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‘This election is gone’: Focus group finds angry voters are now angry at the angry voters

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If the rise of Donald Trump is a reaction by angry voters against the political establishment — then what happens when other voters get angry at having to choose between Trump and Hillary Clinton?

CBS News featured Republican pollster Frank Luntz running one of his TV focus groups, with a group of voters in Orlando, Florida, who have declared themselves to be for none of the above.

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In this past week’s Florida primary, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective primaries by huge margins both statewide and in Orlando’s own Orange County — but these focus group participants were not on board.

“Who’s mad as hell?” Luntz asked the focus group, in a clear reference to the famous movie Network — to which all of them raised their hands.

One woman, however, had to clarify her feelings a bit: “But I’m mad at the voters. I’m not mad at the candidates. People are voting for them. And I’m angry for people that settle for sound bites for their information.”

One man explained: “I don’t believe Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton really care about the American people. I don’t trust either of them. I don’t think they are presidential.”

“There is a great opportunity for someone,” another woman said. “And that person had better come forward fast, because if the Republicans put Donald Trump up, and if the Democrats put Hillary Clinton, it will be the worst turnout election ever.”

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“I cannot support the Republican Party as it currently exists. It’s time. I’m fed up. It’s time,” another man said. “You wanna do something about it? It’s truly time to start a third party. This election is gone. I will not vote for Hillary, I will not vote for Trump.”

At the end of the segment, Luntz explained what each candidate has to do: Clinton, he said, needs to “come clean” from the political script, “and just show your heart, and show some authenticity, because that’s what they’re mad about — is that they don’t believe her.”

As for what Trump has to do, Luntz offered this insight, with a bit of self-deprecating humor: “He absolutely has to show humility — although he’s as likely to do that as I am to pass up a buffet.”

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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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