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GOP strategist rips Ann Coulter: You’re not really a conservative because you’re backing Trump

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Ann Coulter found her bonafides as a conservative being questioned on Monday as she clashed with a Republican strategist during an MSNBC interview.

“My ideal ticket is Trump/Romney,” Coulter told Liz Mair. “That’s what I’m really hoping for. That’s a dynamite combination.”

“That is the proof right there that you are in no way conservative and no way interested in conservative policy,” Mair shot back.

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The debate began when Mair accused Trump of “defacing” the party, saying that his fiscal and economic policies are comparable to Hillary Clinton’s — and in some cases more liberal.

“It’s all about immigration,” Coulter said in response. “It doesn’t really matter what a Republican’s position is on saving Social Security or how they’re going to reform Medicare. Americans are being outvoted by foreigners, and Americans have been begging their own party to shut it down, to stop this endless immigration for decades now.”

When Republican lawmakers and the media tried to push “amnesty,” she argued, “the American people” stopped them by voicing their disapproval.

“Donald Trump is the first one to actually take America’s side on immigration,” Coulter said. “That’s why he is sweeping the polls.”

“I think that that’s a patently ludicrous notion,” Mair replied. “Most of the time, when we’ve been looking at ‘amnesty fights,’ they’ve actually been shut down by a set of groups that are funded by population-control enthusiast liberal who is actually involved with zero-population growth and the Sierra Club. That’s who’s actually shut it down. It’s not actually in any way advancing the economic interests of the American people. Free-market economists actually agree with that.”

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By contrast, Mair continued, the only people who side with Trump are “hardened liberals” who hew closer to 19th-century unions.

Watch the discussion, as aired on Monday, below.

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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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