Tar-a-Lago: The Dems have held the Senate. The House race still looks like it will end with a slim GOP majority. Either way, this election was a shock for Republicans. Will it be enough for them to drop the albatross? Benjamin Wallace-Wells in The New Yorker: The Republicans’ Post-Midterm Reckoning with Donald Trump. “The specific gripe that these Republicans have with Trump is not of a moral or a legal nature. The problem, in their eyes, is that Trump effectively handpicked the candidates who underperformed in some of the country’s most crucial races. Many of these duds had won Trump’s favor for only one reason: fealty to a lie.” (This isn’t about ethics. It’s just about winning and losing. In other words, nothing has changed and no lessons have been learned.)

+ Prime Number: Another shoe drops in the tech economy: Amazon plans to lay off 10,000 employees. If you’re looking for key indicators for when things will turn around, I’d suggest watching the shipping industry. Right now, that industry has a new problem — too many containers.

+ Jabs of Steel: If you need some extra motivation to get your flu shot, this chart should do the the trick.

+ Rat a tap tap: “Rats can recognize and move to the rhythm of a beat, according to a new University of Tokyo study published in the peer-reviewed Science Advances journal. Only humans had previously been thought to innately possess the ability.” Researchers played Lady Gaga for rats. They bopped their heads like humans. (However, they refused to dance to trap music.)

+ Hold Turkey: “She nuzzled up into my chest and sort of bended into me, and I was struck by how soft she was, especially the top of her head. It was just the sweetest moment — I could have sat with her forever.” WaPo: This farm offers turkey cuddling. No, really. (I have to think turkeys are a little apprehensive about getting a hug this time of year.)

+ Extended Layover : “Year in and year out, he slept on a red plastic bench, making friends with airport workers, showering in staff facilities, writing in his diary, reading magazines and surveying passing travelers.” Iranian who inspired ‘The Terminal’ dies at Paris airport.