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Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump’s inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation’s capital for Donald Trump’s inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question.

Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will be present Friday for the inauguration, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads, taxing the city’s Metro transit system and making getting around difficult. Trump himself has promised “massive crowds,” but just what that will mean is unclear.

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Obama ‘screwed’ us, angry Cuban migrants say

PANAMA CITY: “Obama has screwed all Cubans,” Yadiel Cruz, a Cuban in Panama bitterly told Agence France-Presse on Thursday upon learning the US president has suddenly made it tougher for migrants like him to get into America.

The 33-year-old summed up what many compatriots were feeling as they digested the news in a Catholic shelter in Panama’s capital, a waypoint on their overland trek to the United States.

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Latinos set to toast tequila to Trump

Next week, a group of patriots, who happen to be Hispanic, will gather to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

It will be the kind of moment that runs counter to the narratives of the political and the media elite, but to those of us in the room, our celebration makes perfect sense.

If news of our inauguration party surprises you, recall that 29 percent of the Hispanic vote went to Trump. Remember, too, that Latinos are feeling the sharp pain of economic adversity that Trump has convincingly promised to change.

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Refugee: Obama Ended ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ to Punish Cubans for Supporting Trump

President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate the Cuban refugee policy is motivated by revenge for Cuban-Americans’ support of Donald Trump, say some Cubans.

The immigration policy, dating from 1966 and dubbed “Wet Foot, Dry Foot,” allowed Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay and become voting citizens.

Jose Enrique Manresa, a 47-year-old Cuban now stranded in Mexico as a result of the change in immigration policy on Thursday, suggested that the outgoing president’s decision is aimed at punishing Cuban-Americans for supporting Trump.

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Paul Ryan: Trump mass deportations “not happening”

Congressional Republicans are working with the Trump transition team on a solution for immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants gained temporary protections and work permits from President Obama. While campaigning for president, Donald Trump promised to undo those protections, putting the immigrants at risk of deportation, although he said last month he hoped to “work something out” to help them.

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3 ways the U.S. economy will feel Trump’s impact

The stock market remains in a trance, hovering just below the Dow 20,000 threshold while it awaits clarity on what President-elect Donald Trump will do. Initial post-election optimism is fading somewhat — especially after Wednesday’s contentious and combative press conference — as evidenced by renewed interest in safe haven assets like gold and Treasury bonds.

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Ben Carson to Sen. Sherrod Brown: ‘You remind me of Columbo’

Sen. Sherrod Brown has heard imitations of his gravelly voice, watched people imitate his retelling of why he wears a pin of a canary in a cage (it’s about worker’s rights) and had people point out his occasionally rumpled appearance.

Now, he’s being compared to a famous TV gumshoe.

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Is the Trump-Russia Scandal the New Benghazi? No Smoking Gun

Donald Trump’s friendliness with Russia—and his refusal to condemn its interference in the 2016 election in unequivocal terms—has become the single most important issue of the transition period. Earlier this week, CNN and BuzzFeed published explosive reports on an unverified intelligence dossier alleging that Russia claimed to have compromising information about Trump; that members of Trump’s inner circle were in contact with Russian intelligence during the campaign; and that Trump made a quid pro quo deal with Russia. Trump’s presidency appeared to hang in the balance, even before it had begun. If some of these allegations were true, they could be grounds for impeachment.

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Obama has axed immigration privileges for Cubans. Here’s how they may try to get around it.

President Obama’s move to rescind certain immigration privileges for Cubans arriving in the United States has rolled up the cushy welcome mat that for two decades essentially allowed any islander to stay if they reach American soil.

Symbolically, it’s a big deal, nudging the United States and Cuba further along the “normalization” path Obama and Cuba’s Raúl Castro announced in December 2014. But as a practical matter, it’s unclear to what extent it can slow Cuban migration to the United States, which has more than doubled in the past two years.

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Mattis: U.S. military not strong enough to deter Russia, China

Retired Gen. James Mattis said Thursday that he does not believe the U.S. military is strong enough to deter Russia and China.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked Mattis if America has a strong enough military to be able to deter against those threats and he responded “No, sir.”

Mattis was speaking before the committee at his confirmation hearing to serve as President-elect Trump’s next secretary of defense. During the hearing, he talked about the state of the world order.

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Obama Lies About Improving Race Relations

Obama heads for the exit while lying compulsively about his accomplishments. Not only did he end all the wars that we are still fighting, but he also improved race relations.

“After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. And such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. Now, I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10, or 20, or 30 years ago, no matter what some folks say. (Applause.) You can see it not just in statistics, you see it in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum.”

The statistics, as he knows quite well, point to the exact opposite result.

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How Democrats Are Using Confirmation Hearings To Attack Trump

Democrats don’t have too many opportunities to set the agenda in Congress right now. They don’t decide what bills are called for a vote, and, due to changes in Senate procedures, won’t be able to block any of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks without Republican defections.

One thing Democrats can affect are the headlines coming out of the first wave of confirmation hearings.

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Forbes: The U.S. Economy Could Turn Around In 2017–Or Crash

Markets have rallied since November on the expectation that Trump and the Republicans will quickly enact a growth-oriented economic agenda—including tax cuts, regulatory relief, and targeted economic stimulus projects.

As I talk to people involved in the transition, I am gaining more confidence that a good part of that agenda will actually be realized. It’s clear to me that the right people want it to happen, at least.

Whether they will get what they want is a slightly different question.

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