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    The number of people living in the U.S. illegally touched its lowest level in a decade in the final years of the Obama administration, according to a new report. The 11 million undocumented residents in 2015 was the lowest total since 2005, the Pew Research Center said Tuesday. The estimate includes people who crossed the border illegally and those who stayed after their legal visas expired, and is based on data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has reported large declines in the number of people apprehended at the border,...
    Note: Wall?
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    WASHINGTON—Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, testing the administration’s ability to reach a deal on government funding next week. Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed and many said they have unanswered questions. A few were noncommittal, but not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region expressed support for...
    Note: Including Ted Cruz. Because it's a terrible idea.
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    Mr. Lavrov delivered a lengthy critique of U.S. foreign involvements going back to Serbia in the 1990s and detailed events in Iraq, Libya and Sudan. “So, this insistence on removing or ousting a dictator or totalitarian leader—we have already been through it,” he said. “We very well know only too well what happens when you do that. I don’t remember any case of a dictator being removed smoothly without violence.”
    Note: Whereas prior to their removal, the dictators governed peaceably.
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    After hours of meetings between Mr. Tillerson and Russia’s leaders, for instance, Mr. Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, criticized what he described as a Western “fixation” on removing dictators and authoritarian leaders.
    Note: Since 1775 . . .
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    Asked how he has changed since taking office, the former businessman—who as a candidate touted his ability to cut deals—said: “The magnitude of everything is so big, and also the decisions are so big. You know, you’re talking about life and death. You’re not talking about ‘you’re going to make a good deal.’”
    Note: Loss of innocence.
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