"How to win a debate with your uncle at the Thanksgiving table,"
advertises the Foreign Policy headline. The accompanying article by Joshua Keating
from issues in Afghanistan to the British royal family--might actually
be the most modest of those on offer this season.
Slate--being Slate--dispatches John Dickerson
to tell you how to argue each side
of the top topics: TSA pat-downs, Bush tax cuts, START, the deficit,
Palin's presidential run, terrorist trials, the Ground Zero mosque, and
The Daily Beast cuts to the chase. In "How to Sound Smart on Thanksgiving," Samuel Jacobs
provides a numbered list of topics with reading suggestions and actual
soundbites. ("Say: Kate Middleton is the new Angelina Jolie.")
with online guides to appearing informed, the reader may presumably go
forth and dazzle with confidence. But you might want to evaluate your
audience before trying out the line about Oprah Winfrey being key to
the economic recovery. And as an alternative to spending your entire
dinner refuting theses about Obama's foreign policy: just upend the
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