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RNC opens in chaos as #NeverTrump delegates demand nomination be put to roll-call vote

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The conservative #NeverTrump faction made itself heard despite the wishes of Republican officials as the party’s national convention began on Monday.

According to Kendal Unruh, one of the movement’s leaders, delegates from 10 states submitted the paperwork necessary to implement a roll-call vote on the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate. Footage posted from the event captured loud calls for the vote, as seen below:

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However, the Washington Post reported that they were not recognized, effectively stifling any hopes that Donald Trump could be removed from consideration as the party’s presidential nominee on a procedural basis.

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Some pro-Trump delegates countered the “roll call vote” chant by either chanting the candidate’s last name in response, or “U-S-A,” more commonly used to drown out protesters at Republican events. At one point, as seen below, supporters of the real estate mogul raised a banner in his honor:

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According to Commentary magazine’s Noah Rothman, delegates from Iowa and Colorado left the floor at one point during the uproar.

Watch more footage of the protests, as posted online, 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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