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Shocking video shows black protester covered in blood at chaotic Trump rally in St. Louis

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A demonstrator at a St. Louis rally for GOP front runner Donald Trump had his face bloodied and was taken to an ambulance by police officers, according to video posted online and the New York Daily News.

The African-American man is a locally-known activist named Anthony Cage. He became a local activist against police violence and racism after the killing of unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, in 2014, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

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Cage can be seen with his hands bound by plastic ties, being taken to an ambulance by St. Louis police officers. According to reporter Junius Randolph, Cage was not under arrest and was released after his wounds were treated.

According to the Daily News, Cage was using a bullhorn outside the Friday morning rally to denounce Trump as a racist. As he is walking with the police officers, he says something about being attacked.

The incident occurred at a racially-charged event that had thousands of Trump supporters lined up to hear the former reality television star-turned politician speak.

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Tensions were high and Trump supporters were caught on video screaming profanities and hateful rhetoric at protesters. Cage can be seen on a megaphone and getting jostled into a crowd during a confrontation between Trump supporters and demonstrators, but it’s unclear how he ends up getting hurt.

Inside the rally, Trump was interrupted frequently by demonstrators, when he yelled to “get them out.” He commented that it was a shame protesters had to be treated “gently” by the police.

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At one point he said protesters think “there are no consequences to protesting any more. Our country has to toughen up folks.”

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Several incidents of violence revolving around the Trump campaign are currently being investigated by the authorities, including a supporter assaulting a black protester in North Carolina and a conservative reporter accusing his campaign manager of roughing her up.


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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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