JOHN BOLTON. Adam Schiff says he should have the “courage” to testify, but isn’t going to take him to court to compel it: “We’ve certainly been in touch with his lawyer and what we’ve been informed by his lawyer because we invited him and he did not choose to come in and testify … is if we subpoena him, they will sue us in court,” Schiff said. “Now, he will have to explain one day if he maintains that position why he wanted to wait to put it in a book instead of telling the American people what he knew when it really mattered to the country.”
BLATANT LIE. Trump claims that support for impeachment is very low: “Public opinion hasn’t changed much on impeachment despite five days of public hearings, with nearly half of Americans in support of impeaching the president over his actions toward Ukraine — but almost two-thirds say they can’t imagine anything changing their minds on the issue.”
POOR TIMING. Lindsay Graham says White House directed him to block senate resolution formally recognizing Turkey’s genocide of the Armenian people. “I said sure,” Graham said. “The only reason I did it is because he [Erdoğan] was still in town. … That would’ve been poor timing. I’m trying to salvage the relationship if possible.”
SHAWN MENDES. Tiring of the showmance?
FEEL GOOD STORIES. The new front in Russian disinformation. “Professional trolls are good at their job. They have studied us. They understand how to harness our biases (and hashtags) for their own purposes. They know what pressure points to push and how best to drive us to distrust our neighbors. The professionals know you catch more flies with honey. They don’t go to social media looking for a fight; they go looking for new best friends. And they have found them.”
BOSTON. Amy Klobuchar delivered remarks at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner.
HARRY MORTON. Pink Taco and The Viper Room founder dead at 38.
HARTFORD. Gay Men’s Chorus announces new artistic director.”The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus (HGMC) has selected Dr. Wendy K. Moy as its new Artistic Director. Moy – an award-winning conductor, singer, educator, and nonprofit founder who champions issues of social justice through music – will begin her tenure on January 1.”
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Today we celebrate American Music. The songs of today are the soundtrack to our existence. In music, we can connect universally no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, regardless of what you believe in. So let’s celebrate all the musical talents who are brave enough to put out their work for us to hear. Headed to the @AMAs red carpet right now in @thombrowneny! Tune in TONIGHT! 8/7c on @abcnetwork! #AMAs . . Style & Video by @sammyratelle for @rrrcreative Agency Grooming by @simonegrooming Wearing @thombrowneny Men’s S|S 20 Ring by @oscarheyman Hat by @stephenjonesmillinery
KISSING THE RING. Katy Perry calls Madonna “the queen.”
GROUNDED? Wind may ground Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons. “The National Weather Service is currently forecasting sustained winds of 22 mph and wind gusts of 39 mph during the parade. The sustained winds do not exceed the regulations, but the gusts do.”
HOLIDAY AD OF THE DAY. Joan Collins for Valentino.
REMIX OF THE DAY. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
RELAXATION VIDEO OF THE DAY. Capybaras in a hot tub.
COVER OF THE DAY. Luke Evans “Always Remember Us This Way”.
TINY DESK CONCERT OF THE DAY. Carly Rae Jepsen.
CELEBRITY SPAM OF THE DAY. Ed Westwick.