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Iranians protesting the country’s strained economy gathered in Tehran and another major city Friday for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani’s government.

President Trump expressed support for the protesters Friday night in a tweet calling on the Iranian government to “respect their people's rights”:

The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered Friday in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating earthquake in November that killed more than 600 residents. In Tehran, fewer than 50 people protested at a public square.

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President Trump claimed in a tweet Friday morning that he is “approximately” as popular as his predecessor. Most polls indicate that is not accurate.

Citing a “Fox & Friends” report, Trump boasted that his job approval rating on Dec. 28 was about the same as that enjoyed by former President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009.

Trump was referring to the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which on Thursday put his approval rating at 46%. The poll had shown Obama’s approval rating to be 47% on the same date in 2009.

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President Trump says there won't be protection for young immigrants brought into the country illegally unless he gets funding for a border wall and other items.

Trump tweeted Friday:

The battle over immigration has been delayed until next year. Democrats want protections for the young immigrants, who are referred to as "Dreamers." But GOP demands for Trump's border wall and for an increase in immigration agents have proved difficult to resolve.

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President Trump took aim at the United States Postal Service on Friday, admonishing the agency for its financial losses and for failing to charge more.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” the president wrote on Twitter:

Amazon stock fell 6.1% in the hours following the tweet. A representative of the postal service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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President Trump says the East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as bitter cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend.

In a Thursday-evening tweet, Trump wrote:

The president has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a "hoax" created by the Chinese to damage American industry.

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President Trump promoted via Twitter a poll that put his job approval rating at 46% on Thursday:

The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which has been consistently more favorable to the president than most other major surveys, also shows that 53% of likely U.S. voters disapprove of Trump's job performance.

Even that is somewhat of an outlier, with several other recent polls showing the proportion of Americans who disapprove of Trump’s performance to be pushing 60%.

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President Trump isn’t taking a holiday vacation from Twitter. In one of three tweets early Thursday from his West Palm Beach golf club, he charged that China was “caught RED HANDED” allowing oil shipments to reach North Korean ports.

Pronouncing himself “very disappointed,” Trump in effect was acknowledging the failure of his months-long effort to convince China to clamp down further on energy shipments going to the isolated country, which relies heavily on Beijing, as a way to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. 

Also Thursday, Trump sought to remind the world that he's long warned about the dangers posed by North Korea's nukes by tweeting a compilation video that included edited footage of an interview he did with NBC's "Meet the Press" nearly two decades ago.

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President Trump touted a report that says shoppers set a new record for holiday spending this year.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump boasted that the economy is “going better than anyone ever dreamt” and told supporters: “you haven’t seen anything yet!”

Retail sales were up 4.9% this holiday season, the largest year-over-year gain since 2011, according to Mastercard’s SpendingPulse Report, which tracked sales activity across all payment types from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24.

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President Trump is lashing out at Vanity Fair after the magazine said an online video mocking Hillary Clinton "missed the mark."

Trump tweeted Thursday that the magazine was "bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit."

The video posted over the weekend shows editors of Vanity Fair's Hive website offering toasts and New Year's resolutions for Clinton, including that she vow to take up knitting, volunteer work or any hobby that would keep her from running again for president.

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President Trump touted a pair of reports on gains made by his administration against Islamic State and Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

Trump quoted from a Washington Examiner report on the amount of territory lost by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria since he took office, which the conservative outlet compared favorably with the amount of territory lost under President Obama:

Trump also shared via Twitter a Daily Signal report on his Dec. 15 remarks at the FBI Academy graduation ceremony, where he said that there has been an 83% increase in arrests of MS-13 members during his presidency:

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