Today in deciphering Donald Trump: Does he literally mean that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State or does he mean the way the president has handled Iraq and the Middle East helped lead to the rise of ISIS? (It seems completely obvious that he means the second, but he told Hugh Hewitt that he meant literally, and so this is where we are as a country.)
- Here's some more evidence that dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton as a candidate pulls younger voters toward third party candidates like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Trump also loses some young voters, but mostly to Johnson, not Stein.
- A $12 minimum wage initiative has made the ballot in Colorado.
- The always terrible "Isn't it remarkable how much sex Olympic athletes have?" journalism beat hit a new low today when a heterosexual reporter over at The Daily Beast used a gay hook-up app to connect with several athletes and apparently provided enough information about them to make it possible to identify who they were. The resulting outrage caused some edits to the story. Keep in mind some of these athletes are from countries where gay sex is still illegal.
- Seattle has implemented a pioneering (note that "pioneering" doesn't mean "good") new rental law that requires landlords to accept the first applicant that meets their basic requirements for renting and is not allowed to choose between several interested parties. Just wait until they adapt that law for hiring new employees!
- The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a South Carolina law that makes "disturbing a school" a criminal offense as unconstitutionally vague.
- The former Gawker editor who reported about the Hulk Hogan sex tape is facing having his own assets frozen as a result of the privacy lawsuit against the now bankrupt media empire. Note that it's extremely unusual for an employee of a media outlet to be held personally financially responsible in a case of libel or defamation. Gawker's lawyers are not representing him.
Paul Krugman Thinks Holding Religious Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Like 'Dumping Neurotoxins Into Public Reservoirs'
The New York Times columnist misconstrues the issues at stake in the challenge to New York's restrictions on houses of worship.
SCOTUS Blocks New York's COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship, Saying They Are Not 'Narrowly Tailored'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo described his policy as a "fear-driven response," cut by a "hatchet" rather than a "scalpel."
Penguin Random House Employees Broke Down in Tears at Thought of Publishing Jordan Peterson's Next Book
"He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia."
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Urged People Not To Travel for Thanksgiving Shortly Before Boarding His Flight
The mayor is traveling to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter.