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In this Nov. 16, 2015 photo, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks at a news conference in Henderson, Nev. Carson is making a post-Thanksgiving trip to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan this weekend. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Ben Carson after camp tour: Absorb Syrian refugees in Mideast

- Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and “encouragement” to the host nations.

After falling behind, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is back on top, holding a 2-point lead over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in a Quinnipiac University poll this week. (Associated Press)

Trump’s resurgence from general attacks a test for critics

- The Washington Times

The Club for Growth thought it had dented Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s chances in Iowa with ads accusing him of being a false conservative, but the billionaire businessman has surged back to the lead in polls, showing a staying power that’s confounded pundits and fellow candidates.

The apprentice: Tea party activists convinced Trump eyeing Cruz for ticket

- The Washington Times

A group of tea party activists is convinced that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has struck a secret deal with rival Sen. Ted Cruz to guarantee the Texan the vice presidential spot on the ticket, and conservatives are raving that it would be the best pairing since Harry Burnett Reese combined peanut butter and Hershey’s chocolate.

Republican hopeful Donald Trump will be staging a jumbo rally in Sarasota, Florida, followed by another on Monday in Georgia, followed by yet another Tuesday in New Hampshire and still another on Wednesday in Virginia. (Associated Press)

What holiday? The campaigns crank back up, Trump and Cruz lead the way

- The Washington Times

Hubbub resumes. Thanksgiving is already in the rearview mirror for many presidential hopefuls meandering back on the campaign trail following their respective family feasts. Things get particularly busy by Sunday, when the candidates will go scrambling, willy-nilly, for voter attention in battleground states. But that’s next week.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. **FILE**

Obamacare waivers present dilemma for administration

- The Washington Times

President Obama faces a major decision on Obamacare over the next year as states begin to apply for waivers to the sweeping law, pressuring the administration to either welcome or resist experimentation with his top domestic achievement.

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Weak, confused and 'unable to grasp'

- The Washington Times

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever in search of a credible reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, Barack Obama has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry "death to America." He can't imagine that men can listen to the call to evening Muslim prayer, which so captivated him as a boy growing up in Indonesia -- "the prettiest sound on Earth" -- and be inspired to dream of bringing down death on America.

Modern-day pilgrims mark first Thanksgiving in New Jersey

- Associated Press

Refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived are among the thousands of immigrants marking their first Thanksgiving many miles from their native countries, which endure civil war, terror and human-rights abuses.