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Megapixels: This incredible photo changed the way we look at Earth
https://www.popsci.com/earthrise-nasa-photo-apollo-50

50 years ago, 'Earthrise' inspired the environmental movement
https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/24/earthrise-50-years-the-big-picture/

Breathe easy, because the hole in the ozone is nearly fully healed.
https://www.good.is/articles/hole-ozone-layer-healed

Early-warning tools aim to prevent 'water wars,' curb droughts
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/early-warning-tools-aim-prevent-water-wars-curb-droughts-n917001

Trump ignores climate change, offers handouts to timber industry in wildfire executive order
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-ignores-climate-change-offers-handouts-to-timber-industry-in-wildfire-executive-order-65a4dbc382fe/

Report: The GOP Economic Outlook for Arctic Wilderness Drilling Is a “Pipe Dream”
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/12/report-the-gop-economic-outlook-for-arctic-wilderness-drilling-is-a-pipe-dream/

Why Coal Symbolizes Naughtiness
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/12/why-coal-symbolizes-naughtiness/578857/

Thinking about Climate on a Dark, Dismal Morning
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/thinking-about-climate-on-a-dark-dismal-morning/

What would Jesus do? Talking with evangelicals about climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/19/talking-with-evangelicals-about-climate-change-south

Follow a day in the life of a theme-park Jesus
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2018/12/follow-a-day-in-life-with-theme-park-jesus-at-holy-land-usa/

For Evangelicals, A Year Of Reckoning On Sexual Sin And Support For Donald Trump
https://www.npr.org/2018/12/24/678390550/for-evangelicals-a-year-of-reckoning-on-sexual-sin-and-support-for-donald-trump

Black churches and white evangelicals divided by a common religion [Opinion]
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Black-churches-and-white-evangelicals-divided-by-13487850.php

“We are all brothers and sisters” says Pope Francis in Christmas message
https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/25/we-are-all-brothers-and-sisters-says-pope-francis-christmas-message

Remember the poor and shun materialism, pope says on Christmas Eve
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/remember-the-poor-and-shun-materialism-pope-says-on-christmas-eve/131325.htm

How the 14,000 Migrant Children in Federal Custody Will Spend Christmas
http://time.com/5485344/migrant-children-christmas/

ICE dumps hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at a bus station on eve of Christmas without warning shelters
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/12/24/ice-migrants-release-christmas-eve-el-paso/

This Christmas, don't forget suffering Syrian refugees, implores Christian aid group
https://www.christianpost.com/news/this-christmas-dont-forget-suffering-syrian-refugees-implores-christian-aid-group.html

Sorry, Trump: Most ISIS Recruits In America Aren't Immigrants, A New Study Suggests
https://theintercept.com/2018/12/24/isis-recruitment-us-terrorism/

U.S.-led coalition reports recent air strikes on ISIS in Syria
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/u-s-led-coalition-reports-recent-air-strikes-on-isis-in-syria-idUSKCN1OO0NF

US military delegation to visit Turkey to discuss Syria withdrawal
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-military-delegation-visit-turkey-discuss-syria-withdrawal-1495955155

Turkey ‘determined’ to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces
https://www.apnews.com/68433eb7e46c46679b94272043405d5e

Democrats vow new scrub of post-9/11 war powers
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/24/democrats-911-war-powers-military-1074808

What Comes After US Hegemony?
https://thediplomat.com/2018/12/what-comes-after-us-hegemony/

POLITICS and FLEAS

'Hunker down like a jackass': Shutdown could drag on for weeks
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/24/how-long-will-the-shutdown-last-christmas-eve-trump-1075106

Shutdown Grinds On With Democrats Venting and Trump ‘All Alone’
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-24/shutdown-enters-third-day-with-no-urgency-to-reopen-government

During gloomy Washington Christmas, Trump takes kids' Santa calls  
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-santa/during-gloomy-washington-christmas-trump-takes-kids-santa-calls-idUSKCN1OO007

President Trump tells 7-year-old child it's 'marginal' to still believe in Santa Claus
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/24/donald-trump-tells-child-its-marginal-still-believe-santa-clause/2410738002/

Twitter Has a Field Day Over Trump’s Call With 7-Year-Old About Santa: ‘You Just Can’t Make This Up’
https://www.mediaite.com/online/twitter-has-a-field-day-over-trumps-call-with-7-year-old-about-santa-you-just-cant-make-this-up/

A Horrified Wall Street Reacts To The Mnuchin Massacre
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-24/horrified-wall-street-reacts-mnuchin-massacre

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

In Venezuela, Russia pockets key energy assets in exchange for cash bailouts
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-venezuela-russia-pockets-key-energy-assets-in-exchange-for-cash-bailouts/2018/12/20/da458db6-f403-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html

It Doesn’t Matter if Ecuador Can Afford This Dam. China Still Gets Paid.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/24/world/americas/ecuador-china-dam.html

Asia’s version of Palestine emerging in Bangladesh
http://www.atimes.com/article/asias-version-of-palestine-emerging-in-bangladesh/

Gaza's Christians blocked from travel to Bethlehem
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/palestine-israel-gaza-bethlehem-christmas-travel-permits.html

Haifa’s Happy Holidays: Three religions, one giant block party
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/1224/Haifa-s-Happy-Holidays-Three-religions-one-giant-block-party

The Most Ambitious Clown in the Middle East 
https://www.ozy.com/rising-stars/the-most-ambitious-clown-in-the-middle-east/70967

THE MEDIA SCRUM

How Is Kevin Spacey’s Bizarro House of Cards Video Not Even the Worst Kevin Spacey News Today?
https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/kevin-spacey-house-of-cards-video-sexual-assault-charge.html

John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Is the Most Hilariously Bad Movie of the Year
https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-travoltas-gotti-the-most-hilariously-bad-movie-of-the-year

What Ever Happened to the Kids from A Christmas Story?
https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/12/what-ever-happened-to-the-kids-from-a-christmas-story/

Kevin McAllister Is a Monster
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xp3g4/kevin-mcallister-is-a-monster

ODDS, ENDS

Mind-Bending Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang
https://www.sciencealert.com/mind-bending-study-suggests-time-did-actually-exist-before-the-big-bang

Fossil from the Big Bang discovered with W. M. Keck Observatory
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181218093017.htm

Seeds of giant galaxies formed in the early universe
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-seeds-giant-galaxies-early-universe.html

Sapphires and rubies in the sky
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181219124241.htm

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