🍗 Happy Black Friday! Thanks to all of you who are working today.
One big problem with the ever accelerating news cyclone is that important stories are forgotten long before they're resolved. Here's a big one ...
A record 14,030 immigrant children were in shelters across the country as of last week, one-third of them in Texas, the Houston Chronicle's Lomi Kriel reports.
"Under a California judge’s orders, most of the separated families have now been reunited, and almost all of the children currently in shelters came here on their own."
P.S. Immigration remained a flashpoint even on Thanksgiving, generating two of the day's top stories:
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U.S. shoppers spent $1.75 billion online on Thanksgiving as of 5 p.m.. and were predicted to spend a record $3.7 billion by midnight, up 29% from 2017, according to Adobe Analytics figures cited by Business Insider.
This is a trend ... Here are two Business Insider headlines from a year ago: "Smartphones are killing Black Friday ... Photos of shockingly empty stores prove that Black Friday as we know it is dead."
Nancy Pelosi’s "relentless honey-over-vinegar approach to dealing with political headaches — which she learned at the foot of her father, former Baltimore mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. — has been critical to sustaining her grip on power since Democrats won the House majority this month," the WashPost's Mike DeBonis and Bob Costa report:
Why it matters: "According to several aides involved in their discussions, Pelosi’s tenacity has rattled and weakened the ragtag group of rebel Democrats, mostly men, who have struggled to recruit a challenger."
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This soldier, deployed near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge in Texas, and hundreds of other troops celebrated Thanksgiving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The graphic [above] was splashy by the Census Bureau’s standards and it showed an unmistakable moment in America’s future: the year 2044, when white Americans were projected to fall below half the population and lose their majority status," the N.Y. Times' Sabrina Tavernise reports:
"[S]ome researchers are ... questioning whether the Census Bureau’s projections provide a true picture. At issue, they say, is whom the government counts as white."
"Early season snow and cold temperatures are helping New England ski resorts open early, carving out a blizzard of a start to the 2018-2019 season," AP's Wilson Ring reports from Montpelier, Vt.:
"The early season snow bounty is being combined with tens of millions of dollars in improvements at resorts across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine that include new chair lifts, snow-making upgrades and more off-slope activities for winter enjoyment."
Phil Singer and his team at Marathon Strategies are quick out of the gate with a 136-page guide to the House members, including these talkers (with party affiliation corrections):
"The suicide rate in America is up by 18% since 2000," The Economist writes in its lead editorial:
But at a global level, "suicide is down by 29% since 2000 ... As a result, 2.8m lives have been saved in that time — three times as many as have been killed in battle."
Among the reasons for the decline among these groups: urbanization, fewer forced marriages, and social stability.
"The Leaning Tower of Pisa isn't leaning so much anymore," AP reports from Italy:
"By using hundreds of tons of lead counterweights at the base and extracting soil from under the foundations, engineers initially shaved 17 inches off the lean."
A new type of police dog — "explosive odor-pursuit dogs” — are trained to pick up the scent of a bomb hundreds of feet away and then lead their handlers to the source, the N.Y. Times' Ashley Southall reports:
The odor-pursuit dogs, which cost about $50,000 each, "are drawn from pointy-eared breeds like German shepherds and Belgian Malinois, whose traits dovetail with the job. They can pick up scents at longer ranges than other police dogs, and will start a search without waiting for their handlers’ directions."