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“As president, you don’t endorse soft drinks or shoes, so please stop promoting an industry that wreaks havoc on the health of the American people, contributes to environmental devastation, and abuses millions of animals every year,” writes Ingrid Newkirk, president of the group, in a letter to Mr. Obama.

She also mourns the plight of intentionally fattened gobblers who are under duress and often have heart attacks, noting that both turkeys from the 2012 ceremony have already died. The president, though, can’t get a break.

“Please discontinue this pathetic, outdated promotion of a violent, environmentally irresponsible, and unhealthy industry,” Ms. Newkirk continues. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you were remembered for advocating a new Thanksgiving tradition — a healthy, humane, eco-friendly vegan Thanksgiving?”

BUMPER PATROL

“If all else fails, use a bigger hammer”

“If at first you don’t succeed, blame marketing”

— Two bumper stickers spotted on the same vehicle near Warrenton, Va.

IRONIC FACTOID OF NOTE

“Compared with the electorate overall, Americans who came of age during the presidencies of John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson offered more support for Mitt Romney in 2012, and more support for John McCain in 2008,” says Seth Motel, a Pew Research Center analyst who went through many numbers to reach that conclusion.

“Those who turned 18 in the Gerald Ford-Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan-George H.W. Bush years also have voted consistently more Republican in the last several elections,” Mr. Motel continues. But there is a great divide lurking on the cusp of administrations.

“It’s the Nixon-era’s 18-year-olds, who were born in the middle of the Baby Boom and were ages 56-61 last election, who are more Democratic-leaning. In 2012, their margin of support for President Obama exceeded the national average by 5 points,” he notes.

CRUZ CONTROL

Was it Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who recently suggested that Sen. Ted Cruz should not run for president because he’s a Washington insider? Apparently so. The wily Mr. Cruz replies:

“I’ll tell you this; I agree with Gov. Walker that Hillary Clinton would make a very poor president. So on that, we are on the same page. And beyond that, you know what, there’s going to be plenty of time to worry about politics going forward,” the Texas Republican tells Bloomberg TV anchor Al Hunt in an interview airing Friday.

“I like Scott Walker. I think he’s done a good job standing up to unions in his state. What I think the next president should be is someone who is leading the fight for free market principals and the Constitution, someone who’s listening to the American people, not listening to the established politicians,” Mr. Cruz says.

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