It's the time of year when Americans remember a gritty story of conquest and death by decking their houses in warm fall colors and loading their plates with fattening food. Noting that Thanksgiving myths paper over the violent invasion of the continent is hardly news; few contemporary Americans are unaware of the triumphalism stuffed in their turkeys.
Even retailers seem a little squeamish about the holiday's dark origins, as Thanksgiving-themed packaging now tends to favor harvest imagery rather than pilgrims and American Indians. read more
Move over, Bill Nye, this science gal is giving you a run for your money.
Brielle, 3, may not know how to read yet, but she sure knows a whole lot -- especially when it comes to science. The toddler, who knows the entire periodic table of chemical elements, recently went on "The Ellen Show" to demonstrate her incredible knowledge.
Watch as Ellen DeGeneres holds up photos of different elements along with their letter symbols while the 3-year-old expertly identifies them. She even knows facts about each element, such as potassium is found in bananas and white phosphorus has the ability to burn underwater. read more
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Lately, pundits and punters seem bullish on Donald Trump, whose chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination recently inched above 20 percent for the first time at the betting market Betfair. Perhaps the conventional wisdom assumes that the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris will play into Trump's hands, or that Republicans really might be in disarray. If so, I can see where the case for Trump is coming from, although I'd still say a 20 percent chance is substantially too high. Quite often, however, the Trump's-really-got-a-chance! case is rooted almost entirely in polls. read more
Paul Krugman, New York Times: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had an argument about financial regulation during Tuesday's debate -- but it wasn't about whether to crack down on banks. Instead, it was about whose plan was tougher. The contrast with Republicans like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, who have pledged to reverse even the moderate financial reforms enacted in 2010, couldn't be stronger. For what it's worth, Clinton had the better case. Sanders has been focused on restoring Glass-Steagall, the rule that separated deposit-taking banks from riskier wheeling and dealing. And repealing Glass-Steagall was indeed a mistake. read more
Yesterday, at a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama, a local activist named Mercutio Southall Jr. started shouting "Black Lives Matter!" as Donald Trump spoke. A physical altercation followed between Southall and Trump supporters, captured on camera by a CNN reporter. The video makes it a little hard to tell how the fight started, but by the Washington Post's account "a white man punched and attempted to choke" Southall. read more