Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Situational awareness: Vice President Pence will give a landmark speech at the Knesset — the Israeli Parliament — during his trip to Israel in Mid-December, the well-wired Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 News reports for Axios.
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That headline is homage to Politico's great Michael Grunwald, who in 2014 reminded us: "America's looking much better than you think."
A "Democracy in America" dispatch by The Economist looks at the bright side of an otherwise bleak Pew Research Center study, and finds that "on some issues, and across party lines, agreement is growing":
Why it matters, from The Economist: " It seems that many dinner tables divided by party politics will still be united by the idea that there is much to give thanks for—even if everyone agrees that America has a lot to worry about."
The other side of the coin ... Donald Trump was a symptom, not the cause, of our cancerous politics — and the disease is metastasizing. Signs of the spread are everywhere: in politics, in media and in business.
To get smart fast on how we got here, jump into a holiday-reading feature cooked up my Axios colleagues, a political polarization stream.
Traffic streaks across the Francis Scott Key Bridge linking D.C.'s Georgetown and Arlington, Va., yesterday at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Axios' Expert Voices Editor, Chris Russell, invites a few helping hands into your kitchen:
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day, from "Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough":
In Axios PM (sign up free here), we showed you Trump's motorcade as it arrived at his golf club in West Palm Beach. Here's the motorcade, on the move from Mar-a-Lago.
Both parties have post-Weinstein worries. As we told you in Axios PM: Over the next month, we're likely to see careers "of multiple members of Congress thrown into peril over new sexual claims. Newsrooms are throwing serious resources into this story and victims feel liberated. This is the beginning, not the end, of a story that will upend the Capitol."
On the R side ... Amid the Roy Moore fracas, "Representative Joe Barton of Texas, [vice chair] of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ... said that he was reconsidering his political future after [a naked picture of him] appeared on an anonymous Twitter account," per the N.Y. Times.
On the D side ... "[N]ow 'me too' stains the Democrats, too, putting them in an awkward place as they calibrate how forcefully to respond," AP's Juliet Linderman and Cal Woodward write:
"Thousands of Uber customers are believed to have had their accounts hacked by Russians after users of the app reported being billed in roubles for taxi journeys they had not taken in Moscow and St Petersburg," according to The Times of London.
P.S. Peter Thiel May Be Looking To Buy Gawker.com, BuzzFeed scoops: "Lawyers for the Silicon Valley billionaire filed a motion ... to challenge a provision that prevented him from buying the assets of the now defunct Gawker.com. That move lays the groundwork for a possible bid for the website and its archive."
"A multinational search to find an Argentine submarine remains fruitless more than a week after it vanished," CNN reports: "The ARA San Juan, which is carrying 44 crew members, including the country's first woman submarine officer, was last seen a week ago, on November 15, in the San Jorge Gulf, about 268 miles off the coast of Argentina. "The submarine has only enough air to last seven to 10 days if it has remained fully immersed."
"When Internet sales began to take off, ... many predicted the death of the mail-order catalog. ... [T]hose predictions have proved to be premature."
Well, it's back — on the front page of today's L.A. Times ... "Retailers taking another look at print catalogs: Nostalgia, tactile experience are answer to digital fatigue," by Ronald White: