🍖 Hope you had a great family day: I hopped out to Oregon.
My apologies for technical difficulties with yesterday's AM. Read it here.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The early boom for 2020 Democrats' left turn is yielding to moderate muscle as Elizabeth Warren falls, Joe Biden persists and Pete Buttigieg rises.
Warren's collapse in the national Quinnipiac University poll isn't the only sign of trouble for the Medicare for All message, Margaret Talev and David Nather write:
Between the lines: There's a reason Medicare for All has dominated every health care discussion at every debate: It's a real problem for the liberal candidates.
By the numbers: Medicare for All is a favorite among Democrats who are fed up with private insurance — but it's not a winner with swing voters.
U.S. soldiers cheer and applaud as President Trump arrives for an unannounced Thanksgiving Day visit at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
The war-zone trip was "carried out with cloak-and-dagger precision." Bloomberg reports:
After what seemed like a normal day at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with a round of golf, ... the president was spirited away and flown back to the Washington area ... unbeknownst to press traveling with him. The version of Air Force One he flew to Florida ... remained parked at West Palm Beach Airport.
Back in Washington, another group of journalists was instructed to gather atop an area parking garage under cover of darkness, where they were picked up and whisked to nearby Joint Base Andrews.
More pics from Bagram:
Baby Yoda, the juggernaut character from the Disney+ Star Wars series "The Mandalorian," is driving almost twice as many average social-media interactions on news stories as any 2020 Democrat, Shane Savitsky writes from NewsWhip data exclusively provided to Axios.
Baby Yoda's introduction coincided with Mike Bloomberg and Deval Patrick announcing their bids. Baby Yoda has notched an average interaction rate (likes, comments, shares) 10 times higher than theirs.
Confetti flies during a windy edition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"More than a third of online reviews on major websites ... are fake, meaning they are generated by robots or people paid to write them, according to Fakespot Inc., which identifies fraudulent reviews," per The Wall Street Journal (subscription).
Why so many reviews are shady: "There are services that connect sellers with consumers who are willing to buy and rate products online for reimbursement," The Times reports.
A tipoff that many reviews are phony: They're so overwhelmingly positive.
Why it's happening, per the WashPost: "teens having less sex and better access to effective and long-lasting forms of contraception."
Just a day after President Trump tweeted a fake picture of himself as Rocky, demonstrators in Hong Kong used the image to thank him for signing legislation backing the pro-democracy movement.
A favorite from our Thanksgiving edition ... "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.
John McKissick, whose 621 victories at South Carolina's Summerville High made him the nation's winningest football coach at any level, has died at age 93, per AP.
McKissick won 10 South Carolina state championships, the last one in 1998.
A 104-year-old woman has bagged a buck to become the oldest person in Wisconsin to harvest a deer, AP reports.
DNR officials say a preliminary records check indicates she's the oldest Wisconsinite to purchase a gun deer license and harvest a deer.
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