"I decided to share why I offer to work every thanksgiving, because five years ago it was almost my last," tweets Sarah Maslin Nir with the New York Times, linking to a Poynter confessional on how covering the Macy’s Parade is a fateful, life-affirming tradition. "I asked the NYT for a reporter who covers the #MacysParade, and @SarahMaslinNir called back with an amazing story," elaborates Poynter's Kristen Hare, later adding, "My favorite part of the story @SarahMaslinNir told me comes at the end." To sum: the morning of Thanksgiving 2010, Maslin Nir was supposed to awaken to her alarm, readying her for her morning's freelance assignment of covering the parade for the Times. Instead, she awoke to the attacks of a thief in her apartment. "Sarah I never knew any of this! Saw no hint of it when you sat two desks away from me. I admire your strength," reacts colleague Richard Pérez-Peña. "I never talk about it, I just feel really grateful for the times and wanted to share it," Maslin Nir further explains. Bottom line: Thanksgiving is about feeling at home, even if home happens to be work.
In non-holiday headlines, the United Arab Emirates have been secretly sending Colombian mercenaries to fight in Yemen. "King George hired the Hessians. Loius XVI hired the Swiss Guard. Arab Sheiks hired the Colombians. What's new?" shrugs The Daily Caller's Bill Frezza. "How do you say cannon fodder in Spanish?" wonders PRI's Stephen Snyder. Then there's this: the truth behind the origins of jihadist-inspired attacks in the U.S. "Since 9/11 (and including that attack) no Jihadist-inspired attacks in the US have been carried out by refugees," NYT's Danielle Ivory breaks it down. In fact, nearly all extremist Islamic attackers in the America have either been born there or naturalized. "The U.S. visa waiver program poses a greater threat to security than Syrian migrants," realizes Josée Rose with the Wall Street Journal. And the "world's most prosperous failed state," Belgium, is forced to survey its past failures and squabbles. "'What was I supposed to do? Not my job to track terrorists' - Belgian mayor given attackers' names 1 month pre-Paris," details David Harbfinger at the NY Times. Although Bloomberg's Aoife White responds, "Getting annoyed of reading that Belgium is a failed state. If so, why is it so good at taking half my salary in tax?" Time for a follow-up piece.
Checking in on politics, Marco Rubio is just the guy to win the youth vote -- or so the old folks think. Prize quote from one senior GOP voter: ""I hope that the young people won’t keep being bumfuzzled by Democrats." Zac Anderson at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune quips, "Rubio: The cure for bumfuzzling!" Meanwhile, a big scoop from Nicholas Fandos reveals Donald Trump also fabricated some chunks of history to promote his renovation of a golf club. So WaPo's Karen Tumulty is forced to ask: "Will Trump eventually cross a line - or do the lines no longer exist?" Because although the establishment fears he could permanently tarnish the Republican party image, essentially the Plan A for GOP donors seems to be to "Wait for Trump to fall" -- and there is no Plan B. "For GOP establishment, @realDonaldTrump is a guy who is fun to date, but you'd never want to commit to," summarizes Boston Globe's Annie Linskey.