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After holding the line in 2020, Senate Republicans face another tough map in 2022
Early moves in the 2022 Senate races are already underway, with the Republicans facing a challenging map for a second straight cycle. As it stands right now, the GOP will be defending at least 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in two years.
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How Ron Rivera’s cancer experience inspired him to advocate for affordable health care
After going through cancer treatment, Ron Rivera was compelled to speak out on the issue of affordable health care.
How Ron Rivera’s cancer experience inspired him to advocate for affordable health care
After going through cancer treatment, Ron Rivera was compelled to speak out on the issue of affordable health care.
A professor offered to deliver Thanksgiving meals to all her students. Her kindness went viral.
"Everybody is so raw right now, so even this little gesture has been interpreted as magnificent," said University of Iowa professor Liz Pearce who offered to hand-deliver warm Thanksgiving meals to 600 students.
The Election Nobody is Talking About: Leading the WTO | Opinion
The selection of an experienced trade negotiator with credibility in Washington and experience wrangling Beijing could break the current logjam and result in a productive airing of grievances.
This Thanksgiving, Make Whatever You Want
Let’s put this year’s Thanksgiving meal into perspective. Thanksgiving today is certainly no worse than what we were taught about the first one. Racial strife? Check! Aside from that hallowed feast, war between Native Americans and white colonists was the norm then. In fact, some historians say that the first Thanksgiving was in 1637, when Massachusetts Colony Governor John Winthrop declared a day of gratitude after colonists slaughtered more than 700 members of the Pequot tribe. Pandemic? Check! Many Native Americans were wiped out by smallpox, brought to the Americas by the colonists, who inexplicably called it the “Indian plague.” We have the “Chinese virus”! Standing in line in a crowded grocery store is indeed scary this year. But what if you had to go out and shoot your turkey, and then pluck and disembowel it? What if you had to grow or forage all your vegetables, clean them without running water, store them without refrigeration, and cook everything over wood, as they did back then? We have it so much easier. This holiday is about passing down traditions, so perhaps you’d appreciate some more perspective laced with guilt, my mother’s favorite form of argument. Many of you have canceled plans for a big Thanksgiving meal involving families driving in from around the country. You’ll now be cooking for only yourself or maybe those in your immediate household, and you’re upset about that? More than 12 million Americans have contracted COVID-19, and more than a quarter of a million people have died. More than 14 million Americans are food insecure. Having too much turkey is not a bad thing, if you’re lucky to have this problem, and we have freezers and vacuum sealers. For many Native Americans, this is a day of mourning. Perhaps it is time we rethink this “holiday” anyway. The world is a mess. Cooking for Thanksgiving this year—even if it is for fewer people—is something you can at least control.Having a good meal is never a bad thing—regardless of the day or the number of people at the table. I’ve cooked for many large groups, including at a state dinner for President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China, at which we served 250 people four courses in 35 minutes. Pulling off a big event can feel euphoric if you’re still standing at the end. However, in my everyday life, I spend a lot more time cooking just for myself, as I imagine you do too. While this year’s Thanksgiving may feel disappointing for many of you who are missing your families, look on the bright side. You can now make whatever you want. Focus on the freedom of this year’s Thanksgiving.[Read: Answers to every possible pandemic-Thanksgiving question]It takes a lot less time to cook for four than it does for 20, and it can be liberating; with a smaller group, you have fewer individual tastes to please. And if you’re by yourself, you have no worries about others judging you. You want to eat a bowl of cranberry sauce on your own? Go ahead; no one is watching! Cooking for one is about taking care of yourself. And don’t you deserve it this year?Make it easy. Choose the one dish you can’t live without and spend your time making that. I’m not making dinner, but if I were, I’d spend my time making my foie gras stuffing. I’d buy a demi-baguette or two small rolls, cut them, and let them dry out. I’d mix in some sautéed onions, some prunes with cognac, a small tin of foie gras mousse, and some chicken stock; let it sit; and then bake it. I would simply roast everything else. Maybe a guinea hen or a heritage chicken, maybe a whole head of maitake mushrooms draped with lardo, maybe some brussels sprouts and a small kabocha squash. This holiday is supposed to be about celebrating the harvest anyway, so why not buy some beautiful, local ingredients and let them shine on their own? Much of the traditional Thanksgiving feast can be cooked in the same oven, even on the same sheet pan with a little salt and butter or oil. And I’d open my favorite can of jellied cranberry sauce and serve it sliced with those lovely ridges, instead of having to make the obligatory whole-cranberry sauce that I find overly astringent and texturally unpleasant. (No, I didn’t grow up harvesting my own cranberries from a nearby bog; I grew up in suburban Michigan.)Sizing down the Thanksgiving feast is just math and a little common sense. The average portion size for protein is about five to six ounces a person, perhaps slightly more for this type of binge feast. That is a third of a pound of boneless meat. You want leftovers? Double or triple that. Using a bone-in bird? Count on 50 percent of the weight being bone. For each side dish, try to envision your plate. Portion size for an accompaniment depends on how many people there are, and how popular it is. You need much less cranberry sauce than stuffing in my household. What can you eat? A cup of stuffing? Maybe a little less of brussels sprouts? If you’re serving a soup, six ounces a person is an average-size appetizer. But perhaps you don’t want you and your loved ones filling up on that, so you reduce it to three. Pie portions are pretty self-explanatory. A slice after all that rich food is usually enough for me.[Read: How to tell if socializing indoors is safe]For smaller Thanksgivings, you’ll need to make some substitutions. Can’t eat a whole turkey? Try just a breast, or a leg. Or skip it altogether. I’ve seen no evidence that turkey was served in 1621(or 1637), so how about some venison? Or some salmon? Eat what you love! You’re cooking solo this year and want roast pumpkin? How about a small yam or a delicata squash instead? Don’t feel like mashing potatoes? Have your guests make their own—serve baked russets and provide butter and crème fraîche to mix in. Green bean casserole is easily scaled down. You just need a smaller baking dish. If you are making a fresh-cranberry sauce, a hand blender will make quick work of it. Shopping at a farmers’ market allows you to choose exactly the amount of food you need instead of buying prepackaged ingredients portioned for a family of four in a grocery store. The quality is usually better—drawn from local and more sustainable sources—and, a pandemic plus, shopping outside is safer.And if any of this sounds like living hell, then pick up the phone and order from your favorite restaurant. That’s actually what my partner and I are doing. She’s bringing home leftovers from her restaurant. God knows the hospitality industry can use all the help it can get right now.The year is almost over. We can at least be thankful for that. And isn’t giving thanks the most important part of this day?Anita Lo’s Foie Gras and Prune Stuffing Ingredients:1 qt. stale plain French baguettes, bottom crusts removed and diced (not sourdough)1 medium onion, diced2 tbsp. butter10 pitted prunes, cut into quartersArmagnac, cognac, or port to cover4 oz. foie gras mousse, roughly cubed2 cups chicken stock (more or less, depending on dryness of the bread)1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped1 tsp. fresh tarragon, choppedsalt and pepper to tasteMethod:In a small sauté pan, sweat the onion in the butter on medium-low heat, stirring until soft and translucent, about five minutes. Add to a bowl with the cubed bread. Place the prunes and booze in a small pot and bring to a boil. Cook until almost dry. Add this to the bowl as well. Add remaining ingredients and stir, allowing the bread to soak up the chicken stock. The bread should be quite wet, but no stock should pool at the bottom—you may need to let the mixture sit a bit, then stir again so that the bread soaks up the liquid. Add more stock as necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings. Place in a shallow baking dish and bake at 375° until golden brown and crispy on top, about 45 minutes. Serve in the baking dish.
Hundreds without masks packed a Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn. The organizers face a $15,000 fine.
“It appears that there was a very conscious effort to conceal what was going on," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "And that’s what makes it even more unacceptable.”
Hundreds without masks packed a Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn. The organizers face a $15,000 fine.
“It appears that there was a very conscious effort to conceal what was going on," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "And that’s what makes it even more unacceptable.”
Newsmax CEO Says Its Coverage Is Not Accurate, They Have No Evidence of Election Fraud
Chris Ruddy defends Diamond and Silk claiming COVID "scamdemic" and Dominion Voting Systems helped rigged election as opinion.
Emily Kristine Pedersen's star on the rise
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Why Is The Weeknd Criticizing the Grammys? Singer Labels Awards 'Corrupt'
The R&B singer failed to receive any nominations for the 2021 awards despite the success of his hit "Blinding Lights" this year.
AOC Insists Joe Biden Can Forgive Student Loans by Executive Order Despite Constitutional Questions
Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren have also suggested forgiving student debt by executive order.
NBA free agency: Winners and losers include the Lakers, Suns, Rockets and Bucks
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5 things to know for November 25: Covid-19, Biden, immigration, China, opioids
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Meghan Markle Praised for Breaking Miscarriage Taboo: 'Beautiful, Powerful, Personal'
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Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales helps GOP hold Texas border district: 'My story is the American dream'
Tony Gonzales, the newly elected Republican congressman from Texas, brings to Washington a drive to tackle border security and immigration reform -- examples of thorny issues that the Navy veteran says politicians have avoided for too long.
Stimulus Figureheads McConnell and Pelosi Under Fire, Eight Months Since Senate Passed CARES Act
A stalemate over a further relief package continues, with differing stances blocking the passage of a deal through Congress.
The $550 million megayacht concept that looks like a shark
Just weeks after unveiling an upcoming yacht concept that resembles a swan, Lazzarini Design Studio are pushing the boundaries even further with a brand new design that's shaped like a shark.
The $550 million megayacht concept that looks like a shark
Just weeks after unveiling an upcoming yacht concept that resembles a swan, Lazzarini Design Studio are pushing the boundaries even further with a brand new design that's shaped like a shark.
The $550 million megayacht concept that looks like a shark
Just weeks after unveiling an upcoming yacht concept that resembles a swan, Lazzarini Design Studio are pushing the boundaries even further with a brand new design that's shaped like a shark.
'Gossip Girl': Where to Watch After The Show Leaves Netflix
"Gossip Girl" is the latest big-name drama to leave Netflix, and will soon have a new streaming home on the service that has announced a reboot of the show.
Don't leave grieving relatives searching for your passwords: Here's how to organize your digital life before you die
At one time, you never worried about your email or passwords. Now you must make sure your loved ones have access to your digital assets if you die.
Lorenzo's Locks: The 3 best bets you should consider for NFL Week 12
SportsPulse: Lorenzo's back with his three best bets for Week 12 in the NFL. Make some money while you digest your Thanksgiving dinner.
The beast of the least: How each team will or won't win the NFC East
SportsPulse: It's the worst division in football. It's historically bad. But it's also the most talked about division in the game and is shaping up for a dramatic finish. We look at how each team will or won't win the NFC East.
Nearly 100 whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand
Nearly 100 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on the Chatham Islands, New Zealand's Department of Conservation said Wednesday.
DOJ set to execute 5 federal prisoners before Inauguration Day
With fewer than 60 days until President-elect Joe Biden takes office, the Trump administration has set an unprecedented record of scheduling the most federal inmates for execution during the last leg of a presidential term.
LaVar Ball Reveals Who He Thinks Will Surpass Michael Jordan—and it's Not LeBron James
Ball claimed Jordan remains the best player in NBA history, but backed his sons Lonzo and LaMelo to eclipse his achievements.
Smaller turkeys are flying off the shelves this Thanksgiving. Here's why
Those 20-plus pound turkeys made for feeding a hoard of relatives and family friends will likely be passed over for more manageable turkeys.
Op-Ed: The new Supreme Court is sending surprisingly centrist signals
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How a $17 billion bailout fund intended for Boeing ended up in very different hands
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Clea DuVall wanted to see more queer Christmas movies. With Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, she made one herself.
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When Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets, it polarizes Americans even more, our research finds
Correcting this president backfires.
This couple canceled their big wedding and instead gave Thanksgiving dinners to the needy
"This just seemed like a good way to make the best of a bad situation," said Emily Bugg, who works with people with mental illness.
Your favorite fall TV shows look normal. Making them in a pandemic is anything but.
To watch scripted television in recent weeks is to believe Hollywood has steamrolled through the coronavirus pandemic. But the up-to-the-minute pandemic plotlines gild what insiders say has been a very tumultuous time.
Some think watching holiday movies feels sad this year. Others started in March.
Movies like Netflix's "The Holidate" may feel like an escape from 2020 — or bittersweet: “It’s going to hit me a little bit more than normal.”
Op-Ed: Pandemic tells the true story of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock
How to Reconnect Rural and Urban America
As it was in 2016, so it is again in 2020: A central axis of national-election results is the rural-urban…
Letters to the Editor: Why the left should read pro-Trump views
Readers respond to The Times' full page of pro-Trump letters and the follow-up page of responses. Most express appreciation for the paper's efforts.
All of Washington’s Thanksgiving games against the Cowboys, ranked
The NFC East lead will be on the line when the 3-7 rivals meet for the 10th time on Turkey Day.
With ballots behind it, the Postal Service is tackling letters to Santa
The mail agency will digitize letters and gift wish lists sent to Kriss Kringle so “elves” can send presents to children and families.
Editorial: Pooled COVID-19 testing could help reopen schools safely
Pooled COVID testing — testing several people at once with one lab sample — holds a lot of promise for certain situations and could drastically reduce the cost and strain on facilities involved in individual testing.
Editorial: Black women got Biden elected. Of course they did
Black women flexed their muscle and got Biden elected. It was an exercise in hope and political determination. It paid off.
Editorial: Oregon voted to end the war on drugs. California should watch and learn
Oregon is the first state to eliminate simple drug possession as a crime and to adopt the policy that drug treatment should be voluntary.
How Can Congress Prepare for the Next Global Crisis? Create A 'Science Readiness Reserve,' IBM Says
In a letter sent to congressional lawmakers, the technology company urged Congress to establish a group of scientists and private sector resources to use artificial intelligence and other technologies to combat future calamities.
Christian Serratos Feels the 'Pressure' of Portraying of Fallen Tejano Music Icon Selena in Netflix Series
"She has always kind of been present. Of course, it has a lot to do with her being robbed from us," Christian Serratos, who portrays Selena in Netflix's 'Selena: The Series,' told Newsweek."
'Never Trumpers' Admit Trump Has Taken Over GOP, But They're Staying To Fight
"I'm a Republican for as long as I'm a Republican and Donald Trump will never represent anything I believe in or stand for as a Republican," former GOP chair Michael Steele told Newsweek. "Because he's not a Republican. He's not a conservative."