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TIME’s Dec. 26, 2016/Jan. 2, 2017 cover story, which marked the launch of a multimedia project following four Syrian babies from inside the refugee camps in Thessaloniki, Greece, struck a chord with readers. Among them: Dixie Anderson, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, who said the feature made her cry and that the cover photograph “really hit home” for those in her office with children and grandchildren, calling it a “much-needed nudge” to do something to help refugees. Lynn Faught of Washington, D.C., wrote that the timing of the issue was especially appropriate, given that Christmas is “the annual celebration of the refugee baby Jesus’ birth.”


In his annual Teddy Awards celebration of political courage, which appeared in TIME’s Dec. 19 issue, political columnist Joe Klein announced that, after having covered 11 presidential elections, the 2016 campaign would be his last. “I will miss the most rational voice in these irrational times!!” wrote Stephen Bank of Cary, N.C. William M. Bigham of Alexander City, Ala., thanked Klein for his balanced perspective and for giving “both the radical right and left well-deserved fits.” Meanwhile, Fraydoon Nafissi of Plano, Texas, expressed hope that Klein would pursue another calling: “Now, with his admirable social opinions and estimable political views, he can and should run for President of the United States of America.”


To celebrate TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential Photos, which can be found at time.com/100photos, artist Sanna Dullaway has colorized 30 of those groundbreaking pictures–including the 1839 image by Louis Daguerre (above) that is the first known photo to show a human being. See more at time.com/lightbox


TIME’s list of the films to look forward to this year includes Blade Runner 2049 (starring Harrison Ford, left), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Rihanna, center) and Beauty and the Beast (Emma Watson, right). See the whole list, and selected trailers, at time.com/2017movies

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