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Most Everything You Learned About Thanksgiving Is Wrong

Not to rain on our Thanksgiving Day parade, but the story of the first Thanksgiving, as most Americans have been taught it, is not exactly accurate. Blame school textbooks with details often so abridged, softened or out of context that they are rendered false; children’s books that distill the story to its most pleasant version; or animated Thanksgiving television specials...

Charlie Rose Ousted by CBS and PBS After Harassment Allegations

CBS fired Charlie Rose on Tuesday, a day after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. Not long afterward, PBS canceled distribution of his self-titled nightly interview program. David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, told staff members in an internal email that Mr. Rose, a host of “CBS This Morning” and a “60 Minutes” correspondent, had been let go...

F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms

The Federal Communications Commission released a plan on Tuesday to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content and to curb access to some websites. The proposal, made by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place...

‘Only Morons Pay the Estate Tax’

As he raised estate tax rates to fund work programs during the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The transmission from generation to generation of vast fortunes by will, inheritance or gift is not consistent with the ideals and sentiments of the American people.” It’s plenty consistent with the ideals and sentiments of President Trump, who began lying about the...

Trump Defends Roy Moore, Citing Candidate’s Denial of Sexual Misconduct

WASHINGTON — President Trump broke with leading Republicans on Tuesday and voiced support for Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers and has seen his campaign’s prospects imperiled. In his first extensive remarks on the accusations that date back decades, the president cited the vigorous denials by Mr. Moore,...

‘Hi, Drumstick.’ President Trump Pardons a Turkey, and Likes It.

WASHINGTON — It began with a familiar pledge: President Trump’s audience, he promised, was going to be very proud of him. “Hi, Drumstick,” Mr. Trump called out on Tuesday, preparing to exercise his least controversial executive authority. “Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy.” It ended with characteristic introspection. “I feel so good about myself,” the president said softly,...

The Caucasian’s Guide to Black Thanksgiving, Part 1: The Guest List

As part of The Root’s ongoing efforts to satisfy the curiosity of our Caucasian constituency, we have decided to give you a peek inside some of the cultural customs of black America. One of the oldest and most heralded traditions of the African-American community is the ceremony known as Black Thanksgiving. Black Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the colonization...

What the End of Net Neutrality Means for You

We knew it was coming, but on Tuesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to gut net neutrality and hand over control of the internet to service providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon (which also happens to be Pai’s former employer). The new plan, titled the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” promises to end government “micromanaging” of the internet in...

Judge Permanently Blocks Trump’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Attempt to Defund Sanctuary Cities

On Monday night, a federal judge described President Trump’s executive order attempting to defund sanctuary cities as “unconstitutional on its face” and permanently blocked its implementation. Judge William Orrick of the Northern U.S. District Court of California issued the decision after his April temporary injunction was appealed by the Justice Department. “The defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing Section 9(a) of...

Singer David Cassidy, 1970s Teen Idol, Dies At 67

David Cassidy, famed singer, actor and heartthrob of the 1970s, died Tuesday, a few days after being hospitalized in critical condition. Cassidy’s longtime publicist, JoAnn Geffen, said in a statement Tuesday night, “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy....