Steelers' Roethlisberger active after virus-related absence
The unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers wound up relatively healthy for their game against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals following a brush with the novel coronavirus. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is also back after missing a game with a knee injury. Cincinnati is without running back Joe Mixon, whose lingering foot injury is forcing him to miss a third game in a row. Receiver Cooper Kupp, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and running back Darrell Henderson all were active after missing practices with injuries. Raiders: T Kolton Miller (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), QB Marcus Mariota, RB Theo Riddick, G John Simpson, DT Daniel Ross.
Trump plays on fears in play for the suburbs
Republicans lost more than three dozen suburban House districts in 2018, when suburban voters backed Democrats by an 11-point margin, according to AP VoteCast polling. Republicans have long relied on finding upper-income and white voters in the growing suburbs to build on their base in rural America and win elections. In 2018, one in four suburban voters identified as nonwhite, according to AP VoteCast. Back in Quakertown, Alex Whalen, 19, said she thinks Trump will lose just as many suburban voters as he gains with his law-and-order pitch. The Democrat doesn't think voters will recognize the sort of urban chaos he is describing.
Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion - his own
On Monday, the 71-year-old justice turned inward, focusing his criticism on himself — a court opinion he wrote in 2005 defending the power of federal administrative agencies. In the case, known as Brand X, the court sided with the Federal Communications Commission's decision not to regulate broadband cable providers, rejecting a federal appeals court ruling that would have required regulation. “Although I authored Brand X, ‘it is never too late to surrender former views to a better considered position,''' Thomas wrote, borrowing language from Justice Robert Jackson in 1950. Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion Monday when the court declined to take on a case asking it to overrule the Brand X decision. “Brand X takes on the constitutional deficiencies of Chevron and exacerbates them,” he added.
Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13
Cleveland Browns defensive end Chad Thomas (92) celebrates with defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (98) after sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Pittsburgh. And one very loud statement from the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers written not on a T-shirt but all over the Heinz Field turf: The faces may change when Cleveland visits Pittsburgh. “No one is coming to save us,” Cleveland defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. Mayfield declined to blame the injury, which the Browns described as a bruise, as a reason behind his so-so second half. “I think it was very straightforward,” Pittsburgh defensive end Cam Heyward said.