Kansas City Bridge: War Profits, Political Excuses & Grapes Of Wrath Redux

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Cowtown Do-gooders Need Cash

Bishop Sullivan Center in Kansas City in need of monetary donations to fight food insecurity

A Kansas City social services organization needs your help in raising funds for a new community oven and to stock up their food pantries this winter.

Hip-Hop Temptation

Machine Gun Kelly Offers Travis Kelce $500K to Play for Cleveland Browns Instead of Kansas City Chiefs

"Just know my offer is real, and it's on the table," said Machine Gun Kelly on Travis and Jason Kelce's New Heights podcast.

Tech Biz At Local Level

KC brick-and-mortar stores adapt Black Friday amid e-commerce boom

A record 200.4 million consumers shopped over the five-day weekend between Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation.

Former Diva Shares New Peek

Britney Spears shares ANOTHER fully naked snap from racy set of photos

The Grammy-winning singer, 41, was pictured from behind, turning around and smiling on a beach, captioning the image, '...it's just me !!!'

White House Sells War

'Buy American': Biden admin circulates map showing states that benefit from Ukraine aid

The White House has adjusted its sales pitch to skeptical Republicans, highlighting how continued funding benefits the U.S.

Rock Mag Spits On Grave

Henry Kissinger, War Criminal Beloved by America's Ruling Class, Finally Dies

Henry Kissinger has died at age 100.

Another Tragedy For Unsafe American Osprey 

A U.S. military plane with eight on board crashes into the sea near Japan

A coast guard spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that the plane crashed into the ocean near Yakushima, an island off the Kagoshima region on the southern main island of Kyushu.

Politico Might Survive Again

Johnson says he has 'real reservations' over expelling Santos as GOP support grows for ousting New York congressman | CNN Politics

Speaker Mike Johnson warned that he has "real reservations" about expelling GOP Rep. George Santos and the precedent it would set, but urged members to vote their conscience in the House floor vote expected Thursday as GOP support for ousting the indicted New York congressman continues to grow.

MAGA Excuses Mocked

"Humiliating": McCarthy visited Mar-a-Lago because "depressed" Trump wasn't "eating," Cheney says

Critics mocked the Republican for his "pathetic" visit to cheer up the former president.

Holy Land Doubt Emerges?!?!

Release of Palestinian prisoners sheds light on controversial Israeli justice system in the occupied West Bank | CNN

Some of the prisoners were held under a murky military justice system that theoretically allows Israel to hold people indefinitely without trial or a charge.

GOP Skeptical Of European Fight

Why Republicans are souring on Ukraine

This article is the first in The Hill's three-part "World at War" series this week, which will also explore public sentiment around the Israel-Hamas war and simmering tensions with China. James Cohen, a longtime Republican voter from Virginia Beach, said support for Ukraine has remained pretty strong in his GOP circles.

Old School Second Guesses

My Husband and I Hired a Sex Worker. Then I Think We Crossed a Line.

I hope we didn't make some kind of faux pas.

Depression Era Drama Scarily Apropos In Kansas City

At Arts Asylum, "The Grapes of Wrath" Is as Timely as Ever - KC STUDIO

The production of "The Grapes of Wrath" currently onstage at Arts Asylum keeps things simple and uses a bare-bones aesthetic to its advantage.

Another Peek At Forecast

FIRST WARN: Thursday night through Friday seeing widespread rain showers

After a quiet and cold start to the week, our weather turns much more active before the weekend.

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.