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We’re protecting climate woes for Thanksgiving vacationers, President Trump’s plan to label Mexican drug cartels terrorists, and a significant upset in faculty basketball.
Climate scrambles vacation journey
Highly effective winds are anticipated as we speak within the Northwest, together with blizzard circumstances within the Midwest and rain within the Northeast, after foul climate disrupted plans throughout one of many busiest journey weeks of the yr. Here are the latest updates.
Hundreds of flights were canceled and parts of interstate highways were closed on Tuesday because of unsafe conditions.
Expected high winds in New York on Thursday could ground some of the giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
From The Times: Editors and writers from our Food section took sides in some of the holiday’s fiercest culinary debates. To brine or not to brine?
Quiz: How much do you know about turkey pardons, football and the dangers of deep-frying? Test yourself.
Aides quit after Ukraine money was delayed
A White House budget official told impeachment investigators this month that two of his colleagues had resigned after President Trump’s decision to withhold military assistance to Ukraine.
A transcript of the testimony by the official, Mark Sandy, was released on Tuesday. He didn’t identify either colleague, and it was unclear how directly their resignations were tied to their concerns over the aid.
The issue is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. The president has said he never pressured Ukraine for investigations of his political rivals or tied the aid to them.
Related: Mr. Trump knew that a whistle-blower had accused him of wrongdoing by the time he released the aid to Ukraine in September, two people familiar with the matter told The Times.
The Daily: Today’s episode is about how the Biden family was drawn into the Ukraine affair.
What’s next: The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings as part of the inquiry next week.
Americans are dying young
Increased death rates among middle-aged people extend to all racial and ethnic groups, and geographic regions, despite a recent focus on white Americans in rural areas who die of drug overdoses, alcoholism and suicide.
According to a study published on Tuesday, death rates for people aged 25 to 64 increased in nearly every state from 2010 to 2017.
Quotable: “The whole country is at a health disadvantage compared to other wealthy nations,” the study’s lead author said. “We are losing people in the most productive period of their lives.”
Related: The country’s fertility rate fell in 2018 for the fourth straight year, the federal government said today. There were 59.1 births for every 1,000 women of childbearing age in the U.S. last year, a record low.
‘All we can do is sit and wait’
More than two years after back-to-back hurricanes hit the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, an examination of Federal Emergency Management Agency records indicates that recovery efforts there have stalled compared with those in states on the mainland.
FEMA officials say much of the problem lies with a system in which local governments or charities pay to begin recovery efforts and are later reimbursed by the federal government. But the islands have seen a sluggish economic recovery, complicated by corruption and, islanders say, questions of race.
Why it matters: The disparity in the response shows how Washington has treated citizens on the mainland, with voting representatives in Congress and a say in presidential elections, compared with citizens on the islands.
Response: “Comparing disasters misleads the American people,” Jeffrey Byard, an official with FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, said. “Each event has a unique set of circumstances, and numbers alone cannot and do not provide a complete picture of what is needed to help communities recover.”
If you have some time, this is worth it
A sequel that arrives every seven years
In 1964, a TV crew followed a group of 7-year-olds from various socioeconomic backgrounds in Britain to explore the subject of class.
The director Michael Apted returned to interview them every seven years, creating what has arguably become the most profound documentary series in the history of cinema. The Times Magazine explores the “Up” series as the project nears its conclusion.
Late-night comedy: President Trump pardoned two turkeys, named Bread and Butter, as part of the annual White House Thanksgiving tradition. Jimmy Fallon said, “I saw that you could actually go online and vote for which turkey got the official pardon, which is why Butter’s lawyer got caught in Ukraine trying to find dirt on Bread.”
What we’re reading: This piece from Politico, by Ryan Lizza. Invoice Wasik, the deputy editor of The Instances Journal, calls it a “actually unmissable piece of reporting and synthesis about Barack Obama’s mind-set towards the 2020 main.”
Now, a break from the information
Cook dinner: Chicken thighs braised with apples and greens make a hearty one-pot dinner.
Watch: In “The Two Popes,” Jonathan Pryce (as the longer term Pope Francis) and Anthony Hopkins (as Pope Benedict XVI) star in a examine of religion, friendship and energy.
Learn: Our Ebook Overview has compiled a listing of 100 notable titles from this yr.
Smarter Dwelling: Simply in case, right here’s the way to defuse stress at your vacation desk.
And now for the Again Story on …
Let the stalks shine
Celery — the topic of at the least three meals fads during the last 150 years — might lastly be prepared for a everlasting starring position.
The vegetable, grown for hundreds of years within the Mediterranean, turned wildly in style within the late 19th century. Uncooked stalks had been organized in crystal vases on dinner tables created to indicate off the period’s “It” ingredient.
Within the U.S., Dutch immigrants began rising the vegetable as early as 1874 close to Kalamazoo, Mich., which was subsequently nicknamed Celery Metropolis. The seeds had been disseminated throughout the nation, and another celery craze ensued.
Quick-forward to 2018: “Final yr, we had an enormous spike in consumption as a result of a Kardashian began juicing it and put it on her Instagram,” mentioned Jake Willbrandt, a fifth-generation celery farmer in Decatur, Mich. (Dietitians say the juice is nice for you, however isn’t a cure-all.)
That’s it for this briefing.
We’re off tomorrow for Thanksgiving, however we’ll return on Friday.
Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford supplied the break from the information. Right now’s Again Story was primarily based on reporting by Alexa Weibel. You possibly can attain the crew at [email protected]
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