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On the roster: The alternative of fear – Markets rally as Trump begins transition – Workforce Biden has beef with Obama-era picks – Georgia units in mail-in guidelines for runoff – Out-N-Out

THE OPPOSITE OF WORRY
If hope is the other of concern, then gratitude is the other of fear.

After we ponder our fears, we dwell on these issues that may go incorrect. When now we have hope, we think about the blessings of the previous and current.

So there may very well be no higher vacation for a nation born of and sustained by hope than America’s Thanksgiving. To offer thanks, particularly in laborious instances, is an audaciously optimistic act, and America is an audaciously optimistic nation.

Or a minimum of that has normally been the case. Many People at present query the way forward for this courageous experiment. And it’s to not say that they achieve this with out trigger. A pandemic continues to rob us of our family members and crush our financial system. A system of presidency designed by the best assortment of sensible political philosophers the world has ever identified has been was a canine’s breakfast.

Not good.

However the place to all the time start after we attempt to discover hope once more is to first rely our blessings.

Historical past will little doubt rank this time amongst different painful intervals in our previous. Actually People alive at present who keep in mind the anguish of the years between about 1963 and 1975 will acknowledge the comparisons. However we are able to additionally discover comparable moments within the mid 1930s, the early 1890s and different plot factors alongside our nationwide timeline.

Now, simply as People did then, we’re given purpose to wonder if this distinctive nation, this “final, finest hope of earth,” has run its course. That view can solely survive, nonetheless, in a vacuum of historic data.

After we take into consideration not simply the struggles that had been like our personal, however people who exceeded the ache of our present travails, we’re given good proof for hope. A nation that survived a painful beginning in revolution and an terrible coming of age in civil warfare is a nation that has purpose to be grateful and, due to this fact, purpose to be optimistic.

It’s our apply annually right here to share the Thanksgiving column by the nice Adam Kelly, a West Virginia newsman who was often known as “the nation editor,” a nod to the Norman Rockwell portray of the identical title.

Kelly’s apply, maintained by his successors after his dying, was to publish annually a journalistic model of what would in an ecclesiastical setting be known as a litany. He would rely considered one of his blessings adopted by the chorus, “I thanks, Lord.”

Yearly after we look once more at his phrases a special half stands out. Right here’s what spoke to our coronary heart this time: “For the braveness of tens of millions of strange women and men, who by greater than 200 years with extraordinary bravery have defended my freedoms, who’ve been prepared to provide the final full measure of their devotion, their lives, within the protection of our nice nation, who’ve confronted dying with out flinching in order that we People may stay out our days in peaceable freedom…”

Now what would you name that, aside from a miracle?

We’ve got plenty of proof at hand as of late about cultural and political corrosion. We’ve got all seen establishments and people in whom we positioned our belief oxidized and develop into brittle, some damaged completely.

However gratitude is a form of solvent, itself. In case you pour gratitude in your resentments, anger and disquiet you will see that that they begin to break up and wash away. Like soaking your turkey roasting pan with sharp cleaning soap and scalding sizzling water, these gunky deposits will dissolve.

That works for each human coronary heart, but it surely additionally works for the guts of a nation.

There are usually not too many instances that now we have celebrated Thanksgiving below situations extra troubled than these. And like in these instances, that makes giving thanks all of the extra vital.

[Ed. word: The Fox Information Halftime Report goes to take a pause for the rest of the week in observance of Thanksgiving. We’ll resume common publication on Monday. We want you peace, well being and luxury as you rejoice, nonetheless you’re able. We actually rely you, our loyal readers, amongst our best blessings.]

THE RULEBOOK: H8RS GON H8
“Ingratitude is a typical subject of declamation towards human nature; and it have to be confessed that situations of it are however too frequent and flagrant, each in public and in non-public life. However the common and excessive indignation which it conjures up is itself a proof of the vitality and prevalence of the opposite sentiment.” – Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 57

TIME OUT: ‘LOOKING GOOD, BILLY RAY’
The Atlantic: “[Eddie] Murphy, who will flip 60 subsequent 12 months, was greater than a star within the 1980s, the last decade through which he emerged. He was a pressure, incandescent with live-wire vitality from the second he was given his first talking half on SNL. … What made Murphy’s rise so exceptional, past his youth, is that it was virtually solely self-powered: He talked his means into an SNL audition with no agent and no credentials… he survived the purge that eradicated all however two of the forged members from SNL’s disastrous 1980–81 season, the primary after the departure of its creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, and the unique forged; and he elevated each film that he was in throughout these early years. Not one of the roles in that basic trio of star-making movies was expressly conceived for him… Nevertheless it didn’t matter. In these days, Murphy’s charisma, ingratiating smile, and unerring comedian instincts may convey any leaden, cliché-stuffed screenplay to life.”

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GOT A WILD PITCH? READY TO THROW A FASTBALL?
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MARKETS RALLY AS TRUMP BEGINS TRANSITION
CNBC: “The Dow Jones Industrial Common rallied on Tuesday, breaking above 30,000 for the primary time amid optimistic vaccine information, hope for a robust financial restoration in 2021 and easing of political uncertainty because the Trump administration authorized the beginning of the presidential transition. The 30-stock Dow superior 448 factors, or 1.5%. At its excessive of the day, it traded at 30,116.51. Chevron rose greater than 4% to guide the Dow greater. JPMorgan Chase and American Specific every gained greater than 3%. ‘That is one more reminder of how far shares and the financial system have come because the depths of March,’ stated Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Monetary, concerning the Dow’s milestone. ‘Though 30,000 isn’t a lot totally different than 29,999, there’s something particular about these huge milestone numbers.’ In the meantime, the S&P 500 climbed 1.5%, placing it on tempo for a document closing excessive, and the Nasdaq Composite superior 1%.The small-cap Russell 2000 additionally hit an all-time excessive.”

Pennsylvania, Nevada certify election outcomes for Biden regardless of Trump authorized challenges – Fox Information: “Pennsylvania and Nevada licensed the outcomes of the presidential election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, amid President Trump and his marketing campaign’s authorized challenges in the important thing states. ‘Right now @PAStateDept licensed the outcomes of the November Three election in Pennsylvania for president and vice chairman of the US,’ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted. ‘As required by federal legislation, I’ve signed the Certificates of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.’ ‘Once more, I wish to thank the election officers who’ve administered a good and free election throughout an extremely difficult time in our commonwealth and nation’s historical past,’ he continued. … In the meantime, the Nevada Supreme Court docket additionally licensed Biden’s win in that key battleground state.”

Trump involved legal professionals are ‘fools which can be making him look unhealthy’ – CNBC: “President Donald Trump is sweating over his marketing campaign legal professionals’ dismal and sometimes outlandish efforts to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s projected electoral victory. Trump is apprehensive that his marketing campaign’s authorized staff, which is being led by his private lawyer Rudy Giuliani, consists of ‘fools which can be making him look unhealthy,’ NBC Information reported Monday. That group, which has unironically known as itself an ‘elite strike pressure staff,’ so far has did not win any authorized victories that will invalidate votes for Biden, the previous Democratic vice chairman, whilst they tout wildly broad claims of fraud for which they’ve provided no convincing proof. … Trump has complained to White Home aides and out of doors allies about how Giuliani and Powell performed themselves at that occasion, NBC reported.”

TEAM BIDEN HAS BEEF WITH OBAMA-ERA PICKS
Politico: “In late 2008, throughout the transition from George W. Bush to Barack Obama, there was a mantra that took maintain amongst Washington insiders: Obama gained the election however Hillary gained the transition. … It’s nonetheless early within the Biden transition. There are millions of jobs to fill. However an analogous sense of dread is beginning to bubble up from veterans of the Biden marketing campaign, notably those that had been there with the president-elect from the Philadelphia announcement speech to the Wilmington victory speech. The goal of their ire? The Obama institution, which has eclipsed the Clinton title as shorthand for yesterday’s Democratic Celebration. ‘The Obama staffers are actually chopping out the individuals who obtained Biden elected,’ stated a senior Biden official channeling the emotions of the outdated guard of the Biden marketing campaign, who requested anonymity for the plain purpose. ‘None of those individuals discovered the braveness to assist the VP when he was operating and now they’re elevating their buddies over the Biden individuals. It’s f—– up.’”

Biden will get pushback on potential protection secretary decide – International Coverage: “U.S. President-elect Joe Biden named a slate of skilled arms for his nationwide safety staff on Monday—however stopped wanting deciding on a protection secretary. Now, backers of Michèle Flournoy, his doubtless decide for protection secretary, try to move off a last-minute push by some left-leaning Democrats attempting to derail her choice, with many progressives seeing her nomination as a continuation of what critics check with as America’s ‘endlessly wars.’ In a letter obtained by International Coverage organized by No Exceptions, a principally inactive nonprofit that beforehand advocated for opening extra navy service roles to ladies, anticipated to be signed by greater than 100 former U.S. and navy officers and nationwide safety consultants, Flournoy is described as a consensus-builder in a position to heal the tensions and distrust sown throughout the Trump administration.”

GEORGIA SETS IN MAIL-IN RULES FOR RUNOFF
Fox Information: “Georgia election officers are extending using safe poll drop packing containers to be used within the state’s twin Senate runoff elections on Jan. 5, the place the Republican majority within the Senate is at stake. The five-member Georgia State Election Board, chaired by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, voted on Monday to increase using the 24/7 monitored drop packing containers to be used by the runoffs. Use of the packing containers was initially set to run out in late December. … Officers stated that as of Monday morning 762,000 requests for absentee ballots had been submitted. A second rule adopted permits counties to proceed to start processing absentee ballots two weeks earlier than Election Day – however now additionally mandates them to begin processing them no later than every week and at some point forward of the election. However as per Georgia legislation, not one of the ballots can be tabulated and counted till the polls shut on Jan. 5.”

FEINSTEIN TO STEP DOWN FROM SENATE JUDICIARY PANEL
Politico: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to step down as the highest Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee within the subsequent Congress, after dealing with blowback from progressives for her dealing with of Amy Coney Barrett‘s contentious Supreme Court docket affirmation listening to. Three individuals aware of the matter advised POLITICO, which Feinstein quickly confirmed. ‘After serving because the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for 4 years, I cannot search the chairmanship or rating member place within the subsequent Congress,’ the California Democrat stated in a press release. ‘I look ahead to persevering with to function a senior Democrat on the Judiciary, Intelligence, Appropriations and Guidelines committees as we work with the Biden administration.’ Feinstein added that she deliberate to focus her consideration on combating local weather change and the coronavirus pandemic. Members of her personal occasion had expressed concern earlier than Barrett’s listening to that the 87-year-old would not be aggressive sufficient.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins useless at 93 – NY Put up

President Trump to pardon an Iowa turkey, Corn or Cob, on Tuesday – Ames [Iowa] Tribune

AUDIBLE: SO HE’S GOT THAT GOING FOR HIM, WHICH IS NICE
“Trump loves O’Brien, and each different dialog the place O’Brien comes up, he’ll say, ‘This man is implausible and is true out of central casting; he’s stunning, his spouse’s stunning.’” – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaking to Politico a few attainable presidential run for President Trump’s Nationwide Safety Adviser, Robert O’Brien.

FROM THE BLEACHERS
“Would it not be attainable so that you can share once more the Thanksgiving dressing recipe that you simply printed in your column a 12 months in the past?  I had saved it however one way or the other I deleted it. It’s precisely how I keep in mind my Mother making hers however now we have no written recipe. Maybe different readers would take pleasure in as properly.” – Nancy Hartley, New Ross, Ind.

[Ed. word: The most effective half about Thanksgiving dinner is the dressing and the most effective dressing is easy. Sausage, oysters, mushrooms, nuts and berries can solely distract from what’s a superbly elegant American bread dish. So right here’s the way you do it. Minimize a loaf of actually good white bread into ½ inch cubes. Bake it in a 225-degree oven for about 45 minutes, stirring sometimes, till dry and crunchy. Place it in a big mixing bowl. Add ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, two tablespoons of finely chopped sage and a tablespoon of finely (are you sensing a pattern?) chopped thyme. Soften 10 tablespoons of the fattiest butter in an enormous skillet after which sauté till frivolously browned 2 cups of small-diced candy onion and 1½ cups of small-diced celery. Drizzle this deliciousness over your bread and herbs. Toss it properly, including two teaspoons of kosher salt and a teaspoon of finely floor pepper as you go. Then step by step add 1½ cups of broth, once more tossing frivolously. (I want to make use of turkey inventory constituted of gizzards and giblets, however any good poultry inventory will do.) Regulate the seasoning. In a small bowl, whisk collectively two giant eggs and one other cup of cool or room-temperature inventory. Fold that lightly however completely into your bread bowl. Place the combination right into a well-buttered 13’x9’ dish, cowl with foil and bake at 350 levels for ~40 minutes and save the sausage for breakfast.]

“Chris, in [Monday’s] ‘What if…’ situations, you in contrast the emotions of the ‘74 million’ to the ‘80 million’ – and even the polled 70% who ‘disapprove’ of Trump’s current conduct. You appeared to overlook one other ‘What if?’ What if certainly there emerges authentically ‘Biblical’ & ‘Kraken’ proof? And in that for months now, you may have your self hammered house ample proof of the rank blindness of at present’s partisanship, what emerges for me are too queries: If Jesus and the legendary dragon (or octopus?) each appeared within the flesh, wouldn’t it not be doubtless that tens of millions would interact in partisan denial?  And secondly, if such unprecedented proof had been to be revealed, would you your self even be prepared to ease up a bit in your near-mockery of many of the Trump staff’s play? e.g. ‘far-fetched,’ ‘de-legitimizing … Joe Biden,’ ‘sustaining the fiction,’ ‘Trump’s effort is difficult to take critically’ because the ‘neatest thing for Republican’s’ … And that is simply from at present’s put-downs!?” – John Entermann, Anacortes, Wash.

[Ed. word: We don’t want to harm your emotions, Mr. Entermann, or anyone else’s. However I might discover it just a little wealthy for individuals who are accusing their fellow People of large felony conduct — stealing tens of millions of votes — to be so delicate. I don’t know the place you fall on the query your self, however in the event you do consider Democrats stole the election, “close to mockery” would appear to be a fairly dainty counterclaim. There’s overwhelming every day proof that the trouble by Rudy Giuliani is unserious. And there’s no query that such claims needlessly undermine voters’ confidence within the system and the brand new president it produced. But, three weeks on, and there’s no proof to even counsel that the election was stolen. As Democrats discovered with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and Michael Avenatti, main accusations require main proof earlier than you make them, not after. We couldn’t have simply ignored the largest story in politics of a minimum of the previous 4 years — a president attempting to overturn the outcomes of an election — for concern that it might be disagreeable for the accusers. My hope is that as time goes by, these of us will give up ready expectantly for historical Scandinavian sea monsters and savoring their harm emotions. It’s laborious to lose, more durable nonetheless while you had been led to consider that an election loss was roughly the tip of America. However the nice work of our nation stays forward of us. We’d higher get on with it.]

“It has been every week with no reply so I’m going to strive once more.  Why have the NY districts not been known as?  I perceive the CA districts as they’re inside some extent however not the NY.” – Robert Zack, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

[Ed. word: I’m sorry we couldn’t get to you the primary time, however higher late than by no means. Let’s begin with two primary premises, Mr. Zack: 1) Narrowness of an election shouldn’t be as vital as the proportion of the vote to but be counted 2) New York is horrible at elections. They didn’t even begin counting absentee ballots within the 1st Congressional District till final week. The district, which covers the jap finish of Lengthy Island, is at present represented by Republican Lee Zeldin. Zeldin leads by what seems to be an insurmountable margin of 22 factors, however there are nonetheless almost 70,000 votes to be counted. These votes, like mail-in votes throughout the nation, are anticipated to be very closely Democratic. I believe Zeldin could be very prone to maintain on, however New York simply doesn’t do elections properly — and has not for a very long time. The story is analogous within the different 4 districts, however one other few days gained’t kill anyone. We do know the Home will stay in Democratic arms. Of the eight seats but to be determined, 5 are Republican held. Meaning the Republicans’ web beneficial properties may go as excessive as 11 or as little as three.]

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OUT-N-OUT
Fox Information: “In-N-Out Burger did not stay as much as its title Friday as a 14-hour-long line shaped at its first Colorado areas, prompting a brawl between ready prospects. The favored California-based fast-food chain opened two areas within the state, one in Colorado Springs and one in Aurora. The latter of the 2 areas noticed wait instances as much as 14 hours. For context, one may drive from Aurora, Colo., to the In-N-Out in Orem, Utah, in solely eight hours. A roundtrip would solely barely be longer than ready within the drive-thru line on the latest location. At one level, the Aurora Police Division tweeted out a warning concerning the drive-thru wait instances, which had hit 12 hours by about 4:30 p.m. on opening day. Police had been prepared for any points which will come up among the many 1000’s of followers desperate to lock down the chain’s signature Double Double and animal-style fries.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“The solar rises recurrently, too, however so typically that we will not assist being dulled to the surprise of its rhythm. And what rhythms, past that of the acquainted 12 months, actually contact us?” Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing about Halley’s comet within the Washington Put up on Dec. 13, 1985.

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox Information. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Need FOX Information Halftime Report in your inbox daily? Enroll right here.

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