Editorial: After 19 years, bring troops in Afghanistan home
Given President Donald Trump's habit of making weighty decisions based on whims, the national security establishment's pushback against his plan to bring home 2,000 of the 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 500 of the 3,000 in Iraq by Jan. 15 is understandable. A speedy drawdown of troops in such unstable areas may seem as dumb and dangerous as the president's recent rash talk of bombing Iran on his way out the door. For one thing, Trump should leave massive foreign policy changes for when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. For another, Trump should be far more focused on the war against...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Will Bunch: From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end
For a man who too often talked and occasionally governed more like a mob boss than like the 45th president of a democratic republic, it’s sadly fitting that the final days of Donald Trump’s White House are playing out like a closing montage from one of “The Godfather” movies.Cue the operatic aria, or maybe the piano riff from “Layla,” as the camera pans over the bloody pavement in a faraway village in Iran and the windshield of a sedan riddled with bullet holes, as a top nuclear scientist is brutally whacked just days after a not-so-secret sit-down between the crime bosses of Saudi Arabia and ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Diplomacy is still the key to curbing Iran
The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist may also prove lethal to President-elect Joe Biden’s stated desire to recommit to the Iran nuclear deal.Whether that was the objective of Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is unknown. What is clear is that the reaction from adversary and ally alike may make it more difficult for the U.S. to diplomatically reengage with Iran and return to the multinational pact that was negotiated during the Obama administration.President Donald Trump reneged and withdrew America from the deal in 2018 and subsequently leveled severe sanctions on Iran for it...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Daniel Neman: What are the best foods in the world?
It’s official: The best traditional food in the world is the margherita pizza.Actually, as such things go, that’s not a bad choice. Everybody loves pizza, and the margherita — just tomato sauce, cheese and basil — has the additional virtue of being simple and pure. Plus, the red, white and green colors are also, not coincidentally, the colors of the Italian flag.A food-based website called TasteAtlas recently published a list of what it claims are the 100 best traditional foods in the world, as ranked by 63,402 votes.Sixty-three thousand four hundred and two votes is not a bad sample, though t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sideline Chatter: He was disappointed to learn it didn't make him younger
Has 2020 left you feeling like you’re stuck in reverse? For Aaron Yoder, that’s a good thing.The 35-year-old track and cross-country coach at Kansas’ Bethany College broke his own world record in the backward mile — also known as “retrorunning” — clocking in at exactly 5 1/2 minutes. He’s reduced the mark from 5:54 in 2015 to 5:51 in 2019, and has no, ahem, backup plans to stop now.As Yoder told Runner’s World magazine, “If the griddle is hot, I need to keep on cooking.”———Headlines— At Fark.com: “With Joe Burrow out for the season and no other viable quarterbacks available, if Colin Kaepernic...
The Seattle Times
Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
PHILADELPHIA — Mackenzie Fierceton grew up poor, cycling through the rocky child welfare system. She bounced from one foster home to the next. One home, during her junior year of high school, was so “toxic” and crammed with other foster kids that she left for weeks at a time, sleeping each night on a carousel of couches at the homes of various friends, she said.“It was a very challenging and isolating experience,” Fierceton said. “At my school, everyone kind of knew me as like the foster kid who all these bad things had happened to.”She poured herself into her studies.“School was always an out...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Patrick Reusse: The annual Turkey of the Year was done. But then 2020 happened …
The Turkey of the Year Award, complete with the annual Turkey Banquet featuring honored guests, was headquartered in both St. Paul and Minneapolis during its 40 renditions from 1978 through 2017.There was a signoff on Thanksgiving morn 2017, when it was revealed that after much infighting, the Turkey Committee had risen up and voted the Turkey Chairman as the winner of the award he had invented, the Grand Turkey.It should be noted there was a period when the big prize was dubbed “Herschel the Turkey.” The wisdom of that label was validated again earlier this month, when Herschel Walker suggest...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jewish leaders defend Raphael Warnock after Loeffler attacks
ATLANTA — In the hours after a gunman in Pittsburgh opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018, the phone rang in Atlanta for Rabbi Peter Berg, the leader of The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest Jewish congregation.It was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.“Raphael was the first to call,” Berg said. “(He said that) during this horrific moment of anti-Semitism in our country, he and the Ebenezer family are with us.”The pastor offering Berg comfort in 2018 is now running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler in an increasingly ugly figh...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'That is a lucky bird': Trump pardons Corn, the Thanksgiving turkey
Pardoning season is upon us.President Donald Trump, who’s rumored to be considering pardons for a handful of humans before he leaves office, extended the executive reprieve to a turkey at the White House on Tuesday and gushed about how “lucky” the Thanksgiving fowl was.Playing along with the decades-old Thanksgiving tradition, Trump pardoned an Iowa-bred turkey named Corn, who will now live out its life at a university in the Hawkeye State.“Look at that beautiful, beautiful bird,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “So lucky, that is a lucky bird.”Trump and first lady Melania Trump then walked ove...
New York Daily News
10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble
Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don’t forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, ...
Detroit Free Press