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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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Palestinian protesters set pictures of Mike Pence on fire

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A small group of Palestinian protesters on Sunday set fire to placards printed with images of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt outside Jesus’s traditional birthplace, days before their arrival in the region. With Bethlehem’s illuminated Christmas tree behind them, about 30 people stood quietly holding candles at Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, the site Christians believe marks Jesus’s birthplace, before setting the placards alight. “Bethlehem welcomes the messengers of peace, not the messengers of war”, read…

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Why parents should think twice before endorsing Facebook’s kid-friendly app

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE These days, parents trying to keep their kids safe must worry not just about bike helmets and cars speeding down streets, but online predators and ads targeting kids. Facebook clearly had these parental worries in mind when they rolled out Messenger Kids, which does not include ads and allows parents to control their kids’ contact list. The press release, with its pictures of kids trying on Snapchat-eque dog filters, implicitly argues that the app is squeaky-clean fun. In terms of ads and contacts, it could…

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Star Wars 8 BACKLASH: 17 HUGE Problems with The Last Jedi – Do you agree?

DISNEY Star Wars 8 fan problems Does Episode 8 make you want to scream like Hux? His character is just one of the many problems some fans have with the latest Star Was blockbuster. Angry fans have flooded social media with comments like: “Seen the film today, sad to say a disappointment is an understatement” or “There isn’t a single character who isn’t left ruined by this movie” and “You’ve destroyed whole Star Wars saga.” Even worse, there is a growing feeling that the filmmakers deceived fans by encouraging certain…

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Republican tax bill kills health insurance mandate

The final tax bill being hammered out among Republicans in Congress thoroughly kills one of the most controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act — the mandate. The mandate requires just about everyone to have some form of health insurance or pay a fine. The Supreme Court calls it a tax. Demonstrators protest changes to the Affordable Care Act on June 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Senate Republican’s unveiled their revised health-care bill in Washington after fine tuning it in behind closed doors. Scott Olson / Getty Images It was…

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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss ordered to explain ref claims before Man City game

Manchester United boss Mourinho caused controversy during his pre-match press conference on Friday, saying of the City players: “A little bit of wind and they fall.” He then questioned Pep Guardiola’s permission to wear a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia – on the touchline. And in a conversation with the Sunday newspapers, Mourinho warned match referee Michael Oliver of City’s “tactical fouls”. United lost Sunday’s game 2-1 in a major blow to their title hopes. The…

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Christmas cancelled: Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth SCRAPS celebrations because of Trump

The Israeli Arab city said it had cancelled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr Trump announced the move last week, reversing decades of US policy and recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, jeopardising Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike. Nazareth, the largest Arab town in Israel with a Muslim and Christian population of 76,000, is one of the Holy Land’s focal points of Christmas festivities. City spokesman Salem Sharara said: “We…

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Don’t thank black women for Roy Moore’s loss. Fight for us each day.

Black women are often ignored in discussions of politics or our society in general, so it is nice to see credit given where it is due in the case of Doug Jones’ unexpected win in the Alabama Senate race. Jones was carried to victory on the votes of black people — especially black women, who made up 17% of the voting population in Alabama. Around 93% of black men and 98% of black women voted for Doug Jones, showing up to the polls in numbers that almost matched the 2008…

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Upbeat Putin promises to modernize Russia if re-elected

An upbeat Vladimir Putin pledged Thursday to create a “forward-looking, modern country” if re-elected as Russia’s president next year. The 65-year-old told reporters at his annual televised news conference that he wanted to improving living standards if, as seems likely, he wins another six-year term on March 18. With his approval ratings topping 80 percent, he is on course to extend his lock on power to 24 years and become the country’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The news conference comes days after Putin made a triumphant trip…

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Watch: Deadly incoming rocket fire DESTROYED when intercepted by Iron Dome defence system

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that two rockets fired from the strip flew over the nearby city of Sderot last night as reports emerge the country has launched its most aggressive set of attacks in the region since 2014. In response to the provocative act, Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said: “I expect the prime minister, the defence minister and the chief of staff to strike at the terror organisations mercilessly. “We will not tolerate continued firing at Sderot. This drop in the bucket in response is not a viable…

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