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Noam Chomsky praises Bernie Sanders — and says the Democrats must win at all costs

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Does Noam Chomsky want to see Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in the White House come November? Of the current crop of candidates, Chomsky believes Bernie Sanders would have the best policies—even though he may not be the socialist he proclaims he is.

“Bernie Sanders may call himself a socialist, but he’s basically a New Dealer in the current American political system,” says Chomsky.

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A New Dealer, he explains, is someone who is way out on the left. “Eisenhower, for example, who said anyone who questions the New Deal doesn’t belong in our political system would be regarded as a raging leftist. So, Bernie Sanders is a decent, honest New Dealer.”

Still, Chomsky fears that with our current system, Sanders doesn’t have much of a chance. While Chomsky prefers Sanders, he emphasizes the importance of putting a Democrat in the White House.

“There are differences in the parties,” he responds, when asked if he’d even consider a Republican over Hillary Clinton. “Small differences [coupled with] great power can have enormous consequences.”

To Chomsky’s point, enormous consequences also apply to not voting, especially in a swing state. “Abstaining from voting is a vote for the Republican candidate [should he win]. “My vote would be against the Republican candidate in a swing state [and] I said the same thing with Obama.”

In Chomsky’s opinion, the main difference between the two parties is Islamophobia. All Republican candidates are against the Iran deal, and Ted Cruz has actually suggested “carpet-bombing” the Middle East, something no Democrat has proposed in any debate.

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“Every time you hit them with a sledgehammer, you expand [the problem]. You have to deal with a situation rationally if you want to be humane but even concerned with your own security,” Chomsky says.

Noam Chomsky has written more than 100 books and has taught for more than half a century. Like Bernie Sanders, he has been speaking on the same ideals for over five decades.

WATCH: Noam Chomsky’s full conversation with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera English:

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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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