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Even Trump wants Congress to save DREAMERS. So what’s the hold-up?

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which gave undocumented people brought to America as children an opportunity to remain in the only country many of them have known — was cruel, but it was also a sham. Even as he tried to pull the plug on DACA, President Trump asked Congress to stop him — and Republicans know it. Trump knows how important these young immigrants, known as DREAMERS, are to our economy, and he knows how disruptive…

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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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World War 3: US to shell out MILLIONS building air bases to counter ‘Russian AGGRESSION’

Airfields, training sites ranges and other military installations are to be built across Eastern Europe close to Russian borders as well as in Iceland and Norway. It is part of the £3.4 billion European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) aimed at “reassuring” NATO’s European allies. An EDI report says: “As we continue to address the dynamic security environment in Europe, EDI funding increases our capabilities to deter and defend against Russian aggression. “Additionally, these significant investments will further galvanise US support to the collective defence of our NATO Allies, as well as…

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French air force SHOCK: More than HALF of military planes ‘UNFIT to fly’

And the current situation is so complex, it can take 30 different contracts just to get one helicopter repaired, French armed forces minister Florence Parly has complained. Speaking during a visit to an air force based in Evreux, Normandy, Ms Parly warned at any given time, 56 per cent of all French Air Force aircraft were unfit to take to the air. She said: “If I compare the current situation… of our planes with a car, it is as if I wanted to have a car every morning that works,…

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Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with ‘Bright’ – CNET

As far as early film screenings go, this one’s a bit unorthodox. I’m in Hollywood to watch Netflix’s “Bright,” a buddy cop film starring Will Smith as a grizzled veteran and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner. (You read that right, a goblin cop.) The movie will be released three days before Christmas, but I get to watch it now. Rather than filing into a traditional theater, I enter a small screening room on the sixth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices. There are a half-dozen plush leather chairs decorated with…

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‘We will not act under pressure’ Macron’s ambitions SHOT DOWN as EU leaders shelve reforms

Emmanuel Macron followed up his resounding election victory this year by unveiling plans to reform the EU, including closer eurozone integration. However, following the latest EU summit, Mr Macron’s plans appear in jeopardy after a series of EU leaders came out against the plans. EU leaders had already postponed discussions on the French leader’s eurozone plan until at least March.  Dalia Grybauskaité, President of Lithuania, said that there was no rush on reforming the eurozone and criticised Macron for not releasing any concrete proposals to his plans. She said: “Up…

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Ready for WAR: Japan set for RECORD HIGH defence budget amid WW3 fears over North Korea

The Japanese Defence Ministry is expected to request a record-high defence budget of £34.6 billion (5.19 trillion yen) for the next tax year, as tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula. The defence budget will be included in the countries budgetary which commences on April 1 2018 and is expected to reach a record-breaking £650 billion (97.7 trillion yen). The majority of the budget is expected to be spent on protecting Japan against North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile development. The extra funding would cover the cost of preparations…

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EU green farming subsidy wastes BILLIONS after improving just 5 per cent of farmland

The so-called ‘greening subsidy’ costs the European Union £10.6billion a year – making up a huge chunk of the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) £51billion budget. But despite spending more than the UK’s net contribution of £8.6billion from last year on the project, just 5 per cent of the EU’s 150million hectares of farmland have been made more ecologically friendly as a result. Samo Jereb of the European Court of Auditors said: “Greening remains essentially an income support scheme. “As currently implemented, it is unlikely to enhance the CAP’s environmental and…

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Pro-Ject’s turntable makes you want to get up and dance – CNET

The Pro-Ject Classic SB turntable. Steve Guttenberg/CNET I play music all the time at home, but I couldn’t help but notice that my wife was grooving and dancing more when I played tunes on the Pro-Ject Classic SB belt-drive turntable. She didn’t have to say it’s a great sounding turntable, her actions spoke louder than words. Before we go any further, the Classic SB is the upgraded version of Pro-Ject’s still available Classic turntable, which costs $1,099 in the US and £900 in the UK. The Classic SB is slightly…

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Between ‘Get Out’ and ‘Thor’, originals and sequels can coexist – CNET

“The Last Jedi” rounds out a year of some very good blockbusters (and a lot of mediocre ones). Disney Hollywood, eh? It’s all sequels and remakes! Where’s the imagination? This year at least, it seems a fair bit of the imagination went into those very sequels and remakes. The devastating “Logan“. The heartstopping “War for the Planet of the Apes“. The wondrous “Wonder Woman“. The uproarious “Thor: Ragnarok“. The dazzling “Star Wars: Last Jedi“. You don’t have to be a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and geeky flicks to love these…

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