Chowing down on Thanksgiving.
THANKSGIVING: Some people are celebrating, some people are mourning, some people are telling you to get offline, and this asshole is violating the emoluments clause and enriching himself.
RACIST PRESIDENT ALWAYS RACISTING: "Let’s be clear about this: President Trump regularly goes out of his way to attack prominent African Americans not just to 'stoke the culture wars,' as this euphemism often has it—but, more precisely, to stoke the sense among many of his supporters that the system is unfairly rigged on behalf of minorities, and that he’s here to put things right," Greg Sargent writes at the Washington Post.
RACIST PRESIDENT ELECTED BY RACIST GOP BASE: Adam Serwer's new piece at The Atlantic about Trump's base—the GOP's base—is required reading. Read it out loud to your conservative/racist uncle at dinner tonight? And speaking of racist uncles: Mike Pesca unpacked the conservative/racist uncle trope on The Gist yesterday in another brilliant end-of-show spiel. Listen here.
RACIST CERAMICIST STILL RACISTING: Charles Krafft is a terrible human being.
WHITE HOUSE WATCH: Melania Trump touches stuff.
FBI: WHAT WE NEED ARE MORE BAD GUYS WITH GUNS: "Tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns," the Washington Post reports. "The names were taken out after the FBI in February changed its legal interpretation of 'fugitive from justice' to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines. What that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons."
SHOOTING ON CAPITOL HILL LAST NIGHT: "Two people were shot in the arm Wednesday night after a fight broke out at night club in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood," KOMO reports. "Police got calls about 9:45 p.m. about shots fired inside the Chop Suey night club in the 13000 block of East Madison Street." Capitol Hill Seattle has updates and pics. This isn't the first time there's been a shooting inside Chop Suey.
ARMED AND TIMOROUS: "Three days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, I fired a handgun for the first time," begins Sean Nelson's excellent feature in this week's paper. Pick up a print copy of The Stranger or read it here. A taste:
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When I got the gun home, I stared at it, held it, pondered it, and tried hard to think of it as mine. There it was, undeniably owned by me, in all its clunky, boxy, Glocky glory.
Sitting there on my kitchen table, unloaded but next to a box of bullets, it was almost as though the gun was pulsating. The center of gravity in the room changed unmistakably. It was now a room with a gun in it.
As I loaded the magazine with bullets (a bit of a squeeze, PS), I literally flinched as I imagined misfiring. What if one of these little brass and lead numbers went out the window and hit someone waiting for the bus across the street, or went through the wall and hit one of my neighbors, or went across the room and hit one of my dogs? How many lives could be ended, and how many more ruined, all because of this ugly L-shaped tool?