Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse

Kenosha gunman, Kyle Rittenhouse Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Trump administration directed federal law enforcement officials to note that Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with killing two protesters in Kenosha, Wis., sought “to help defend small business owners,” according to a leaked memo obtained by NBC News.

The internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) talking points reportedly instructed law enforcement officials to make comments “sympathetic” to Rittenhouse, who was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.

The leaked DHS talking points urged officials to make public comments noting that Rittenhouse “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”

“Kyle was seen being chased and attacked by rioters before allegedly shooting three of them, killing two,” the memo said. “Subsequent video has emerged reportedly showing that there were ‘multiple

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  • A draft memo that President Donald Trump composed laying out his reasons for firing FBI Director James Comey was “tinfoil helmet material,” a former member of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team said.
  • That’s according to “Where Law Ends,” an upcoming memoir by Andrew Weissmann, who worked on Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  • Weissmann wrote in his book that James Quarles, another prosecutor on the team, described Trump’s draft memo as “tinfoil helmet material” in June 2017.
  • “I read the document immediately, while Jim stood over my desk,” Weissmann said, referring to the draft memo. “It was excruciatingly juvenile, disorganized, and brimming with spite — incoherent and narcissistic. You could almost feel the spittle coming off the paper.”
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A former prosecutor on the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team described a memo that President Donald Trump drafted laying out his

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  • Under Armour will lay off around 600 people, according to a memo from CEO Patrik Frisk obtained by Business Insider.
  • This news comes five months after the company announced it would furlough 6,600 employees in retail locations and distribution centers.
  • Since then, Under Armour has struggled to overcome the effects of the pandemic, with sales dropping by more than 40% in the second quarter.
  • Frisk positioned the layoffs as part of a long-planned restructuring effort and thanked those who lost their jobs.
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Sporting goods giant Under Armour announced today that it would eliminate around 600 jobs as a result of business challenges stemming from the pandemic. At the end of 2019, Under Armour said it employed 16,400 people. 

CEO Patrik Frisk announced the news in an email sent to some employees this afternoon that was obtained by Business Insider. The memo is reprinted

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By Jessica Jaganathan and Anshuman Daga

SINGAPORE, Sept 8 (Reuters)The global commodities chief at Standard Chartered Plc (StanChart) STAN.L is leaving the bank as part of the division’s restructuring, with many commodities team executives switching to the bank’s financial markets unit, according to a company memo and one person familiar with the matter.

In a memo sent to staff earlier this month and reviewed by Reuters, Roberto Hoornweg, StanChart’s global head of financial markets, said Cengiz Belentepe, global head of commodities and regional head of Financial Markets West, was leaving the bank after a four-year stint.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the exact role that Belentepe is relinquishing will be retained. Hoornweg said in the memo that with Belentepe’s departure, he would “re-align” the financial markets regional head structure and the commodities team.

A StanChart spokeswoman confirmed the contents of the memo late on Monday, declining to

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“This is a deferral of the deductions, and Treasury should look to have legislation put in place so that employees do not have to pay back these deferred amounts,” reads the memo, which was first reported by the tax journal Tax Notes.

It comes as Treasury is still trying to finish guidance explaining exactly how the initiative is supposed to work.

Earlier this month, Trump issued a memo ordering the deferral of workers’ share of the 12.4 percent Social Security payroll tax.

The idea is to boost workers’ take-home pay, and the president’s electoral prospects, ahead of the November elections. The money will eventually have to be repaid, though Trump is betting Congress will eventually step in and waive the tax bills.

Much of the focus on the plan has been on the lukewarm-to-chilly reception from the business community. Many trade associations have warned employers won’t participate because they fear

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