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"Illegal, no matter what planet you are from" – Utah's Department of Public Safety, on a giant metal slab that mysteriously appeared in a desert. Yet another thing we didn't have on our 2020 bingo.

Vowing Revenge

The Story

Iran's top nuclear scientist has been killed.

More details, please.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was one of the masterminds of Iran's military nuclear program, which Iran claims it formally disbanded in 2003. He was compared to the American scientist who spearheaded the Manhattan Project in World War II. In recent years, Fakhrizadeh had allegedly been working to design a bomb small enough to fit on a missile.

So what happened?

An Iranian security official reportedly accused Israel of using "electronic devices" to remotely kill Fakhrizadeh on Friday. No one has claimed responsibility for his killing. But some – including Iran and US experts – also believe it has Israel's fingerprints on it. Especially since the ambush had the markings of a Mossad (Israel's spy agency) operation. And because Israel's pulled off attacks on Iran's nuclear program and its scientists before (see: this). Israel hasn't commented.

Why now?

There are theories. Like the idea that the outgoing Trump admin is more likely to tolerate an attack on Iran than an incoming Biden admin. President-elect Joe Biden has said he would rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal "if Iran returns to strict compliance." Compare that to President Trump, who has pulled out of the deal, killed Iran's top general, and come this close to more airstrikes with Iran on multiple occasions. Most recently, two weeks ago.

So...what's next?

Iran is promising retaliation in "proper time." And the country's defense minister reportedly vowed to continue Fakhrizadeh's work "with more speed and more power." The Trump admin isn't commenting. Neither is Biden's transition team. The UN is urging restraint.


Fakhrizadeh was a central figure to Iran's weapons program, and his death is considered a blow to the country's nuclear initiatives. Now, it's up to Iran to choose between retaliation or waiting for a new admin that may be more receptive to working things out.

And Also...This

Why people were worried about Thanksgiving…

COVID-19. Millions of Americans traveled last week, countering CDC recommendations. It's not clear when we will know its impact. But Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the US could see a "surge upon a surge" of cases. It comes as hospitals across the country are already filling up, with rural hospitals especially hard hit. Los Angeles County's issued a stay-at-home order for the first time since March. The NFL is dealing with an outbreak of its own. But NYC is going the opposite route: it's reopening elementary schools after some parents said at-home learning was taking a toll on their children. And amid ongoing uncertainty over the role of children in transmission.

What's saying 'liberty, liberty, liberty'...

SCOTUS. Last week, it ruled 5-4 against New York's restrictions on religious gatherings. In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) had limited the number of people who can attend religious services to curb the spread of COVID-19. But religious groups called foul, invoking the First Amendment. When similar cases made their way to the court from California and Nevada, SCOTUS ruled in favor of the governors. But there's a new justice in town. And this was the first major ruling in which Justice Amy Coney Barrett swung the court decisively to the right.

  • Oyez: Today, the Supremes are set to hear arguments on whether the Trump admin can bar undocumented immigrants from being included in the US census.

…Oh speaking of the Trump admin, the president pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. It's the latest example of Trump pardoning a political ally, in this case one he saw as the victim of a Russia investigation "hoax."

Where tensions are boiling…

France. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people across the country took to the streets. The protests were two-fold, but related. After a video showing police beating and injuring a Black man for not wearing a mask went viral, many were outraged by the footage. The attack received widespread backlash, including from French President Emmanuel Macron who said the images "shame us." Four officers have been charged in connection with the beating. But the protests came the same week lawmakers in France's lower chamber passed a controversial security bill that includes a measure that would prevent people from filming police officers. Now, opponents of the bill like civil liberty groups and the media are saying it could hinder the freedom of press and of reporting police brutality. And are calling for its withdrawal.

Who's kicking the glass ceiling…

Sarah Fuller. Over the weekend, she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game when she led the Commodore's opening kickoff of the second half against Missouri. And did so while wearing a helmet with the phrase "Play Like a Girl."

Who's one less lonely boy…

The world's loneliest elephant.


Here are our favorite picks to help you take a break today...

1. Every zodiac sign's most overlooked quality. For when you're so done with the personal attacks on your Sagittarius lifestyle. You can remind everyone that you're imaginative and dreamy, too. Take that haters.

2. Black-owned subscription boxes to subscribe to ASAP. From plants to skincare to a box that helps you make cupcakes from around the world (yes, this exists)...these give new meaning to you've got mail.

3. The best cheap wines that taste expensive. Pinkies up people. It's time to trick your mom into thinking you really splurged this year. Cheers.

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40% off sitewide at Madewell, plus lots of giftable new arrivals…

We're ready to get cozy. And with the quilted scuff slippers (soft AF) and fleece cropped cardigan, we truly won't be leaving the couch. Not to mention the sale extends to denim, bags, boots, and outerwear. So there's something for everyone on your list. Gift-giving never felt so good.*

30% off the new Heated Razor by GilletteLabs…

So he can have a barbershop experience right in the comfort of his own home. The warming bar will heat up in less than a second. And the heat level is adjustable at the push of a button. The set includes the razor, charging dock, and two blade cartridges. Hellooo, luxury.*

40% off, plus a ton of Cyber Monday steals and stocking stuffers at Tarte…

Gimme, gimme more. We're eyeing the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara that'll volumize, lengthen, curl, and condition eyelashes. It's smudge-proof, flake-free, and oh...comes in a waterproof version. Add to cart.*

$80 off across your first four boxes with Blue Apron…

Get ready to try (lots of) new recipes. With Blue Apron, you and the fam will be able to ditch the "what's for dinner?" guesswork. The plan is flexible, so you can skip weeks and even send a shipment to a friend. We're talking delish recipes ready in under 35 minutes, with vegetarian and diabetes-friendly options, too. Winning.*

A $20 gift toward your purchase, plus a free holiday essentials kit from Summersalt…

The kit (a $50 value) includes a set of three face covers, hand sanitizer, a sleep mask, and a coordinating scrunchie. We're putting the $20 gift toward the best-selling Cloud 9 Silky PJs (they legit have a cult-following). Get a pair for yourself and a pair for someone else. Or you can shop sweaters, loungewear, activewear, or swimwear. The limit does not exist.*

Up to 80% off at Wayfair's Cyber Monday blowout extravaganza…

Yep, you read that right. Shop bedding, rugs, living room seating, office furniture, and more. Plus indoor and outdoor games for the family. Aka, give your entire house a makeover without causing your wallet to overheat. Time to unlock these deals.*

*PS: This is a sponsored post.


In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Trivial changes...Lilian C (IL). She's the co-founder and COO of a virtual live trivia called Bar None Trivia, which is helping keep people connected while WFH. Check it out.

Supermom...Morgan S (CA). She started Something Designs, a website that gives simple and easy creative projects and activities for moms to use with their kids, especially during a pandemic. Get creative.

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