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Don't argue about politics this Thanksgiving. Just don't.

theweek.com — Imagine this scene on Thanksgiving day. The turkey is partly carved, the mashed potatoes are being passed around. Your Mother: What are you thankful for? You: Well, if I can say so, I'm thankful for ObamaCare because it was great that I was able to sign up for health insurance on the internet.
Nov 26, 2014

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all the hot takes on how to deal with humans of different political persuasions: m.theweek.com/article/index/…

Nov 26, 2014

I basically agree w this, and we're not doing a Thanksgiving/arguing w/ your relatives-themed show this year theweek.com/article/index/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @chrislhayes: I basically agree w this, and we're not doing a Thanksgiving/arguing w/ your relatives-themed show this year theweek.com/article/index/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @michaelbd: Give your poor uncle an out. Don't fight with him about politics on Thanksgiving. theweek.com/article/index/…

Nov 26, 2014

Might be with @michaelbd on bigger point, but it's ahistorical to say politics is just now taking on religious aspect theweek.com/article/index/…

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Hey, scolds: Stop telling us to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving

theweek.com — Every year, in the first few weeks of November, the headlines start coming: "9 Ways to Eat Smart This Thanksgiving," "How to Find Peace with Food This Thanksgiving," "The 20-Minute Thanksgiving Workout." Heck, even here at The Week we're offering up "8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy."
Nov 26, 2014

RT @eberspacher: This Thanksgiving, please lay off the 20-min workout and healthy eating suggestions — leave me in gluttonous peace: theweek.com/article/index/…

The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency

theweek.com — President Obama's announcement that he will use prosecutorial discretion to semi-permanently prevent five million unauthorized immigrants from being deported has brought the usual accusations of galloping tyranny from conservatives. " Barack Obama: American Caudillo" is the title of Rich Lowry's very dumb column for Politico.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @ggreenwald: The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency - theweek.com/article/index/… - I love when John Yoo does it

Nov 26, 2014

RT @ggreenwald: The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency - theweek.com/article/index/… - I love when John Yoo does it

Nov 26, 2014

The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency - theweek.com/article/index/… - I love when John Yoo does it

After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops

theweek.com — Several years ago, a friend of mine was pulled over by the police a few blocks from her house in West Philadelphia while driving home from the airport following a business trip. Her crime? A few unpaid parking tickets.
Nov 26, 2014

We have an obligation to end the unconditional benefit of the doubt that the police still get just for being police. theweek.com/article/index/…

Turkey skin, pumpkin pie, and 6 more delicious Thanksgiving foods that could kill your beloved pup

theweek.com — This Thursday, indulge all you want. But take pause before feeding your four-legged family member from the Thanksgiving table. Lurking in that innocent dribble of stuffing are loads of ingredients, from onions to sage, that are harmful to dogs. Check out this infographic, courtesy of The Dogington Post, for a full list, and keep everyone safe and healthy this holiday.

Ironically, Thanksgiving is starting to catch on in Great Britain

theweek.com — The United States is a great importer and transformer of other people's holidays - St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras - but it looks like America is now exporting one of its own. Yes, reports "savvy shopper" Harriet Arkell in Britain's Daily Mail, Thanksgiving is becoming a thing in England.
Nov 26, 2014

Ironically, Thanksgiving is starting to catch on in Great Britain (w/cameo from Gary Oldman): goo.gl/i8Ppjr pic.twitter.com/hqZiqGFGW0

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH

theweek.com — HULK TWEET. HULK READ TWEETS. HULK CONFUSED. WHY HULK SMASH GRAMMAR? There are over 200 Twitter accounts having fun with The Incredible Hulk, a comic book giant known for his muscles, green skin, and unique locution. There's FILM CRIT HULK, HIPSTER HULK, LAWYER HULK, BUDDHIST HULK, EDITOR HULK, GRAMMAR HULK, MUSIC CRIT HULK, TRANSGENDER HULK.

Ferguson prosecutor: 'We don't put a whole lot of stock' in Darren Wilson's testimony

theweek.com — A day after a grand jury declined to indict him for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson was all over the TV, telling his side of the fateful encounter. Wilson also got a chance to recount his version in four hours of colorful testimony to the grand jury, released by St.
Nov 26, 2014

Ferguson prosecutor: 'We don't put a whole lot of stock' in Darren Wilson's testimony theweek.com/speedreads/ind… via @SpeedReads

High school principal publicly shaves student's head to remove faux-hawk

theweek.com — On Sept. 23, high school senior Lucas Hull went to school in Batavia, New York, with a new haircut, a "faux-hawk" - short on the sides, longer on top, not quite a mohawk. He came home with a shaved head, and his family isn't happy about it.
Nov 26, 2014

Man, high school's hard enough MT | Principal publicly shaves student's head to nix faux-hawk: bit.ly/1uF6Oyu pic.twitter.com/QCYQF0g91a

Michael Brown Sr.'s church set ablaze Monday in Ferguson

theweek.com — The Ferguson, Missouri, church attended by Michael Brown's father burned to the ground Monday night, and its pastor believes the fire was set by white supremacists. Rev. Carlton Lee of the Flood Christian Church told NBC News that he was vocal about his desire to see Officer Darren Wilson arrested for the shooting death of the younger Brown.

In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life

theweek.com — Let's give the grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, the benefit of the doubt. The 12 never-to-be-identified men and women had no idea the case they would get when they were seated last May, three months before white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown Jr.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @TheWeek: In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt, says @PJWeber bit.ly/1zp7b4E

Nov 25, 2014

RT @TheWeek: In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt, says @PJWeber bit.ly/1zp7b4E

Nov 25, 2014

In #Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life—and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt: goo.gl/770MDT pic.twitter.com/sWeaxJD4aj

Here's a simple, practical way anyone can help Ferguson right now

theweek.com — The decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown has led to an emotional, intensely polarized reaction that continues today. A large part of the frustration comes from a feeling of helplessness. There are plenty of people who want to do something to make a difference in the Ferguson community, but don't know how.

Americans don't care about Ebola anymore

theweek.com — Remember when Ebola threatened to destroy America? Remember when self-serving politicians warned that ISIS militants could smuggle the virus across the border in the form of biological suicide bombers? What a difference one month makes, as this Google trendline shows: The October spike came as Texas confirmed the nation's first Ebola case, prompting Americans to panic that the virus would rapidly spread.

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Watch the chilling first trailer for Jurassic World

theweek.com — After lying dormant for more than a decade, the Jurassic Park franchise is back. The first trailer for Jurassic World reintroduces a Jurassic Park in which the kinks have finally been worked out. The park has become a sprawling, Disneyworld-esque theme park built around real-life dinosaurs, with thousands of eager patrons.
Nov 25, 2014

In new 'Jurassic World' movie, dinosaurs are brought back to life but then something goes wrong. What a great idea theweek.com/speedreads/ind…

8 tricks to surviving the holidays without gaining weight or being grouchy

theweek.com — At its most basic level, food is fuel. That's why so many competitive athletes eat a carefully calculated mix of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates designed to maximize performance. At the other end of the epicurean spectrum lies the notion of food as exquisite sensual experience and important social construct.
Nov 25, 2014

Lies. MT @TheWeek: You can indulge this holiday season without gaining weight/getting grouchy. bit.ly/1zqKAo8 pic.twitter.com/m0qXF3A1O6

Switzerland's big cheese - The Week

theweek.com — Ah, the power of Gruyère. The firm cheese keeps Jacques Murith and his family - sons Pierre and Alexandre, along with wife Elian - busy from beginning of the day to end.
Nov 26, 2014

Another galery of last year pasture season story with the Murith in Gruyère MT @TheWeek: bit.ly/1CaNx1V pic.twitter.com/gpk0R7QLNQ

Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.

theweek.com — The Affordable Care Act has been a policy success. It has substantially reduced the number of uninsured, while slowing the growth in American health care spending. The people who have been newly insured under the ACA like it. None of these things have made the law popular among the population as a whole.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @TheWeek: Republicans finally have a plan to replace ObamaCare. Too bad it's a tax cut for the rich: bit.ly/1zpEwMJ pic.twitter.com/1daUEoNft8

Adam Sandler's 'Thanksgiving Song': Explaining the 22-year-old tune's pop-culture references

theweek.com — In 1992, Adam Sandler sat behind Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk and introduced the world to his holiday tune, "The Thanksgiving Song." And while you've probably heard this song every Turkey Day for the past 20-something years, if you really give it a close listen, several of Sandler's lyrics might make you go, "Huh?"