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The secret to a happy Thanksgiving lies in half-quart vessels that once held Chinese soup, or, as the cognoscenti more simply call them, deli containers. Those opaque, sturdy, well-sealed cylinders — available online or in dollar stores if you don't have any stashed away — line the cook's path to mise en place nirvana.

Planning ahead will seal in success on Turkey Day. Chopped veggies, peeled potatoes (stored in water in the fridge), stuffing, chilies, shucked clams, diced Brussels sprouts — all will reside happily in the prosaic little receptacle. You may think planning is the important part, but no: The plastic containers are what matters. They make you want to plan. They offer a neatly sealed home for the raw materials on your obsessively composed checklist, so you can glide through the day waving to friends and family like the majestic creature you are. And don't forget to give thanks for all you have, and spread the love.

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21 mins ago - Economy & Business

America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.

Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.