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Boxing champ Mike Tyson says Donald Trump ‘should be president of the United States’

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has stepped into the political ring, firmly backing Donald Trump in the billionaire tycoon’s bid for the White House in 2016.

Tyson issued his endorsement late Monday on HuffPost Live, saying he would like to see a business-minded commander in chief after eight years of President Barack Obama.

“He should be president of the United States, that’s what he should be,” Tyson said when asked his opinion of Trump.

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“Let’s try something new. Let’s run America like a business, where no colors matter,” he added. “Whoever can do the job, gets the job.”

The two celebrity figures have known each other for decades.

Trump hosted the title bout — all 91 seconds of it — between a victorious Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks in Atlantic City in 1988. He has also served as a financial advisor for the boxer, according to the New York Times.

Asked if he was endorsing The Donald, Tyson did not hesitate.

“I would, yeah. I like Trump,” he said.

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Trump seized on the publicity, tweeting overnight: “Thanks Iron Mike, greatly appreciated!”

Many see the early months of the primary race as Round 1 in a 12-round title bout that climaxes on election day November 8, 2016.

Trump squares off Wednesday night against nine Republican rivals in their third nationally televised debate of the primary season.

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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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