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Democrats are fired up heading into 2018. Republicans aren’t.

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — The latest NBC/WSJ poll not only shows Democrats holding their biggest lead in congressional preference since 2008, it also finds them enjoying a double-digit advantage when it comes to voter intensity ahead of next year’s midterms. According to the poll, 59 percent of Democratic voters say they have a high level of interest in next year’s elections (registering either a 9 or 10…

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Sport 

Guillem Balague reveals new Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho after Spanish leaks

The Spanish giants are refusing to give up on signing Coutinho after their efforts were rebuffed in the summer. Coutinho then fuelled the speculation earlier this month by not unequivocally committing himself to Anfield beyond this season. This season, the Brazilian has shown little sign that he’s been affected by the speculation with 10 goals and seven assists in his last 13 starts. When asked for the latest on Coutinho, Balague predicted Liverpool will receive a bid from Barcelona but claimed the Spanish side are short on available funds. He…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Who are Rey’s parents?

WARNING: Spoilers from Star Wars: The Last Jedi below. When viewers were first introduced to Rey in The Force Awakens, she was working as a scrap metal scavenger in the baron wastes of Jakku.  Rey (Daisy Ridley) was abandoned on the desert planet by her parents for a reason unknown to her and she grew up under the assumption that they would one day return for her.  After meeting Finn (John Boyega) and joining the Resistance, Rey discovered that she had the ability to use the Force, sparking rumours that…

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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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Science 

Michael Gove's green makeover is promising, but not the revolution we need

Many of us who care for the natural world were deeply concerned when Michael Gove became environment secretary in June. Few in the teaching profession have anything positive to say about his time as education secretary, while many feared he saw the post merely as a stepping stone to revive his career – rather than an opportunity to pursue a great personal passion for the environment. But, after six months in the job, there are encouraging signs that those grave misgivings may have been misplaced. Already there has been positive…

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Sport 

Arsenal news: Wayne Rooney makes HUGE Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud claims

The former Manchester United forward thinks that Giroud should be one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet. He also believes that Wenger was wrong not to sell stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer – despite the latter’s decent start to the season. Giroud has made only one Premier League start this season which came against West Ham last week. However, the 31-year-old has eight goals already this term, and Rooney thinks he should be ahead of £46million forward Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order….

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Saudi Prince celebrates ‘corruption purge’ spending £200m on ‘world’s most expensive home’

Heir to the Saudi throne Crown, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is reported to have bought the £200 million Chateau Louis XIV, a 50,000 square foot palace near Versailles that Kim Kardashian once considered as a potential wedding location. The claim is likely to embarrass the 32-year-old prince who is preaching austerity at home while leading a crackdown on corruption and self-enrichment by the oil-rich kingdom’s elite. Former CIA analyst and authour Bruce Riedel said: “He has tried to build an image of himself, with a fair amount of success, that…

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Sport 

Conor McGregor reveals next move on Instagram, KO’s boxing rumours

‘The Notorious’ hasn’t set foot inside the cage since his historic UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, a triumph which saw him become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles simultaneously. The birth of his first child, Conor Jr, and a multi-million-pound boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr are the main factors for McGregor’s hiatus from the mixed martial arts, which began in November 2016. Earlier this month, McGregor hinted that his time away from the cage could be extended if the UFC brass don’t give…

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Lifestyle 

Dame Patricia Routledge joins McCarthy & Stone choir for Sing Your Heart Out event

Actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge joined the choir from McCarthy & Stone’s Park House retirement development at the Royal Voluntary Service’s Christmas Sing Your Heart Out concert in London. It was proof, should it be required, that life is full of surprises and, in this case, that moving into a retirement complex offers a world of friendship and activities that you might never experience elsewhere. Just ask the choir at Churchill Retirement Living’s Dean Lodge near Bournemouth, where members have just released a single and their own video on…

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