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Trump threatens to shut down 'whole border' with Mexico if immigration becomes 'uncontrollable'
While Thanksgiving normally signals the start of what is known as the Giving Season, President Trump didn’t appear to be in a giving mood when it comes to immigration. Speaking to reporters while in Florida for the holiday, Trump threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost "control" on its side. Trump also said he has given the thousands of active-duty troops he sent to the border before the Nov. 6 midterm elections the "OK" to use lethal force against migrants "if they have to." And he said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he has faulted for not being tough enough on immigration, is "in there trying." "It's a tough job," he said. Fox
VOA VIEW: It's what may have to be done to protect border officers and this country.

5 Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping scams to avoid this year
Before you pull out your credit card this season, stop and think about whether or not a holiday deal appears to be too good to be true. From phishing emails to fake apps, scammers will try to find ways to prey on eager shoppers hoping to snag a good deal this week. And with the rise of online shopping, cyber threat intelligence company RiskIQ warns people are "increasingly" at risk, particularly mobile users. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2017, companies earned $19.6 billion in sales from online shoppers alone, according to the company. "As a consumer, it's important to pay attention to detail while shopping online and pay attention to your surroundings," Yonathan Klijnsma, a researcher at RiskIQ, told Wired. Fox
VOA VIEW: Be careful.

How Black Friday shopping could change if Trump's trade war goes on
Next year's Black Friday deals are at stake in President Donald Trump's trade war with China. In fact, Americans starting their holiday shopping this week are likely to be picking up some items that are already subject to Trump's tariffs. Since the tariffs went into effect at the end of September, handbags, perfumes, wallets, hats and fur coats are among the 5,700 items from China that have been subject to a 10% tariff -- along with gifts for the sports enthusiasts in your life, including ski mittens, bikes, baseball gloves and golf bags. Cashmere imported for sweaters doesn't escape the tax either. Fortunately for this year's shoppers, prices likely won't be going up yet. American importers pay the duty, and most items on the floor for Black Friday were already priced before the tariffs kicked in, said Rick Helfenbein, president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN anti Trump fake news.

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Trump calls 9th Circuit a 'big thorn in our side,' accuses judges of imperiling US security
President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving morning railed against the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as a "big thorn in our side" and accused the American judiciary of undermining national security. Earlier this week, a judge from the Northern District of California -- where cases get appealed to the 9th Circuit -- issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration from barring migrants who cross into the US illegally from seeking asylum. "We get a lot of bad court decisions from the 9th Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side," Trump said Thursday during a teleconference call with military members. CNN
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts and CNN hates the truth.

Immigration Up Sharply as No. 1 Problem in U.S.A.
A new survey shows that Americans view "immigration/illegal aliens" as the number one problem facing the United States this month. It was cited by 21% of Americans as the most important problem and this percentage is up from 13% in October, an increase of 8 percentage points. In the survey, Gallup asked Americans to mention the problems they view as most important. Gallup reported the answers for problems  cited by at least 3% of respondents. At the top of the list was "immigration/illegal aliens" at 21%. "Dissatisfaction with government/Poor leadership" came in second at 18%. "Healthcare" was third at 11% and "unifying the country" was tied at fourth and fifth with "Race relations/Racism," both at 9%. "Unemployment/jobs" was at the bottom of the list, tied with "Education," at 3%. CNS

How to stay safe as frigid weather takes over this Thanksgiving
In the Northeast on Thursday were greeted by rough winds and record-low temperatures. New York City reached a low of 19 degrees. If you're braving the outside, here is what you need to know: Those with prolonged exposure or those not dressed appropriately for the weather are in danger of frostbite and hypothermia, National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Engle told ABC News. Frostbite results in the loss of feeling and color usually the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers, toes or chin, according to the CDC.  There's also hypothermia which can impact the brain, "making the victim unable to think clearly or move well," the CDC said. ABC

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Trump thanks troops by phone, hints he might visit Afghanistan war zone
President Donald Trump began his Thanksgiving holiday, as he did last year, with a teleconference with members of the military around the world from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. But as Trump approaches the two-year mark as president and commander in chief, he has yet to visit U.S. troops stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan in person. Speaking to the commander of Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan Thursday, he asked, "How are things going over there?" and later said, "Maybe I'll see you over there. You never know what's going to happen." ABC

James Comey and Loretta Lynch subpoenaed to testify
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte fired off subpoenas to former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch late Wednesday, demanding them both to testify in a deposition. The two former top officials are being asked to testify in a deposition, not in a hearing, in early December, according to the subpoenas obtained by CBS News' Nancy Cordes. House Republicans have mere weeks before Democrats take control of committees and thus, control of subpoena power away from GOP hands. The subpoenas follow a New York Times report that Mr. Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute rivals Comey and Hillary Clinton.  CBS

Poll finds many Americans hope to avoid political discussions at Thanksgiving
Few Americans are eager to mix politics and turkey this Thanksgiving. A mere 15 percent are looking forward to having political discussions, while 40 percent hope to avoid talking about politics over Thanksgiving dinner. There are still 45 percent who don't care either way. The lack of appetite for Thanksgiving political discussions spans across all age groups, education and income levels. Thirty-seven percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats wish to avoid political discussions this Thanksgiving -- a somewhat rare instance of partisan agreement. Forty-two percent of Independents said that they hope to avoid politics. CBS

Nations security threats are everywhere
 It can be the person you stood next to in line while getting your morning coffee. It can be your neighbor or co-worker. It can be your friend. Security threats are everywhere and nowhere – in America and around the world. Security experts agree that the menace from terrorism, hate crimes and other forms of extreme violence can’t be fully eradicated any more than the threat from, say, armed robbery. In Israel, it's hard to enter a supermarket or a bus station without passing through a metal detector. USA Today

Medicine shortages as U.S. tightens sanctions
The need for loved ones like Karimi's father to get medicine to lower insulin levels and fight pancreatic cancer is scarce. The medicine has to be imported, and until recently that was not a problem. But for the past three months, Karimi has not been able to find it anyplace, and there is now only one bottle left. “Now that this medicine isn’t here, we’re forced to give him only one per day,” Karimi said in an interview over Telegram, a popular messaging app for Iranians. The reduced dosage has created complications, like the threat of convulsions and the need to monitor his father 24 hours a day to make sure his insulin levels do not spike, which could send him into a coma. Seattle Times

House Democrats plan to review Trump's role in hush money payments in next Congress
The House Oversight Committee plans tinvestigate Donald Trump's involvement in hush payments made to women during the 2016 presidential campaign, a senior Democratic aide on the committee told ABC News. When the Democrats take control of the House in January and gain subpoena power, they plan to probe the president's role in payments to two women who alleged during the 2016 campaign that they had affairs with Trump, according to the aide. Democratic members on the committee have already begun digging into the president's involvement, according to the aide. In September, the committee requested documents from the Trump organization, the aide added. Trump has long denied that he knew of the payments, and has denied having affairs with the women. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems will waste their time chasing Trump and accomplish nothing except lose big in 2020.

"Precarious" Gaza truce holds, but puts huge pressure on Israeli leader
Children in Israel's south were heading to school early Wednesday as an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire took effect, putting an end to a brief yet intense flare-up with Gaza. The truce, announced Tuesday by Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, came after nearly two days of heavy shelling from both sides that had threatened to descend into full-blown war. Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers said they would abide by the ceasefire as long as Israel did the same. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was under intense pressure on Wednesday for accepting the truce -- including from his long-time defense chief who has reportedly decided to resign his position and possibly stage a political challenge. CBS

Groups plot how newly elected reps can take on Trump — and House Democratic leaders
President Donald Trump taught his activists how to influence lawmakers from outside of power with an online guide in late 2016 based on the tea party's tactics under Barack Obama. Now the "resistance" group is looking to prepare its members for life under divided government. Indivisible's approach two years ago went viral, local chapters popped up around the country and its members helped fuel a Democratic takeover of the House in the midterms. The updated sequel, a guide to "Indivisible On Offense," looks to instruct progressive members on the power that comes with Democratic control of the House and how they can maximize it. NBC

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In Paradise, California, families and volunteers search for loved ones—or closure
After her mother went missing during the Camp Fire in northern California, Tammie Konicki drove 56 hours from Ohio to join the search for her on the ground. As volunteers sift through the ashes of Paradise looking for any sign of human remains, and families chase down hints of loved ones at shelters, hopes of finding anyone alive are dwindling.  NBC

Watchdog group seeks Hatch Act probe into acting attorney general Matt Whitaker
Whitaker was tapped by President Donald Trump earlier this month to replace former attorney general Jeff Sessions, who was forced to resign. Whitaker previously served in the Department of Justice as Sessions' chief of staff. Before becoming Sessions’ chief of staff, Whitaker received more than $1.2 million in salary from the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative nonprofit that does not disclose its donors, dating back to 2014, according to his financial disclosure forms released on Tuesday. The Washington Post was first to report the story. Whitaker received the majority of that salary — $904,000 — in 2016 and 2017 before he joined the government, according to his financial disclosure filings. He became Sessions' chief of staff in September 2017. NBC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media want to make a big deal out of nothing.

Oil falls on rising U.S. inventories, OPEC talk of cut limits loss
Oil prices dipped on Thursday after U.S. inventories swelled to their highest level since December adding to concerns about a global crude glut but OPEC talk of an output cut limited losses. Benchmark Brent fell 96 cents last trading at $62.52 a barrel at 1840 GMT, edging back from a more than $1 drop in early European trading. U.S. WTI fell more than a $1 before easing back to settle down 78 cents at $53.85. Trading was thin due to Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said oil was helped off its lows by a weaker U.S. dollar, making dollar-denominated crude cheaper for holders of other currencies.  Reuters

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Steinhoff's U.S. unit Mattress Firm exits bankruptcy, shuts 660 stores
Steinhoff International (SNHJ.J) said on Thursday its Mattress Firm Inc unit, the largest U.S. mattress retailer, emerged out of bankruptcy with access to $525 million in exit financing, within two months of filing for Chapter 11 protection. Mattress Firm also closed about 660 underperforming stores, said Steinhoff, which has been working on a deal to restructure the debt of some units after revealing multi-billion-euro holes in its balance sheet. Steinhoff International (SNHJ.J) said on Thursday its Mattress Firm Inc unit, the largest U.S. mattress retailer, emerged out of bankruptcy with access to $525 million in exit financing, within two months of filing for Chapter 11 protection. Reuters

Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists
Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from rightwing populists, Hillary Clinton has said, calling on the continent’s leaders to send out a stronger signal showing they are “not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support”. In an interview with the Guardian, the former Democratic presidential candidate praised the generosity shown by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, but suggested immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the EU. “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said, speaking as part of a series of interviews with senior centrist political figures about the rise of populists, particularly on the right, in Europe and the Americas. Guardian
 
 

Trump questions climate science amid Thanksgiving cold
President Trump turned climatologist Wednesday night, as much of the Eastern part of the nation braced for a major cold snap on Thanksgiving weekend. The imminent chill caused New York City to issue an extreme cold weather alert for Thursday amid fears it could play havoc with the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The National Weather Service predicted temperatures in the low 20s with wind gusts up to 30 mph. Climatology is not the same science as meteorology and one cold snap in late November would no more disprove alarmist global-warming theories than one deadly forest fire in California would prove them. Washington Times

Trump: Xi China's bailout
The U.S. still plans to raise tariffs on Chinese imports in January with President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping likely at best to agree to a “framework” for further talks to resolve trade tensions at an upcoming meeting, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. The U.S. and China are now discussing the agenda for the two leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires and what a realistic outcome could be. Bloomberg

Theresa May saught Brexit plan
Theresa May pleaded with her party not to plunge Britain into “deep and grave uncertainty” by rejecting her Brexit deal, as she fought to shore up her authority after a bruising day of resignations and backbench mutiny. At a sombre press conference following a dramatic day of turmoil, the prime minister said she believed “with every fibre of my being” that the 585-page agreement unveiled on Wednesday night was “the right one for our country and all our people”. “If we do not move forward with that agreement, nobody can know for sure the consequences that will follow. It would be to take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the British people just want us to get on with it,” she said. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Very few trust May's judgment.

Facebook Scandal Swirls
Mark Zuckerberg was reported, again by the The New York Times, with Facebook as a ruthless and selfish corporate behemoth, things are getting better—at least, the way he sees it. In a lengthy call with reporters Thursday, and an equally lengthy "note" published on Facebook, the company's CEO laid out a litany of changes Facebook is making, designed to curb toxic content on the platform and provide more transparency into the decisions on content. But perhaps the most consequential update is that the Facebook News Feed algorithm will now try to limit the spread of sensationalist content on the platform, which represents a major change from how the social network traditionally has approached moderation. All of it is in service of restoring trust in a company whose reputation—and that of its leaders—has taken near constant body blows over the past two years.  Wired
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be sanctioned and split up.

California wildfires: smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away
The US east coast has been provided a firsthand reminder of the deadly California wildfires after smoke swept across the country and caused a haze to envelop the eastern seaboard, including Washington DC and New York City. Hazy skies were reported in several places on the east coast from smoke wafting from 3,000 miles further west, where wildfires in California have killed more than 80 people and razed more than 15,000 homes and other structures. An unusually dense fug shrouded the top of New York City skyscrapers and the sunset was particularly intense due to the smoke particles in the air. “Wow. I knew tonight’s sunset over New York City seemed different, and I should’ve realized,” tweeted Kathryn Prociv, a meteorologist on the Today Show. Guardian

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Go ‘beyond-business-as-usual’ to invigorate businesses
“A pragmatic, strategic and evolutionary” approach is needed in the least developed countries to strengthen their public sector capacity, bring about institutional reform and promote policy learning, a new United Nations report has urged. Marred by limited finances, weak infrastructure, and, often, elevated political, economic and environmental risks, people in least developed countries are “forced into” small-scale, low-value economic activities, stifling growth, highlighted the new UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report 2018, ‘Entrepreneurship for Structural Transformation’. The least developed countries represent most vulnerable segment of the international community; 47 nations that includes most of sub-Saharan Africa, some Asian countries, and several island States. They comprise more than 880 million people (about 12 per cent of world population), but account for less than two per cent of world gross domestic product (GDP) and about one per cent of global trade in goods. UN

Lewinsky finally noticed that stain on her dress
It’s the most infamous stained dress in presidential history, but Monica Lewinsky says when she wore it after her widely chronicled hookup with President Bill Clinton, no one noticed. “I went to dinner that night. None of these people said to me, ‘Hey, you’ve got to go to the bathroom, you’ve got stuff all over your dress,’” Lewinsky said in “The Clinton Affair,” a new A&E series. She said she also didn’t spot the telltale semen stain that proved she and Clinton were more than just friends.
Lewinsky went into detail about the day the piece of evidence was created, as she continued to carry on a years-long relationship with Clinton in the early months of 1997, after he won re-election. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A little late and few care.

The Los Angeles Times has billionaire optimist as new owner
Los Angeles biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is betting big on newspapers. After buying the Los Angeles Times for $500 million earlier this year, he’s invested $100 million to build a state-of-the-art newsroom and is hoping to turn a profit soon. “The Catholic nuns say ’no money, no mission,’ and it’s very true,” Soon-Shiong said at The Grill, TheWrap’s annual media conference. “In order for the paper to survive, it has to thrive. In order to thrive, it has to be self-sustaining as a business.” In a deal that closed in June, Soon-Shiong also agreed to buy the San Diego Union Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several small community newspapers. His investment firm, Nant Capital, agreed to pay $500 million for the papers and will assume $90 million in pension liabilities. Soon-Shiong, who is worth $9 billion, said he may have overpaid for the papers. Fox

The Pennsylvania report on clergy sex abuse spawned a wave of probes nationwide. Now what?
The explosive report about sexual abuse by Catholic priests unveiled by a Pennsylvania grand jury in August has set off an unprecedented wave of investigations over the last several months, with attorneys general in 14 states and the District of Columbia announcing probes and demanding documents from Catholic officials. Those efforts have been joined by a federal investigation out of Philadelphia that may become national in scope. The swift and sweeping response by civil authorities contrasts sharply with the Vatican’s comparatively glacial pace. Fox

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Hold 'Crooked Ivanka' accountable
When Donald Trump was running for president against Hillary Clinton, the biggest scandal from the Clinton campaign was about her emails -- specifically, that Clinton had used a personal email server to send and receive emails (including some containing classified information) during her time in the State Department, rather than official government email. The now-President and his party turned a "careless" (said the FBI) act into an overblown scandal. Clinton was investigated twice by the FBI and twice cleared of criminal behavior, though she received a stern lecture from former FBI Director James Comey. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dumb liberal CNN bias.

With honey instead of vinegar, Pelosi steadily inches toward the speaker’s gavel
Rep. Brian Higgins was one of 16 Democrats who signed a letter opposing Nancy Pelosi’s bid for House speaker. The New Yorker had also called her “aloof, frenetic, and misguided” earlier this year. But Pelosi ignored all that. Instead, the veteran House Democratic leader went about winning over Higgins this week, listening to the Buffalo lawmaker’s grievances and enlisting allies to convince him that he would see progress on legislation to expand Medicare. The strategy worked: On Wednesday, Higgins pulled his name off the anti-Pelosi letter and threw his support behind the 78-year-old leader — moving her closer to reclaiming the gavel she first won more than a decade ago.  Washington Post

‘HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!’: Rhetorical bedlam erupts as President Trump speaks to the world from Mar-a-Lago
President Trump’s Thanksgiving began, as his days often do, with an all-caps tweet: “HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!”  Minutes later, he tweeted of potential “bedlam, chaos, injury and death,” a harbinger of what would be a frenetic Thanksgiving morning. Over the span of a few hours, the president would mix the traditional pablum of Thanksgiving tidings with renouncing the findings of his Central Intelligence Agency, threatening Mexico, criticizing court decisions, attacking Hillary Clinton over her emails, misstating facts about the economy, floating a shutdown of the government — and per usual, jousting with the news media. Washington Post

Migrants march to border in Tijuana, push to enter the U.S.
A small group of Central American migrants marched peacefully to a border crossing in Tijuana Thursday to demand better conditions and push to enter the U.S.
Mexican police watched closely as authorities from the National Human Rights Commission and the Grupo Beta migrant support agency told the migrants their needs would be addressed. They urged them to apply for humanitarian visas in Mexico and seek work in Tijuana, where they said thousands of jobs were available.
Washington Times
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