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Posted at 5:38 PM ET, 11/24/2010


By Ezra Klein

Rather than a bunch of reconciliation links today, here's Mark Bittman demonstrating a smarter way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey:

And here's what to do if you need to cook a turkey and you only have an hour. Then, of course, there's carving to be done:

Have a good holiday. I'll be back on Monday.

By Ezra Klein  | November 24, 2010; 5:38 PM ET
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By the way, thanks for skipping the anti-turkey screed this year.

Posted by: pj_camp | November 24, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

So with all going on economically recently, you had one small story on Ireland. Nothing but maybe a wonkbook link on:

1) new homes sales numbers which dropped to a seven year low, and the implications for unemployment

2) The rise in the Tresury yield curve that was aborted, temporarily at least, by the PIGS problems before resuming today, and it's effects on the 30 year.

3)the rise of the dollar, due to Europe's issues, and whether that can continue in the face of the Fed's QE2 actions

4) the refusal of oil prices to come down in spite of new numbers showing an inventory rise (I saw my first $3.00 a gallon gas today) which predicts a total disconnect between Bernanke's emphasis on core inflation and what will happen to the general public

5)any aspect of the North Korean provocation and whether they were acting as a stalking horse for the Chinese, and the influence of this on South Korea, Asia's only consumer economy and our economic ally

6)the signiifcance of the Chinese resumption of full rare earth sales to Japan after the Japanese made an agreement with an Australian mining company to begin supplying the same to the Japanese beginning in late 2011, and the implications for our "green ecnoomy".

7) the significance of talks between representatives of the financial industry and state AG's over construction of a mortgage settlenment fund, similar to tobacco.

8)the fall in existing homes sales numbers, and whether Lawrence Yun of the National Association of Realtors is right when he says that the "decline in sales stems from "overly strict" lending standards which are preventing qualified borrowers from getting loans and "may be partly" due to the temporary halt of foreclosures as banks work through questions about paperwork."

9) how the Chinese raising the bank reserves requirements affected the dollar

10) whether the rise in mortgage applications this week to a new 6 month high reflects new consumer confidence in a recovery OR a concern that the concurrent rise in the 30 year fixed mortgage presages a need to act now before the rate goes up further

11) today's unexpected drop in initial unemployment claims to their lowest level since June 2008, and how this contrasts with the Fed's view of the economy in their most recently released minutes.

HOWEVER we did learn that:

1)you spend a large amount of time on polling numbers in any/every subject

2) Kim Khardashian has a bad credit card

3)Glenn Beck is not Father Coughlin

4)the debt ceiling is an important issue (NOT)

5) Charo had an interesting life

6) why China has so many fake divorces

7)whether states should set immigration quotas

8) and above all why you can never have too many columns on Social Security reforms that aren't going to happen and Health care repeal which isn't going to happen.

Ezra, you have had a crappy couple of weeks as a writer. I hope you turn it around soon, or I'm gone. (I know I won't be missed! LOL)

Posted by: 54465446 | November 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, we might as well throw in the question of how significant was the raid this week connected to the Wall Street trading probe, and whether this amounts to a geniune attack on "insider trading", OR a side show for the public benefit.

Posted by: 54465446 | November 24, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

may your thanksgiving,
be filled with thanksgiving.


Posted by: jkaren | November 24, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I made Bittman's braised turkey two years in a row (sans breast meat, because we like the dark side . . .) and it fookin' rocks. This year I'm doing a capon instead, but only because I waited too long to shop and wasn't able to score decent turkey thighs.

Posted by: nolo93 | November 25, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Who are you, 54465446? Got a blog we can check out?

Posted by: TheCenterlineOrg | November 29, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Just saw this centerline. No, that would be presumptious and Keith Olbermnann-like of me!

I know I don't know that much, so I listen to the people who are in the economy, not those who write about the economy. Anybody who watches CNBC, or Bloomberg, or reads some of the leading financial sites, can hear what Buffet and Pickens etc. have to say from their own mouths. It's the cheapest quality education you could ever receive

Posted by: 54465446 | November 29, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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