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Judge blocks Trump move to end DACA

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Eastern Connecticut State University students at a pro-DACA rally in September (Image: Baltimore Sun video screenshot)

A San Francisco judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration yesterday from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that provides deportation protection for certain immigrants.

Judge William Alsup ruled DACA laws must remain in place while legal procedures over the president's desire to end the program are ongoing. The judge called the administration's abrupt decision to end the program last year "arbitrary" and "capricious," according to NBC News.

The president held a wide-ranging meeting at the White House yesterday with key lawmakers to discuss many issues related to immigration.
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North Carolina voting map ruled unconstitutional

A panel of judges declared yesterday that North Carolina’s congressional map was unconstitutional as Republicans had drawn it to their advantage.

The New York Times reports, “The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because of a partisan gerrymander, and it instantly endangered Republican seats in the coming elections.”

In a 191-page opinion, Judge James A. Wynn Jr. said that the division of the state into 13 congressional districts, of which 10 are held by Republicans, violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.

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In snowed in Arizona and Twitter is pretty excited about it:
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James Franco denies sexual misconduct allegations in Colbert interview

Actor James Franco, who was awarded a Golden Globe on Monday for his performance in 'The Disaster Artist,' said claims of sexual misconduct against him "were not accurate" during an interview with Stephen Colbert last night.

According to a report in The Guardian, "Actor-director Sarah Tither-Kaplan alleges that Franco exploited her by asking her to perform nude in two of his films for $100 per day, while actor Violet Paley alleges that Franco tried to force her to perform oral sex on him while in a car."

“The way I live my life, I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. I will make it. So if I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I mean, I think that’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do,” Franco told Colbert.

Read more here.

Last But Not Least: Three startups to keep an eye on in 2018

CMN's Erin Whitten took a look at some companies that are poised to make headlines this year. As she writes:

"With ever-promising technology, partnerships, experienced leadership and a little bit of funding, these startups are on a pathway to success. Be sure to keep your eye out, because this won’t be the last you hear from them."

See all three companies and read more about them here.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. Have you started thinking about how you're going to get all those holiday gifts back to campus?
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