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Donald Trump embarks on a thank-you tour on Thursday, headed for the heartland and grateful to those who elected him.

'Classy': Donald Trump to embark on a thank you tour of the heartland

- The Washington Times

It seems like old times. President-elected Donald Trump is preparing to go back on the road for a spell to thank the voters who handed him a robust win on election night. This is no victory lap brimming with self-congratulation, however. A grateful Mr. Trump wants to reach out to the heartland folk who matter to him, and like his campaign, the tour portends to be bodacious and media-friendly.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein appears at a rally in Philadelphia in July. (John Minchillo/AP)

News media catches recount fever, suddenly discovers Jill Stein

- The Washington Times

A recount of the 2016 election is a dream come true for journalists distraught over President-elect Donald Trump's victory. Consider that broadcasters essentially ignored Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein as she campaigned around the nation for months on end. That all changed the moment she challenged the final election results, advising followers, "Don't mourn, organize."

The new meaning of 'Trump rally'

- The Washington Times

President-elect Donald Trump became famous for staging spectacular campaign rallies that drew thousands of fans around the nation for months on end. Now Mr. Trump is famous for a different kind of rally -- one that bolsters the economy, Wall Street and American morale. The man is simply good for business.

A recipe for President Reagan's favorite macaroni and cheese was submitted to a local community cookbook by his wife Nancy in 1985. (AP Photo file)

Reagan's mac and cheese: Nancy's long lost recipe

- The Washington Times

The Thanksgiving table rules the day, as do thoughts of glorious leftovers and comfort food in general. Let us retreat 33 years in the past and consider "President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese," a simple little recipe shared by "Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Washington, D.C., Wife of the President" in a spiral-bound community cookbook published by the American Cancer Society's Northern Virginia division in 1983.

A hopeful bird auditions for the role of National Thanksgiving Turkey before a plywood backdrop during a recent casting session in Iowa. (National Turkey Federation)

President Obama offers final turkey pardon to 39-pound 'Tot'

- The Washington Times

As his days in the White House wane, President Obama is facing a series of final ceremonial acts of his office. Pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey is one of them, and Mr. Obama will do just that on Wednesday. Enter Tater and Tot, two splendid birds who hail from Storm Lake, Iowa. Both are males, both weigh 39 pounds, and both went through an audition to gauge their ability to pose on a podium without too much fuss.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence, right, watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

85 percent good to go: America gets on the Trump train

- The Washington Times

Some of the indignant squawking is dying down out there. The nation appears comfortable with President-elect Donald Trump, and is eyeing his agenda with much interest. Here are the numbers from a Reuters poll released Thursday, plain and simple.

A long night: TV watchers examine early predictions on election night. A recent poll found 27 percent of Americans are avoiding the news. (Associated Press)

Price of bias: America now shunning news media after 2016 election

- The Washington Times

Inaccuracies, melodrama, bias, outrage: Journalists showcased plenty during election night news coverage which proved to be intense -- and endless. The phenomenon has taken a toll. The weary nation appears to be peeved at the press, and that includes Democrats and Republicans alike who are literally turning away.

Stephen Bannon during a recent visit to Trump Tower in New York City. (Associated press)

The real Stephen Bannon: 'Actually in touch with the majority of American people'

- The Washington Times

Newly minted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been attacked by an unfriendly press since he joined then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign team in mid-August -- deemed a "right wing Rottweiler" by Vice and a "rogue and provocateur" by Politico, among other things. The descriptions now include "white supremacist," "anti-Semite" and "misogynist," all hurled by multiple critics.

President-elect Donald Trump has faced 16 months of hostile press, and the trend continues. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump gets no press honeymoon

- The Washington Times

Well, that was quick. Looks like President-elect Donald Trump doesn't get a cordial honeymoon with the press, despite the fact that he gave a gracious acceptance speech and has called for good will and unity in America. But this is nothing new.

Donald Trump and his family, shortly after he announced his intention to run for president on June 16, 2015. (Associated Press)

President-elect Donald Trump: 'The people of this country are amazing'

- The Washington Times

The hardest working man in politics won his prize fair and square in the earliest hours of Wednesday. President-elect Donald Trump made what was repeatedly billed as a "gracious" and wise speech after winning the 2016 race for the White House - a stunning upset, according to a mostly stunned news media.