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Rachel Maddow: Trump is so unpopular voters like him less than lice — by nearly 30 points

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Never mind Hillary Clinton; as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on Monday, Donald Trump is viewed more negatively than lice — by 26 points. And it got worse.

“Not to nitpick, but this new national polling also finds that Mr. Trump is viewed less favorably than not just lice, but also traffic jams; used car salesmen; hipsters; the DMV; jury duty; the band Nickelback; and also root canals,” she said.

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Maddow explained that she obtained the survey results from Public Policy Polling (PPP) late in the day, and assured her viewers that the poll was legitimate.

“I am not making this up to entertain you,” she said. “Even though I am sometimes tempted to do things like that, this is real.”

On the bright side for Trump, Maddow pointed out that the presumptive Republican front-runner was polling better than cockroaches and hemorrhoids — albeit by less than 10 points in either case. Among female voters, though, even that polling turned negative.

“Women voters actually prefer both cockroaches and hemorrhoids to Donald Trump,” she noted. “Weird. Turns out there’s a gender split on those particular issues.”

In terms of presidential candidates, more voters still view Trump unfavorably than either of the remaining Democratic presidential contenders, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Monday, 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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