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‘Like an SNL skit’: Trump spokesperson crashes and burns on CNN — then gets destroyed on Twitter

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CNN viewers slammed Donald Trump’s senior press representative, Healy Baumgardner, on Wednesday for a robotic interview that was instantly compared to a skit on Saturday Night Live.

During a segment about Trump’s pledge to speak with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, CNN host Carol Costello asked Baumgardner what the candidate meant when he praised the dictator in January as “amazing” for killing his own family members.

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“Well, I think top line, Mr. Trump’s point is that he wants to keep an open dialog and repair relationships with world leaders,” Baumgardner said.

“But what was he trying to say in January at his campaign rally?” Costello asked again.

“Well, I’m not going to speculate on what he meant specifically by those points, but generally he wants to have an open dialog to repair relationships with leaders throughout the world,” Baumgardner repeated robotically.

At that point, The Blaze’s Amy Holmes stepped in to answer the question.

“I think Donald Trump was trying to project strength,” Holmes explained. “He’s complimented Vladimir Putin in similar terms… I think what Donald Trump was trying to do is sound like a strongman himself.”

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“Healy, you can’t give us any more guidance on this,” Costello said, sounding slightly dumbfounded at Baumgardner’s previous answer. “You are the senior press representative for Mr. Trump.”

“I am, exactly,” Baumgardner replied. “And what I’m telling you is that top line, you know, one of his biggest goals is to repair relationships with leaders throughout the world.”

“Okay, then,” Costello quipped.

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While the CNN host let Baumgardner off easy, viewers on Twitter were not as kind.

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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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