Love it or leave it, country music - with its whiskey-soaked nostalgia and crying steel guitars, its trains, trucks and lost love - is a defining feature of the American soundscape. This fall, Ken Burns's documentary series, along with an outpouring of Dolly Parton tributes on NPR, Netflix and the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, has trained a spotlight on the genre. Still, myths infuse many people's understanding of country music - and some of them are integral to its appeal. Myth No. 1: Country is white music for white people.
Macy's was ready for Black Friday. Its shelves were stacked high with $25 fragrance sets and $15.99 puffy jackets, and signs promised "incredible doorbusters" and 75% off silver jewelry. But when the store at the Arlington, Virginia, mall opened at 6 a.m., an employee rolled up the gate to the store's first floor entrance and shrugged. There were no shoppers in sight.
SEOUL — North Korea fired two projectiles Thursday, Nov. 28, using the start of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States to telegraph its frustration over Washington's refusal to grant sanctions relief. The short-range projectiles were launched from Ryonpo on the North's east coast around 5 p.m. local time, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. They added that the projectiles traveled about 235 miles and reached an altitude of 60 miles. "This type of act from North Korea does not help efforts to alleviate tensions on the Korean Peninsula," the JCS said.
Who among us doesn't love a practical gift? Something that won't merely collect dust. Something that you can use over and over again, reminding you of the giver every time you pull it out. For certain people, that might mean a beautiful cashmere scarf, or a handcrafted wallet. For those of us who love to cook, that practical - and beloved - gift is a new piece of kitchen equipment.
Maybe it's best not to talk about it.
Just before Thanksgiving in 1904, the Boston Herald served up some shocking news: Two of President Theodore Roosevelt's younger children had chased the presidential dinner turkey around the back lawn of the White House, pulling feathers from the frightened bird as Roosevelt looked on with great amusement. But was this turkey of a story true? The controversy raged on until nearly Christmas. Over the years, the story has become the stuffing that Thanksgiving legends are made of.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation designed to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a major rebuke to China just as he has predicted that a trade deal is close at hand. Trump acted after markets closed ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and under pressure from lawmakers in both parties. The legislation authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials involved in human rights abuses and requires the State Department to perform an annual review of the special trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong.
It has been 11 months since unsealed federal court documents revealed that U.S. immigration officials created a fake university to lure foreign-born college students who were trying to stay in the country on student visas that might not have been legal. The University of Farmington, a fictitious school that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement marketed as a hub for STEM students who wanted to enroll and not "interrupt their careers," had a fake name, a fake website and a fake motto on its fake seal. "Scientia et Labor," the seal said, which means "Knowledge and Work."
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was cranky when they spoke on the phone in September, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told members of Congress, but his words were clear: Trump wanted no quid pro quo with Ukraine. "This is Ambassador Sondland speaking to me," Trump said outside the White House last week, looking down to read notes he'd taken of Sondland's testimony. "Here's my response that he just gave: 'I want nothing. . . . I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.' "
Ever since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., introduced it last February, the Green New Deal has sparked a rancorous political debate about what exactly should be done to combat ever-worsening climate change. But outside of Washington, few know much about it. In a nationwide public opinion poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) this past summer, more than 3 in 4 Americans had heard little or nothing about the Green New Deal. While overall opinion was split, opposition rose among those most familiar with the plan.