"We know we are not going into concentration camps. We know that we have food and water. These blessings we have, but they are not the greatest. Nobler than these, and our greatest blessing, we still have the courage to fight for our way of life. We have a faith that makes us willing to die for this freedom."
—FULTON COURSER, Liberty magazine Editor-in-Chief
Liberty magazine, November 29, 1941
Despite a recent worldwide travel warning from the U.S. State Department, Thanksgiving travelers are showing up at airports in droves. With high-capacity and increased security measures, airport delays are expected to cause more than few headaches for the estimated 25 million people traveling by plane this holiday. Thinking about driving instead? Think again. Since gas is at its lowest price in years, even more people are hitting the road. AAA estimates that close to 50 million people will travel by car this Thanksgiving.
Two pharmaceutical giants to merge, not without critics
1. Two of the pharmaceutical industry's heavy hitters, Allergen and Pfizer, have announced plans to merge, creating the world's largest company of its kind. The deal, announced Monday, is worth $160 billion. In technical terms, the deal's deemed an "inversion," a scenario in which bigger U.S. firms are absorbed by smaller foreign competitors to dodge U.S. corporate taxes.
2. Earlier this year, such "inversions" were labeled "unpatriotic" by President Barack Obama. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spoke out against the merger, promising industry reform if elected. Don't consider Pfizer and Allergen's $160 billion merger a done deal just yet, as the companies still need approval from global antitrust regulators.
3. Should U.S. companies be able to take shelter from taxes overseas?
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In response to escalated threats in the wake of the Paris attacks, Belgium authorities imposed a lock down in the capital of Brussels, urging citizens to stay indoors while special forces conducted a series of raids across the city. Authorities feared the operations would be thwarted over Twitter. To calm their fears, the people of Belgium flooded Twitter with a barrage of cat photos hashtagged #BrusselsLockdown. It's hard to gain intel over social media when a slew of adorable cat photos are in your way. Internet:1, Terrorism: 0. Don't worry super cat is here #BrusselsLockdown pic.twitter.com/ocou9Bagly — Amit Bhat (@amitbhatr) November 22, 2015
Today's the day Adele's long-awaited album 25 officially hits the market, but don't hold your breath if you're waiting to stream the album via Spotify or Apple Music. In hopes of bolstering physical sales and encouraging digital downloads, Adele's team has opted-out of streaming services worldwide. The artist didn't announce the decision until late yesterday. 25 is expected to post huge numbers, with some analysts predicting the album to beat N'SYNC's decade-old record of 2.5 million album sales in its first week. Best of luck finding your old CD player.
Once again, Hollywood accused of whitewashing
1. Each year, The Hollywood Reporter, one of the entertainment industry's most prestigious magazines, releases an issue highlighting the actresses most likely to be competing for an Academy Award come March. This year's cover is under fire as the eight featured actresses — from Jennifer Lawrence to Kate Winslet — have one thing in common: they're all white. As soon as the cover was released, THR came under fire for its evident whitewashing.
2. "Don't blame us, blame Hollywood," says Stephen Galloway, THR's Executive Managing Editor. Galloway explained that the magazine simply reports on Hollywood, and that it's the industry, not the publication, that has race issues.
3. So, is Hollywood, or The Hollywood Reporter, to blame for this year's first award season controversy?
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Getting your flu shot will be less of a pain this year as Uber has plans to deliver vaccines on-demand this Thursday, Nov. 19, in 35 cities across the nation. Dubbed "UberHEALTH," the service will feature actual nurses administering flu shots for just $10. The fee covers up to ten vaccinations at one location in hopes that co-workers will split the cost, leading to less flu-stricken cubicle mates when flu season peaks. The service — deemed a success in Washington, Chicago, New York and Boston last year — is the brainchild of John Brownstein, a Harvard epidemiologist. No procrastinating on this offer; UberHEALTH lasts for one day and one day only.
State governors revolt against Obama's refugee order
1. Syria's instability has caused more than 4 million Syrians to flee their homeland, creating the world's worst refugee crisis since World War II. European countries have cushioned the majority of the blow, with Germany alone accepting over 800,000 asylum seekers in 2014. In September, President Barack Obama vowed to do his part, announcing a plan to accept 10,000 refugees over the next year.
2. After the attacks in Paris, it's unclear where those 10,000 refugees will go as over half of the United States' governors have announced plans to refuse refugee access to their respective states. Most notably on this list are Texas, Florida and Michigan. Some call the refugee refusal unconstitutional, while Obama himself says it goes against the nation's values.
3. So, if you were a governor, would you accept refugees into your state?
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Leaders from the world's 20 largest economies, otherwise known as the "G20," are meeting in Turkey this week to combat a number of the planet's pressing issues. First at bat: Syria. After this weekend's devastating attacks in Paris, those involved in Syria are putting their heads together for a solution in the war-torn country that ISIS calls home. In a rare occasion, President Barack Obama and Russia's President Vladimir Putin reportedly met to discuss their own solutions to Syria's woes, agreeing to work together for a "Syrian-led" transition.