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Fox’s Chris Wallace corners Trump: ‘Are you in the process of blowing your campaign for president’

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday defended his recent controversial abortion remarks by arguing that women would only “hypothetically” be punished if the practice was outlawed.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pointed out that Trump’s campaign had been plagued by problems in recent days, from his top aide being charged with assault to his comment that women deserved “some form of punishment” for abortion.

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“Are you in the process of blowing your campaign for president?” Wallace asked Trump at the beginning of the interview.

Trump, however, predicted that the controversy over his comments about abortion would lead to “even higher poll numbers.”

“You offended both the pro-life and pro-choice movement with one statement,” Wallace observed.

“Look, it was asked as a hypothetical, and talked about if it’s illegal and it was hypothetically asked,” Trump replied. “A very strong conservative group would have said that was the appropriate answer. I’m not saying it was the appropriate answer, I say it’s the doctor’s fault or whoever performs the act, it’s their fault.”

The billionaire candidate added that “there was a time” when women would have been punished for having abortions.

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“But why did you say the woman?” Wallace pressed.

“Because it was asked hypothetically,” Trump repeated. “I said the woman because it was asked hypothetically. I also corrected it, and I made it very much so that I think everybody — it’s acceptable now to everybody.”

Watch the video below from Fox News Sunday, broadcast March 3, 2016.

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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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