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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at a news conference following the secretary's visit to the Islamic Center of the San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) ** FILE **

Eerie lack of terror chatter this Thanksgiving, but feds keep ‘vigilant’

- The Washington Times

U.S. authorities say there’s no specific “chatter” indicating an imminent terrorist plot targeting the American homeland, but intelligence and law enforcement officials are staying vigilant around Thanksgiving — which arrives just weeks after the Department of Homeland Security cited an enhanced threat of “lone” wolf attacks in the United States.

 William A. Reinsch, National Foreign Trade Council President. CSPAN

Confessions of a panda hugger

William A. Reinsch, former undersecretary of commerce for export administration under President Bill Clinton, offered a surprising mea culpa in the latest annual report by the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission made public earlier this month.

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican and chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said the agency has a "horrible track record" in managing major construction projects. (Associated Press)

VA office failed to justify no-bid deals: audit

- The Washington Times

A Veteran Affairs office that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in projects in Washington, Maryland and Virginia has failed to document why the agency is making no-bid purchases — a form of procurement the Obama administration has railed against publicly.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to work with U.S. President Barack Obama on immigration issues.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Obama calls Mexican president to discuss immigration action

- The Washington Times

President Obama spoke with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday about Mr. Obama’s granting of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, and the White House said both men pledged to stop more immigrants coming from Central America.

China's Shenyang-J-31 stealth fighter jet (also called FC-31). (Image: United States Naval Institute)

China’s new stealth fighter jet sought by Pakistan

- The Washington Times

Pakistani officials are aware of China’s new stealth fighter jet, and they like what they see. Talks have started between Pakistan and China to work out a deal for up to 40 of the planes, which debuted Nov. 11 at the Zhuhai Airshow.

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Kodiak cleanup could extend into 2015

- Associated Press

The cleanup of hazardous materials and metal shards continues at the state-owned Kodiak Launch Facility three months after military testers detonated a rocket carrying an experimental weapon, and the work might not be completed this year.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with a parton as he and his family distribute food at "Bread For The City" Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Washington, as part of an annual Thanksgiving tradition of participation in a service event.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies

Associated Press

President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service.

Lawmaker: Fight with militants needs 'Arab face'

- Associated Press

A Republican lawmaker says the battle against the Islamic State group needs to have "an Arab face," even as the U.S. leads airstrikes to help defeat the militant group.

LGBT activism growing in conservative Panhandle

- Associated Press

In conservative Pensacola, Sara Latshaw feared her months-long campaign to get the city council to recognize domestic partnerships was about to fail.

American among hostages targeted in Yemen raid

- Associated Press

U.S operation forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages in a remote corner of Yemen, but a Yemeni official said Wednesday that it did not liberate five others, including an American journalist and a Briton who were moved elsewhere by their al-Qaida captors days before the raid.