The Hill's 12:30 Report: How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Many Americans cannot sleep — and the pandemic makes it worse Elton John credits Zoom AA meetings as a 'lifesaver' during pandemic MORE writes NYT op-ed | Describes recent miscarriage | Trump allows Biden to receive intel briefings | Chinese president congratulates Biden | Progressives support Cabinet picks so far | Trump plans to pardon Flynn | Governors take heat for violating their own COVID-19 restrictions | Best online Black Friday deals



Yes, governors. We are looking at you.:



Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “Several top Democrats have come under criticism in recent days for violating the coronavirus restrictions they imposed on their own states and cities in hopes of curbing the spread of the pandemic.” https://bit.ly/3l4KKQ1


First up in California: “California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday California governor calls in National Guard to secure state Capitol Mississippi runs out of coronavirus vaccine as state expands eligibility MORE (D-Calif.) was photographed attending a dinner party at the French Laundry, one of the nation’s priciest restaurants, with a group of prominent lobbyists, including several who represent the California Medical Association. The photos show no one in the large party wearing a mask.” Newsom later apologized. 

Let’s move to New York: “Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoGovernors say no additional vaccine doses coming, despite Trump admin promise Mississippi runs out of coronavirus vaccine as state expands eligibility Cuomo announces performance initiative to revive New York's arts economy MORE (D-N.Y.) said Monday that his 89-year-old mother and two of his daughters would travel to his residence in Albany for Thanksgiving, after urging residents to avoid travel that might cause a spike in cases over the holiday.”  

In our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserSunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration DC mayor says she's concerned about threats to residential neighborhoods Threats transform capital into military zone ahead of inauguration MORE (D) attended President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE’s election night celebration in Delaware but did not quarantine after. Why: She called the trip essential travel.

If you turn to Illinois: Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.) wouldn’t say whether he would follow the Chicago advisory urging residents not to travel. 

It continues — more exampleshttps://bit.ly/3l4KKQ1






Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 12,613,248

U.S. death toll: 260,190

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 

For context — five months ago today: 2,382,134 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 121,996 had died. https://bit.ly/3j80WQg

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/366njBm

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Trump canceled his plans today:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE canceled plans on Wednesday to attend an event orchestrated by Pennsylvania Republicans to highlight allegations of election irregularities.” https://bit.ly/3fyNO5A 

Details of the planned trip: “Trump was expected to join Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial MORE and other legal representatives affiliated with his campaign at the event at a hotel in Gettysburg, but it was scrapped at the last moment. The trip was never officially on Trump's schedule, but multiple news outlets reported he planned to make an appearance.” 

Timing: “The cancellation came shortly after a campaign adviser, Boris Epshteyn, shared that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Epshteyn was at a news conference last week alongside Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, who were both planning to make the trip to Gettysburg.”

Meghan Markle writes about her recent miscarriage:

In a New York Times op-ed, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, described her miscarriage last July.https://nyti.ms/39dsd1s

What happened: “After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”  

The aftermath: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?’ ” 

She also mentionsBreonna Taylor and George Floyd 

On the state of the country: “It seems we no longer agree on what is true. We aren’t just fighting over our opinions of facts; we are polarized over whether the fact is, in fact, a fact. We are at odds over whether science is real. We are at odds over whether an election has been won or lost. We are at odds over the value of compromise. That polarization, coupled with the social isolation required to fight this pandemic, has left us feeling more alone than ever.”


First Corn the turkey. Now Michael Flynn.:

Via Axios’s Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu, President Trump told allies that he plans to pardon Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in 2017 for lying about his Russian ties. https://bit.ly/375bLOc 

Why this is important: “Flynn's pardon would be the culmination of a four-year political and legal saga that began with the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election.”


This a.m. — more congratulations:

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated President-elect Biden on his win. https://bit.ly/3pZeQrK 

Xi said to the state-run news agency: “Promoting healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the people in both countries, but also meets the common expectation of the international community.”

Let the briefings commence — ding:

President Trump has agreed to allow President-elect Biden to receive classified intelligence briefings. https://bit.ly/374s4ek

How often Trump receives the briefings: Daily. 

When Biden will start receiving the briefings: That’s unclear.

What Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks have in common. Well, so far:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, “President-elect Joe Biden’s first round of Cabinet picks is so far largely unifying the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party.” https://bit.ly/39mvbAK

Biden is under a lot of pressure: “Biden has faced a difficult balancing act with his nominations. He’s under pressure from the left to not only appoint a diverse Cabinet, but to nominate individuals who reflect the progressive base that is an engine of the Democratic Party.”

^ Not to mention: “He also must nominate people who can get confirmed by a Senate that may be in GOP hands if Republicans can win one of the two Georgia runoff races to be decided in January.” 

A big theme in his picks so far: “Biden so far has leaned on Obama administration veterans in announcing a slate of national security nominees.” 

How progressives are feeling: “While Biden’s picks aren’t necessarily at the top of progressives’ wish list, so far the left is largely backing the president-elect’s choices.”


“Progressives are raising objections to the Biden team’s pick for overseeing the transition at a key regulatory agency in the White House, arguing the official has been too sympathetic toward President Trump’s deregulatory efforts.” https://bit.ly/33i97ng

Who: “Bridget C.E. Dooling, a research professor at George Washington University, has been tapped to help with the agency review team at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which reviews all executive branch regulations before they can be enacted.” The full storyhttps://bit.ly/33i97ng


Oh weirdddd:




The Washington Post was feeling sassy:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3l5Dsvd 


The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. President-elect Joe Biden is in Wilmington, Del.

President Trump and Vice President Pence have no public events on their schedules.


Today: President-elect Biden will deliver a Thanksgiving address to the American people. Detailshttps://bit.ly/3nSbNQn


Today is National Parfait Day.

Black Friday is a much better situation when it’s all at home:

Via CNet, here’s a list of the best Black Friday tech deals: https://cnet.co/3fwVxRG 

At Target, Best Buy and Walmart: Here are the best deals, via The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/3m6who1

The best clothing deals: Via E! Online: https://eonli.ne/2V1kVWq  

Amazon’s early deals: Via CNN: https://cnn.it/2JbQdaC

Yes, yes. Please do explain, New York Times:

The New York Times’s Yan Zhuang writes, “Why were Canadians warned not to let moose lick their cars?: Let us explain.” https://nyti.ms/3nNWtUS

And to get your holiday off to the right start, here is the dog with the funniest reaction to having its nails trimmed:  

This is incredible. Oh the drama!