Ford Recalls 630K Escapes, Broncos Due to Fuel Leaks, Fire Risks
World Cup live scores, updates: Redemption for Costa Rica; US Soccer shows support for Iranian women
While Germany faces a desperate situation against Spain, Canada - in its first World Cup since 1986 - returns to action against Croatia.usatoday.com
Costa Rica rallies late to beat Japan 1-0 in Group E
Keysher Fuller scored in the 81st minute to lift Costa Rica to a 1-0 victory.abcnews.go.com
Costa Rica shocks Japan with a 1-0 victory
Costa Rica shocked Japan with a 1-0 win, thanks to an 81st minute goal from Keysher Fuller, as it kept its hopes of qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages alive with a crucial three points to pull level with Spain and Japan in Group E.edition.cnn.com
Can Ron DeSantis ride the culture war to the White House?
The Florida governor has several things going for him, including the adulation of Fox News, which treats him as a front-runner and has begun casting Trump as yesterday’s man.latimes.com
XPO’s Billionaire Chairman Brad Jacobs Is Hunting for His Next Big Deal
TIME recently spoke with XPO's billionaire chairman Brad Jacobs, about supply chains and why he's looking for his next takeovertime.com
Divided government demands creativity. Here are 3 ways to get things done.
The GOP House will make it difficult for progressive legislation. Democrats need to be creative when thinking about what’s possible over the next two years.washingtonpost.com
The West is finally waking up to the real problem in Iran
The international community must start the putting human rights of Iranians first.washingtonpost.com
After more than 600 mass shootings this year, let’s be honest about guns
The fact that no single action will stop all mass shootings is no excuse not to do things that could prevent some of them, or lower the toll when they happen.washingtonpost.com
He needed emergency surgery days before their wedding. So, they got married in a hospital.
Daniel Pecoraro, a teacher in Greenacres, Florida, needed emergency heart surgery three days before he planned to marry Lisa Siegel.usatoday.com
'A sense of reassurance and belonging' Campus religious groups tackle mental health services
Traditional pastoral care is being expanded in order to meet the needs of studentsusatoday.com
I’m Sick of Nightly Homework Battles—With My Husband
Parenting advice on homework, abuse, and trauma.slate.com
The Creative Secrets of One of Detroit’s Most Innovative Theater Groups
A conversation with Liza Bielby and Richard Newman of the The Hinterlands.slate.com
The guy who got the midterms right explains what the media got wrong
Supporters of Pennsylvania Democratic Senatorial candidate John Fetterman react at a watch party during the midterm elections at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 2022. | Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images The media fell for a false “red wave” narrative. In the months leading up to the midterms, many pundits and politicians thought that Republicans had momentum enough for big gains at the state and federal levels, enough to count as a “red wave.” But veteran Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg is one of a few voices in Washington who, despite President Joe Biden’s sagging approval ratings and polls that showed Democrats playing defense on inflation, remained optimistic about the party’s prospects and who was ultimately vindicated by a strong performance. Rosenberg — who has previously advised the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is the president of the progressive think tank NDN — says he’s not in the business of predictions. But he thought that the available data consistently pointed to a competitive election, and he became a self-described “info warrior” on Twitter trying to convince the pundit class of that. He believes that, unlike in 2016 and 2020 when polling failed to register Trump’s strength as a candidate, this time around, it was the media analyzing the polls who got it wrong. “There was a massive media failure this cycle,” he said. “The failure that just took place is more grave than the polling error [in 2020] because there were a lot of really smart people who basically misled tens of millions of people through their political commentary in the final few weeks.” It’s hard to know whether there was a practical effect of the doom-and-gloom stories about Democrats in the months before the election — whether it suppressed turnout by demoralizing voters or motivated them to show up because they feared what would happen if they didn’t. But even if any negative effect was small, that might have made a big impact. “My own view is that it probably net cost us. It could have cost us the House,” Rosenberg said. Here’s what he thinks went wrong. Real election results weren’t given enough credence over polls Rosenberg has been arguing that Republicans made a huge mistake in running toward Trumpism since November 2021, when he first challenged the notion that there would be a runaway red wave in the midterms. That hypothesis gained a wider following over the summer amid backlash against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. But there was a significant vibe shift in the fall, when Democrats’ margins on the generic ballot narrowed and they showed relative weakness in polls on issues like the economy and crime. Those seemed like signs that outrage over Roe had waned and that Republicans had the edge. Rosenberg doesn’t think that was ever true and that available data showed an election where Democrats were favored in the Senate and the House was up for grabs. The clearest indication came from actual election results. “Real voting is more important than polling,” Rosenberg said. “The way you interpret an election is looking at how people vote.” Republicans had doubled down on a brand of politics that had just been twice rejected by the American people in 2020 and 2018. And a series of special elections that occurred over the summer showed a similar pattern, with Democrats significantly overperforming across House races in Nebraska, Alaska, Minnesota, and New York. In Nebraska’s First District, for instance, the Democrat lost by less than 6 percentage points, compared to more than 20 percentage points in 2020. And Democrats won a House seat in Alaska for the first time in half a century, defeating former Gov. Sarah Palin. In August, voters in deep-red Kansas also showed up in supercharged numbers to vote against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed state lawmakers to further restrict abortion access following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. All of that supported the notion that Democratic enthusiasm was up and that this wasn’t a normal midterm election, even as the polls narrowed and Biden’s approval rating was still underwater. “People should have started adjusting their understanding of the election at that point. They didn’t — they stuck with the old models. They got bamboozled by the red wave narrative,” Rosenberg said. Polls were misinterpreted When the polling averages narrowed in the fall, it was partially because partisan polls commissioned by Republican organizations were bringing them down for Democrats. Rosenberg was one of the first to identify the phenomenon, which he described as an “unprecedented campaign by Republicans to flood the polling averages in the final month to create this impression of the red wave.” If you were looking at polling averages that included Republican polls, “you were looking at a completely different election than we were looking at,” he added. When Rosenberg stripped out the partisan polling, he foresaw an election in which New Hampshire, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania were leaning Democrat, Nevada was too close to call, and Ohio, North Carolina, and Wisconsin were leaning a little Republican. That’s consistent with what actually transpired. It’s not clear whether the onslaught of partisan polls represented a deliberate attempt by Republicans to change the narrative of the election and dampen Democratic enthusiasm. But it may have had an outsized effect on the averages this year because of a lack of public independent polling. As Politico pointed out, big players like NBC News didn’t commission any state midterm polls this year, and the New York Times only did so in four individual House races and five states — far fewer than the number they’ve previously commissioned. The media was also too reliant on issue polling, which can be misleading if you’re just looking at the aggregate numbers across parties, Rosenberg said. Crime and immigration were among voters’ top issues overall because they are high-priority issues for Republicans. But if Democrats were trying to turn out their own voters, they needed to focus on the issues that matter to them. In general, it’s also hard to parse issue polling. Voters may say that they care a lot about a whole range of issues, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that any one of them will impact their decision to vote for a particular candidate or to vote at all. “This reliance on the most important issue among all voters was playing into Republican talking points,” Rosenberg said. The enduring salience of Roe was underestimated The anti-abortion movement lost big time in 2022: Democrats running on pro-abortion rights nearly swept the table, and every ballot initiative aimed at restricting abortion lost, while ballot initiatives strengthening abortion rights prevailed and even outperformed Democratic candidates in some cases. Though we shouldn’t put too much stock in exit poll data, which is incomplete at this point, KFF’s analysis of the AP VoteCast survey found that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe had a “major impact” on whether roughly four in 10 Americans decided to vote this year and that it activated key constituencies for Democrats, including Black and Hispanic women under the age of 50, voters under the age of 30 overall, and first-time voters. That’s consistent with strong post-Roe voter registration numbers: The number of women who registered to vote increased by 35 percent across 10 states in the month after the decision came down. As my colleague Rachel Cohen wrote, Republicans and their grassroots have struggled to confront just how pivotal the end of Roe and their subsequent efforts to curtail abortion rights proved in this election. And that appeared to seep into media coverage, with many media outlets projecting before Election Day that abortion had receded from the spotlight in favor of inflation, an issue where Republicans thought they had the edge. “The debate over abortion rights has not emerged as a political silver bullet for Democrats,” the New York Times declared on November 4. Rosenberg speculates that male political commentators were particularly receptive to the Republican narrative on that front. “I think that they were unsympathetic to this idea that abortion really was going to be one of the two or three things that drove the election,” he said. But the evidence was always in the polls: Interest in abortion didn’t drop over time and, among Democrats, actually increased across several tracking polls. And Rosenberg thinks its salience won’t wane anytime soon. “This could be creating a millstone around the Republican Party’s neck — not just in this election but for many elections to come, and potentially may alienate an entire generation of young people,” he said.vox.com
Conservative states are blocking trans medical care. Families are fleeing.
From Texas to Florida, families with kids who are medically transitioning say state policies limiting gender-affirming care are forcing them to flee.politico.com
Florida hospitals weren’t ready for Hurricane Ian. Some fear the next big storm.
Despite being under evacuation orders and in the path of the catastrophic storm, five hospitals remained open and removed only a handful of patients before the Category 4 hurricane made landfall.politico.com
New York Democrats didn’t defend their bail law changes. It bit them at the polls.
Republicans across the country campaigned on crime. Nowhere did it resonate more than in New York.politico.com
Pockets of shelling across Ukraine as wintry warfare looms
Both sides are bogged down by heavy rain and muddy battlefield conditions in some areas.politico.com
Protests erupt in Shanghai, Beijing, other Chinese cities over strict COVID measures
A deadly fire in the northwestern city of Urumqi has ignited anger and protests across China against the country's strict 'zero-COVID' policies.latimes.com
US Soccer shows support for Iranian women, displays Iran flag at World Cup without Islamic Republic emblem
Iran has been rocked by protests since the Sept. 16 death of Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the morality police.usatoday.com
Cyber Week Apple deals—40+ deals on watches, phones, earbuds
We've found all the best Apple shopping deals at Amazon, Apple, QVC, Crutchfield and more. Save on iPads, Apple Watches, AirPods, AirTags and more.usatoday.com
Angry Protests Spread Across China as Xi Jinping Faces 'Step Down' Chants
Videos shared online show mass protests across China, including in Shanghai and Beijing.newsweek.com
Video shows police in China crackdown and arrest protesters
Protests erupted across China, including at universities, in an unprecedented show of defiance against the country's zero-Covid policy.edition.cnn.com
Idaho murders: Major rumors police have swatted down
Police have shot down multiple rumors relating to the Nov. 13 murders of four students at their home near the University of Idaho campus to quash speculation.foxnews.com
¿Qué necesita México ante Arabia Saudita para clasificar a la siguiente ronda en el Mundial?
México cayó el sábado por la noche en Lusail Stadium ante la poderosa selección de Argentina en su segundo partido del Mundial de Qatar 2022, lo que la ubica en el último puesto del Grupo C, aunque no está eliminada aún.latimes.com
250+ deals to shop now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday may have come and gone, but there's no shortage of incredible deals to be had before Cyber Monday on tech, beauty and fashion finds.usatoday.com
Monkeys in central Thailand city mark their day with feast
A city in central Thailand has served a meal fit for monkeysabcnews.go.com
Try this interval workout to avoid HIIT burnout or injuries
For many people aiming to burn a lot of calories, high-intensity interval training is the way to go.edition.cnn.com
Border Patrol agent's murder trial the latest in string of incidents stirring distrust
Border Patrol agents are part of the community in Laredo. But the upcoming murder trial involving an agent could threaten the agency's image there.usatoday.com
Op-Ed: Free food for all? Absolutely. In this age of abundance, it should be a human right
The U.S. government already spends hundreds of billions of dollars on the food system. That investment should be transformative.latimes.com
Steve Goncalves, father of Idaho murder victim, speaks out as police try to find a suspect
Kaylee Goncalves' father, Steve Goncalves, shared his thoughts on the Idaho murder investigation and the hunt for the killer on "Lawrence Jones Cross Country."foxnews.com
The great mismatch: Remote jobs are in demand, but positions are drying up
Nearly three years into a pandemic that reshaped workplace norms and put the power in the hands of employees, the tides are shifting again. Many remote workers are being called back into the office.washingtonpost.com
Biden as oldest US president at age 80: Nation deserves a 'full neurological assessment' of him
President Joe Biden is now 80 years old — making him the oldest president to serve as commander in chief. Some health professionals have concerns about the advanced age of someone in this role.foxnews.com
World Cup live scores, updates: Japan, Costa Rica tied at halftime; Spain vs. Germany later
While Germany faces a desperate situation against Spain, Canada - in its first World Cup since 1986 - returns to action against Croatia.usatoday.com
NFL Week 12 preview: Jets trying to stay afloat amid QB changes
After Thanksgiving kicked off the NFL slate for Week 12, a few teams made some quarterback changes which may bring playoff implications.foxnews.com
Nicholas Goldberg: America needs to try harder to match its foreign policy to its morals
Too often in the fight to protect civilians around the world against atrocities and genocide, the United States does not do enough. Why is that?latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: All mayors start fast. What will Karen Bass do differently?
Voters want action on homelessness, but this is a tough problem even for someone as experienced as Mayor-elect Karen Bass.latimes.com
FIRST ON FOX: Pence heading back to New Hampshire; will Trump hold first 2024 rally in December?
Former Vice President Mike Pence is returning in two weeks to New Hampshire, an early nominating state, as he builds toward a likely 2024 White House run.foxnews.com
America’s homicide rate has surged. In 9 cities, loved ones tell the story of lives lost.
The focus on mass shootings obscures the totality of the American ailment: people killed on city streets and inside their homes.washingtonpost.com
If Hugh Freeze becomes Auburn football coach, his first task is obvious | Opinion
Auburn football was never quite as bad as Bryan Harsin made it look, but the Tigers also are not nearly as talented as they should be.usatoday.com
The Key to Vacationing with a Toddler? A Wave-Free Beach.
A good solution for calmer waters when traveling with a small child is looking for just that. Here’s a guide to destinations that are basically bathtubs — even in the winter.nytimes.com
NFL Week 12: Latest scores, schedule, odds, TV info
All 32 NFL teams are in action for a Thanksgiving Week slate of games that headline Week 12.usatoday.com
D.C.-area forecast: A soaking rain much of today, drying out by evening
We should be seasonable and dry tomorrow and Tuesday with more rain likely by Wednesday.washingtonpost.com
You may be too late to book a Santa for your Christmas party: Here's how you can become one
The demand to get Santa Claus for your holiday party or gathering is higher than ever before. Here's how to be one to save your gathering.usatoday.com