Joe Biden, Uber, Alanis Morissette: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering Pete Buttigieg’s work with the consulting company McKinsey, and a scandal involving Spain’s version of “Big Brother.” Nancy Pelosi’s evolution on impeachment Having said nine months ago that she opposed the “divisive” idea of impeaching President …

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How a Strong Job Market Has Proved the Experts Wrong

There are a lot of good things to say, and few bad things to say, about the November employment numbers that were published Friday morning. Employers added 266,000 jobs, a blockbuster number even after accounting for the one-time boost of about 41,000 striking General Motors workers who returned to the …

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Opinion | Why the ‘Wokest’ Candidates Are the Weakest

Democrats are too “woke” for their own good, or so goes the argument. “Today’s progressivism is more or less a secular form of religion with its own high standards,” Matt Lewis, a conservative columnist, wrote this spring. “Eventually,” he concluded, “the revolution devours its own.” Bill Maher, host of HBO’s …

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You’ll Never Buy Caramel Corn Again

Can a person have too many popcorn epiphanies? I had my first last year, when the Los Angeles chef Jessica Koslow taught me that using more oil than corn kernels yielded the best-textured, crunchiest popcorn. But my latest revelation came a few months ago, when I sampled a caramel popcorn …

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Opinion | Saying No to Trump’s Troops

In this distressing political landscape, how can Mexico and the United States work together to fight drug cartels? Both countries must continue to share strategic and financial information on criminal groups, push for extradition (nothing scares Mexican drug dealers more than the thought of spending the rest of their lives …

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N.F.L. Week 14 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Lions at Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox Line: Vikings -13 | Total: 43.5 Stefon Diggs became a household name for a 61-yard touchdown reception in the playoffs two seasons ago, but last year the Vikings inexplicably turned him into a possession receiver. Despite his game-changing speed, Diggs caught 102 passes for …

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