🦃 🍽 🍖 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from Portland, Ore., where I'm visiting Mom and fam. Thank you for making AM part of your life, routine and holiday.
More than half a million people were invited to a Friendsgiving party this year, and searches for Friendsgiving ideas have tripled since 2015, according to Evite and Google Trends data served up by Axios' Stef Kight.
Friendsgiving is more common in urban areas.
Friendsgivings often are just a pre-party to a family-centric holiday, but the trend also mirrors shifting lifestyles and demographics in the U.S.
Some city-dwelling adults prefer to spend Thanksgiving with their tribe rather than relatives.
With the immigrant share of the population rising significantly, several Friendsgiving participants who work at Axios, or responded to an Axios Instagram question, said sharing the iconic American holiday with friends can be a special experience for foreign-born guests with different points of reference.
President Trump thrilled China hardliners in the U.S. yesterday by signing two bills backing human rights in Hong Kong, provoking a threat of "firm counter measures" from Beijing.
Why it matters: Trump signed the bills knowing that they would complicate trade negotiations. That suggests that he thinks he has a winning hand, based partly on weak economic data from China and stronger signs in the U.S.
Between the lines: Trump chose not to take the easy way and let the legislation go into law by default on Tuesday.
The latest: China reacted furiously, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest, and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. (AP)
President Trump keeps losing in court, but his legal strategy is winning as he plays for time, the N.Y. Times' Charlie Savage writes in a front-page analysis:
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Workers use a helium hose to inflate the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" balloon yesterday, ahead of today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
We had a flustered dad who was on turkey duty and called in the early evening about thawing his bird. One of our safe and acceptable methods is the cold-water bath. It’s perfect for those who don’t have refrigeration space or are short on time. You leave the wrapper on the turkey, put it in a cold-water bath in the kitchen sink and change the water every 30 minutes.
Now when we say bath, we don’t mean in the bathtub, but this father really took that term seriously. He decided he was going to thaw his turkey with his toddler twins in the bathtub. ... We could hear splashing and laughing, children singing and the dog barking.
"For so long, we were a nation of recipe cards, handwritten or typed, splattered from family meals gone by, carrying instructions from long-gone grandmas and great aunts. Voices from the grave telling you to double the cinnamon or that it’s OK if the batter is a little lumpy," The Boston Globe's Beth Teitell writes.
Merry White, an anthropology professor at Boston University, told The Globe that her aunt’s box includes wartime recipes that “involved getting around the rationing problem. Mayonnaise or margarine instead of butter. Canned pears and brown sugar. Stretching eggs with cornstarch.”
Berlin's zoo released new photos of twin panda cubs that were born Aug. 31 and now weigh 11 pounds — up from their birth weight of 6.56 ounces and 4.8 ounces.
Fewer than 2,000 of the endangered pandas are alive in the wild today.
🍂 Thanks for making AM part of your holiday! I'm most grateful for this AM family.