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Ohio’s Kasich to enter Republican presidential race July 21: Politico

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Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich will announce his candidacy for president on July 21 at an event at Ohio State University, Politico reported on Sunday, citing advisers.

Kasich, 63, would join 13 other Republicans seeking their party’s nomination next year. Re-elected to a second term as Ohio’s governor last November, Kasich has said his potential presidential run depended on raising enough money to compete in a crowded Republican field.

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Politico quoted advisers as saying that Kasich would aim to seem less scripted than leading Republican rivals and that he combined establishment appeal with a conservative voting record that included his 18 years in Congress.

Kasich, a former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, heads an important electoral swing state, which could make him a potent force in the Republican field.

He ranks 13th in a realclearpolitics.com average of polls for declared and undeclared Republican presidential candidates. That leaves him currently outside the top 10 candidates in national polling who will participate in the party’s first debate in August.

Declared Republican candidates include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Also in the race are former New York Governor George Pataki, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and real estate executive Donald Trump.

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Still considering runs are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Matthew Lewis, Toni Reinhold)

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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

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In a progressive welcoming move, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his New Year's Eve annual report urging his fellow federal judges to stand up for democracy.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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