, a travel-documentary filmmaker turned leading critic of CRT. At his final campaign rally, in Loudoun County, Virginia, Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin said, “What we won’t do is teach our children to view everything through a lens of race where we divide them into buckets and one group is an oppressor and the other is a victim and we pit them against each other and we steal their dreams.”Republicans provoked a backlash against CRT, which they also call anti-racism or wokism. Their backlash won 2021 elections. “But it wasn’t a backlash of parents,” William Saletan found in his close study of polling data. “It was a backlash of white people.”How many Americans know that the claim that anti-racism is harmful to white people is one of the basic mantras of white-supremacist ideology? Americans are familiar with white-supremacist movements like the Klan, skinheads, neo-Nazis, and the Proud Boys. But they don’t seem to recognize white-supremacist ideology—the most venomous form of racist ideology. I suspect that many Americans don’t know how much white-supremacist ideology shapes their political thought and America’s political discourse, and allows juries to exonerate racism and convict anti-racism.With his ANTI-WHITE MANIA graphic, Tucker Carlson yet again presented the most dangerous mantra in American politics: Attacks on racism are really attacks on white Americans that lead to white people being harmed. “Anti-racism is anti-white” is the old and explosive mantra of avowed white supremacists. It has been their organizing vehicle, fueling their rage, fueling their backlashes, fueling their delusions.All year long, this white-supremacist mantra has been fueling what Martin Luther King Jr. once called the “white backlash” against last year’s racial reckoning. It is inciting voter-suppression policies and insurrections (to protect white political supremacy). It is inciting swarms of lies, insults, threats, and simulated killings of anti-racist Americans (who are branded as anti-white). It is inciting the false claim that anti-racist books and education are harmful to white children. It is inciting bans of those books and lessons. It is inciting the second assassination of King to justify those bans.[Ibram X. Kendi: There is no debate over critical race theory]Some Democrats have predictably made it a bipartisan affair. As Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the 1619 Project, recently told the Los Angeles Times, “This idea that racial reckoning has gone too far and now white people are the ones suffering is the most predictable thing in the world if you understand American history.”Centrists told abolitionists that they’d gone too far and provoked the backlash (causing southern secession). Centrists told King and other civil-rights activists that they’d gone too far and provoked the backlash (causing Democrats to lose elections in 1966 and 1968). Some centrist Democrats today say “woke” politics have gone too far and provoked the “wokelash” (causing Democrats to lose elections in 2021). “Some of these people need to go to a ‘woke’ detox center or something,” the Democratic political strategist James Carville said after the 2021 elections. “They’re expressing a language that people just don’t use and there’s backlash and a frustration at that.” Actually, GOP operatives are expressing (or whistling) an anti-white language that anti-racists just don’t use—and there’s a backlash and frustration at that.“Anti-racism is anti-white” is the mantra dividing the Democratic Party, especially since the 2021 elections. It is the mantra unifying the Republican Party, especially since the 2020 election. There are numerous variations on this mantra. “Wokism” or anti-racism or critical race theory or the 1619 Project or “cancel culture” or Black Lives Matter or anyone challenging racial inequity is said to be anti-white or racist or an anti-white racist. And variations on this mantra have become so ubiquitous in the American political discourse that people can easily dismiss or deny its origin in white-supremacist thought.When Robert Whitaker, 76, died in June 2017, white supremacists reflected on his legacy online. “Perhaps his most important, and most lasting, legacy is that his incessant promotion of the term ‘anti-white’ is now slowly but surely going mainstream,” someone named “Bellatrix” said on Stormfront, the prominent white-supremacist website. “A very important corner to turn indeed, as it is the rebuttal of the accusation of racist.”Whitaker, a former economics professor and Reagan appointee to the Office of Personnel Management, had been radicalized as a young man in opposition to the civil-rights movement. He was a propagandist for more than half a century. But Whitaker’s fame among the most extreme white supremacists came toward the end of his life, when he wrote a screed called “The Mantra.”“Everybody says there is this race problem. Everybody says this race problem will be solved when the third world pours into every white country and only into white countries,” Whitaker wrote in “The Mantra,” which he first posted on his blog and the websites of a neo-Nazi organization in 2006. “But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.”“The Mantra” ends with what has become the new mantra in American politics: “They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.”Over the next decade, and particularly after Barack Obama’s election, a self-identified “swarm” of online trolls posted quotes and reprinted “The Mantra” online wherever they could, and attacked anti-racists as “racist” whenever they could.Whitaker’s mantra has been linked to some of the deadliest acts of white-supremacist terror over the past decade. Anders Breivik murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011. On the day of his terrorist attack, the leader of the swarm, identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as Michigan anti-Semite Timothy Gallaher Murdock, was among some 1,000 people to whom Breivik sent his 1,500-page manifesto. The manifesto raged against “anti-racist witch hunts” and how “the slightest excuse to label whites as ‘racist’ is continually sought”; it railed against the “quasi-religious undercurrent to the anti-racist movement”; it seethed against the “ridiculous pursuit of equality.” And, again and again, Breivik numbered himself among the real victims. “I consider myself to be an anti-racist, anti-fascist and anti-Nazi,” he wrote. “That’s the main reason why I oppose Cultural Communism/European multiculturalism. THEY are the Nazis, they are the fascists and they are the racists! I have witnessed much racism in my time but 90% of it has been against Europeans.”[From the April 2019 issue: White nationalism’s deep American roots]Dylann Roof, who in 2015 murdered nine Bible-studying African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, posted his manifesto on a website named The Last Rhodesian. He included photographs of himself wearing a jacket patched with an old flag of Rhodesia, a former white-supremacist colony in southern Africa. Whitaker lived in Roof’s hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, but there’s no evidence Roof and Whitaker had any direct contact. But Roof might have had contact with Whitaker’s ideas.Many Americans have had contact with Whitaker’s ideas, likely without knowing it. In the days after Roof’s massacre, Morris Dees and J. Richard Cohen, the founder and president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, pointed this out. “In recent years, extremists have distilled the notion of white genocide to ‘the mantra,’ parts of which show up on billboards throughout the South, as well as Internet chat rooms,” they wrote in June 2015. “It proclaims ‘Diversity = White Genocide’ and ‘Diversity Means Chasing Down the Last White Person,’ blaming multiculturalism for undermining the ‘white race.’”White supremacists were quietly organizing elements of what’s now Donald Trump’s base. From the earliest days of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015, his support has been most concentrated among white Americans who think anti-whiteness is ascendant. Trump voters typically considered racism against white people to be a bigger problem than racism against people of color. Among white Americans who don’t think there’s much anti-white racism, support for Republican presidential candidates has actually fallen over the past decade.Whitaker did not create the mantra. He reproduced it. Since the very first Civil Rights Act, white supremacists have cast anti-racist bills as racist toward white people. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 defined citizenship, granted it to African Americans, and affirmed that all citizens are equally protected by the law. But President Andrew Johnson vetoed it, arguing that “the distinction of race and color is by the bill made to operate in favor of the colored against the white race.” In an address to Congress in 1867, Johnson opposed voting rights for Black men, fearing “the dread of Negro supremacy” and the “subjection” of “white people of the South.” In his best-selling 1874 book, the journalist James S. Pike described South Carolina’s interracial legislature as denying “the exercise of the rights of white communities, because they are white.” When an anti-lynching bill came before the U.S. Senate in 1938, Senator and lifelong Klansman Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi said its passage “will open the floodgates of hell in the South.”When a new civil-rights plank was added to the Democratic Party’s platform, southern segregationists walked out of the Democratic National Convention in 1948. They formed the States’ Rights Democratic Party, known popularly as the Dixiecrats, running Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina for U.S. president. “We affirm that the effective enforcement of such a [civil-rights] program would be utterly destructive of the social, economic and political life of the Southern people,” their platform stated.Thomas Abernethy, the Jim Crow segregationist and U.S. representative from Mississippi, feared that the Civil Rights Act of 1957 would create “nothing short of an assemblage of powerful Federal meddlers and spies created for the purpose of tormenting, abusing, and embarrassing southern white people.” During his 24-hour-long filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Thurmond cited a newspaper article that warned of the “persecution” that white people could face under the law.When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, opponents of racial equity largely stopped openly claiming that anti-racist measures were harmful to white people. They instead claimed that anti-racist efforts to remedy racial inequality constituted “reverse discrimination” or “reverse racism” (against white people). They weaponized the very Civil Rights Acts they had long opposed against the policies and programs leading to integration, enfranchisement, racial equity, and racial justice. When the medicine is rebranded as the disease, the disease will inevitably persist—and it has.Allen J. Ellender, the Jim Crow segregationist and senator from Louisiana, framed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as “discrimination ... being practiced to wipe out discrimination.” In a televised presidential-campaign speech in 1976, Ronald Reagan said, “If you happen to belong to an ethnic group not recognized by the federal government as entitled to special treatment, you are a victim of reverse discrimination.” In 1995, Senator Phil Gramm of Texas said, “You cannot give somebody preference over somebody else without discriminating against the person who is not receiving the preference.” Or, as Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in 2009, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”For five decades since the civil-rights movement, Republicans (and many non-Republicans) have expressed two conflicting racial mantras: (1) racism no longer exists, and (2) racism is spreading against white people. Since Joe Biden’s election, this second mantra has overtaken the first.White-supremacist ideology lives on what Heather McGhee calls the “zero-sum myth,” the idea that progress for people of color necessarily comes at white folks’ expense. This zero-sum myth erases the past and present of abolitionist and anti-racist movements, which have aided ordinary white people. It fearmongers about the future: If white people are not worshipped in schools, then they will be demonized; if white people don’t reign supreme, then they will be subjugated; if white people don’t hoard resources and opportunities, then they will be starved; if white people cannot kill at will, then they will be killed at will. White violence is presumed to be self-defense. Defending yourself against a white supremacist is presumed to be a criminal act.[Read: The language of white supremacy]Extreme fear perhaps breeds this extreme fear. White supremacists probably fear revenge, retaliation, the tables turning—as they wipe the blood of democracy, of equality, of the dying and dead off their hands. Like the enslavers of old sleeping with guns under their pillows, they know the level of brutality they have leveled against people of color and their white allies. They probably can’t imagine that Indigenous anti-racists just want their land back and aren’t genocidal; that Black anti-racists just want reparations and don’t want to enslave; that Asian anti-racists just want to be visible and don’t want to render white people invisible; that Latino and Middle Eastern anti-racists just want to flee violence and don’t want to invade predominantly white nations. White supremacists are mobilizing against an anti-white army that isn’t mobilizing, that isn’t coming, that isn’t there. Then again, if there is an army that is mobilizing, that is coming, that is here—it is made up of white supremacists. Their carnage is here. Their ideology, too.In 1956, 19 senators and 77 representatives issued a manifesto. “Parents should not be deprived by Government of the right to direct the lives and education of their own children,” the legislators wrote. They decried “destroying the amicable relations between” the “races” and the planting of “hatred and suspicion where there has been heretofore friendship and understanding.” They feared that “if done, this is certain to destroy the system of public education in some of the states.”These Jim Crow congressmen expressed “the gravest concern” for this “dangerous condition.” These avowed segregationists cast their ilk as “the victims.” These white supremacists commended all who “have declared the intention to resist” the desegregation of schools. Sixty-five years ago, they did their best to redefine desegregation and racial equality as anti-white mania.History reproduces itself. But when people don’t know history—or are barred from learning it—how can they ever recognize its reproduction?
Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone’: Worth the wait?
It’s been seven years since the last Outlander installment. Fans have a lot of catching up to do.
Cyber Monday: Brisk sales, fewer discounts and plenty of out-of-stock problems
Cyber Monday sales are expected to reach at least $10.4 billion, which is higher than the underwhelming Black Friday tally and roughly matches last year's record-breaking amount.
TV star has new role: Crypto critic
While A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Matt Damon are being paid to promote crypto, one actor is publicly bucking the trend. Ben McKenzie, of "The OC" and "Gotham," has become one of the most prominent critics of celebrities endorsing the controversial and booming industry. CNN's Jon Sarlin talks with McKenzie about his journey from TV star to crypto critic.
Woman Stabs Home Invader to Death in Colorado—Police
The home invader was known to the women in the house, according to investigators.
Ex-NFL great Rocky Bleier sums up Pittsburgh's recent struggles: 'The Steelers suck'
Rocky Bleier, a four-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was among those ripping his former team over its performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Monday Night Football: Russell Wilson has 'to do better, we all got to do better,' says Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll
It was an unhappy birthday for Russell Wilson on Monday Night Football as the quarterback saw his potential game-tying pass intercepted to seal a 17-15 loss for the Seattle Seahawks (3-8) against the Washington Football Team (5-6), scuppering a dramatic comeback.
Fans Breach Barriers at Sold-Out Wizkid Gig Sparking Astroworld Comparisons
"A breach of the security cordon on the arena entrance occurred and as a result, a number of fans in the queue were able to enter the venue," the O2 Arena said.
Stewart, Gyllenhaal, more celebrated at Gotham Awards
Hollywood stars including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tessa Thompson and Nicolas Cage talk film at the prestigious Gotham Awards in New York, where Kristen Stewart won Performer Tribute for playing Princess Diana in "Spencer." (Nov. 30)
ShowBiz Minute: Abloh, Smollett, Rihanna
Virgil Abloh's creativity celebrated at The Fashion Awards in London; Prosecutors to begin case against Jussie Smollett in Chicago; Rihanna named a national hero in Barbados. (Nov. 30)
Yankees fans frustrated with lack of offseason moves as others make big splashes
New York Yankees fans were left wondering what the team was doing as two of the top free agents, Corey Seager and Max Scherzer, were reportedly taken off the market on Monday.
A Texas man hit the strip club and bought a Lamborghini with coronavirus aid. He received 9 years in prison.
A Texas man was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraudulently obtaining PPP loans and using the money on a Lamborghini and a Rolex watch.
A Texas man hit the strip club and bought a Lamborghini with coronavirus aid. He received 9 years in prison.
A Texas man was sentenced to nine years in prison for fraudulently obtaining PPP loans and using the money on a Lamborghini and a Rolex watch.
5 things to know for November 30: Coronavirus, Supply chain, China, Barbados, Twitter
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
Éric Zemmour, Far-Right Pundit, Makes French Presidential Run Official
An anti-immigrant writer and right-wing television star, Mr. Zemmour said he was running in the country’s presidential elections next year, ending months of speculation.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh to donate bonuses to athletic department employees
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stands to earn significant bonuses this postseason and vowed to donate that money to athletic department employees.
McCarthy's floor speech pays off as he becomes first House GOP leader to launch national ad blitz
Kevin McCarthy hauled in over $400,000 in fundraising following his marathon House floor speech. And McCarthy becomes the first House GOP leader to go up with a national ad blitz
Biden course-corrects in defining 'new normal': The Note
There will not be shutdowns or lockdowns, the president said. There will not be "chaos and confusion" in efforts to fight the omicron variant, he added.
Barbados holds celebrations ahead of officially becoming a republic
Celebrations were held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on November 29, ahead of the Caribbean nation becoming a republic after midnight. Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the island nation's first president just an hour before the country became a republic at midnight. Credit: UKinCaribbean via Storyful
Can You Find Spotify Wrapped From Previous Years? How to See Your Older Playlists
With Spotify Wrapped 2021 almost here, now is the perfect time to look through your older roundups and see how your music taste has changed over the years.
On This Day: 30 November 2004
The mammoth winning streak of "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings came to an end (Nov. 30)
Seahawks’ offense continues to struggle in loss to Washington, and answers are hard to come by
Seattle falls to 3-8 after continuing to generate little production despite the return of Russell Wilson from a finger injury.
Kia Employs EV6, Sportage Looks in Redesigned 2023 Niro
Kia has employed sustainable materials within its new hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric model.
Time To #EndJewHatred in UNRWA Schools | Opinion
It is up to us to join together as one voice and warn UNRWA that the jig is up.
Joe Biden's Growing List of Failures | Opinion
For many, electing Joe Biden represented a return to normality. Unfortunately, his presidency has only ushered in divisiveness and staggering incompetence.
Several NFL divisional races could go down to the wire. We predict winners for each.
Predicting winners for the NFL's competitive division title races, including the Patriots over the Bills in the AFC East.
Seahawks’ offense continues to struggle in loss to Washington, and answers are hard to come by
Seattle falls to 3-8 after continuing to generate little production despite the return of Russell Wilson from a finger injury.
High-profile Americans among China's network of international apologists
From NBA star LeBron James to shoe giant Nike, China has been on the receiving end of lip service and defense for actions many call indefensible.
MLB non-tender deadline candidates: Will sluggers Luke Voit (Yankees), Adam Duvall (Braves) return?
MLB's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, with players who are non-tendered becoming free agents.
Who Is Elle Smith? Meet Miss USA Pageant Winner 2021 and Miss Kentucky
The full-time journalist will go on to represent the U.S. in the Miss Universe competition, which will be held in Israel for the first time in December.
Josh Duggar child pornography trial: Everything to know
"19 Kids and Counting" alum Josh Duggar will face trial for child pornography charges in Arkansas.
How the continuing resolution stole Christmas
And Chris Cuomo lands in hot water.
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Britney Spears Says She's Now on the 'Right' Medication After Conservatorship
Pop icon Britney Spears' conservatorship, which had seen her personal and financial decisions taken out of her hands since 2008, came to an end on November 12.
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Ted Cruz Calls Anthony Fauci 'Most Dangerous Bureaucrat' in American History
The Republican compared Fauci to the 17th century French King Louis XIV for saying he represented science.
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Las Vegas police use DNA testing and genealogical research to solve 42-year-old homicide of teen girl
Advanced DNA testing and genome sequencing helped Las Vegas police crack the case of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead 42 years ago, investigators announced Monday.
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