Please pass the turkey but hold the politics.

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This was originally published as the November 19 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Sign up here to receive it every weekday morning.

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Jury deliberations began Monday in the murder trial of Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancée with a bat last year.

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A diplomat at the US embassy in Ukraine told lawmakers last week he'd "never seen anything" like the call Gordon Sondland placed to President Donald Trump at a restaurant in Kiev, according to a transcript of his deposition released Monday night.

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• Lindsey Graham takes heat from right-wing media • GOP senators downplay developments in impeachment inquiry • Opinion: Calling witnesses 'Never Trumpers' won't save Trump

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South Dakota launched a new campaign Monday to battle the meth crisis that Gov. Kristi Noem says is "growing at an alarming rate."

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