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Maher: Liberals must avoid culture wars in ‘armageddon election’ and focus on beating Trump

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In this year’s election, Real Time host Bill Maher said on Friday, progressives must be willing to set aside their own pet causes in the name of stopping Donald Trump from being elected.

“You know me — I have seeds in my urine,” said Maher, who has openly called for marijuana legalization. “But if someone told me that pushing for pot might cost Hillary [Clinton] Ohio, until Nov. 8, I’m gonna shut the f*ck up about it.”

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Even though recent polling favors Clinton, Maher said, Republicans have shown the ability to win elections by focusing their voter base on issues like same-sex marriage, and they might be about to do the same with bathroom access for trans men and women.

“There’s no room for boutique issues in an armageddon election,” he said. “I’m on the side of people peeing where they want; it’s an inalienable right. I believe it was Patrick Henry who said, ‘Nobody beats the whizz.’ And I’m not suggesting that we throw the trangendered under the bus or discount their struggle. It can’t be easy finding pantyhose when you’re 6’4″.”

Instead, Maher argued, trans people and their allies should allow Hollywood to normalize the issue as it did with gay and lesbian representation on TV and film.

“This is what we’re good at, and we’ve already begun to do it for the transgendered, with The Danish Girl, Dallas Buyers Club, Transparent,” he said. “And of course there’s Caitlyn Jenner, who has already showed Americans that a transgendered person could be just like them — a deluded nitwit who supports Donald Trump.”

Watch Maher’s commentary, 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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