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    playing outside in snow

    • The benefits of outdoor play for children are significant in any season, with a scientifically proven link between outdoor activities and healthy brain development.
    • This winter, our kids will be getting outdoors as often as possible, both for the fun and health benefits outdoor play engenders as well as to break the cycle of screen time that is all too common during the colder months.

     

    Research suggests that outdoor play can benefit the mental, emotional, and (of course) physical development of children.

    In the words of a report released by the UMKC School of Education's Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center, "Child's play is not just all fun and games." When kids play outdoors in a relatively unstructured manner, they enjoy the benefits of "growth and development of the brain, body, and intellect."

    Yet according to a recent NPR report, the average child age eight and under spends around two hours and 19 minutes on a screen each day. A National Trust survey found that kids aged 10 to 16 spend fewer than 15 minutes engaged in "vigorous outdoor activity" each day.

    And when the winter weather rolls in, most kids get outdoors even less, "despite indisputable developmental benefits of outdoor play."

    But why? Why do kids spend so much less time outdoors when the weather gets cold? Do we worry they'll get sick? Or that they won't know what to do for fun? Or that they'll simply be too cold?

    On closer inspection, reduced outdoor play during winter seems more a problem of our own making than it is due to colder temperatures.

    Dr. Robert Murray, pediatrician, author, and board member of Action for Healthy Kids, an organization dedicated to pediatric health and the promotion of outdoor play, put it this way: "Our culture has developed a fear of changing seasons, but there's no distinct indoor or outdoor season." He added that each day provides an opportunity for "the quality ‘kid time' needed to explore, create, build relationships, and accept new challenges without parental direction" while playing in the outdoors.

    Granted, outdoor play during the winter requires a bit more effort than outdoor play during the spring, summer, or fall. You can't just push your kids out the door when it's freezing cold or snowing. But with a bit of extra effort, the outdoors in winter can be as enjoyable and beneficial for kids as the warmer seasons.

    Dr. Murray told Business Insider that he sees the reduction in outdoor time during the winter as an issue of perception and inconvenience.

    "The colder months can make getting kids outdoors a hassle for parents," Murray said, "as they fear [for their child's] safety and have mixed feelings about exposing their children to the cold weather. With well-insulated caps, mittens, gloves, socks and appropriate layers, kids can get outdoors too and enjoy some fresh air."

    Read more:We ask our kid the same question at the dinner table every day — and it helps both his thinking and our parenting

    And if you're not sure if your child is well enough equipped for outdoor play during the winter, Dr. Murray has a radical idea ... just ask how they feel. "They'll let you know when they're cold!" he said.

    It takes longer to get my five-year-old son into his boots, snow pants, coat, hat, and mittens during winter than it does to dress him in shorts and sneakers during the summer, but I've got an extra few minutes to spare to make sure he can enjoy the benefits out outdoor play even in the depths of winter.

    What's a parent to do when the winter weather truly is too severe for outdoor play, with subzero temperatures, howling winds, and driving snow? Dr. Murray recommended indoor activities that foster an appreciation for the outdoor winter environment.

    "Screen time is inevitable these days," he said. "So finding ways to enjoy it for short periods of time with your kids is a win-win. Scroll through Pinterest and browse through YouTube to find fun activities kids can do and own" once they get back outside.

    And once the weather permits, get the kids away from those screens and out the door!

    I know that's what we'll do with our son this season.

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    white house Christmas 2018

    • The White House is being decorated for Christmas.
    • After months of planning, thousands of volunteers and staff transform the residence in a matter of days.
    • These photos show the transformation behind-the-scenes.

    First lady Melania Trump, staff, and volunteers have been planning what the White House will look like for Christmas since the summer.

    The week of Thanksgiving, the decorating has finally begun to transform the "People's House" for the holiday season.

    President Donald Trump joined his wife to receive the White House Christmas tree on Monday:

    See what the preparations look like in these behind-the-scenes photos.

    SEE ALSO: See what the Trump White House looked like decorated for Christmas last year

    The official White House Christmas tree is still delivered in a horse-drawn carriage with drivers in top hats and tuxes.



    This year's tree comes from the Smith family of the Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, North Carolina.



    Larry Smith also grew a tree for the vice president's residence in 2001.

    Source: White House



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    bear mattress sale, black friday 2018

    If you're in need of a new mattress, the best time of the year to buy one just might be Black Friday. The quality stays consistent, but you can save hundreds of dollars just by choosing to order this weekend rather than the next.

    For instance, Bear Mattress is offering $125 off any purchase totaling more than $500 with the code "HOL125" and $225 off purchases of $1,200 or more with the code "HOL225" at checkout from now until November 27. Plus, every mattress comes with two free premium cloud pillows.

    We've waxed poetic on why Bear is a great option for those with an active lifestyle before, but the details can be winnowed down to the following:

    The Bear Mattress starts at $540 for a twin size normally and clocks in at $840 before any discounts for a queen size. It's made with premium graphite gel-memory foam and Celliant technology so it's not too firm and not too soft. It's supposed to be a particularly great option for those who want cooling comfort (ie. maybe you sleep hot) and have active lifestyles. The contouring pressure relief and core support should support all body shapes and types of sleepers.

    Why is it good for active lifestyles? The Bear Mattress cover is woven with Celliant, which redirects the body's natural energy back as infrared light for faster recovery, more energy, better endurance, and increased performance. It calls Tom Brady's Under Armour pajamas with the same infrared technology to mind.

    Why is it good for cooling comfort? While graphite gel foam adapts to your needed support and comfort, the graphite gel particles promote a cooler night's sleep.

    You'll get a 100-night, risk-free trial in your home, free shipping, easy returns, and a 10-year warranty. And if you care about things like this, it's made from eco-friendly materials. Plus, 1% of every sale goes to Good Sports, an organization dedicated to giving all kids the benefits of sport and physical activity.

    If you want an inexpensive, high-quality mattress that will let you sleep cooler and perhaps even recover faster after physical exertion, you might want to shop Bear Mattress' Black Friday sales while the deals last.

    Shop the Bear Mattress Black Friday sale here.

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    SEE ALSO: Business Insider's guide to the best Black Friday sales of 2018

    SEE ALSO: Brooklinen's only sale of the year has already started — here's how to save up to 20% on sheets and bedding

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    Black Friday is notorious for deep sales on big-ticket items like mattresses and tech, and big-box retailers slashing prices across all categories. While there are some pretty great deals on products, some of the best deals out there aren't on physical products at all. E-learning platforms are becoming increasingly popular and this Black Friday they're getting in on all the discounted fun. 

    If you've been wanting to learn how to code, take professional-quality photos, or refine your cooking skills with a world-renowned chef— now is a great time to take the leap and just do it. Some of our favorite e-learning platforms are offering Black Friday discounts, making it a great time to start on your New Year's resolution to expanding your mind or saying yes more.

    Since they're online, these classes are easily accessible and let you learn at a pace that fits your life and schedule — so you don't have to worry about having to skip class or falling behind the course schedule. Whether you want to pick out a course that will help you improve your skill set, or gift a class to a curious friend, these e-learning platforms have options for all kinds of educational and creative interests — and all kinds of budgets. 

    Ready to learn something new? Take the leap and check out the best e-learning deals you can find this Black Friday, below:

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    To potentially save more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

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    CreativeLive: Over 1,500 courses in creative topics taught by experts in their fields.

    • Save 60% on top 40 classes from November 19-21 and save up to 60% sitewide from November 22-25. Shop creativelive.com.

    MasterClass: Classes taught by world-renowned authors, musicians, chefs, and more famous experts in their fields.

    • Buy an All-Access Pass (which gives you access to all course for $180 a year) and get a complimentary All-Access pass to give to someone special, now through November 26. Shop masterclass.com

    Pimsleur: A language-learning platform covering a wide range of languages and skill levels.

    • Save 50% when you get a language-learning course on a CD or 25% when you download your course, now through November 26 with code "BESTDEAL". Shop pimsleur.com

    Udemy: The world's largest online learning marketplace, with over 80,000 courses across a large range of categories including business, personal development, languages and more.

    • Enroll in thousands of courses starting as low as $9.99 now through Black Friday. Buy one course on Black Friday (November 22-23), get one free on Cyber Monday (November 26-27). Shop udemy.com.

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    liberals vs conservatives thanksgiving meals

    • Despite partisan divides, Americans generally eat the same stuff on Thanksgiving.
    • However, there are all sorts of dishes that are favored by people of differing political stripes.
    • More conservative people liked green bean casserole, ham, and cornbread dressing, while more liberal people were more likely to have Brussels sprouts, non-canned cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. 

    America comes together every year for a dinner, but what's served at that dinner varies considerably due to a number of factors like region, ethnic backgrounds, and traditions. But what about politics?

    We conducted a nationwide survey using SurveyMonkey Audience. We got 1,217 individual respondents on November 16 and 17, 2018, and asked them to select all the dishes they expected would appear on their Thanksgiving table this year. All told, 1,211 respondents identified 11,153 expected plates of birds and sides at the table this Thanksgiving.

    Read more:What Thanksgiving dinner looks like in your part of the country

    most disproportionately popular thanksgiving dish every region map

    On the same poll, we asked about respondents' political beliefs. They responded on a seven-point scale — very conservative, moderately conservative, slightly conservative, neither conservative nor liberal, slightly liberal, moderately liberal, very liberal, or "rather not say." Political alignments were shared by 1,043 respondents.

    Thanksgiving is a holiday where people with strongly differing political views often come together and share a meal. But we did actually find some rather interesting trends in the data, dishes that really did seem to stand out among different political sets. This might be related to political geography hardening a bit, linking political outlook more directly to rural and urban divides or regional distinctions.

    In the end, these are correlations and do not indicate causation. It's not like support for a robust welfare state makes Brussels sprouts any easier to swallow, and it's not like one bite of green bean casserole will make you want a tax cut. But as geography becomes political destiny, it makes sense that gastronomy follows.

    The most shocking finding? The conservative-liberal divide has infected our cranberry-sauce preferences.

    Dishes more likely to appear at conservative (moderate or very) respondents' Thanksgivings:

    green bean casserole

    1. Green bean casserole (+9 percentage points more conservative than liberal)
    2. Ham (+9 points)
    3. Cornbread dressing (+8 points)
    4. Creamed corn (+8 points)
    5. Canned cranberry sauce (+7 points)
    6. Rolls (+7 points)
    7. Macaroni and cheese (+6 points)
    8. Croissants (+5 points)
    9. Smoked turkey (+5 points)
    10. Gravy (+5 points)

    Dishes more likely to appear at liberal (moderate or very) respondents' Thanksgivings:

    brussels sprouts

    1. Brussels sprouts (+8 percentage points more liberal than conservative)
    2. Cranberry sauce, prepared (+8 points)
    3. Mashed potatoes (+8 points)
    4. Butternut squash (+6 points) 
    5. Green beans (+5 points)
    6. Artichokes (+4 points)
    7. Cauliflower (+4 points)
    8. Caesar salad (+4 points)
    9. Roasted potatoes (+3 points)
    10. In-bird stuffing (+3 points)

    Overall ranking:

    thanksgiving popularity

    SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn't try to weight its sample based on race or income. Total 1,217 respondents, margin of error plus or minus 3 percentage points with 95% confidence level.

    Visit INSIDER's homepage for more.

    SEE ALSO: The most popular Thanksgiving dishes around the US

    SEE ALSO: What Thanksgiving dinner looks like in your part of the country

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    Mississippi Senate candidates Mike Espy and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith debate on Tuesday.

    • Divisive, racialized comments have tightened the US Senate race in Mississippi, a state with a long and dark history of racial violence and oppression. 
    • The remarks, made by Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, became a flashpoint in a contentious debate on Tuesday night in the last major race of the midterms. 
    • The Nov. 27 runoff election is a long shot for the Democrat, who would be the first member of his party elected to the US Senate since 1982 — and Mississippi's first black senator since Reconstruction. 

    Divisive, racialized comments have tightened the US Senate race in Mississippi, a state with a long and dark history of racial violence and oppression. 

    The remarks, made by Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, became a flashpoint in a contentious debate on Tuesday night in the last major race of the midterms, which — like many others in the Senate — favors a Trump-endorsed candidate in a deep red state. 

    But Democrat Mike Espy, who would be the first Mississippi Democrat elected to the US Senate since 1982 and the state's first black senator since Reconstruction, is hoping to energize the state's significant black vote and turn out disillusioned white voters in the Nov. 27 runoff.  

    'If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row'

    Hyde-Smith has recently come under fire for remarks she's made that many have interpreted as racially insensitive. 

    Earlier this month, a liberal blogger released a video showing Hyde-Smith emb racing a supporter and saying, "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."

    Hyde-Smith refused to apologize in her response to the widespread criticism, saying "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous."

    More black people were lynched in Mississippi than in any other state in the nation between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. 

    Hyde-Smith also sparked controversy this month when another video emerged in which she told supporters that GOP efforts to "make it just a little more difficult" for liberal college students to vote are "a great idea." 

    "There's a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who that maybe we don't want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult," Hyde-Smith says in a video reportedly taken on Nov. 3. Her campaign later said the footage was "selectively edited" and the comment was a "joke." 

    Mississippi is home to several historically black colleges and universities — and Republicans across the country have pushed measures that make it more difficult for college students to vote. The NAACP filed a lawsuit last month charging that a majority white county in Texas intentionally limited early voting on campus at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college, to disenfranchise young black voters, who overwhelmingly support Democrats. 

    The voter suppression "joke" struck a particular nerve during midterm elections in which, on the one hand, there have been accusations of systematic disenfranchisement, and on the other, unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. Both have played a central role in escalating partisan divisions undermining public trust in the country's electoral process. 

    And on Tuesday, a 2014 Facebook post surfaced showing Hyde-Smith posing in a Confederate hat at the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library. She commented on the post: "Mississippi history at its best!"

    Espy has condemned Hyde-Smith's comments and called her "a walking stereotype who embarrasses our state" and during Tuesday's debate said she had "given our state another black eye."

    Read more:Outgoing GOP state legislatures are cramming through conservative laws before they lose power

    While Hyde-Smith expressed regret for her comments during the debate, apologizing to "anyone that was offended" by them, she also went on the attack, arguing that her comment was "twisted" and "turned into a weapon to be used against me." 

    Espy jumped on Hyde-Smith's defense, arguing that the remarks spoke for themselves. 

    "No one twisted your comments," he said. "It came out of your mouth. I don't know what’s in your heart, but we all know what came out of your mouth."

    On Tuesday, Walmart, AT&T, and the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer asked Hyde-Smith to return their campaign donations because of her "public hanging" comments. 

    President Donald Trump with Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

    Harnessing national politics

    Espy and his allies are hoping that the anger and embarrassment many Mississippians feel about Hyde-Smith's comments will energize the state's black voters and some white voters into Espy's camp.

    Espy has received backup from national politicians, including two African-American Democratic senators, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, who traveled to the state in recent days to campaign for him. But he's also been dogged by his own issues, defending his work as a lobbyist for an African dictator and corruption charges he was acquitted of in the early 1990s. 

    Meanwhile, Hyde-Smith has done her best to make the race a choice between a liberal Democrat who she says is out of step with Mississippi's conservative electorate and Trump's  agenda. The former state agriculture commissioner opened and closed the debate by encouraging viewers to attend two rallies the president will hold for her on the eve of the runoff. 

    Both Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to replace retiring Sen. Thad Cochran last April, and Espy, who served as agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration, received just over 40 percent of the vote in the Nov. 6 race, while a third candidate, far-right Republican Chris McDaniel received 16 percent of the vote in a deep red state that Trump won by nearly 18 points.

    While most observers believe Hyde-Smith will pull out ahead next Tuesday, some private polling has shown the race narrow to single digits, with the Republican ahead by just five points. 

    Perhaps in a sign of Republicans' concern about Hyde-Smith's ability to defend herself, Republican Roger Wicker — Mississippi's senior senator — was sent out to answer reporters' questions after the debate, even though Espy answered his own post-debate questions. 

    SEE ALSO: Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith slammed for 'joking' about voter suppression on college campuses

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    Thanksgiving

    • Americans generally eat the same things on Thanksgiving but there are major differences.
    • While lots of regions of the country have their own unique flavors, Google can track which states are looking for recipes.
    • The Midwest is searching for salad recipes, the west coast has finally discovered squash, and tricky casseroles are always attracting attention.

    On Thanksgiving, people across the United States devour feasts that typically consist of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pie.

    But Thanksgiving meals can also vary depending on where you live

    To get a better picture of Americans' favorite side dish recipes in each state, Business Insider consulted Google. Looking at search data from the past three years, Google's researchers found the most uniquely highly searched recipe that people in every state (plus Washington DC) Googled during November.

    Read more:The most popular Thanksgiving dishes around the US

    The researchers didn't look at the most popular dish for every state (which would've been pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie in all 50). Instead, they focused on the most distinct, and then found the recipes with the highest search volume for each state.

    Check them out in the map below:

    most popular halloween candy every state map

    Leanna Garfield contributed to an earlier version of this post.

    SEE ALSO: 8 kitchen tools under $100 that will take the stress out of cooking Thanksgiving dinner

    SEE ALSO: What Thanksgiving dinner looks like in your part of the country

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    • Not everyone wants to stay in on Thanksgiving.
    • There are a number of restaurants that will remain open on Turkey Day this year.
    • Keep in mind that many of these chains operate as franchises — so results may vary.
    • If you're set on eating out on Thanksgiving, make sure to call ahead to ask about the restaurant's hours.

    In the United States, Thanksgiving is the day we dedicate to stuffing ourselves in the presence of friends and family.

    But if you'd rather go out to eat — or you end up burning the turkey to a crisp — don't worry. A number of restaurants will remain open on Thanksgiving.

    Offers.com compiled a list of restaurants that are set to open their doors on Thanksgiving. Keep in mind that some of these chains will only be open on a regional basis. Others may be closed depending on the franchisee.

    So, if you're planning on spending Turkey Day at one of these eateries, it's better to be safe and call ahead.

    With that in mind, here are restaurants that are going to be open in some capacity on Thanksgiving:

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    Want to eat good in the neighborhood on Thanksgiving?

    A number of Applebee's restaurants will remain open on Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas Day, this year. And all Applebee's will be opened the day before Thanksgiving and on Christmas Eve, with reduced hours.

    A restaurant spokesperson told Business Insider that prospective patrons should contact their local Applebee's to determine the restaurant's holiday hours.



    Bahama Breeze

    A Bahama Breeze spokesperson confirmed that select locations will remain open on Thanksgiving. The chain will offer up a tropical Thanksgiving menu.



    Bob Evans

    Offers.com reported that Bob Evans will be welcoming in dine-in customers on Thanksgiving, although restaurant hours will vary by location. 



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    Now through November 26, Nordstrom is holding one of its biggest sales of the year — with up to 60% savings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    With thousands of items at hard-to-beat prices, you'll be able to find plenty of great pieces to add to your wardrobe, as well as home and kitchen essentials, and beauty and skincare products.

    There are already tons of shoppers taking advantage of these Black Friday deals, as evidenced by diminishing size options for popular styles, which is to say... you shouldn't sit on your favorites much longer. To save you time and effort, we scoured the sale and rounded up 40+ of the best deals to shop, whether you're looking for holiday gifts or picking out a few things for yourself.

    If you prefer to jump straight to shopping the Black Friday Sale, here's where to go:

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    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

    • Chief Justice John G. Roberts defended the federal judiciary and rebuked President Donald Trump in a rare statement.
    • This came a day after Trump suggested a federal judge, who he called "an Obama judge," let political bias determine his decision to halt his administration's ban on granting asylum to migrants who illegally cross the border.
    • "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts said.

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts defended the federal judiciary in a remarkable statement just a day after President Donald Trump suggested a federal judge, who he called "an Obama judge," let political bias determine his decision to halt his administration's ban on granting asylum to migrants who illegally cross the border. 

    "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," Roberts said in an unusual Wednesday statement. "What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them."

    Roberts, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2003, suggested that politicizing the courts is harmful to American democracy.

    "That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for," he wrote in the statement, which was made in response to a request for comment about Trump's remarks from the Associated Press. 

    Trump lashed out at the federal judge when talking with reporters on Tuesday. 

    "This was an Obama judge. And I'll tell you what, it's not going to happen like this anymore," the president said. "It means an automatic loss no matter what you do. ... People should not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit and file their case."

    Trump has also repeatedly singled out the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which is generally regarded as more left-leaning than other federal appeals courts, calling it a "disgrace" for blocking his immigration ban targeting Muslim countries last year. 

    Other Supreme Court justices, including Sonia Sotomayor, have also recently defended the judiciary against charges that it is increasingly a political branch of government. 

    "Conservative, liberal, those are political terms," Sotomayor said in a recent interview, arguing that the terms don't apply to federal judges, who rule based on their individual interpretations of the law. 

    SEE ALSO: 'Another black eye': Accusations of racism swirl in contentious Mississippi Senate runoff

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    Black Friday 2018 is almost here, and we're keeping a running log of the best deals in categories across the board so you can optimize your shopping with little effort.

    You can see our full list of the best Black Friday deals we've found here, but there's some deals that have been on our minds for a while now — KitchenAid stand mixers.

    While models and sizes vary, a KitchenAid stand mixer allows you to make everything from mincemeat to salsa, and whip up enough dough for more than 13 dozen cookies in no time one of —  making it one of those coveted kitchen items that home cooks dream of having on their countertop. 

    Given their quality design and multitude of uses, KitchenAid stand mixers are undeniably pricey. If you, or any chef on your gift list, has been eyeing one of these devices, you're in luck. Right now, you can find plenty of great deals on KitchenAid stand mixers from retailers across the web, just in time for Black Friday. 

    To make it easier for you to shop, we're going to break it down.

    If you're new to the KitchenAid game, but are still interested in the product, check out this guide to get a sense of which model is right for you. If you know what you want, keep scrolling. You'll find the best deals on KitchenAid stand mixers, including tilt-head and bowl-lift models, organized by size.

    We've scoured the web for the best KitchenAid stand mixer deals around — and we're pretty happy with what we've found.

    3.5-Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixers

    At the time of publication, Best Buy has the lowest price by $50.

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    At the time of publication, Walmart has the lowest price by $1.

    5-Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixers

    At the time of publication, Macy's and Best Buy have the lowest price by $60.

    6-Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixers

    At the time of publication, Macy's has the lowest price by $50.

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    At the time of publication, Amazon has the lowest price by $5.

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    robert mueller

    • The special counsel Robert Mueller is said to have focused on two key areas in his questions to President Donald Trump about potential collusion with Russia.
    • Mueller asked Trump about the Russian government's hack of the Democratic National Committee and whether he knew anything about it at the time.
    • Mueller also asked the president whether he knew at the time about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between top campaign officials and two Russian lobbyists offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, then a Democratic presidential candidate.
    • The questions indicate Mueller is homing in on the pivotal period from June to August 2016.

    The special counsel Robert Mueller focused on two key areas in his questions to President Donald Trump about potential collusion between his campaign and Russia, according to Trump's lead defense lawyer.

    Rudy Giuliani told the news site Axios on Wednesday that Mueller asked about the Russian government's hack of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign during the summer of 2016. Giuliani also said Mueller asked the president whether he knew at the time about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and two Russian lobbyists said to have offered kompromat on Clinton.

    Giuliani did not elaborate when Axios asked about specific questions the special counsel asked Trump, and he did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER. But his revelations indicate Mueller is homing in on the period from June to August 2016, arguably the most pivotal time in the 2016 campaign season.

    Mueller has long been focused on the Russia-backed campaign to hack into the DNC and distribute stolen emails via the Russia-linked hacker Guccifer 2.0 and the pro-transparency group WikiLeaks.

    Trump has had no known contacts with WikiLeaks or Russians connected to the hack. But as a candidate, he expressed support for the group. He also famously made a public appeal directly to Russia during a press conference on July 27, 2016, saying he hoped Russians would be "able to find" the 33,000 emails Clinton deleted from her private server.

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    Meanwhile, Trump Jr. and the longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone, who was an informal adviser to the Trump campaign, were in direct contact with WikiLeaks during the campaign.

    Both Trump Jr. and Stone have reportedly expressed worries that they could be indicted by Mueller.

    Trump Jr. arguably faces the most legal exposure from his involvement in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, which he attended with Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, a senior adviser. Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction charges earlier this year and is cooperating with Mueller.

    When news of the meeting surfaced in July 2017, Trump Jr. said it was focused on Russian adoptions — an issue related to the 2012 Magnitsky Act — and did not involve campaign business.

    It later emerged that Trump Jr. took the meeting after he was offered dirt on Clinton and that it was pitched to him by the British music publicist Rob Goldstone as "part of Russia and its government's support" for Trump's candidacy.

    "I love it," Trump Jr. replied.

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    Trump and his lawyers have said the president had no knowledge of the meeting at the time. But at least three Trump associates, including Giuliani, have hinted that he may know more about it than he's letting on.

    In May, the Senate Judiciary Committee released testimony from Trump Jr. and Goldstone that raised additional questions about whether Trump knew about the meeting in advance, and if so, how much.

    Observers have pointed to a series of phone calls Trump Jr. made and received on June 6, 2016, after he got the offer.

    Before taking the meeting, Trump Jr. told Goldstone he wanted to make sure it was legitimate and "just speak to Emin first," referring to Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop star Goldstone worked with and pitched the meeting on behalf of.

    After talking to Goldstone, Trump Jr. got a phone call from Russia that lasted a minute or two. Then he was in contact with a blocked number for three or four minutes. Immediately after ending that call, Trump Jr. called Agalarov back, and the two spoke for a few minutes.

    Read more:Donald Trump Jr. couldn't remember who was at the other end of a mystery 4-minute phone call. Mueller might have the answer.

    It's unclear whom Trump Jr. spoke to in between his calls to Agalarov. But Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager, has said Trump's private residence at Trump Tower has a blocked number.

    In addition to facing questions about whether he knew about the meeting, Trump is also under scrutiny for his role in crafting an initially misleading statement from Trump Jr. when news of the meeting emerged in July 2017. Prosecutors have said that if Trump knew the purpose of the meeting and acted to conceal it, it could add to Mueller's growing obstruction case against him.

    Trump's lawyers sent their answers to Mueller's first round of questions on Tuesday.

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    • Though Black Friday became one of the biggest and busiest shopping days of the year, it hasn't always been that way.
    • Before it exploded into the national, post-Thanksgiving event we know today, it was reportedly a quirky tradition unique to Philadelphians.
    • And now, the holiday is experiencing more changes.
    • Here's the evolution of Black Friday, from its 19th-century namesake to the shopping phenomenon it is today.

    Black Friday has long been associated with turkey dinner and bargain-priced holiday shopping.

    It's turned into one of the most profitable days for retailers, who raked in $8 billion from Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales in 2017.

    But it wasn't always that way.

    Here's how Black Friday has evolved over the last two centuries.

    SEE ALSO: Photos show what 'Black Friday' looks like around the world

    DON'T MISS: 11 insider facts most Black Friday workers know — and you probably don't

    The day after Thanksgiving has long marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season, starting with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924.

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    The behemoth retailer used the event as a living and breathing advertisement ahead of the holiday season.

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    It helped cement the Friday after Thanksgiving as the ultimate holiday shopping day.

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    Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food, and reflection. The end of Thanksgiving, though, is the unofficial start of the holiday season — and the holiday shopping season. That's right: Black Friday is here.

    Even though the turkey hasn't hit the table yet, plenty of huge deals are live, and even more have been announced. There are thousands of deals out there, so we've rounded up the best ones that you can buy online.

    In addition to deals on mattresses, men's and women's clothing and accessories, and even online classes, Black Friday and Cyber Monday present a great opportunity to get savings on travel for the coming year.

    While there are plenty of deals out there, some are better than others — for instance, Delta's Black Friday flight prices are not that different from the airline's usual fares.

    With that in mind, here are some of the best travel deals you can get this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We'll be updating this list as deals come and go, so be sure to check back, and don't miss out on the rest of our Black Friday deals coverage.

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    To potentially save more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

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    Black Friday deals start at 9 a.m. PST (12 p.m. EST) on Friday, November 23. They're only available while supplies last, so make sure to book quickly! Visit Expedia's Black Friday page when the deal goes live to find the coupon codes.

    • Save $100 on select flights.
    • Save up to 75% on select hotels.
    • Save $500 on vacation packages of $1,000 or more.
    • Save $25 on $50 or more of activities.
    • Save 10% on select hotels.

    Cyber Monday deals will run hourly starting at 9 a.m. PST (12 p.m. EST) on Monday, November 26. They're only available while supplies last, and will run as follows:

    • Coupon 1: $100 off $200 flights – this coupon will refresh every hour from 9 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST.
    • Coupon 2: 90% off in the Expedia App – this coupon will refresh every hour from 9 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST.
    • Coupon 3: 50% off standalone hotels – this coupon will refresh every hour from 9 a.m. PST to 3 p.m. PST.
    • Coupon 4: 10% off standalone hotels.
    • Coupon 5: $100 off $1,000 vacation packages.
    • Coupon 6: $100 off $200 activities.

    Air Canada

    Air Canada is offering a ton of discounted routes for Black Friday. Deals are live now through November 25.

    • Find sharply discounted flights from the US to Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe. Examples include flights from New York to Barcelona for $291 round-trip.

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    The Irish flag carrier's "Black Flyday" deals are available until 6:59 p.m. EST on November 28.

    • Get $50–$100 off flights between North America and Ireland, including Dublin and Shannon

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    • Save £50 (about $64) on "City Breaks" flights and hotel packages, a fantastic option to explore Europe once you're already across the Atlantic.

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    Southwest Airlines offers discounts when you book your flight and hotel together as a vacation package, and it's offering additional savings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Deals are live now and can be booked through December 3 for travel between now and June 7.

    • Get $125 off US vacation packages with promo code SAVE125DOM
    • Get $250 off international vacation packages with promo code SAVE250INT

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    • Save up to $40 on flight bookings with promo code BFRIDAY40.

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    If you have a Capital One Venture card, remember to use it when booking at Hotels.com to get 10x miles per dollar spent.

    • Save 7-10% on hotel reservations. Several lucky winners will get 99% off their stays, up to $1,000. Sale begins on Friday, November 23.

    Skyscanner

    Skyscanner has a ton of deals available when you book a flight. Check the list for more details.

    Hotwire

    Hotwire's Black Friday deal is live now through Friday, November 23.

    • Book through Hotwire's app and save $10 off $100+ hotel bookings, $40 off $300+ hotel bookings, and $75 off $500+ hotel bookings.

    Hotwire's Cyber Monday sale will be live from Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. PST (11 p.m. EST) through Monday, November 26 at 11 p.m. PST (2 a.m. EST on Tuesday).

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    Black Friday savings begin at 5 a.m. EST on Friday, November 23.

    • Select savings up to 50% off hotels. You must be an e-mail subscriber to receive the deals.
    • 1,000 lucky subscribers will receive coupon codes in their inboxes for 99% off hotels on Cyber Monday. There will likely be additional deals as well.

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    • Political arguments can have the power to ruin your relationships, or become intensely divisive. 
    • Jeanne Safer, a liberal psychotherapist, created the podcast "I Love You But I Hate You Politics" to help people find ways to discuss their political opinions without getting into bitter fights.
    • Safer has been married to a conservative editor for almost 40 years, and she manages to avoid political arguments with her husband by using a few conversational strategies. 
    • Below are eight tips culled from her own experience, and her podcast guests, on how to discuss politics with friends and family — without ruining your relationships. 

    We're in perilous times for political dialogue across the aisle.

    Many people think it's no longer even possible to have cordial political discussion. According to my patients, my podcast guests, and the 50 people I interviewed for my forthcoming book on the topic, far too many people — romantic partners, friends, family members — are engaging in bruising political arguments that accomplish nothing except irreparably harming their relationships.

    A man familiar with my work wrote me that his sister-in-law had called off her engagement over a difference of opinion with her fiancé about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Senate hearing, and another man emailed me that he and his brother had unfriended each other on Facebook for the same reason.

    But regardless of the wreckage we are seeing, often abetted by the partisan media and the internet, there is hope!

    Take my relationship, for example. I'm a committed liberal psychotherapist and author. My husband, Rick Brookhiser, is a senior editor of the "National Review," the leading journal of conservative opinion. We agree about almost nothing political, yet he and I have managed to remain civil for almost 40 years.

    How did we accomplish this astonishing feat?

    We've learned how to talk about politics, and what not to talk about — and we agree about almost everything else.

    In the run-up to the midterm elections, political arguments have become even more acrid, and we desperately need help communicating with the many people in our lives who are on the other side. I've created a podcast called "I Love You But I HATE Your Politics," where I interviewed 50 people in bipartisan couples of all sorts, and I showcase those who have figured out how to communicate about hot-button issues without mutually assured destruction, so that listeners can be inspired to try these techniques themselves. In the most recent episode — coming soon! — I interviewed my husband.

    Below are some recommendations culled from what my guests have learned, from my own experience as a psychotherapist, and what I know from my own marriage. Here's how to cultivate civility in political disputes.

    1. Do not raise your voice

    Your opponent will likely interpret even a slight increase in volume as shouting, and will stop listening as a result. Rational discussion will then become impossible.

    When discussing politics with my husband,  if I think before I speak, and make sure I'm not communicating in a tone that could be construed as contempt, dismissal, or outrage — which a raised voice does — he is more receptive and less defensive. Using this tactic, we were able to have a conversation about Roe v. Wade — my premier hot-button issue, which he believes should be overturned — that was civil and thoughtful. This hadn't been possible years ago, before I understood  that the tone and volume in which I expressed myself is more important than what I actually said.

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    2. Friends don't let friends drink and discuss politics

    It's hard enough to react well in difficult conversations when you're stone-cold sober, let alone when you've had a few drinks.

    Two interview subjects of mine, a gay couple who are both supporters of President Donald Trump, were in the habit of getting into political arguments about Trump's character after they had quite a few drinks. This inevitably led to yelling (see tactic number one, above), slammed doors, and, on one occasion, a smashed cell phone. Shortly thereafter they agreed to never mix alcohol and politics.

    3. Never send an unsolicited partisan article from your side of a contentious issue to your mate, relative, or friend

    Thrusting an unsolicited article on someone is an automatic turn-off, and will not get your point across.

    The way to share partisan articles with your friend or partner is doing it like two of my podcast guests, Harry and Allan, did. Allan wrote a note to Harry, saying, "Harry, if I gave you an article expressing my viewpoint on something, would you read it? Of course, I'll read something you send me as well."  

    And he only did it once.

    4. If the two of you can't talk about a political issue, simply don't talk about it

    There are lots of people on your side that you can talk to instead of the person with whom you can't have a civil conversation about the issue.

    Make avoidance of destructive controversy a joint decision, and don't violate the contract. Part of maturity is recognizing that there are some issues that cannot be discussed without misery ensuing.

    This isn't just true about politics, it applies to other issues, as well — your partner's mother, for example. You can still be true to your beliefs without foisting them on an unwilling audience.

    There are plenty of other people who agree with you and who would be eager to discuss the very things that are taboo in your intimate relationship.

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    5. Do not start any political conversation with, 'How can your side possibly think...?'

    This is not a conversation-starter. It's an indictment. You automatically turn off the other person by signalling that you abhor his or her stance, and you won't have a rational or amicable discussion after delivering an insult.

    6. Do not read your politically-divergent partner's political posts on social media

    You probably already know what you'll find, and it will come back to haunt you.

    Consider doing this as much of a taboo as reading the other person's diary, even though online comments are public. People are pathologically uninhibited online. They tend to be more restrained and more receptive when they talk directly — so do that instead.

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    7. Never conduct a political argument via email or text

    It may seem more convenient, but texts and email are  easy to misinterpret, and offensively impersonal. If you really want to talk about something, call or arrange to meet in person.

    8. This is the hardest and most important principle of all: Stop trying to change the other person's mind, no matter how compelling it is to try

    It is a universal fantasy that we can change other people, especially the ones we love. Thinking you can is a refusal to accept the limits of your influence over others. Giving up your desire to change someone — whether you're trying to make an unresponsive person love you, or a politically-opposed person agree with you — might be difficult, but once you do, you will improve the quality of your communication.

    Constant attempts to convert your opponent will likely only make your fights worse. 

    Using these same guidelines, my husband and I have found a way to talk about politics, and I've learned a great deal about how people outside my own perspective think and feel. This has been especially delightful during the Trump administration, because it is the first time we actually agree about a president: We both abhor his character.

    Most of the time, though, we prefer to talk about topics other than politics, things that seem more fundamental and more fruitful to our relationship, like the books we're writing and reading, our many shared interests in music and the arts, human nature, and psychology.

    So now is an excellent time to strike a blow for civility in your home or office, and good practice for 2020. If you make an effort to live by these rules, your partner will appreciate them — and you might actually even begin to enjoy talking about politics.

    Jeanne Safer, Phd has been a psychoanalyst and relationship specialist in private practice for 44 years. She is host of the podcast "I Love You, But I HATE Your Politics." Her book of the same name will be published in April 2019 by St. Martins Press.

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    • In a new court filing, the special counsel Robert Mueller used the former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos' own tweets against him.
    • Papadopoulos' lawyers have asked the court to postpone his sentence, which is set to start on November 26, pending the outcome of a separate case challenging Mueller's authority.
    • In response, prosecutors pointed to several now-deleted tweets Papadopoulos sent that are inconsistent with his earlier statements taking responsibility for his actions.
    • Mueller's office said Papadopoulos' tweets and other public statements show that he does not meet the federal guidelines that would allow for a defendant to have their sentence postponed.
    • They also indicated that it's unlikely the case challenging Mueller's authority will succeed and result in a reversal of Papadopoulos' sentence.

    Lawyers representing George Papadopoulos, a former aide to President Donald Trump's campaign who pleaded guilty in the Russia investigation, are requesting that his upcoming two-week prison sentence be postponed pending the outcome of a separate case challenging the legality of the special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment.

    In response, Mueller's office filed a motion in which prosecutors used Papadopoulos' own words to argue against postponing his sentence.

    In the new filing, prosecutors contrasted Papadopoulos' initial statements of remorse with subsequent public statements he made criticizing Mueller and the Russia probe.

    Prosecutors pointed specifically to what Papadopoulos said at his sentencing hearing in September. The former Trump aide expressed regret for his actions and said the Russia probe "has global implications and that the truth matters." He concluded, prosecutors wrote, by telling the court he was "grateful" for the opportunity to help the investigation and had "nothing but respect for the Court and the legal process."

    But the former Trump aide soon adopted a very different tone, prosecutors said.

    Read more:George Papadopoulos dumped by his own lawyers as the former Trump aide embarks on a 'self-defeating gambit'

    "Following the defendant’s sentencing, he made a variety of public statements that appear to be inconsistent with his stated acceptance of responsibility at sentencing," they wrote.

    In one instance prosecutors pointed to, Papadopoulos tweeted from his public Twitter account that the FBI’s investigation was "the biggest case of entrapment!" The next day, Papadopoulos said he was considering withdrawing his guilty plea because he believed he was framed.

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    Several days later, he tweeted that he had been sentenced "while having exculpatory evidence hidden from me."

    He added that if he had known that at the time, he never would have pleaded guilty. And on November 9, prosecutors wrote, Papadopoulos tweeted that his "biggest regret" was pleading guilty.

    Mueller’s office indicated in subsequent footnotes that Papadopoulos has since deleted those tweets from his account.

    Papadopoulos is set to begin his prison sentence on November 26. His lawyers argued in their motion that he should be allowed to stay out of prison "pending appeal," but Mueller's office said there is no pending appeal in his case.

    Papadopoulos' former defense lawyers stated as much earlier this month, when they filed a separate motion to withdraw from representing him.

    In their motion, attorneys Thomas Breen and Robert Stanley of the law firm Breen & Pugh said they were withdrawing "because the criminal case has concluded, and the time for Mr. Papadopoulos to file an appeal has passed."

    Mueller's office also said in its filing Wednesday that Papadopoulos' request does not meet the guidelines that allow for a defendant to be released pending sentencing or appeal.

    Federal law says a judge can postpone or overturn a defendant's sentence only if they find that they did not file an appeal "for the purpose of delay" and if they have reason to believe the appeal may result in a mistrial, reversal, or a reduced prison term.

    In Papadopoulos' case, prosecutors wrote, his public statements following his sentencing "indicate that this motion is being made for the 'purpose of delay.'" They pointed to Papadopoulos' now-deleted tweet saying he should not serve "even one day in jail" to bolster their argument. Mueller's office also said Papadopoulos has "failed to show" that the decision in a separate case challenging Mueller's authority could result in a reversal of his own sentence.

    At least two defendants have challenged Mueller's mandate in recent months: the Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Judges in both cases ruled against the defendants and upheld the validity of Mueller's appointment.

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    • Google Home Hub is one of Google's latest smart home devices designed to simplify everything from your morning routine to entertaining, all with a 7-inch touchscreen display and Google Assistant built-in.
    • We tested out the device to see if it could help us tackle the major task of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner.
    • It promises to show YouTube videos to help answer questions — but this feature didn't seem to work properly when we asked "How do I know if my turkey is done?"
    • It was also difficult to go back and forth between multiple recipes.
    • Watch the video above to see how Business Insider's Alexandra Appolonia used the device this Thanksgiving and how she rated her experience. 

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    • Now through November 27, you can save 20% on clothing and outerwear at L.L.Bean by using the promo code "THANKS20" at checkout.
    • The sale includes fleeces, flannels, jeans, jackets, and much more.

    Made for the outdoors, L.L.Bean is one of the best brands for tackling the elements in style. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, its having a huge sale to pass along some savings.

    Now through November 27, you can save 20% on clothing and outwear by using the promo code "THANKS20" at checkout. You'll also receive a $10 gift card to use on a future purchase of $50 or more by December 24.

    Whether you're looking for warm flannel shirts and sweaters, comfortable fleece jackets, or a heavy winter parka, you'll be able to get a great deal at L.L.Bean.

    Since there are so many great sales going on all across the web, the last thing you want to do is spend too much time shopping in one place. So, to make it easier for you, we rounded up some of the best deals at L.L.Bean for men, women, and kids. Check them out below.

    Shop the L.L.Bean Black Friday sale now.

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    • Romaine lettuce is banned from the table once again as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates a multistate outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 50 people across the US and Canada.
    • This is the third time in less than 12 months that romaine lettuce has been deemed unsafe to eat.
    • The problem shows how difficult it can be to control a supply of fresh, uncooked produce that touches dirt and changes hands countless times before it reaches consumers.
    • Still, fresh produce is not the deadliest source of pathogens that we eat. That prize goes to meat.  

    Once again, salad eaters are being told to avoid romaine. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Tuesday it is investigating an E. coli outbreak that spans at least 11 US states and two Canadian provinces. 

    "Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away," the CDC said, just two days before Thanksgiving. The ban comes as peak harvest season picks up at some of the nation's busiest romaine farms in states like Arizona.

    "At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified," the CDC added.

    Lettuce-related outbreaks are starting to feel like a wintertime tradition. Seven months ago, another E. coli outbreak in romaine killed five people and sickened nearly 200 more. A year ago, one person was killed in another leafy-green outbreak that made 25 people ill. Here's why this keeps happening:

    There's only one way that romaine gets contaminated with E. coli

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    E. coli is a broad species of gut bacteria (you have some of it in your intestines right now), but the strains that public-health investigators have discovered in sick people's feces recently are not the kind that keep us healthy. Instead, the E. coli in question — called O157:H7 — can make people develop bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and kidney failure. In severe cases, the gut poisoning can kill. It's most dangerous for elderly adults and children.

    An E. coli outbreak in lettuce can only mean one thing: The leaves have poop on them. The feces could come from livestock in a farm close to where lettuce grows, or they could come from washing the lettuce in water that's not clean. The contamination could also come from one of the countless people who touch the lettuce before it reaches consumers' mouths.

    Read More: What is E. coli? 

    It's pretty easy for bits of contaminated soil to get lodged into the folds of lettuce leaves. Although washing your produce at home can help reduce the chances of infection, it won't eliminate your risk of getting sick. That's probably why fresh produce accounts for nearly half of all foodborne illnesses in the US. 

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    An easy way to reduce your risk of getting sick, though, is to cut down on the number of hands that touch your leaves before you eat them.

    Tim Richter, a romaine farmer in Puyallup, Washington, told the Associated Press that he encourages his customers to buy their own romaine heads and then wash and chop them at home, rather than buying pre-chopped bags of lettuce. That way, the leaves touch fewer hands, knives, and countertops as they go from soil to table. 

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    There's probably nothing inherently bacteria-prone about romaine lettuce as compared to other fresh leafy greens. Outbreaks probably just affect more people and are easier to notice when tied to a leaf that's commonly consumed. Lettuce is one of the most common veggies on American plates, and romaine's share of the market has been growing steadily since it was introduced in the late '80s. Romaine and leaf lettuce account for well over 60% of per capita lettuce consumption across the US, according to the USDA.

    Uncooked leaves are not the deadliest thing on the menu this Thanksgiving

    People infected with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli can develop "severe abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea, which may become bloody within 24 hours," according to the Merck Manual.  

    "People usually have severe abdominal pain and diarrhea many times a day. They also often feel an urge to defecate but may not be able to," the manual says. In severe cases, the illness can lead to kidney failure. 

    There's typically no fever involved, and there isn't much that otherwise healthy people can do about the infection besides staying hydrated. It can take anywhere from one to eight days for the illness to pass. 

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    Fresh produce is the most common source of food contamination, but food poisoning from meat and poultry is more deadly.

    Taken together, meat and poultry account for 29% of the foodborne illnesses that kill people, while produce (fruit and vegetables combined) accounts for 23% of deaths. 

    In fact, veggies are not even the worst source of E. coli infections — beef's track record is equally bad. Vegetable row crops (mostly leafy greens) and beef each account for roughly 40% of E. coli cases across the country, according to a 2013 CDC report.

    Chicken and other poultry can also get people really sick — the birds are commonly a source of listeria and salmonella infections. This Thanksgiving, a salmonella investigation is underway for raw turkey that has sickened more than 160 people and killed at least one.

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    The good thing about meat is that correct preparation involves an easy "kill step" — cooking it to a high temperature ensures you won't sick. But there isn't a step like that for fresh greens. That's why the CDC urges travelers not to eat fresh salad or unpeeled fruits in developing countries, where night soil (i.e. human manure) might be used as fertilizer, and water used to rinse fruits and veggies may not be clean enough to drink.

    Fortunately, these contamination concerns are less of an issue in the US. Americans consume, on average, nearly 25 pounds of lettuce per person each year. So a couple dozen cases of food poisoning this fall (while miserable for those infected) are still a drop in the proverbial salad bowl.

    SEE ALSO: An E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce has sickened 50 people — here's how to avoid getting sick

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    Maybe it's the shadow cast by Prime Day, or the need to be the biggest and best, or the seemingly infinite number of products available in its marketplace, but Amazon does not play around when it comes to Black Friday. As a result, plenty of shoppers will spend most of the holiday in the weeds of thousands of those deals — trying to stay on top of them while new discounts drop by the minute.

    To make Black Friday on Amazon less overwhelming and more impactful for you, we 'll be logging the best deals below for easy reference: Amazon devices, robot vacuums, Instant Pots, HD TVs, and pretty much anything else you could need — and actually want — all in one scrollable place. 

    Below are the deals currently active to shop. We'll be updating this article as more deals become available. Bookmark this page and check back in if you want to be kept up-to-date. 

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