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“‘Peas’ and ‘Carrots’ will be here at the White House …”

Although only one of the turkeys will receive the official pardon from President Trump, both Peas and Carrots will go on to live at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit. The turkey pardon custom ahead of Thanksgiving dates back to the 1870s, but former President George H.W. Bush is credited with starting the modern tradition.
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“We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise.”

Sixteen House Democrats (sitting and incoming) signed a letter on Monday vowing to oppose Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's bid to become the next House Speaker. Pelosi, who's served in the House for 35 years became the first (& only) female Speaker in 2007. As a result of the midterm elections, Democrats won the House w/232 seats (net gain of 37 seats) vs. GOP 199 seats..
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“People don’t think it’s a serious disease, and for the majority of people it’s not. But it’s not that way for everybody.”

Buncombe County Health official on the chickenpox outbreak at the Asheville Waldorf School in N.C. The school, which has one of the highest religious exemption vaccination rates in the state, with as many of 110 of the 152 students not receiving the vaccine, reported 36 cases on Friday. The CDC says 4 million cases of chicken pox are reported each year and 100-150 die from the virus.
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“You can’t go to the hospital, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to church, you can’t go to the grocery store. You cannot go anywhere and it’s all over – not just in Chicago.”

Bystander at Monday's shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago's South Side. The pepetrator killed three people, including a police officer. According to the Chicago Tribune, at least 2,656 people have been shot in Chicago this year. That number is down by at least 600 compared to the same time last year.
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“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden …”

A federal judge in a ruling issued after Monday's hearing in a case challenging Pres. Trump's efforts to change asylum law by disqualifying those who enter the U.S. illegally from applying. The current law allows a person to apply for asylum regardless of whether they entered illegally or not. No word yet on whether the Trump administration will appeal.
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“We had a miracle in this country in 1776 and we need another one.”

Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and best-selling author, announcing she's conisdering running to become the Democrat presidential candidate in 2020. Other possible 2020 Democrat nominees include former Vice President Joe Biden, VT Sen. Bernie Sanders, NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, CA Sen. Sen. Kamala Harris, and NJ Sen. Cory Booker
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