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Rahm Emanuel appeals for calm after Laquon McDonald video (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Arrests at Protests over Chicago Police Video

Chicago police have reportedly made three arrests–thus far–at demonstrations that broke out Tuesday evening following the release of a video showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquon McDonald last October. McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer James Van Dyke, who was recently charged with murder.

Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquon McDonald in Chicago (Screenshot / YouTube / DNAInfo / Chicago PD)

Chicago Police Release Video of Teen’s Shooting Death

The city of Chicago was on edge Tuesday evening as the Chicago Police Department prepared to release a video of the death of 17-year-old Laquan MacDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke in October last year. The teen was black, the officer white.

Police officers investigate a shooting scene where 5 people were reported to have been shot, including an 11-month-old infant, on September 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago, like many major cities in the United States, has experienced a surge in shootings this year. (Photo by

400 Additional Murders In 2015, Admits Progressive Report

Murder rates in the nation’s top cities have climbed by 11 percent in 2015, but that’s no big deal, says the progressive Brennan Center for Justice. “Because the underlying rate of murders is already so low, a relatively small increase in the numbers can result in a large percentage increase… murder rates are roughly the same as they were in 2012, and 11 percent higher than they were in 2013,” said the report.

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Terrorism Deaths Quadruple Under Obama

The worldwide number of annual terrorist deaths has more than quadrupled since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009. Deaths from terrorism increased 80 percent last year to an all-time-record of 32,658 people killed, compared to 18,111 in 2013.

Macy's Herald Square in midtown Manhattan November 20, 2015 in New York. Retail executives are having a lackluster outlook on holiday shopping with the warm weather that has depressed sales of cold-weather apparel; a drop in international tourists due to the strong dollar; and the preference of consumers to spend extra money from lower gas prices on other items, such as home improvement goods and cars. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read

GDP: Consumer Spending Falls, Inventories Build Up

Under the new estimate, the economy grew by 2.1 percent in the July-September period, slightly higher than the 1.5 percent growth originally reported. The increase, though, was driven by a build up in business inventories, suggesting potentially weaker growth to end the year.

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The Phony Black Friday Walmart Protests

Big Labor is set to have their annual Black Friday Walmart protests this week, but critics say that the protest is more about extorting big business than trying to raise the minimum wage for Walmart employees.