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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Bagger's banquet: working on Thanksgiving:
    Teaser panel for Jen Sorensen comic 11/26/2013.
  • Florida GOP chiefs want Radel out:
    Three top Florida Republican leaders—including the state party chairman—say Rep. Trey Radel should resign, less than one week after he plead guilty to possession of cocaine. [...]

    The southwest Florida district, which stretches from Fort Myers to Naples, is solidly Republican. Several candidates who lost to Radel in a competitive 2012 primary—including Chauncey Goss, whose father served eight terms in the House—have been publicly critical of Radel. Many are already mulling a run for his seat. Former Rep. Connie Mack, who vacated the seat to run for the U.S. Senate, also is seen as eyeing another run.

    On Tuesday, Radel reiterated that he won't resign.
  • NYT's climate coverage plummets. This year, to the astonishment of eco-advocates, The New York Times editors chose to shutter the newspaper's environment desk and drop its Green Blog. Seven reporters and two editors were reassigned elsewhere at the paper and freelance contributors were given their farewell. And now, according to the Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, the predictable results are in:
    Maxwell T. Boykoff, who tracks media coverage of the environment at the University of Colorado, reported to Sullivan that the Times published just 247 print articles that prominently featured climate change between April and September of last year, In 2012, there were 362 such articles during the same time period—that’s a decline of about one third.

    Furthermore, in that six-month period since the environment desk closed, there were only three front-page stories in which climate change was the main focus, compared with nine the year before.

  • The truth about turkey brining.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Nov. 25:
    • Eric Cantor & GOP Leaders Plot to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting, by keepemhonest

    Obama just launched single-payer in America, by Willinois

    Walmart CEO Resigns Amid Bribery & NLRB Violations Scandals, by ericlewis0

  • U.S.-Afghan security deal near collapse as Karzai makes new demands:
    In a two-hour meeting here, Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s top national security adviser, told [Afghanistan President Hamid] Karzai that if he failed to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year, the United States would have “no choice” but to prepare for withdrawal, according to a statement by the National Security Council in Washington.

    Karzai told Rice that he would sign only after the United States helps his government begin peace talks with the Taliban and agrees to release all 17 Afghan citizens being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.

    In addition to those new demands, the Afghan leader reiterated that he will not sign if “another [U.S.] soldier steps foot into an Afghan home,” Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi said.

  • Pope Francis calls unfettered capitalism "a new tyranny":
    The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.

    In it, Francis went further than previous comments criticising the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money" and beseeching politicians to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare."

  • FDA tells 23andMe to halt sales of genetic test:
    The FDA warning takes issue with a number of claims the company makes for its saliva-based test kit, particularly calling it a "first step in prevention" against diseases like diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer. Regulators worry that false results from the test could cause patients to receive inadequate or inappropriate medical care. For instance, 23andMe says its test can identify women who carry the BRCA gene mutation that significantly increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. But a false result could lead women to undergo unnecessary screening, chemotherapy and surgery. The test also claims to predict how patients will respond to popular drugs, including the ubiquitous blood thinner warfarin, which is used to prevent blood clots. The FDA warns that an inaccurate reading there could "have significant unreasonable risk of illness, injury, or death to the patient," if they don't receive the appropriate drug dose.
  • Iranian dissidents of two minds on nuclear deal. Just a few days before the negotiating parties struck a short-term deal in Geneva on Iran's nukes, two leading Iranian opposition figures sent a letter to French President François Hollande:
    Heshmatollah Tabarzadi and Emadeddin Baghi, Iranian dissidents who have both recently been in prison, had strikingly divergent advice for Hollande. Baghi urged the president to support the nuclear deal. In strong language, he said France’s earlier opposition to the agreement with Iran “makes the task of Iran’s human rights activists even harder.” Tabarzadi, a leader of the 1999 student uprisings who has been considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, took a different tone. He thanked Hollande for standing in solidarity with Iran’s people in opposing the deal.
  • Check out this stunning microphotography of individual snowflakes.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up NRO's "Collateral Damage in a GOP Civil War," Politico Magazine's "Which Side of the Barricade Are You On?", the Iran deal and ACA commentary. Just in time for the holidays: Kentucky-scented candles. What does Kentucky smell like? Listen and find out IF YOU DARE. T-Day Obamacare debates (with a minor diversion on the "Thanksfivakah" confluence). Pope Francis calls unfettered capitalism "tyranny!" Did Lara Logan's husband have any professional influence on her botched Benghazi story? The borderline unethical practice of producing "video news releases."

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