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America never did lockdown.

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In America right now, we’re sort-of attempting to cancel Thanksgiving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director of preparedness announced at a press conference last week that the organization is “recommending against travel.” The guidelines online provide more nuance than that, outlining various considerations for risk reduction, like shortening the “duration of the gathering,” and considering the “behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering.” Health experts of many sorts, as detailed in trend pieces, are eating with their households alone, but others are gathering in small groups with precautions. Some are planning to drink with relatives, but not eat; some are planning on eating, but only outside. Some of us are attempting to shame others into complying with the “rules,” which is difficult, because the “rules” are only really suggestions.

The “rules” also vary a lot by geographical location. Coronavirus is surging nationally,

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  • November 25, 2020
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Four Seasons, Part II? Maddow Finds Something Weird In Next Big Giuliani Event

President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday announced a state Senate hearing on election issues in Pennsylvania featuring former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is an attorney for the president. 

But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow found the event ― like so much else involving the Trump legal effort ― isn’t quite what it appears to be.

“Oooh! A legislative hearing in Pennsylvania!” she said with mock excitement, before turning to the fine print: 

“Do you remember when the Trump folks had their big press conference in Philadelphia and the president said it was at the Four Seasons, but it turned out it was actually in the parking lot of the Four Seasons Landscaping company out by the crematorium and the porn store? Well, same kinda thing here.”  

The hearing, she noted, is not in the state Senate or even in Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg but rather a GOP-only event

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  • November 25, 2020
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Controversy erupts over Cabell County Commission resolution to dissolve airport authority | News

HUNTINGTON — Carl Bailey said he has used thousands of dollars of his own money to make major improvements at Robert Newlon Airpark in eastern Cabell County and was blindsided to learn the Cabell County Commission was going to terminate his lease with the Cabell County Airport Authority by dissolving it through a resolution.

“I invested all my earnings into that place, invested my time to get it going, and we have developed a place for tourism,” Bailey said. “We got people from literally all over the world come here to skydive, watch airplanes, camp, participate in festivals, listen to live music and eat great food, along with so many other fun events and activities. Now they are trying to take it all away without reimbursing me for anything I have done there.”

Bailey, owner of the Fly In Cafe at the airpark, began managing the state’s only grass runway

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  • November 25, 2020
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Peter Sawkins crowned youngest ever winner in closely fought final

Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins
Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins

There were tears and tiers, tight decisions and high tension. But did we get the right champion?

On your marks. Get set. Here are all the talking points and social media reaction from Bake Off’s 2020 final… 

Perfect Peter was a worthy winner

He came into this final as the reigning Star Baker and bookies’ favourite. There were a few minor hiccups along the way but the unflappable Peter Sawkins never truly looked at risk of letting the title slip through his fingers. His coolness was all the more impressive when you consider that at age 20, the baby-faced assassin™ becomes Bake Off’s youngest ever champion.

Pastry prodigy Peter stole the signature round with his impeccable (and typically Caledonian) Cranachan Custard Slices. He came a solid second in the walnut whirl technical. With the ever-improving Dave Friday breathing down his neck, he needed the showstopper

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  • November 24, 2020
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James Woods Playing Rudy Giuliani in ‘Unintentionally Funny’ TV Movie Prompts Flurry of Jokes

Twitter has discovered a film in which actor James Woods plays Rudy Giuliani in a made for TV movie about the former New York City mayor.

Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story has caused quite a reaction online as Twitter users mock the poor production value and a particular scene featuring a moonlit stroll on a fake beach.

The film came out in 2003 and follows Giuliani’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The fact that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer is portrayed by vocal Trump supporter Woods is proving to be highly amusing also—Woods even earned an Emmy nomination for the role.

The heavily lambasted beach scene sees Giuliani and love interest Donna Hanover (played by Penelope Ann Miller) take a stroll while discussing politics.

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James Woods playing the role of Rudy Giuliani on location in Central Park, New York, for “Rudy”.
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“I’m not much of a cuddler,” Rudy

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  • November 24, 2020
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National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning to take place at White House

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The holiday season may be a bit quieter this year as many make changes to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, but Americans can still expect a time-honored White House tradition to be carried out.

The annual pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey will take place at the White House Rose Garden Tuesday. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will pardon the turkeys at around 2 p.m. EST.

This year’s turkeys, “Corn” and “Cob,” hail from Walcott, Iowa. In keeping with tradition, the guests of honor were welcomed to the nation’s capital with a world-class reception, including a red carpet and a stay at the Willard InterContinental Hotel.

Both turkeys will receive a pardon, but only one will be named this year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey and visit the White House. The Trump administration created an online poll for Americans to vote on which feathered candidate

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  • November 24, 2020
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Booking.com Loses Appeal Over Hotel Case in Germany

A woman wearing a face mask rides her bike past the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

LUXEMBOURG (CN) — The travel company Booking.com is based in Amsterdam, but it will have to go south of the border to fend off a German hotel’s lawsuit, the EU’s high court held on Tuesday. 

Located in the northern Germany city of Kroppe, the hotel Wikingerhof began doing business with Booking.com in 2009, signing a contract to offer its 65 rooms on the reservation website. In 2015, Booking.com changed its terms and conditions. The hotel protested some of the changes but argued it was forced to agree with them, as Booking.com is too big of a player in the online reservation market to leave the website. 

Ultimately Wikingerhof sued in a German court, claiming that Booking.com had abused its market position by forcing the hotel to adopt

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  • November 24, 2020
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8 Rules for Skiing This Season

As an activity in the Covid-19 era, skiing has a lot going for it — it’s outdoors, people naturally distance by spreading out all over a mountain, and they’re used to covering their faces. What’s tricky is everything around skiing: renting gear, waiting in lift lines, sharing gondolas and chairs, crowding at mid-mountain restaurants, socializing at après spots.

And so mountain resorts across North America are adjusting their operations to the new reality, from restricting the daily number of skiers and riders to modifying schedules — Jackson Hole, Wyo., for example, will load some lower-mountain lifts earlier so guests can spread out faster.

Naturally, skiers and riders are perplexed: What will the experience be like? If you decide to go for snow, here are a few tips to help you make the most of this unusual season.

This winter, forget about impulse decisions to waltz in for

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  • November 24, 2020
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Saudi-Israeli diplomacy progresses amid looming Middle East challenges

The Middle East will never be quite the same again. The meeting Sunday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), though initially denied by Riyadh, no doubt happened. It almost certainly wasn’t their first meeting — previous maritime assignations on luxury boats in the Red Sea have been rumored — but this was the most transparent, logged by several websites that track flights.

The meeting, held in a palace in the growing futuristic Saudi city of Neom in the far northwest of the kingdom, broke new ground in that, reportedly, U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump transgender ban ‘inflicts concrete harms,’ study says | China objects to US admiral’s Taiwan visit King of Jordan becomes first Arab leader to speak with President-elect Biden Central Asia is changing: the Biden administration should pay close attention

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  • November 24, 2020
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3 Monster Growth Stocks That Still Have Room to Run

Investors are in the market to make a profit, and that means finding the stocks with proven growth potential. Yes, it’s a cliché to remind everyone that past performance does not guarantee future results, but when a stock consistently shows strong share appreciation, over an extended period, it’s a positive sign for investors.With more than ten months behind us, the stocks that are now showing a combination of strong gains and a high near- to mid-term potential are going to attract investor interest.Bearing this in mind, we set out to find stocks flagged as exciting growth plays by Wall Street. Using TipRanks’ database, we locked in on three analyst-backed names that have already notched impressive gains and boast strong growth narratives for the long-term. Bandwidth, Inc. (BAND)We start in the communications software sector, where Bandwidth is a leading provider

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  • November 24, 2020