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1. what’s going on with us,
2. the top political stories we’re following,
3. the top policy and business developments we’re watching,
4. the recipe and drink of the week, and
5. the “WTF Moment of the Week"
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(1) Top WTF News
Happy Veterans Day! We are proud of the great men and women who have served America in uniform, including:
In our neck of the woods, ceremonies took place at Arlington National Ceremony and can be viewed online.
A special thank you to friends of WTF who stepped up to the plate in this year's midterms:
The Book "Tour" Rolls On: We’re continuing to promote our new book, Vignettes & Vino: Dinner Table Stories from the Trump White House with Recipes and Cocktail Pairings!
(2) Top Political News of the Week
Republicans are poised to take control of the House of Representatives in January, though by a smaller margin than polls led us to believe.
The Senate remains up for grabs.
(3) Top Policy & Business News of the Week
Crypto's FTX House of Cards
Democratic mega-donor Sam Bankman-Fried saw much of his multi-billion-dollar fortune evaporate this week after revelations that his crypto exchange FTX could not meet consumer withdrawal demands.
Business & National Security
Musk CFIUS Probe? The Biden Administration's position on whether Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter should be examined by CFIUS for national security risks is about as clear as mud following a question at the president's press conference.
(4) Recipe & Drink Pairing of the Week
Simple Salad & Gin Fizz
(Another favorite from Vignettes & Vino)
To Eat: Simple Salad (Dressing)
This dressing is healthy and perfectly balanced, and can go with pretty much any salad. There’s a detoxifying factor to it as well due to the apple cider vinegar, so it will make you feel like a better person!
Makes About 1/2 Cup
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Juice from 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together all the ingredients except the honey. Then add in the honey. Whisk again until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over any salad mixture of your choice.
We prefer this combination, mixed in a bowl:
It will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle any challenge.
To Drink: Gin Fizz
This is a light and refreshing drink that goes with nearly anything, so it seems like a natural pairing for a salad.
2 oz. gin
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. lemon juice
1 to 2 oz. soda water (seltzer)
1 egg white (optional)
1 lemon twist (optional, for garnish)
If you want to make this cocktail the simple way, without an egg white, then pour all the other ingredients over ice, stir, and enjoy. If you want to make it the way a fancy cocktail bar would, then put the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white in a shaker with ice and shake it thoroughly for a good 15 to 30 seconds. Then pour the frothy mix into a glass, top with the soda water, stir gently, and put a lemon twist on the rim for garnish.
(5) WTF Moment of the Week
France is right?: After days of waiting and counting, we still do not know who won dozens of critical races. How is this possible in the world's greatest democracy? It's embarrassing.