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Jake Tapper visibly baffled as Sarah Palin’s abortion rant leaps from Donald Trump to Justin Bieber

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Appearing on CNN’s The Lead, former half-term Alaska governor and current Donald Trump booster, Sarah Palin attempted to discuss Trump’s recent change of heart on abortion only to lose host Jake Tapper when she began rambling about pop star Justin Bieber.

In a less contentious interview than the one Palin had on NBC’s Today show, Palin praised Trump for coming around to her anti-choice views. The billionaire, who had once been pro-choice, recently had a change of heart prior to yesterday’s presidential caucus in evangelical-heavy Iowa.

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“I am so glad that Mr. Trump has seen the light and understands the sanctity of innocent life and how a baby in the womb should be most protected, “the effusive Palin said, before she began free associating.

“What has been kind of sad about this situation though, politically speaking, are there are groups that are pro-life and they say they want to bring more people into the fold,” she continued. “They’re giving Trump a hard time for his past views on abortion where they’re celebrating others, like, uh, I was going through a list. Like Justin Bieber and, gosh, uh —”

“Justin Bieber,” the obviously puzzled Tapper replied.

“Yeah, yeah, who has made statements, understanding the sanctity of life, but in the past said it was no big deal to him,” Palin said. “He’s just one example.”

The then 16-year-old Canadian pop star — hardly known for political commentary —  told Rolling Stone in 2011, “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby,” adding that, even in cases of a rape that produces a pregnancy, “everything happens for a reason,”

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Bieber’s comments were attacked on The View, with co-host Joy Behar saying Bieber’s “everything happens for a reason” comment was “really insulting to people who have been raped or victims of incest. There is no ‘reason’ for that.”

The singer’s sole defender was former View and Fox & Friends host Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

“I don’t think we can discount somebody’s opinion because they happen to be 16,” Hasselbeck said. “We have brilliant minds who are young [and] young minds who have created things that are now changing the world. To discount his opinion simply because he’s 16, I think, is a disservice.”

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Watch Palin’s interview with Jake Tapper below, via YouTube:

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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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