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Arriving in Germany, 2015 (AP/Kerstin Joensson)

A senior Germany official says that a significant number of the migrants who have crossed into the country over the last couple of years will fail to obtain employment over the next five and even ten years, per the Financial Times.

Aydan Özoğuz, commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, told the newspaper that as many as 75% of the 1.3 million refugees who have entered the country from the Middle East and northern Africa will still be out of work in five years, and many of them up to a decade.

Why it's important: The flood of migrants, along with unemployment and stagnant wages, have been a primary factor in the shakeup of politics across Europe, including Brexit and high vote totals for anti-establishment politicians in the Netherlands, Austria, France and elsewhere. If what Özoğuz says comes to pass, Germany's leaders could be in for a greater challenge from political opponents.

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Trump threatens to veto Defense spending bill over social media shield

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday a threat to veto a must-pass end-of-year $740 billion bill defense-spending authorization bill unless Congress repeals a federal law that protects social media sites from legal liability.

Why it matters: Trump's attempt to get Congress to end the tech industry protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the latest escalation in his war on tech giants over what he and some other Republicans perceive as bias against conservatives.

The walls close in on Trump

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With Bill Barr's "Et tu, Brute!" interview with AP, President Trump is watching the walls close in on his claims of fraud, hoaxes and conspiracies.

Why it matters: Trump and his legal team continue to claim election fraud. But the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia have certified their elections, a loyalist like Barr has weighed in, and lower-ranking officials have taken potshots.

Congress plots COVID pandemic-era office upgrades

oving crates outside Rep. Elise Stefanik's old office Tuesday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House plans to renovate members' suites even though staff are worried about an influx of contractors and D.C. is tightening restrictions on large gatherings, some staffers told Axios.

Why it matters: The Capitol has been closed to public tours since March. Work over the holiday season comes as U.S. coronavirus cases spike, Americans beg for more pandemic assistance and food lines grow.