Newspaper headlines: Brexit 'war footing' and 'the sacked one'

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"Now it's no-deal mayhem" is the headline for the Daily Mail, which says Britain has been placed on alert with more than 3,000 troops on standby.

Its editorial calls for an outbreak of common sense in Brussels and Westminster to bring about the redemption of Theresa May's Brexit agreement. Otherwise, the Mail says, Project Fear could soon become Project Here.

The Guardian focuses on the call to prevent a no-deal Brexit from leading employers' groups. The paper believes their statement will strengthen Downing Street's case that MPs must accept the prime minister's deal or face chaos in the new year.

The Daily Telegraph leads on a call from the former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab for businesses to be given tax breaks to help them weather a no-deal Brexit.

In an article for the paper, Mr Raab suggests offsetting the cost with the £39 billion the UK would no longer have to pay the EU.

The Times reports that a number of key Conservative policy pledges are to be shelved while no deal preparations are intensified. Reforms to social care are said to be among the likely casualties.

The sacked Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is pictured across the front pages, being driven away from the luxury hotel where he's been living for the past two-and-a-half years.

The Times says he is thought to have run up a bill of £500,000 during his stay - equivalent to two weeks of his wages.

"Waste of space" is the headline on the back page of the Sun, which says United's executives became fed up with Mourinho moaning about his £400 million team.

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Simon Kuper in the Financial Times focuses on his shortcomings on the pitch. Mourinho's penchant for picking well-built bruisers, he says, has become outdated in an increasingly mobile age.

He concludes that "the special one" has proven an ancient footballing rule that pioneers are always surpassed later on.

The Daily Mirror accuses Conservative MPs who receive free TV licenses of double standards because, the paper says, pensioners are set to lose the same entitlement.

The Mirror believes the BBC may not be able to afford the annual £720m bill to cover licences for the over-75s, after it was handed the responsibility for funding them by the government.

The Commons standards watchdog tells the paper that it is within the rules for MPs to claim free TV licences for their constituency offices, but campaigners say pensioners will be furious about what they see as blatant hypocrisy.

The Washington Post goes into detail about how President Trump is alleged to have used his soon-to-be-dissolved personal charity to benefit his family and businesses.

The largest donation in the Trump Foundation's history - more than a quarter of a million dollars - reportedly went towards restoring a fountain outside Mr Trump's Plaza Hotel in New York.

And the smallest, the Post says, was a gift to the Boy Scouts in 1989 of just $7. The paper implies that Mr Trump's son may have been the beneficiary, because Donald Junior was eleven years old in 1989, when the cost of enrolling in the scouts was... $7.

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