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Rachel Maddow rips Trump for attacking Clinton over ‘woman card’

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down on Tuesday the peril Donald Trump invited on Tuesday by painting Hillary Clinton as an unqualified presidential candidate.

“As our colleague and friend Nicolle Wallace pointed out earlier this evening, Donald Trump does have a general election problem,” Maddow told co-host Brian Williams. “Even if he gets this nomination, even if everything goes the way it has been for him during the primary as he heads toward the general election, he brings with him a big problem with women voters.”

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Earlier in the evening, Trump said he did not think Clinton would get “5 percent of the vote” if she were a man.

“The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” he said. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

But as Vox noted, Trump is viewed unfavorably by more women than Clinton — 52 percent of respondents, compared to 39 percent — according to a survey taken by the nonpartisan firm Morning Consult.

“To say about the woman that you’re running against that the only reason she’s in the race is because she’s a woman — that her achievement is basically the result of some sort of affirmative action, some favor being paid to her as a woman — and that as a human being she is patently unqualified when she is the former two-term senator from New York and the former secretary of state and has the experience that she’s had, I do think that even a lot of Republican women will read that wrong.”

Trump won all five GOP primaries on Tuesday, while Clinton won four out of the five Democratic contests, which Maddow said puts them on a course toward meeting in the general election in “realpolitik,” if not according to their respective parties’ delegate tallies.

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Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday, below.

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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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