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Published: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:03:32 -0500

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Trump has no authority “to give away Jerusalem to an occupying power,” Palestinian official says

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:04:47 -0500

(image) Palestinian leaders are vowing to snub the White House following President Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.



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First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:12:10 -0500

(image) Medical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California’s most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday.



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One 'Tantrum Away'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:01:38 -0500

(image) Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.



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Opera student raises $40,000 in performance for college tuition

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:09:37 -0500

(image) Drew Anthony raised enough money in a single opera performance to pay for a year of college tuition. After hearing his story, several prestigious universities have tapped him for spots at their school.



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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:29:00 -0500

(image) All of the reasons the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.



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Here's How Many Billions America's Richest Would Save On Estate Tax Repeal

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:38:23 -0500

(image) Mother Jones magazine and the progressive organization Americans for Tax Fairness have taken a look at the more lavish of the House and Senate measures to cut taxes for the richest people in America ― a mammoth break on estate taxes.



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McDonald's Malaysia refutes Israel ties after boycott calls

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:23:44 -0500

(image) The Malaysian franchise of McDonald's Corp said it was "disappointed" with calls on social media to boycott the fast food restaurant chain in apparent retaliation to the United State's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Social media users in the Muslim-majority country called on boycotting various U.S. companies following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a city important to both Israelis and Muslims. One user of Twitter Inc's microblogging platform, TheUsopIbrahim, stated without citing sources that U.S.-headquartered McDonald's "channelled funds to Israel".





Israeli stabbed in apparent Jerusalem 'terror' attack

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:58:12 -0500

(image) A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem on Sunday in what police described as a "terrorist" attack amid unrest over the White House's Jerusalem declaration. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard being treated was in serious condition, while the assailant had been arrested following the attack at the Jerusalem central bus station. In a post on Twitter, Rosenfeld described it as a "terrorist attack".



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Trump visits Mississippi's Civil Rights Museum amid protests

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:30:48 -0500

(image) As Trump visited the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, protesters held up signs and shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."





China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat's invasion threat

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:44:57 -0500

(image) A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means.



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Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They’re Not Scientologist

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:02:15 -0500

(image) CLEARWATER, Fla. ― It was a weekday afternoon here in early December, and a gaggle of kids outside of Clearwater Academy International were playing with a ball, their laughter and shouts filling the air.



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Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:05:24 -0500

(image) In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.



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Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:47:25 -0500

(image) Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. The tombs were found in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp, though she had only reached the entrance gate "but never entered", the ministry said. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany was in Luxor to announce the discovery in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, were buried.



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As Putin Announces 2018 Presidential Bid, ‘SUPERPUTIN’ Exhibition Opens In Moscow

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:02:00 -0500

(image) Vladimir Putin cuddles puppies, jaguars and babushkas, rides bears while dressed in armor and vanquishes evil as a beefy superhero, among other exemplary talents.



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China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:56:00 -0500

(image) Like the rest of China’s military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China’s People’s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China’s armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.



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Swedish PM condemns attempted arson attack at synagogue as three arrested

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:34:39 -0500

(image) Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said. There were no reports of injuries and the fire did not reach the synagogue or an adjacent meeting house where Jewish youths had gathered when the attack took place late on Saturday, Swedish media reported. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement he was outraged by the attack.





DNC Unity Commission Agrees On Slate Of Historic Reforms

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:00:00 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― At its final meeting on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic National Committee’s Unity and Reform Commission agreed to a set of dramatic revisions aimed at restoring faith in the presidential nomination process and the management of the DNC.



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Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:29:01 -0500

(image) Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one "impulsive tantrum away", the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation's nuclear tests. "Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?" ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.



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The World’s Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:26:24 -0500

(image) Thousands of protestors gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, this weekend in the latest demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.



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Al Franken Makes Santa's Naughty List On 'SNL,' But Roy Moore Makes The 'Registry'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:30:44 -0500

(image) Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 10, 2017 “Saturday Night Live’s” take on politics this week featured elf Kate McKinnon and Santa Kenan Thompson in the cold open listening to a line-up of smart kids asking about everything from opioids to Colin Kaepernick and toys — more specifically, Matt Lauer’s sex toys.



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Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:11:24 -0500

(image) ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.



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Nova Scotia Plans To Sell Weed In Liquor Stores

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:44:21 -0500

(image) Alongside bottles of vodka, whisky and rum, marijuana will soon be stocked on the shelves of liquor stores in Nova Scotia, Canada.



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China's 'tiger mothers' rebel against punitive homework for parents

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:33:14 -0500

Fed up with picking up the slack in terms of helping her son with his heavy school workload, 39-year-old mother, Mrs Wang, has joined millions of like-minded parents who are calling for something that China’s ‘tiger mothers’ would have considered unthinkable only a few years ago – a break from homework. The campaign focuses on the frustrations of parents who believe they shouldn’t be spending their evenings tackling arithmetic questions or reciting complex sentence structures when they could be watching a soap or reading a magazine. It was triggered by a viral post titled: “Goodness, what have I done wrong to have to do homework with my kids.” After millions on views on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, parents flocked to social media to share their own stories. Since then, three Chinese provinces have issued regulations banning schools from giving out homework which would involve parents. Three years ago, Mrs Wang’s family spent their life savings to move to a desirable catchment area where they could enroll their son, now aged nine, at an elite primary school that would compel him to work long hours. Like the majority of Chinese parents, she believed she was doing the best for her family by helping him attain the grades needed to enter a top secondary school. But after becoming heavily involved in helping her son meet those tough demands – usually after a ten-hour day at her busy Beijing office - Ms Wang now views the school as a source of conflict in her house and a major drain on her own time. “Sometimes all I think about when I am at work is my son’s homework,” said Mrs Wang, who only provided her surname. Chinese social media is full of stories from parents sharing experiences of screaming and shouting their way through homework with their offspring. One post said: “When I returned from school when I was young, my parents watched TV while I did my homework. “Now when I get home from work... I still have to do homework.” Other parents told how homework-related stress had caused them serious health problems or driven them to the brink of madness. “Come homework time, the whole yard knows my howls,” one said. Opposition from parents stunted previous attempts by the government to soften China’s notoriously high-pressure education system. A programme dubbed ‘happy education’ was rolled out four years ago, but there was resistance to slashing levels of homework, which is said to be around three hours a day in China - twice the global average. Consequently, the 2013 reforms resulted in teachers facing pressure from both sides. They were being told by education officials to relax academic learning, but parents were telling them to push their children harder. The teachers responded by involving parents more in the challenging topics. However, things didn’t go to plan. “It has become a vicious cycle because students submitted homework that had been polished by their parents, so teachers assigned more difficult homework,” one teacher told local media. Some parents choose to send their children to one of a growing number of expensive after-school institutions where they can finish their homework before being picked up. But education chiefs are already fighting back against challenging workloads, with officials in the eastern Jiangsu  and Zhejiang provinces, a[...]


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Japanese man kills wife and priestess sister with sword in bizarre family feud: media

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:29 -0500

(image) A Japanese man wielding a sword killed his sister, a Shinto priestess, on the grounds of a Tokyo shrine, then stabbed his wife to death before committing suicide, police and media said. Police declined to comment on a motive for Thursday's killings or the family feud. Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, attacked Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, as she got out of a car.





Lebanon's Hariri denounces Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary's visit to border

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:42:12 -0500

(image) The head of an Iran-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia has visited Lebanon's border with Israel accompanied by Hezbollah fighters, a video released on Saturday showed, in a show of Iranian influence that Lebanon's prime minister called illegal. Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Iraqi paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, declared his readiness "to stand together with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian cause", in the video footage widely circulating on social media.



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Iraqi PM declares 'end of war against IS' in Iraq

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:35 -0500

(image) Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq's very existence. "Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS)," Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. As the authorities announced a public holiday on Sunday "to celebrate the victory", Abadi said in a speech at the defence ministry that Iraq's next battle would be to defeat the scourge of corruption.



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Why is America Addicted to Foreign Interventions?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:26:00 -0500

(image) The United States engaged in forty-six military interventions from 1948–1991, from 1992–2017 that number increased fourfold to 188. At a time when the United States is preparing to increase Pentagon spending and escalate troop deployments overseas, an analysis of U.S. military interventions since the country’s founding highlights two important and related dynamics. Second, U.S. military interventions since WWII have only rarely achieved their intended political objectives.



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3 Trump Accusers Call On Congress To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:19:54 -0500

(image) Three women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault are demanding that Congress investigate their claims.



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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Premieres With Humorous Carrie Fisher Tribute

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:22:22 -0500

(image) “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had its world premiere in Los Angeles Saturday night, and director Rian Johnson took the opportunity to pay tribute to Fisher, channeling the late actress’ legendary wit.



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Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don't Sound Too Inspired.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:04:52 -0500

(image) ― Days before Alabama’s special Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones is within striking distance of winning a seat his party hasn’t won in 25 years.



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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:32:22 -0500

(image) Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well. Fires that have chased almost 200,000 Californians from their homes covered the Getty's hillside location in smoke this week. Perched above the busy 405 freeway, an artery of California's traffic system, the Getty is among the most visited U.S. museums and reopened on Friday after two days closed.



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The unusual suspects: Rise of the mafia godmothers

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:21:12 -0500

They say it's a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynasty marriages to create alliances between clans. Now as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas are increasingly stepping up to head crime families - and getting caught in the process.    After seven years behind bars, one such godmother - Maria Angela Di Trapani - was freed from prison in 2015 and for the last two years has allegedly been quietly moving up through the secretive, male-dominated ranks of Sicily's Cosa Nostra. On Tuesday, the 49-year-old wife of notorious boss Salvino Madonia was among 25 people arrested in a sweeping Palermo raid, accused once again of mafia crimes, including orchestrating bold intimidation tactics to scare business owners into paying a feared mafia tax known as the pizzo.  “She operates like a man,” various mob bosses were recorded saying in prison about Di Trapani - the ultimate compliment in the man-of-honour hyper macho world of Cosa Nostra, which always gave an important role to women behind the scenes, but rarely officially. Investigators say one popular cake shop in Palermo paid €5000 in extortion money. Another bar in a well-known central square named after Pope John Paul II paid €750 at Easter, and again at Christmas. A bustling pizzeria shelled out €3000. Italian anti-Mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho delivers his speech during a meeting in Milan, Italy Credit: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni “I'll never forget the look she gave me from her balcony when she called out to me, warning me to be careful what I said,” said one businesswoman in Di Trapani’s neighbourhood. “Her eyes were like ice.” The Resuttana clan paid visits to tyre shops, local gyms, and some shopkeepers who didn’t pay went to work the next morning to find their rolldown storefront gates superglued shut or set alight.  This apparent increase in equal opportunities is a sign the mob is weakening, says John Dickie, professor of Italian Studies at University College London and author of several bestselling books about organised crime. About Italian Mafias “It is actually a symptom of crisis that we are seeing more women in Cosa Nostra,” he says. “It is an attempt to shore up the organisation in trouble, they are the avatars of the men – the wives and sisters of particularly fearsome or prestigious bosses, but they wouldn’t be doing it if loads of men weren’t in jail.” A crackdown on organised crime over the last three decades has failed to take down the mafia, but has effectively put a generation of bosses behind bars. Some of them are dying there, including two of the top Godfathers from the Corleone faction, Bernardo Provenzano, who died of cancer in 2016 while serving time in a Milan prison, and Salvatore “Toto’ Riina” who died of cancer last month while imprisoned in Parma.  The day after he died, Riina’s daughter changed her Facebook profile picture to a woman with her fing[...]


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UK foreign minister in Iran to push for Briton's release

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:01:21 -0500

(image) Britain's foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held two hours of "frank" talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, which also touched on the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the future of which has been thrown into doubt by US President Donald Trump.



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Migrants workers in Beijing are being evicted from their premises

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:04:53 -0500

(image) Migrants workers in Beijing are being evicted from their premises since Nov. 11. The move came after a deadly fire in Beijing's outskirts that left 19 dead.



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Star U.S. Diplomat Quits With Fiery Letter To Rex Tillerson

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:26:40 -0500

(image) A distinguished U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department resigned after writing a searing letter to Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson, accusing him of gutting the department and damaging America’s standing across the world.



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The Army's Has Over 100,000 'New' M4A1 Rifles - Here's What They Can Do

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:10:00 -0500

(image) To date, the Army has completed more than 117,000 M4A1 upgrades on the way to the eventual transformation of more than 480,000 M4 rifles. As a result, it is entirely conceivable that the Army will explore new requirements and technologies for the M4A1 as time goes on. The service’s so-called M4 Product Improvement Program, or PIP, is a far-reaching initiative to upgrade the Army’s entire current inventory of M4 rifles into higher-tech, durable and more lethal M4A1 weapons, Army spokesman Pete Rowland, spokesman for PM Soldier Weapons, told Scout Warrior in an interview.



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Your Tax Dollars Are Being Used To Attack Patagonia

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:07:44 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Natural Resources has joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s fight against Patagonia, accusing the American outdoor retailer of lying in order to sell merchandise.



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US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:07:03 -0500

(image) A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island's main prison by cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw, authorities said. Foreigners are regularly arrested for drugs offences on Bali.



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Al Franken Is Not Sorry

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:47:35 -0500

(image) Even as he resigned from the Senate in disgrace this week, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken couldn't resist a parting shot.



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Recordings of Pilot president's epithets could disrupt trial

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:05:13 -0500

(image) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Secret recordings of one of the defendants uttering racial epithets are threatening to disrupt the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales staffers at the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.





U.N. envoy told North Korea urgent need to open channels to cut conflict risk

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:09:53 -0500

(image) By Jane Chung and Michelle Nichols SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict," the world body said. Jeffrey Feltman, the highest-level U.N. official to visit North Korea since 2012, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk, the United Nations said in a statement on Saturday after Feltman arrived back in Beijing. Feltman emphasized the need for the full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and that the international community was committed to achieving a peaceful solution.



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Happy holidays from these dogs meeting Santa Claus

(image) Twitter Moments: sometimes they're delightful and sometimes they feel a little ... forced.  We can promise you this, though: you will love this particular Moment, which is as simple as it is vital. Reader, this Twitter Moment is just a bunch of photos of dogs meeting Santa. That's something we can all enjoy. SEE ALSO: Little boy uses sign language to call for help while on Santa's lap But enough talk. My dog met Santa, and I can promise you he's picture look better then the ones of your kids. pic.twitter.com/LGo72KXOod — Debra Williams (@DebraWilliams0) December 6, 2017 I'm glad I'm not the only person taking my dog to meet Santa. Wicket was so happy! pic.twitter.com/p5nn7QyWov