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Telemundo TV actor Alejandro Sandí rescued, ‘in good health’ after being abducted in Mexico

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A French citizen and a Mexican actor who played secondary roles in the Telemundo TV narco series “El Senor de los Cielos” were let go by their abductors Monday, a day after robbers snatched them and stole the SUV they were driving in near a popular mountain peak west of Mexico City.

TELEMUNDO TV ACTOR ALEJANDRO SANDÍ MISSING AFTER BEING ABDUCTED IN MEXICO

The Mexico State prosecutor’s office confirmed in a statement late in the day that actor Alejandro Sandí and the unidentified French citizen had been released, and “are in good health.” It gave no other details. France’s Foreign Ministry also reported their release without giving any other information.

Two actresses who are friends of Sandí had posted a video on social media sites early Monday saying they had filed a crime report about Sunday’s incident.

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Actress Esmeralda Ugalde said she was driving in an SUV with Sandí and another actress when thieves cut them off, took Sandí and the vehicle.

The Nevado de Toluca is a snow-capped volcanic peak and a popular weekend getaway for capital residents.

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The French Foreign Ministry had refused to give the name or other details about the abducted French citizen for security reasons.

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Massive Colombia anti-government protests continue amid heightened violent crackdown

The massive anti-government protests that have erupted in several Latin American countries have boiled over into Colombia as thousands have taken to the streets in recent days, sparking fear and violence throughout the country.

The protests, which began November 21 in central Bogota, have been mostly nonviolence and peaceful, but the government of President Ivan Duque Marquez has taken an aggressive stance against the movement.

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An anti-government demonstrator with red tears painted on his face joins protest in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Security forces have used tear gas and other repressive methods to end the protests, which have disrupted and somewhat paralyzed the city for nearly a week.

COLOMBIA IMPSOSES RARE CURFEW IN BOGOTA AFTER VIOLENT ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS

At least one person – 18-year-old high school student Dilan Cruz – has died. However, some reports have put the death toll at three.

David Torres, a 30-year-old master’s student studying chemistry in Bogota, told Fox News that there have been “many abuses from authorities” against demonstrators. He participated in one of the first rallies.

“The atmosphere is hopeful because people saw the results in Chile, and also they can see the abuses of police and the fear that authorities spread, especially on Friday,” Torres said via Twitter message. “But there is some uncertainty because the government does not decide to speak with the citizens and also keeps such an aggressive position.”

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Youth attend a vigil for Dilan Cruz, who was injured during clashes between anti-government protesters and police, in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. President Ivan Duque said he was ordering an urgent investigation to determine who was responsible for the injuries of the 18-year-old student, who is in hospital in critical condition after he was hit in the head Saturday, apparently by a tear gas canister. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

The mood among protesters is “hopeful,” but they are also worried, Torres said, adding that people will continue to strike, despite the continued government crackdown.

BOLIVIAN INTERIM GOVERNMENT ACCUSES MORALES OF TERRORISM, SEDITION

An estimated 250,000 anti-government demonstrators, including students, teachers and working-class union members, rattled Colombia when they took to the streets last week and voiced strong opposition to Duque’s conservative policies. It’s the largest protest Colombia has seen in years.

Unlike the protests in countries across Latin America, which are driven by the steep drop in commodity prices, there is no one single issue that is motivating Colombians to mobilize against the incumbent government.

Sergio Guzman, director of Colombia Risk Analysis, said the unfocused nature of the protest movement will make it difficult for it to negotiate with the government.

“The protesters are a hodgepodge of people with so many different agendas that it will be difficult to find a common narrative,” Guzman told Fox News.

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Anti-government demonstrators march in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Protests against the government of President Ivan Duque continued for the fifth consecutive day as students, women’s groups and indigenous people marched through the center of the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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However, there is a shared sense of indignation in Colombia – and across the region – over the failure of the government to address the corruption and rising inequality that leave people struggling to survive while affluent and well-connected elites enrich themselves — at the expense of everyone else.

“The sentiment in the street is, overall, a lot of frustration with the government and the current situation, Guzman said. “Colombia’s growth is a radical departure from the rest of the region, the second-highest in the region – but there are vast inequalities that don’t allow ordinary people to participate in that prosperity.”

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Riot police detain an anti-government protester in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Authorities in Colombia are maintaining heightened police and military presence in the nation’s capital following two days of unrest. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

The government’s proposal to slash the minimum wage, salaries, and pension funds would likely exasperate these inequalities and was also a driving force behind the uprising.

“Broadly speaking, the protestors want Duque’s government to engage more with opposition groups, not introduce any proposals to cut pensions or try to implement labor reform, increase funding for economic development in rural areas, and not make any cuts or reform to public education,” Jeffrey Hawn, Global Security Analyst at Stratfor, told Fox News.

CHILEAN SINGER PROTESTS TOPLESS AT LATIN GRAMMYS AS GOVERNMENT BOWS TO REFERENDUM DEMANDS

Duque, a key U.S. ally who took office in 2018, met with recently elected governors and mayors Sunday night and held talks with business leaders and some unions Monday. He is facing the most significant threat to his presidency thus far.

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Colombia’s President Ivan Duque talks during a meeting with mayors and governors in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Duque called for a national dialogue in an attempt to quell protests decrying a range of social and economic woes. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

One of the somewhat less talked about issues that is unique to Colombia is the 2016 peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group.

Colombia and the FARC were engaged in a 50-year civil war, the longest civil conflict in Latin America, which left 220,000 dead, 25,000 disappeared, and 5.7 million displaced since the insurgency began in the 1960s.

The government and the rebels finally came to a peace agreement to end the conflict in 2016 and have remained a focal point of Colombian public policy since the peace deal was signed. A major component of the peace agreement, and integral to war termination and conflict resolution in general, called for rebels to demobilize and surrender their arms to a U.N. commission. The demobilization process included in the peace agreement allowed for political representation from former rebels.

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Soldiers leave from a military base to patrol the streets in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Authorities in Colombia are maintaining a heightened police and military presence in the nation’s capital following two days of unrest. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Now, three years later, key components of the deal have not been implemented and some of the rebels appear to be abandoning the reintegration process and rearming for renewed conflict.

BOLIVIA INTERIM PRESIDENT DECLARES ‘BIBLE HAS RETURNED TO THE PALACE’ AMID GROWING UNCERTAINTY

Although the peace agreement is not central to protester demands, people feel that Duque has mismanaged security overall and has allowed some militants to reassert control and violence in rural areas.

As violence is flaring once again in rural parts of the region and ungoverned spaces where the FARC once thrived, people are concerned that the government will not be able to fully implement the peace agreement.

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Anti-government demonstrators run during a protest in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Authorities are maintaining a heightened police presence amidst scattered unrest in the aftermath of a mass protest that drew about 250,000 to the streets Thursday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Duque has claimed the people have the right to protest and voice their concerns over government policy, but some in his government are employing rhetorical strategies by other right-wing regimes in Latin America, asserting that the grassroots uprising is a left-wing plot to overthrow the government.

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Some rogue elements have taken advantage of the instability and committed acts of vandalism and looting, potentially damaging the credibility of the otherwise peaceful and legitimate grievances held by the protesters.

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Colin Kaepernick releases hype video after NFL workout: ‘We stay ready’

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Colin Kaepernick released a hype video Monday, days after he worked out for a handful of NFL teams at an Atlanta-area high school in hopes of making a still elusive return to the league.

The video showed Kaepernick launching passes to receivers during his workout at Charles Drew High School. It also included a message to the media after his workout that he was ready to come back and compete again in the NFL.

NFL TEAMS HAVEN’T REACHED OUT TO COLIN KAEPERNICK AFTER RECENT WORKOUT, REPORT SAYS

His tweet thanked the receivers he threw to, his trainer and those aligned with the high school. RA Vision Media produced the video.

“A huge thank you to all the people that made this happen in ATL. From our receivers @brice_butler, @BruceElling10, @TheJordanVeasy, @ariwerts – my trainer Josh Hidalgo, the educators at Charles Drew HS & so many more. Can’t thank everyone enough. We stay ready.”

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There have been conflicting reports on whether NFL teams are actually interested in the quarterback after his midseason workout. ESPN reported Sunday that no teams have reached out to Kaepernick to work him out further, while his attorney appeared on Adam Carolla’s podcast last week and said at least two teams were interested. The attorney didn’t specify which teams may be interested.

Kaepernick’s workout drew a ton of controversy. He and his team took issue with an injury waiver the NFL wanted the free-agent quarterback to sign. After a back-and-forth, Kaepernick and his team decided to change the workout location from the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility to the high school about 60 miles away.

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Kaepernick has been out of the league since the 2016 season. He started a national firestorm when he decided to kneel during the national anthem before games to raise awareness about perceived social injustices across the U.S. He accused NFL owners in a grievance of blackballing him from the league because of the anthem protest but the two sides settled earlier this year.

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Mark Batterson: A real Thanksgiving — Here’s how you can take stock of all your blessings, great and small

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My first job was working as a gas-station attendant making minimum wage. One of my distinct memories is our monthly inventory. It was a high-stakes responsibility! If I missed an item in our inventory, it didn’t get restocked.

And the same goes for the blessings we fail to catalog. If you don’t take inventory, you won’t restock the blessing by flipping it. If, however, you take careful inventory, you’ll be surprised by how blessed you are. I’ll share a few fun examples from my inventory; then you can take your own inventory.

My undergraduate education began at the University of Chicago, and a full-ride scholarship helped pay my way. Again, I don’t believe that scholarship was unrelated to the faith promise I made as a teenager working a minimum-wage job as a gas-station attendant. But when I transferred to Central Bible College, I had to pay my own way.

What I didn’t know is that my sweet, sweet grandmother Alene Johnson had saved a sum of money that she left to her three daughters as an inheritance. How she saved that money was a mystery to us all, but it paid off my college debt posthumously.

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When I inventory my blessings, that one is toward the top of the list. I can only imagine the sacrifices she made to make that possible. And there is only one way for me to thank her — by flipping that blessing for someone else!

Let’s keep taking inventory.

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One of the most memorable gifts I’ve ever been given is two tickets to Super Bowl XLV. After the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears in the 2011 NFC Championship game, I tweeted that I would preach for tickets. I was half-joking, but a pastor in Dallas took me up on that offer. I would not have splurged for tickets for myself, but I was happy to preach for them! And to top it off, Super Bowl XLV landed on Josiah’s ninth birthday! Can you say “Dad of the year”? Pastor Bryan Jarrett and Northplace Church didn’t just give us two tickets; they gave us a memory we’ll cherish forever.

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I gave a talk on opening day of the Ravens training camp and took one of our staff members, Jim Tanious. I think Jim would have quit if I had not taken him, because he’s a die-hard Ravens fan. Remember the last game of the season when the Baltimore Ravens won the AFC North and Coach Harbaugh raised his lion spike?

Before the game, I called in a favor, and one of the Ravens coaches was kind enough to gift tickets to Jim, including a ticket for his daughter, Lily, who had never been to a game!

As I watched that game on TV, I kept smiling as I pictured little Lily cheering for her team! Of course, it brought back some of my own Super Bowl memories!

What sacrifices have you been the beneficiary of? And who loved you when you least expected it or least deserved it? 

A college scholarship and Super Bowl tickets are big-time blessings and easy to inventory. But some of the most meaningful blessings are the smallest acts of kindness!

After one of the first sermons I ever preached, a man came up to shake my hand, but this was no ordinary handshake. It was a “Pentecostal handshake.” At least that’s what he called it! He hid a $20 bill in his hand and slipped it into mine when he shook my hand. He said, “Take your wife out to lunch.” For the record, you don’t have to be Pentecostal to give a Pentecostal handshake. But be careful — it might turn you into one!

Because that moment meant so much to me, I’ve tried to return that favor in fun ways. Sometimes it’s a straight-up Pentecostal handshake, but I also love giving a hallelujah on Halloween. Most people give out candy, but I like dropping $2 bills in some of those buckets! And, yes, even that is flipping the blessing for me. The candy I got as a kid trick-or-treating is long forgotten, but I do remember the time I found a dollar bill at the bottom of my bag!

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Big or small, inventory the blessing. How? Start with counting or recounting your blessings. What acts of kindness have altered your life? Who went out of their way to help you? What sacrifices have you been the beneficiary of? And who loved you when you least expected it or least deserved it?

Once you identify who and what, start brainstorming how you can flip those blessings. Sometimes it’s as simple as doing to others what has been done to you. But don’t be afraid to get creative and put your unique fingerprint on it.

Adapted from “Double Blessing: How to Get It. How to Give It.” Copyright © 2019 by Mark Batterson. Used by permission of Multnomah, an imprint of Penguin Random House.  

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Trump ‘Crime Family…Belong in Prison,’ Says ‘The Art of the Deal’ Ghostwriter

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New York Jets’ Jamal Adams gets into Twitter spat with brother of Raiders’ Derek Carr

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams gained a new enemy after his team’s rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Adams got into a war of words with the brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Adams and Darren Carr got into it Sunday night after the Jets defeated the Raiders, 34-3. Darren Carr had commented on a photo of Adams tackling Derek Carr during their matchup and it kicked off a lengthy spat.

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After Adams and Carr went back-and-forth about the sack photo, Carr shot back “K’ along with a photo of former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Adams then replied: “I understand you never made it to the big stage, but stop living through your brothas. You need to focus on your lil high school job… you got class to teach tomorrow!”

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Carr shot back: “Jamal, you are a heck of a player man. But I have 50 young men that have more respect for their opponent then (sic) you do. A “pro” making fun of a HS teacher/Coach. Had a heart problem & couldn’t play anymore, so thanks for brining (sic) it up. *Its thanksgiving break brother, week off.”

Adams appeared to get the last word in when he criticized Carr’s grammar.

Darren Carr is the brother of Derek and David Carr. The latter was the former No. 1 overall pick and played for the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants over his career.

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Adams has become the leader of the Jets’ defense over the last few games. He appears to have put the controversy over trade rumors behind him. The third-year defensive back has 6 1/2 sacks and 63 total tackles this season along with one interception.

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Rams’ Jalen Ramsey held back on way to locker room, seen jawing with Ravens’ Marcus Peters

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey had to be restrained while heading back into the locker room after the team’s blowout loss against the Baltimore Ravens.

Ramsey was seen on the field after the game talking trash with Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters. The Ravens defender was vocal after defeating his former team, reportedly telling the Rams, “kicking you’re a*s out of the playoffs.” Ramsey and Peters were seen jawing at each other on the field.

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Ramsey was then seen shouting at Ravens players while heading back to the locker room. NBC Los Angeles reporter Kenny Holmes captured the moment Rams personnel had to carry Ramsey back to their locker room.

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Baltimore defeated Los Angeles, 45-6, as Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes to strengthen his case for MVP. Peters, who started the season with the Rams, recorded an interception in the game and celebrated with his current teammates in the Rams’ end zone.

“[Peters] wanted to come in and get this win,” Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon told the Baltimore Sun after the game. “And you always do, when you go back home. … For him to get that pick late in the game … He’s going to let you know about it.”

Ramsey declined to comment on the incident between himself and Peters.

“If y’all have some questions about the game, I’ll answer that. Other than that, I’m not going to answer that,” he said.

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Baltimore moved to 9-2 on the season. Los Angeles fell to 6-5.

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Experts Say This Is The Best Time Of Day To Eat Thanksgiving Dinner

Some people eat Thanksgiving dinner in the early afternoon, while others argue that it’s better to eat it much later in the evening. Either way, we typically overeat and leave the table feeling bloated and lethargic. So is there a best time of day to start the feast?

We chatted with two gastrointestinal experts to find out the best time to eat a big meal like Thanksgiving. Here’s what you need to know.

Eating earlier is ideal.

While she doesn’t promote having a large meal at any time, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University and center director for the American Heart Association-funded Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Center, acknowledges that Thanksgiving is a day when people tend to overindulge and that there are ways to balance that. She told HuffPost that it’s preferable to eat the bulk of your calories earlier in the day for several reasons.

“It’s easier to adjust throughout the rest of the day if you’ve overeaten at an earlier meal,” St-Onge said. “Also, having large meals closer to bedtime is less than ideal because then you’re full and you have undigested foods in your gastrointestinal system that can potentially lead to some gastric reflux in individuals who are prone to that.”

She explained that food tends to accumulate and potentially cause reflux if you lie down right after a large meal.

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A YouGov poll of 1,000 Americans found that the highest percentage of Americans eat Thanksgiving dinner between 4 and 5 p.m.

To avoid this issue, St-Onge recommends leaving a couple of hours at the end of the day for your body to digest everything before going to bed. About 2-3 hours should be sufficient, but how long it takes for food to travel down your gastrointestinal tract depends on a number of factors.

These include “the person’s individual gastric motility, the amount of fiber in the food, the amount of liquids that are consumed at the same time, [and] the nutrient compositions of food. … If it’s a larger meal, obviously you want to give yourself more time,” St-Onge said.

Moderation is key.

Kelley Bradshaw, manager of the Nutrition and Wellness Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, agrees that eating a big meal like Thanksgiving earlier in the day is ideal, but points out that “ultimately, what really matters as far as not having that discomfort [post-meal] is what you eat and the amount of what you eat.”

“If you had a giant Thanksgiving meal that was three servings of everything at [lunchtime], you’re probably going to be feeling pretty uncomfortable, whereas if you ate at 5 or 6 [p.m.] but just had one serving of everything and balanced everything out, you might feel OK just because it’s the quantity of things,” Bradshaw told HuffPost.

Don’t skip breakfast.

While it may seem like a good idea to skip breakfast on Thanksgiving Day (more room for turkey and pumpkin pie, right?), it can actually do more harm than good.

“What can happen when we have these big eating events coming up is that people tend to want to skip meals earlier in the day to ‘save’ all their calories for this meal,” Bradshaw said, “but that can cause some indigestion because your stomach is still producing stomach acid [even if] you don’t have any food for it to break down.”

This can lead to feelings of indigestion once you do eat. Bradshaw added that skipping meals can cause blood sugar to drop and lead to overeating.

For breakfast, aim for a balanced meal with lean protein and fiber-filled carbohydrates that are slower to digest to keep your energy and blood sugar at a good level — think eggs, low-sugar Greek yogurt or a protein shake, plus whole-grain bread or whole fruit (rather than juice). “These kinds of things are going to give you that energy in the morning so that when you go to eat your Thanksgiving midday meal, you’re not going to be ravenous,” Bradshaw said.

To that end, a small snack between breakfast and the main meal (like a piece of fruit or quarter cup of nuts) can prevent you from overeating.

Incorporate some movement and exercise into your day.

As usual, balance is the name of the game. With a large meal like Thanksgiving, it’s a good idea to do some physical activity to compensate for the additional calories you’ll consume. St-Onge recommends doing more strenuous activities or workouts before the meal and breaking up the festivities with some neighborhood walks.

In addition to burning calories, going on walks aids with digestion and offers a break from the table, which can be helpful in decreasing the amount of mindless eating that happens on Thanksgiving Day, and in general.

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is just one meal, and it’s OK to indulge without any sort of guilt or other negative emotions. Bradshaw tries to remind clients who worry they can’t enjoy their favorite foods on Thanksgiving that it’s just one meal. “We don’t have to have that same, exact, giant meal four servings or four days in a row,” Bradshaw said.

She works with people on hunger cues with a scale that ranges from 1 (ravenous) to 10 (stuffed). “We don’t want to hover on those extremes,” Bradshaw said. “We want to hover at a 3-8 where you’re hungry and then you get full but you’re not stuffing yourself, and that can be a good internal guide on a day like Thanksgiving; I want to feel full, but not so full that I can’t walk and I feel discomfort.”

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Nov. 14-16 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.

Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some but not all potential survey errors. YouGov’s reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error.

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Experts Say This Is The Best Time Of Day To Eat Thanksgiving Dinner

Some people eat Thanksgiving dinner in the early afternoon, while others argue that it’s better to eat it much later in the evening. Either way, we typically overeat and leave the table feeling bloated and lethargic. So is there a best time of day to start the feast?

We chatted with two gastrointestinal experts to find out the best time to eat a big meal like Thanksgiving. Here’s what you need to know.

Eating earlier is ideal.

While she doesn’t promote having a large meal at any time, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University and center director for the American Heart Association-funded Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Center, acknowledges that Thanksgiving is a day when people tend to overindulge and that there are ways to balance that. She told HuffPost that it’s preferable to eat the bulk of your calories earlier in the day for several reasons.

“It’s easier to adjust throughout the rest of the day if you’ve overeaten at an earlier meal,” St-Onge said. “Also, having large meals closer to bedtime is less than ideal because then you’re full and you have undigested foods in your gastrointestinal system that can potentially lead to some gastric reflux in individuals who are prone to that.”

She explained that food tends to accumulate and potentially cause reflux if you lie down right after a large meal.

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A YouGov poll of 1,000 Americans found that the highest percentage of Americans eat Thanksgiving dinner between 4 and 5 p.m.

To avoid this issue, St-Onge recommends leaving a couple of hours at the end of the day for your body to digest everything before going to bed. About 2-3 hours should be sufficient, but how long it takes for food to travel down your gastrointestinal tract depends on a number of factors.

These include “the person’s individual gastric motility, the amount of fiber in the food, the amount of liquids that are consumed at the same time, [and] the nutrient compositions of food. … If it’s a larger meal, obviously you want to give yourself more time,” St-Onge said.

Moderation is key.

Kelley Bradshaw, manager of the Nutrition and Wellness Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, agrees that eating a big meal like Thanksgiving earlier in the day is ideal, but points out that “ultimately, what really matters as far as not having that discomfort [post-meal] is what you eat and the amount of what you eat.”

“If you had a giant Thanksgiving meal that was three servings of everything at [lunchtime], you’re probably going to be feeling pretty uncomfortable, whereas if you ate at 5 or 6 [p.m.] but just had one serving of everything and balanced everything out, you might feel OK just because it’s the quantity of things,” Bradshaw told HuffPost.

Don’t skip breakfast.

While it may seem like a good idea to skip breakfast on Thanksgiving Day (more room for turkey and pumpkin pie, right?), it can actually do more harm than good.

“What can happen when we have these big eating events coming up is that people tend to want to skip meals earlier in the day to ‘save’ all their calories for this meal,” Bradshaw said, “but that can cause some indigestion because your stomach is still producing stomach acid [even if] you don’t have any food for it to break down.”

This can lead to feelings of indigestion once you do eat. Bradshaw added that skipping meals can cause blood sugar to drop and lead to overeating.

For breakfast, aim for a balanced meal with lean protein and fiber-filled carbohydrates that are slower to digest to keep your energy and blood sugar at a good level — think eggs, low-sugar Greek yogurt or a protein shake, plus whole-grain bread or whole fruit (rather than juice). “These kinds of things are going to give you that energy in the morning so that when you go to eat your Thanksgiving midday meal, you’re not going to be ravenous,” Bradshaw said.

To that end, a small snack between breakfast and the main meal (like a piece of fruit or quarter cup of nuts) can prevent you from overeating.

Incorporate some movement and exercise into your day.

As usual, balance is the name of the game. With a large meal like Thanksgiving, it’s a good idea to do some physical activity to compensate for the additional calories you’ll consume. St-Onge recommends doing more strenuous activities or workouts before the meal and breaking up the festivities with some neighborhood walks.

In addition to burning calories, going on walks aids with digestion and offers a break from the table, which can be helpful in decreasing the amount of mindless eating that happens on Thanksgiving Day, and in general.

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is just one meal, and it’s OK to indulge without any sort of guilt or other negative emotions. Bradshaw tries to remind clients who worry they can’t enjoy their favorite foods on Thanksgiving that it’s just one meal. “We don’t have to have that same, exact, giant meal four servings or four days in a row,” Bradshaw said.

She works with people on hunger cues with a scale that ranges from 1 (ravenous) to 10 (stuffed). “We don’t want to hover on those extremes,” Bradshaw said. “We want to hover at a 3-8 where you’re hungry and then you get full but you’re not stuffing yourself, and that can be a good internal guide on a day like Thanksgiving; I want to feel full, but not so full that I can’t walk and I feel discomfort.”

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Nov. 14-16 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.

Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some but not all potential survey errors. YouGov’s reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error.

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How The Interior Department Got Swamped

In October 2017, Ben Cassidy walked away from his lucrative lobbying gig at the National Rifle Association, where he raked in as much as $288,333 per year, for a post at the Department of the Interior. He’d spent nearly seven years trying to reshape the agency as part of the gun lobby, and despite seemingly clear ethics rules against it, he was soon working on national monuments, sport-hunted animal trophy imports and other issues he’d lobbied on.

In July, less than three months after his conduct became the subject of a formal department ethics probe, Cassidy quietly left his position as the Interior Department’s senior deputy director of intergovernmental and external affairs to join Safari Club International. The Washington, D.C.-based trophy hunting advocacy group has close ties to the Trump administration and is one of several organizations that successfully lobbied the Interior Department to roll back prohibitions on importing lions and elephants killed for sport in certain African countries.

Cassidy is a prime example of the revolving door at President Donald Trump’s Interior Department. A HuffPost review found that at least 11 former officials have landed jobs in industry or lobbying since leaving the federal agency.

Three of them ― Cassidy, Vincent DeVito and Todd Wynn ― departed not long after getting wrapped up in a formal investigation by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. That probe targets six current and former officials who maintained close ties to former employers, and stems from a complaint the D.C.-based nonprofit Campaign Legal Center filed with the Interior Department’s internal watchdog that cites HuffPost’s reporting and alleges a “disturbing pattern of misconduct” across the agency. 

The conduct of these Interior officials, both in office and after, raises serious questions about whether those officials used their time in government to serve the public’s interests or the interests of the wealthy, influential industry groups who could line their pockets. Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel at the Campaign Legal Center

Trump campaigned on a promise to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists in Washington and signed an executive order shortly after taking office that requires all political appointees in the executive branch to sign an ethics pledge. Along with barring former lobbyists from participating in matters on which they lobbied, it includes post-employment restrictions that prohibit political appointees from lobbying their former agencies for five years after leaving government service. Federal ethics rules also include a so-called “cooling off” period preventing senior executive branch officials from lobbying their former agencies for one year.  

Trump’s ethics pledge is not as clear as it may seem. Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel at the Washington-based government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, or CREW, says there’s a “big loophole” that allows lobbying on “rulemaking” ― the very thing that agencies like Interior Department do and that groups like Safari Club want to influence.

The language, Canter said, “completely takes the teeth out of” employment restrictions for recent government employees. More than 30 former Trump officials have managed to skirt the pledge’s lobbying prohibitions using this and other loopholes, according to a February report by ProPublica.

“If you can imagine a target, this thing is shot full of holes,” Canter said of the administration’s pledge. 

Delaney Marsco, ethics counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, told HuffPost that even if these officials aren’t breaking those rules, their activity is “emblematic of the bigger revolving door problem in Washington,” in which industry insiders serve short stints in government, only to return to work for the companies they previously regulated.

“The conduct of these Interior officials, both in office and after, raises serious questions about whether those officials used their time in government to serve the public’s interests or the interests of the wealthy, influential industry groups who could line their pockets,” she said. 

Here are some of the key officials who have dashed through the revolving door at Trump’s Interior Department: 

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ISABELLA CARAPELLA / HUFFPOST Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faced nearly 20 federal investigations during his tenure, several of which are ongoing. He now serves on mining company U.S. Goldcorp’s board of directors.

Ryan Zinke

From his first day on the job, the 52nd Interior Department chief touted himself a public land champion and conservationist in the mold of President Theodore Roosevelt. But in his 21 months at the department’s helm, Zinke was a magnet for scandal and a champion of Trump’s pro-industry agenda, weakening environmental protections and opening millions of acres of federal land to extraction.

Zinke stepped down in January under a darkening cloud of ethical troubles. Within two weeks of his resignation, the former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL landed a job as senior vice president of Artillery One, a little-known blockchain investment firm. Weeks after that, he and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski joined lobbying firm Turnberry Solutions as senior advisers. And in April, mining exploration company U.S. Gold Corp. announced Zinke as a new member of its board of directors. In a press statement at the time, Zinke said he was “excited” to “help make mining great again in America.”

Zinke faced nearly 20 federal investigations during his tenure, several of which are ongoing. He maintained his innocence, claiming he’d been the target of “vicious and politically motivated attacks.”

Zinke was replaced by David Bernhardt, a former fossil fuel and agricultural lobbyist whom critics have described as the “ultimate D.C. swamp creature” and whose former clients have enjoyed seemingly unfettered access to Trump’s Interior Department.

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Ted Soqui via Getty Images Safari Club International holds an annual convention in Reno, Nevada. Ben Cassidy, a former senior deputy director of intergovernmental and external affairs for Trump’s Interior Department, is now director of government affairs at the hunting advocacy group.

Ben Cassidy

As Safari Club’s new director of government affairs, Cassidy oversees its government relations, legal advocacy and international affairs departments. The Safari Club spent $180,000 lobbying Congress and the Interior Department in the first three quarters of 2019. It is unclear what involvement Cassidy has had in the group’s lobbying efforts in recent months. Safari Club did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Along with participating in Interior Department meetings dealing with issues he worked on during his NRA lobbying days, Cassidy played a sizable role in getting the department’s controversial hunting advisory council off the ground.

Zinke created the so-called International Wildlife Conservation Council in 2017 and loaded it with gun and trophy hunting advocates, including one of Cassidy’s former colleagues at the NRA and several people currently or previously affiliated with Safari Club. Documents show that Cassidy was the point person for council members when they traveled to Washington, D.C., for two private receptions in March 2017, raising red flags for ethics experts, as HuffPost first reported

Safari Club’s political action committees donated $11,000 to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, as well as a total of $13,500 to Zinke’s 2014 and 2016 congressional bids. When the Trump administration reversed an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia in November 2017, the news was made public not by a federal agency but in a press release from the Safari Club. The group has cheered the Trump administration’s policy actions at nearly every turn. Its sister organization, Safari Club International Foundation, is a former client of current Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s. 

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Brian Snyder / Reuters Downey Magallanes, left, and then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, center, after a visit to Georges Island in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, in June 2017. Magallanes now has a senior government affairs job at oil giant BP.

Downey Magallanes

A top aide of former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Downey Magallanes oversaw the administration’s controversial review of national monument designations, as HuffPost previously reported, which ultimately opened large swaths of formerly protected sites in Utah to mining, drilling and other development. 

Magallanes left the Interior Department in August 2018 for a senior government affairs job at oil giant BP, a company she met with at least five times during her tenure at the federal agency, The Washington Post reported

Magallanes is the daughter of Frederick Palmer, a former executive with coal giant Peabody Energy and an outspoken climate change denier. Palmer previously told HuffPost that Magallanes had recused herself from matters relating to Peabody, but Interior Department schedules show that she and other agency officials met with senior representatives of the company in June 2017, roughly a month after she and Zinke toured coal-rich Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. That same month, she advised a Peabody executive on the best contact at the Interior Department to help the coal company get a mine modification approved, internal emails show.

Zinke maintained that the monument rollbacks were not aimed at boosting energy or mineral extraction, but in his final monument report to the White House, he acknowledged the potential for fossil fuel extraction in Grand Staircase-Escalante, noting that the site contains “an estimated several billion tons of coal.” And a Bureau of Land Management mapping specialist told investigators at the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General that he was ordered to redraw the Grand Staircase-Escalante boundary to exclude areas rich in coal, according to testimony that Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) cited at a March congressional hearing.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Joe Balash, left, the former assistant secretary for land and minerals management at the Interior Department, shakes hands with John Mansanti, president and CEO of Crystal Perk Minerals, in August 2019. Balash was hired by a foreign oil company weeks after his resignation from the federal agency.

Joe Balash

During his nearly two-year tenure as the Interior Department’s assistant secretary for land and minerals management, Joe Balash relentlessly pushed policies that primarily benefited the fossil fuel industry.

Among other things, Balash helped lead the department’s effort to promote new oil exploration and drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. He oversaw huge oil and gas lease sales on Bureau of Land Management parcels across the nation. And he played a central role in the Trump administration’s attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected Alaskan lands to new fossil fuel extraction.

In August, Balash resigned from his position at the Interior Department. Like other appointees who have left the agency, he quickly cashed out. In September, he took a job as a senior vice president at Oil Search, a foreign oil company with significant operations in Alaska.

While still working at Interior, Balash met or communicated on several separate occasions with Oil Search officials, according to his official calendar. Balash’s move through the revolving door raised suspicions on Capitol Hill. In September, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Department ethics officials in an effort to probe whether Assistant Secretary Balash had complied with federal conflict of interest laws in his interactions and communications with Oil Search.

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Vincent DeVito

As a senior counselor to then-Secretary Zinke during the early years of the Trump administration, Vincent DeVito was another steadfast ally of the energy industry. Over the course of his tenure, DeVito helped lead an industry-friendly advisory committee that sought to lower royalty rates for offshore oil and gas drillers. He was personally involved in an effort to ease Endangered Species Act restrictions on coal mines in West Virginia. And public records show that he appears to have played a direct role in delaying endangered species protections for an imperiled freshwater mussel in Texas at the behest of oil and gas interests.

DeVito, a longtime corporate lawyer who co-chaired Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in Massachusetts, stepped down from the Interior Department in August 2018. A few weeks later, he took a job with Cox Oil Offshore LLC, a Dallas-based fossil fuel firm that has significant holdings on the outer continental shelf, which the Interior Department oversees.

The company’s CEO, Brian Cox, said in a statement that DeVito would help his firm with expansion plans. “As we continue to expand our market position within the Gulf of Mexico, it is imperative that Cox Oil have strong legal counsel with a comprehensive knowledge of public policy and experience working with global private and publicly-held companies,” he said at the time. “Mr. DeVito will help guide us through this next phase of growth.”

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Yuri Gripas / Reuters A clean water activist attends a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee nomination hearing for former energy lobbyist and now-Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in Washington on March 28, 2019.

Other DOI Officials

At least six other top appointees at Trump’s Interior Department have stepped away from the agency to take jobs with fossil fuel interests, lobbying firms or other private companies. They include former Acting Deputy Chief of Staff Megan Bloomgren, who left office in June 2017 and became a vice president at the American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas trade group.

Todd Wynn, who led the Interior Department’s Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs for roughly two years, also recently exited through the revolving door. Wynn departed the Interior Department in late August 2019, not long after federal investigators began probing allegations that he violated federal ethics rules while in office. He is now a government affairs representative at Arizona Public Service, the largest electric utility in Arizona.

And there’s Jason Larrabee, who served as the Interior Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks for approximately seven months beginning in 2017. He left the department in spring 2018 to become a senior policy adviser at Van Ness Feldman, a powerhouse lobbying firm whose clients include corporate opponents of the Endangered Species Act ― another target of Trump’s deregulatory agenda.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said the Trump administration “treats public service as nothing more than a qualification for selling connections and cashing in on influence.” 

“Many of the people who serve Trump truly believe that what’s good for oil, gas and coal companies is inherently good for the country,” he said in an emailed statement. “This is the leadership you can expect when you stock your Interior Department with climate deniers and polluter lobbyists who can’t wait to sell out our environment.”

Interior Department spokesperson Melissa Brown told HuffPost via email that all Interior political appointees must comply with ethics rules, including post-employment restrictions, and said the former officials HuffPost inquired about had all sought guidance from agency ethics officials before leaving the department. 

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