Gerry Connolly

Rep. Hoyer joins with groups seeking to defuse Thanksgiving tension

Rep. Hoyer joins with groups seeking to defuse Thanksgiving tension

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer took a call recently that summed up the apprehension gnawing at many families this week amid frenetic grocery shopping and meal planning.

“A parent said, ‘I have two daughters and they have not spoken to each other since the election,’ ” recalled Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

“They’ll both be home for Thanksgiving,” the caller pleaded. “What do I do?”

Thanksgiving dinner conversation with family, ever fraught with the possibility for hot tempers, has the potential to become even trickier this year, thanks to the nation’s deeply contentious politics and a president who is never shy to Tweet what’s...

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