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Donald Trump Jr., Debut Author, Sees Sales Bolstered by G.O.P. Allies

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Boxes began arriving in early November at the Phoenix headquarters of Turning Point USA, a conservative student group with ties to the Trump family.

They contained copies of the new book by Donald Trump Jr., “Triggered,” according to a person who works in the building. The stockpile grew to roughly 2,000 copies, stored in an underused second-floor office under a poster bearing a slogan: “Capitalism Not Cronyism.”

Turning Point is not the only conservative group making bulk purchases to aid Mr. Trump’s new career as an author. At least nine Republican organizations, G.O.P. candidates or advocacy groups are selling “Triggered” or promoting Mr. Trump’s book tour, according to emails obtained by The New York Times, interviews and disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The president’s son has emerged over the past few years as a political star in his own right, often said to be considering a run for office. It is neither illegal nor uncommon for candidates and political organizations to use books in fund-raising drives: The National Republican Campaign Committee, for example, has also sold its donors titles by the former speakers Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan.

But the breadth of the Republican establishment’s effort behind Mr. Trump is striking for a noncandidate whose most significant claim to fame remains his parentage, and who has sought to deflect criticism of his recent attacks on impeachment witnesses by asserting that he is merely a “private citizen.” And it underscores the unusual cross-pollination between the Trump family’s political ambitions, its business ventures and the party President Trump now leads.

Some groups are harnessing the younger Mr. Trump’s popularity to raise political donations while also driving his sales. The N.R.C.C. bought $75,000 worth of books in November, a spokesman said, in a promotion that took in almost $200,000 in contributions. The National Republican Senatorial Committee ordered about 2,500 copies, which it said sold almost immediately.

The Republican National Committee and Citizens United, a conservative activist group run by a former deputy campaign manager to the president, are also offering the book to donors.

Earlier this month, the R.N.C. denied making large bulk purchases of the book, a practice that some best-seller lists, including that of The Times, may penalize authors for when ranking sales. But F.E.C. records released last week showed that it spent almost $100,000 on copies on Oct. 29, a transaction the committee acknowledged was part of its “Triggered” promotion.

Turning Point declined to discuss exactly how many copies the group had bought. But in a statement, a spokesman noted that Mr. Trump would be a featured speaker at the group’s student summit in Florida in December.

“When an author headlines a Turning Point USA event, we regularly purchase the author’s latest work for the students in our chapters who attend,” the spokesman said. “As one of our most requested speakers, Don is headlining our student-leadership conference in Florida this December, and so we purchased copies for some of the students, chapter leaders and V.I.P.s.”

Politicians closely allied with the president are also promoting his son’s book. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida used his campaign list to promote a ticketed event on Mr. Trump’s book tour where the two men appeared together. The campaign committee for Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader, has offered copies to those who donate $35.

“Leader McCarthy shares a close relationship with Donald Trump Jr. and was thrilled to offer ‘Triggered’ to his campaign supporters,” said Drew Florio, a spokesman.

State Republican parties are also pushing the book, framing Mr. Trump’s tour as a campaign effort on his father’s behalf. The G.O.P. organizations in Arizona and Texas advertised tour stops in emails to supporters. The Times obtained copies of the promotions from CounterAction, a digital intelligence firm.

In Texas, where Mr. Trump headlined various fund-raisers, the party bought copies of “Triggered” to give “as a gift to each of the attendees,” according to the communications director for the state party.

“Kimberly and I chose Texas as one of our early stops because we know how important it is for 2020,” Mr. Trump wrote in a message distributed to Texas Republicans, referring to his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. “Democrats have their eyes on the Lone Star State and are willing to stop at nothing to silence conservatives and turn Texas blue.”

Party committees and candidates generally must report disbursements made to purchase books for donors, as the R.N.C. did. If no fund-raising is involved, they must obtain fair market value if someone uses the lists to promote their private business interests.

Bulk purchasing — some of it deliberately covert — is fairly common but still controversial in the publishing industry. Best-seller lists, like that of The Times, try to police the practice.

The Times, for instance, uses a dagger symbol to indicate bulk purchases. When “Triggered” debuted at No. 1 on the Times list, some observers were quick to point out that it was marked with a dagger.

And on occasion, The Times has removed a title from its best-seller list when evidence emerged that sales did not meet its standards for inclusion. A Times spokeswoman said there were no plans to reassess the presence of “Triggered” on the list.

A spokesman for Mr. Trump, Andy Surabian, said in a statement that any bulk buys were irrelevant to the book’s position on the list.

“In its opening week, ‘Triggered’ outsold its closest competition by roughly 40,000 copies and clearly would have been number one on the N.Y.T. list without the copies sold thru the R.N.C. and other G.O.P.-aligned organizations,” Mr. Surabian said. “Don is proud of the fact that the demand for ‘Triggered’ has been so high that it has allowed groups like the R.N.C., N.R.S.C. and the N.R.C.C. to net hundreds of thousands of dollars through their marketing of the book.”

When asked about big orders of “Triggered,” Mr. Trump’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, acknowledged that it had made sales to some non-retail organizations and noted that outlets might have sold the book in bulk. But it said it had no record of direct purchases by Turning Point.

Pictures provided to The Times, however, showed dozens of boxes of “Triggered” stacked in Turning Point’s office. At least some had shipped from a Hachette distribution center in Indiana.

There is little question Mr. Trump enjoys a substantial natural audience for “Triggered,” an extended screed against the American left. The book argues that liberals suffer from a victim complex and attacks undocumented immigrants among others.

Data shows that during the first two weeks of November, he sold tens of thousands of copies in areas where he made tour stops, including at Trump properties in Las Vegas and Washington.

Given his prominence on the national stage and Hachette’s significant promotional campaign, the book would almost certainly have reached the best-seller lists even without bulk sales.

“Triggered” sold 115,067 copies through the week ending on Nov. 16, the most recent for which figures are available, according to NPD BookScan. The book also hit No. 1 on The Washington Post’s nonfiction best-seller list and appeared in the top 10 of Amazon’s.

Mr. Trump appears to have been closely attuned to the public-relations coup of notching the top spot on the best-seller lists of newspapers his family routinely attacks.

“Can you imagine the Editor of The Failing New York Times, waking up one morning, having to put ‘Triggered’ by Donald Trump Jr. as the NUMBER ONE BOOK IN AMERICA?” Mr. Trump wrote in one marketing email.

That is not how the process works. Instead, The Times’s lists draw on sales data provided by a range of retailers.

Some publishing executives argue that authors who benefit from bulk purchases have an unfair advantage over writers who rely on organic sales. The visibility that comes with the best-seller list can have a huge impact on an author’s royalties, speaking fees and future publishing advances.

“The fact that it is preventing other authors from getting the recognition that they should rightfully be receiving is a bit unfair,” said Morgan Entrekin, publisher and chief executive of Grove Atlantic.

The purchase by Turning Point is an example of the mutually beneficial relationship between Mr. Trump and political allies he and his father have attracted.

Once a relatively minor organization, Turning Point has had a surge in prominence in recent years, bolstered by a close relationship with the Trumps. The group’s founder, Charlie Kirk, worked for the younger Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign. Last year, the group received $50,000 from America First Policies, a pro-Trump organization where Ms. Guilfoyle has served as a vice chairwoman.

Mr. Trump has appeared at several Turning Point events. At one in California, he and Ms. Guilfoyle left early after being shouted down — not by liberals, but by far-right supporters who were angry he would not take questions, according to The Guardian.

In the latest Times best-seller list, released on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump lost the top spot, dropping to No. 2 among nonfiction books.

The week’s top seller was another title from Hachette: “A Warning,” by an anonymous senior Trump administration official who depicts the president as unfit for office.

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8 unforgettable NFL Thanksgiving Day game moments

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally brought you by the three F’s: Family, food and football.

And it is one of the best days of the year, even if your favorite team isn’t taking the field, because Thanksgiving Day football has brought the NFL some of its most famous moments.

While the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions play every year, players from those teams have not necessarily produced some of the best moments from the final Thursday of November.

Here are some of the top moments from the Thanksgiving Day games over the last several years.

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TONY ROMO BREAKS OUT

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Tony Romo, of the Dallas Cowboys, broke out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thanksgiving 2006. (2012 Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys gave Tony Romo a shot during the 2006 season. Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe at the beginning of the season and, in his fifth start, Romo found himself going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thanksgiving Day. The game would become Romo’s breakout game.

Romo threw five touchdown passes – only one short of the Thanksgiving record set by Peyton Manning and Bob Griese. He had two to Terry Glenn, two to Marion Barber and one to Terrell Owens, giving the Cowboys the 38-10 win. He also had 306 passing yards and was only sacked once.

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While coach Bill Parcells asked the media to “put the anointing oil away,” Romo would remain the Cowboys’ starting quarterback until he eventually retired from football due to injury.

Romo would go on to lead Dallas to the playoffs that season for the first time in two seasons. However, the Cowboys would go on to lose in the NFC Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks.

O.J. SIMPSON RUSHES FOR 273 YARDS

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Buffalo Bills’ running back O.J. Simpson had an unreal Thanksgiving Day game in 1976. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson had a historic game on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 against the Lions. Simpson rushed for 273 yards in the game, setting a record for most rushing yards in the game at that time. The mark would be broken one year later by Walter Payton.

Even with the dominant performance from Simpson, Detroit took home the 27-14. It’s still one of the best performances from any running back on Thanksgiving Day.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR OWNS THE LIONS

New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was coming off a sprained knee four days before the Giants played against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day in 1982. At that time, the second-year linebacker only had 2 1/2 sacks coming into the game against the Lions and he was playing his fourth game of the season and didn’t start against the Lions.

New York and Detroit were deadlocked at 6-6 when Taylor recorded his second-career interception on Lions quarterback Gary Danielson and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown, giving the Giants the lead and eventually the win. He also recorded a sack on Danielson in that game grabbing the quarterback’s jersey with one hand and forced running back Billy Sims to cough up the ball at one point.

“I took control of that game,” he told The Bergen Record in 2017. “I can truly say I took total control that day.”

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PEYTON MANNING PUTS ON TD CLINIC

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Dec. 9: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls a teammate to the huddle in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)

Peyton Manning won the 2014 NFL MVP award and his Thanksgiving Day performance against the Detroit Lions was an exclamation point on an incredible season in which he tossed 49 touchdowns.

Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to a 41-9 victory. He threw six touchdown passes – three to Brandon Stokley and three to Marvin Harrison. He was 23-for-28 with 236 passing yards in what was one of the best quarterback performances on Thanksgiving Day ever.

The Colts stopped the bleeding when they pulled him at the end of the third quarter.

BARRY SANDERS CARVES UP CHICAGO BEARS

While the Lions have been on the receiving end of some of their opponents’ best performances, Detroit received one of the best rushing games from Barry Sanders. The running back scored three touchdowns and rushed for 167 yards against the Chicago Bears.

One of Sanders’ runs included a 40-yarder in which he scored a touchdown.

Detroit won the game, 55-20, and improved to 7-6 on the season at that point. Sanders went on to rush for 2,053 yards and win the NFL MVP award. He would retire from football after the 1998 season.

LEON LETT BLUNDER

Leon Lett has two infamous plays and they both occurred in the same year but in two different seasons and both involve him touching the ball when he wasn’t supposed to.

The Miami Dolphins were up 14-13 when the Dallas Cowboys blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter with about 15 seconds left in the game. The Cowboys blocked the kick and Lett, a defensive tackle, slipped while trying to recover the football. The ball gets knocked forward into the end zone and the Dolphins recovered.

Lett’s recovery attempt was considered a muffed kick and Miami was given one chance to score from the 1-yard line with three seconds left – and they did.

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COIN-FLIP CONTROVERSY

One of the more infamous Thanksgiving Day moments in the NFL occurred in 1998 during the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions and it involved a coin toss ahead of their overtime session.

The Lions and Steelers were tied 16-16 at the end of the fourth quarter and ahead of the overtime period Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis was set to call the coin flip. Bettis appeared to call tails but referee Phil Luckett was heard saying, “heads is the call.”

Bettis contended he called tails but Luckett said the future Hall of Famer called heads. It would later be revealed that Steelers coach Bill Cowher had even instructed Bettis to call heads. Nonetheless, the Lions got the ball and drove down the field to score a field goal and win the game, 19-16.

The controversy led then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to change the coin-flip rules and have the captain make the ball before the referee tossed the coin.

THE BUTT FUMBLE

Before the Thanksgiving Day game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots, the phrase “butt fumble” wasn’t synonymous with anyone on the world nor was it really anything anyone really used to describe a certain play. That was before Nov. 22, 2012.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez became the living, breathing reminder of the butt fumble when he attempted to scramble in the game against the Patriots, slipped and ran right into his teammate’s behind causing him to fumble the football. Patriots defensive back Steven Gregory scooped up the football and returned it for a touchdown.

New England won the game, 49-14, and the butt fumble had quickly become an NFL sensation that resonated with fans across the world. The New York Post said it had overshadowed the team’s back-to-back AFC Championship appearances during the Sanchez and Rex Ryan era.

Sanchez later commented on the butt fumble in 2013, telling the Los Angeles Times: “People ask me about the butt fumble and say, ‘Gosh, doesn’t that really bum you out?’ Are you kidding me? You think every Friday if it comes on ‘SportsCenter’ I’m just down in the dumps? Who cares? I’m working out. I’m hanging with my family. I’m doing some charity thing. It’s the last thing on my mind.”

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Donald Trump Jr., Debut Author, Sees Sales Bolstered by G.O.P. Allies

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Boxes began arriving in early November at the Phoenix headquarters of Turning Point USA, a conservative student group with ties to the Trump family.

They contained copies of the new book by Donald Trump Jr., “Triggered,” according to a person who works in the building. The stockpile grew to roughly 2,000 copies, stored in an underused second-floor office under a poster bearing a slogan: “Capitalism Not Cronyism.”

Turning Point is not the only conservative group making bulk purchases to aid Mr. Trump’s new career as an author. At least nine Republican organizations, G.O.P. candidates or advocacy groups are selling “Triggered” or promoting Mr. Trump’s book tour, according to emails obtained by The New York Times, interviews and disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The president’s son has emerged over the past few years as a political star in his own right, often said to be considering a run for office. It is neither illegal nor uncommon for candidates and political organizations to use books in fund-raising drives: The National Republican Campaign Committee, for example, has also sold its donors titles by the former speakers Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan.

But the breadth of the Republican establishment’s effort behind Mr. Trump is striking for a noncandidate whose most significant claim to fame remains his parentage, and who has sought to deflect criticism of his recent attacks on impeachment witnesses by asserting that he is merely a “private citizen.” And it underscores the unusual cross-pollination between the Trump family’s political ambitions, its business ventures and the party President Trump now leads.

Some groups are harnessing the younger Mr. Trump’s popularity to raise political donations while also driving his sales. The N.R.C.C. bought $75,000 worth of books in November, a spokesman said, in a promotion that took in almost $200,000 in contributions. The National Republican Senatorial Committee ordered about 2,500 copies, which it said sold almost immediately.

The Republican National Committee and Citizens United, a conservative activist group run by a former deputy campaign manager to the president, are also offering the book to donors.

Earlier this month, the R.N.C. denied making large bulk purchases of the book, a practice that some best-seller lists, including that of The Times, may penalize authors for when ranking sales. But F.E.C. records released last week showed that it spent almost $100,000 on copies on Oct. 29, a transaction the committee acknowledged was part of its “Triggered” promotion.

Turning Point declined to discuss exactly how many copies the group had bought. But in a statement, a spokesman noted that Mr. Trump would be a featured speaker at the group’s student summit in Florida in December.

“When an author headlines a Turning Point USA event, we regularly purchase the author’s latest work for the students in our chapters who attend,” the spokesman said. “As one of our most requested speakers, Don is headlining our student-leadership conference in Florida this December, and so we purchased copies for some of the students, chapter leaders and V.I.P.s.”

Politicians closely allied with the president are also promoting his son’s book. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida used his campaign list to promote a ticketed event on Mr. Trump’s book tour where the two men appeared together. The campaign committee for Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader, has offered copies to those who donate $35.

“Leader McCarthy shares a close relationship with Donald Trump Jr. and was thrilled to offer ‘Triggered’ to his campaign supporters,” said Drew Florio, a spokesman.

State Republican parties are also pushing the book, framing Mr. Trump’s tour as a campaign effort on his father’s behalf. The G.O.P. organizations in Arizona and Texas advertised tour stops in emails to supporters. The Times obtained copies of the promotions from CounterAction, a digital intelligence firm.

In Texas, where Mr. Trump headlined various fund-raisers, the party bought copies of “Triggered” to give “as a gift to each of the attendees,” according to the communications director for the state party.

“Kimberly and I chose Texas as one of our early stops because we know how important it is for 2020,” Mr. Trump wrote in a message distributed to Texas Republicans, referring to his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. “Democrats have their eyes on the Lone Star State and are willing to stop at nothing to silence conservatives and turn Texas blue.”

Party committees and candidates generally must report disbursements made to purchase books for donors, as the R.N.C. did. If no fund-raising is involved, they must obtain fair market value if someone uses the lists to promote their private business interests.

Bulk purchasing — some of it deliberately covert — is fairly common but still controversial in the publishing industry. Best-seller lists, like that of The Times, try to police the practice.

The Times, for instance, uses a dagger symbol to indicate bulk purchases. When “Triggered” debuted at No. 1 on the Times list, some observers were quick to point out that it was marked with a dagger.

And on occasion, The Times has removed a title from its best-seller list when evidence emerged that sales did not meet its standards for inclusion. A Times spokeswoman said there were no plans to reassess the presence of “Triggered” on the list.

A spokesman for Mr. Trump, Andy Surabian, said in a statement that any bulk buys were irrelevant to the book’s position on the list.

“In its opening week, ‘Triggered’ outsold its closest competition by roughly 40,000 copies and clearly would have been number one on the N.Y.T. list without the copies sold thru the R.N.C. and other G.O.P.-aligned organizations,” Mr. Surabian said. “Don is proud of the fact that the demand for ‘Triggered’ has been so high that it has allowed groups like the R.N.C., N.R.S.C. and the N.R.C.C. to net hundreds of thousands of dollars through their marketing of the book.”

When asked about big orders of “Triggered,” Mr. Trump’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, acknowledged that it had made sales to some non-retail organizations and noted that outlets might have sold the book in bulk. But it said it had no record of direct purchases by Turning Point.

Pictures provided to The Times, however, showed dozens of boxes of “Triggered” stacked in Turning Point’s office. At least some had shipped from a Hachette distribution center in Indiana.

There is little question Mr. Trump enjoys a substantial natural audience for “Triggered,” an extended screed against the American left. The book argues that liberals suffer from a victim complex and attacks undocumented immigrants among others.

Data shows that during the first two weeks of November, he sold tens of thousands of copies in areas where he made tour stops, including at Trump properties in Las Vegas and Washington.

Given his prominence on the national stage and Hachette’s significant promotional campaign, the book would almost certainly have reached the best-seller lists even without bulk sales.

“Triggered” sold 115,067 copies through the week ending on Nov. 16, the most recent for which figures are available, according to NPD BookScan. The book also hit No. 1 on The Washington Post’s nonfiction best-seller list and appeared in the top 10 of Amazon’s.

Mr. Trump appears to have been closely attuned to the public-relations coup of notching the top spot on the best-seller lists of newspapers his family routinely attacks.

“Can you imagine the Editor of The Failing New York Times, waking up one morning, having to put ‘Triggered’ by Donald Trump Jr. as the NUMBER ONE BOOK IN AMERICA?” Mr. Trump wrote in one marketing email.

That is not how the process works. Instead, The Times’s lists draw on sales data provided by a range of retailers.

Some publishing executives argue that authors who benefit from bulk purchases have an unfair advantage over writers who rely on organic sales. The visibility that comes with the best-seller list can have a huge impact on an author’s royalties, speaking fees and future publishing advances.

“The fact that it is preventing other authors from getting the recognition that they should rightfully be receiving is a bit unfair,” said Morgan Entrekin, publisher and chief executive of Grove Atlantic.

The purchase by Turning Point is an example of the mutually beneficial relationship between Mr. Trump and political allies he and his father have attracted.

Once a relatively minor organization, Turning Point has had a surge in prominence in recent years, bolstered by a close relationship with the Trumps. The group’s founder, Charlie Kirk, worked for the younger Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign. Last year, the group received $50,000 from America First Policies, a pro-Trump organization where Ms. Guilfoyle has served as a vice chairwoman.

Mr. Trump has appeared at several Turning Point events. At one in California, he and Ms. Guilfoyle left early after being shouted down — not by liberals, but by far-right supporters who were angry he would not take questions, according to The Guardian.

In the latest Times best-seller list, released on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump lost the top spot, dropping to No. 2 among nonfiction books.

The week’s top seller was another title from Hachette: “A Warning,” by an anonymous senior Trump administration official who depicts the president as unfit for office.

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Widower invited to eat lunch with students following wife’s death

A widower who lost his wife six years ago has been invited to enjoy lunch with students at a nearby school so that he doesn’t have to eat all of his meals alone. Cyril Aggett, 86, said he’d “be lost” without the standing invitation, SWNS reported.

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The idea first came about after students at Coome Dean Secondary School, in Devon, England, realized they hadn’t seen Aggett outside of his home following the death of his wife, Shirley. About a month after her funeral, staff called to invite him in for lunch.

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​​​Cyril Aggett, pictured with students Harry Aldridge and Olivia Parsons, enjoys weekly lunches with students and staff at the school near his home.  (SWNS)

Four days a week Aggett joins the chaos of a school lunchroom to chat with students and staff.

“When I first came here I was down in the dumps,” he told SWNS. “I get a cup of tea, my lunch and good service. Everybody talks to me, the office staff is brilliant.”

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In recent months, Aggett said the loneliness set in again but the lunches helped him find a reason to smile again.

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The invitation came after Aggett lost his wife, Shirley, six years ago.  (SWNS)

“A couple of months ago, I wasn’t really getting up until about 2 p.m. in the afternoon, it was lovely weather and I couldn’t be bothered,” the grandfather told SWNS. “I think Shirley must have said, ‘Pull your socks up, you know.’ Coming down here has brought me out of my shell again.”

Aggett said that he loves the “company and the noise.” When the school goes on break for holidays, they send him home with sausages and pies to stock his freezer.

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“I’d be lost if I didn’t come down here,” he told SWNS.

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Donald Trump Jr., Debut Author, Sees Sales Bolstered by G.O.P. Allies

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Boxes began arriving in early November at the Phoenix headquarters of Turning Point USA, a conservative student group with ties to the Trump family.

They contained copies of the new book by Donald Trump Jr., “Triggered,” according to a person who works in the building. The stockpile grew to roughly 2,000 copies, stored in an underused second-floor office under a poster bearing a slogan: “Capitalism Not Cronyism.”

Turning Point is not the only conservative group making bulk purchases to aid Mr. Trump’s new career as an author. At least nine Republican organizations, G.O.P. candidates or advocacy groups are selling “Triggered” or promoting Mr. Trump’s book tour, according to emails obtained by The New York Times, interviews and disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The president’s son has emerged over the past few years as a political star in his own right, often said to be considering a run for office. It is neither illegal nor uncommon for candidates and political organizations to use books in fund-raising drives: The National Republican Campaign Committee, for example, has also sold its donors titles by the former speakers Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan.

But the breadth of the Republican establishment’s effort behind Mr. Trump is striking for a noncandidate whose most significant claim to fame remains his parentage, and who has sought to deflect criticism of his recent attacks on impeachment witnesses by asserting that he is merely a “private citizen.” And it underscores the unusual cross-pollination between the Trump family’s political ambitions, its business ventures and the party President Trump now leads.

Some groups are harnessing the younger Mr. Trump’s popularity to raise political donations while also driving his sales. The N.R.C.C. bought $75,000 worth of books in November, a spokesman said, in a promotion that took in almost $200,000 in contributions. The National Republican Senatorial Committee ordered about 2,500 copies, which it said sold almost immediately.

The Republican National Committee and Citizens United, a conservative activist group run by a former deputy campaign manager to the president, are also offering the book to donors.

Earlier this month, the R.N.C. denied making large bulk purchases of the book, a practice that some best-seller lists, including that of The Times, may penalize authors for when ranking sales. But F.E.C. records released last week showed that it spent almost $100,000 on copies on Oct. 29, a transaction the committee acknowledged was part of its “Triggered” promotion.

Turning Point declined to discuss exactly how many copies the group had bought. But in a statement, a spokesman noted that Mr. Trump would be a featured speaker at the group’s student summit in Florida in December.

“When an author headlines a Turning Point USA event, we regularly purchase the author’s latest work for the students in our chapters who attend,” the spokesman said. “As one of our most requested speakers, Don is headlining our student-leadership conference in Florida this December, and so we purchased copies for some of the students, chapter leaders and V.I.P.s.”

Politicians closely allied with the president are also promoting his son’s book. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida used his campaign list to promote a ticketed event on Mr. Trump’s book tour where the two men appeared together. The campaign committee for Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader, has offered copies to those who donate $35.

“Leader McCarthy shares a close relationship with Donald Trump Jr. and was thrilled to offer ‘Triggered’ to his campaign supporters,” said Drew Florio, a spokesman.

State Republican parties are also pushing the book, framing Mr. Trump’s tour as a campaign effort on his father’s behalf. The G.O.P. organizations in Arizona and Texas advertised tour stops in emails to supporters. The Times obtained copies of the promotions from CounterAction, a digital intelligence firm.

In Texas, where Mr. Trump headlined various fund-raisers, the party bought copies of “Triggered” to give “as a gift to each of the attendees,” according to the communications director for the state party.

“Kimberly and I chose Texas as one of our early stops because we know how important it is for 2020,” Mr. Trump wrote in a message distributed to Texas Republicans, referring to his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. “Democrats have their eyes on the Lone Star State and are willing to stop at nothing to silence conservatives and turn Texas blue.”

Party committees and candidates generally must report disbursements made to purchase books for donors, as the R.N.C. did. If no fund-raising is involved, they must obtain fair market value if someone uses the lists to promote their private business interests.

Bulk purchasing — some of it deliberately covert — is fairly common but still controversial in the publishing industry. Best-seller lists, like that of The Times, try to police the practice.

The Times, for instance, uses a dagger symbol to indicate bulk purchases. When “Triggered” debuted at No. 1 on the Times list, some observers were quick to point out that it was marked with a dagger.

And on occasion, The Times has removed a title from its best-seller list when evidence emerged that sales did not meet its standards for inclusion. A Times spokeswoman said there were no plans to reassess the presence of “Triggered” on the list.

A spokesman for Mr. Trump, Andy Surabian, said in a statement that any bulk buys were irrelevant to the book’s position on the list.

“In its opening week, ‘Triggered’ outsold its closest competition by roughly 40,000 copies and clearly would have been number one on the N.Y.T. list without the copies sold thru the R.N.C. and other G.O.P.-aligned organizations,” Mr. Surabian said. “Don is proud of the fact that the demand for ‘Triggered’ has been so high that it has allowed groups like the R.N.C., N.R.S.C. and the N.R.C.C. to net hundreds of thousands of dollars through their marketing of the book.”

When asked about big orders of “Triggered,” Mr. Trump’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, acknowledged that it had made sales to some non-retail organizations and noted that outlets might have sold the book in bulk. But it said it had no record of direct purchases by Turning Point.

Pictures provided to The Times, however, showed dozens of boxes of “Triggered” stacked in Turning Point’s office. At least some had shipped from a Hachette distribution center in Indiana.

There is little question Mr. Trump enjoys a substantial natural audience for “Triggered,” an extended screed against the American left. The book argues that liberals suffer from a victim complex and attacks undocumented immigrants among others.

Data shows that during the first two weeks of November, he sold tens of thousands of copies in areas where he made tour stops, including at Trump properties in Las Vegas and Washington.

Given his prominence on the national stage and Hachette’s significant promotional campaign, the book would almost certainly have reached the best-seller lists even without bulk sales.

“Triggered” sold 115,067 copies through the week ending on Nov. 16, the most recent for which figures are available, according to NPD BookScan. The book also hit No. 1 on The Washington Post’s nonfiction best-seller list and appeared in the top 10 of Amazon’s.

Mr. Trump appears to have been closely attuned to the public-relations coup of notching the top spot on the best-seller lists of newspapers his family routinely attacks.

“Can you imagine the Editor of The Failing New York Times, waking up one morning, having to put ‘Triggered’ by Donald Trump Jr. as the NUMBER ONE BOOK IN AMERICA?” Mr. Trump wrote in one marketing email.

That is not how the process works. Instead, The Times’s lists draw on sales data provided by a range of retailers.

Some publishing executives argue that authors who benefit from bulk purchases have an unfair advantage over writers who rely on organic sales. The visibility that comes with the best-seller list can have a huge impact on an author’s royalties, speaking fees and future publishing advances.

“The fact that it is preventing other authors from getting the recognition that they should rightfully be receiving is a bit unfair,” said Morgan Entrekin, publisher and chief executive of Grove Atlantic.

The purchase by Turning Point is an example of the mutually beneficial relationship between Mr. Trump and political allies he and his father have attracted.

Once a relatively minor organization, Turning Point has had a surge in prominence in recent years, bolstered by a close relationship with the Trumps. The group’s founder, Charlie Kirk, worked for the younger Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign. Last year, the group received $50,000 from America First Policies, a pro-Trump organization where Ms. Guilfoyle has served as a vice chairwoman.

Mr. Trump has appeared at several Turning Point events. At one in California, he and Ms. Guilfoyle left early after being shouted down — not by liberals, but by far-right supporters who were angry he would not take questions, according to The Guardian.

In the latest Times best-seller list, released on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump lost the top spot, dropping to No. 2 among nonfiction books.

The week’s top seller was another title from Hachette: “A Warning,” by an anonymous senior Trump administration official who depicts the president as unfit for office.

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Jason Chaffetz: Democrats pre-spinning Inspector General report is ‘true to script’

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A New York Times report alleging the FBI never tried to place undercover agents within the Trump campaign is yet another attempt to pre-spin Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Thursday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Dean Cain, Lisa Boothe, and Pete Hegseth, Chaffetz said the article was “true to script” for the Democrats.

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“By its very definition, a FISA application is a warrant to spy on somebody,” Chaffetz said. “This person, Carter Page, happened to be on the Trump campaign. So, the mere fact that they’re trying to discredit that says a lot about the weakness of their case and their allegations.”

Chaffetz added: “But, the reality is this happened and the Inspector General — this will be his fifth report that he’s come out with regarding the FBI at the highest echelons. And, let’s also remember: they didn’t spend 18 months working on this to say, ‘Hey, everything went swimmingly at the Department of Justice.'”

According to the Times, the Russia Inquiry review is expected to include evidence that “the FBI was careless and unprofessional in pursuing the Page wiretap.” Horowitz also reportedly referred some of his findings to prosecutors for “potential criminal charges over the alteration of a document in 2017 by a front-line lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, 37, in connection with the wiretap application.”

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“You have to have the highest security clearance they give at the Department of Justice and this one guy just happened to work on all of these types of reports,” Chaffetz said. “I hope he’s not just the scapegoat, but he is the attorney that’s assigned to go through, and the allegation of the article is that he manipulated the evidence, changed the documentation to achieve a political outcome which was to spy on the Trump campaign.”

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Chaffetz said the article is a “key flashing light” that says the FBI has “something to be worried about.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that Horowitz’s report is set to be released on Dec. 9.

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The White House has reportedly been unable to find any record of the call where Trump told Sondland there was ‘no quid pro quo’ with Ukraine

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Even if they did, Sondland’s recollection of the call sounds really damning for Trump.

According to Sondland, he didn’t ask about the security aid. He didn’t ask about a quid pro quo.

No, Sondland simply asked Trump “what do you want from Ukraine?”

To which Trump responds “No quid pro quo!”

It’s wild because Sondland hadn’t asked about that. Trump just volunteered it.

It’s like if I asked a guy “hey where is your wife?”

And he responds “I did not commit homicide against my wife!”

Like…. that is incredibly suspicious.

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US skies packed with planes carrying Thanksgiving travelers

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Come come fly the crowded skies.

The airspace above the United States was packed with planes on Wednesday as millions of Americans traveled for Thanksgiving.

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The flight-tracking computer image above shows flights over the continental US at 11:30 a.m. EST Thursday.

All told, more than 55 million people took to the roads, rails and skies on the holiday eve, according to the American Automobile Association — with many of those journeys snarled by two superstorms wreaking havoc.

Thousands of flights were canceled and major roads closed as the storms pummeled the West Coast and Midwest with hurricane-force gusts and dumped up to 30 inches of snow.

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Hundreds of drivers were left stranded on a freeway between California and Oregon due to the blizzard conditions.

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The White House has reportedly been unable to find any record of the call where Trump told Sondland there was ‘no quid pro quo’ with Ukraine

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Even if they did, Sondland’s recollection of the call sounds really damning for Trump.

According to Sondland, he didn’t ask about the security aid. He didn’t ask about a quid pro quo.

No, Sondland simply asked Trump “what do you want from Ukraine?”

To which Trump responds “No quid pro quo!”

It’s wild because Sondland hadn’t asked about that. Trump just volunteered it.

It’s like if I asked a guy “hey where is your wife?”

And he responds “I did not commit homicide against my wife!”

Like…. that is incredibly suspicious.

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Jim Daly: The Thanksgiving table is special – 5 tips to kick start meaningful conversation when you gather

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I love Thanksgiving and believe it ranks as one of the great American holidays – a time set aside to express our gratitude to God for this country and our many blessings.

Food may serve as the centerpiece of most gatherings this Thursday, but what are you going to talk about as you sit around the table?

Sadly, conversation is an art form some individuals and families have slowly lost over the years. Part of it has to do with fewer households eating together as a family due to busy schedules. Another reason is that so many of us are succumbing to the temptation to bring our smartphones and tablets to the table.

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Whatever the case may be, you’ll likely soon find yourself seated around the table with loved ones, perhaps including a few friends and maybe even some distant relatives you only see once or twice a year. Are you tired of the same small talk each year … the weather, football and aches and ailments?

And then, of course, there are those “taboo” topics that some may raise – specifically politics.

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How do you navigate the myriad of personalities and passions around the Thanksgiving table and yet still enjoy the time together?

Here are five tips to help kick start meaningful conversation:

1. Ask Questions

Conversation is like playing catch with a ball. It only works if the object is tossed back and forth. If you never throw, it’s not a catch. Nor is it a catch if you hold onto it after it’s been thrown to you.

As you think through what questions or topics to include in your list, consider your family’s personality. Goofy, lighthearted clans might enjoy silly “would you rather” type of questions sure to incite laughter. More serious families might appreciate recounting some of their more significant experiences that year.

No matter what the family’s temperament, the old Thanksgiving standby is always a good idea: What are you thankful for?

2. Ignore Your Phone

Gadgets can create an invisible barrier between us and others. Other times we use them as a “safety net” – bored? Check Facebook. Things get tense? Hide in your email. Is it absolutely necessary to post or tweet a picture of that plate of turkey and stuffing while you’re at the table?

Thanksgiving may not be the best time to discuss politics, but if someone launches into a stump speech for their favorite candidate, do your best to withhold a judgmental response, pro or con.

My suggestion is to take the temptation away. Perhaps you want to set a basket in the next room where guests can place their devices. Or maybe you want to make a game of it – first one to check their device has to help clean up or gets to pay for the next day’s stop at the coffee shop.

3. Wade Carefully into Controversy

Thanksgiving may not be the best time to discuss politics, but if someone launches into a stump speech for their favorite candidate, do your best to withhold a judgmental response, pro or con.

Instead, say something like, “I can see you care passionately about this” or “That’s very interesting” is a diplomatic but polite response. Just remember, you’re not going to save the world or likely change their mind by debunking or rebuking a personal opinion. Relax. Smile.

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4. Don’t Expect Perfection

It’s OK if your Thanksgiving meal isn’t reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting.  Some years are just harder than others. Maybe it’s your first time around the table without a loved one who has passed away, or perhaps the family is reeling from the shock of bad news. Or maybe you have a rowdy toddler who screeches and hides cranberry sauce in the seat cushions.

Instead, focus on simply being together and giving each other grace.

If your family has lost someone, don’t avoid talking about them. Reminiscing can be therapeutic. If someone is going through a difficult personal situation, don’t be afraid to ask them what they need most.

5. Pray and Give Thanks!

Take a moment to pause and express appreciation to God for the people and good things in your life. Ask Him to comfort those in your circle who have hit a rough spot. Remember, it’s possible to be thankful despite disappointments and hardships.

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Remember that every good conversation starts with good listening. When all else fails, remember most people’s favorite topic is themselves. Show interest in others and they’ll likely show interest in you.

In the end, though, don’t stress over it. As the Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde once observed, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

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