The Daily Populous

Saturday December 15th, 2018 night edition

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CALIFORNIA Trump push to deport Vietnam War refugees scalds California GOP ‘It’s not just bad social policy.

Anti-Trump sentiment helped Democrats topple every Republican House member in Orange County last month in the storied California conservative stronghold.

Now, a Trump administration push to deport Vietnamese nationals is compounding the party’s problems, possibly cementing the loss of a coastal county that had long been the epicenter of Republican power in California.

“Trump shovels more dirt on California Republicans’ grave...” Republican Assemblyman and former leader Chad Mayes tweeted in response to reports that the administration would revive its efforts to deport Vietnamese people who arrived in America before 1995.

A wave of deportations — or even pervasive rumors linking that fear to Trump — could erode that support, state Republicans said, with lasting consequences.

Few people would understand the volatile political dynamics at play better than Janet Nguyen, a former Republican state senator who was born in Saigon and was among a wave of Vietnam War refugees who settled in California.

Trump took notice of one wave of pardons, blasting Brown with a tweet asking “Is this really what the great people of California want?”. »

Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain

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Spanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she avoided €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while actually resident in Catalonia.

Shakira changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons.

But prosecutors allege that she was already living in the Catalan capital between 2012 and 2014, and should have paid tax on her worldwide income for those years in Spain. »

Michigan couple: Priest, 'bully' coach ruined our son's funeral

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DETROIT – They lost a teenage son to suicide, then sought compassion from their priest.

The priest told mourners at the funeral that the youth might be blocked from heaven because of how he died, the couple said.

Maison Hullibarger, whose family objected to the references to suicide made by their priest at the 18-year-old's funeral on Dec. 8, 2018, is shown in a high school photo. »

The story behind Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal

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Easy: You tell Netflix you’re going to take it away, and see how much they pay.

Which is what Netflix is going to pay AT&T* for the right to stream “Friends” next year.

NBCU execs say Netflix has told them “The Office” generates more viewing hours than anything else on the service. »

Country Flags That Feature a Dragon

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Today, the countries of Bhutan, Wales, and Malta all have flags that feature dragons.

A dragon is prominently displayed on the flag of Bhutan on the middle of the flag's orange and yellow stripes.

He is also believed to be the patron of the Mediterranean Islands of Malta. »