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Dem strategist rips low debate bar set for Trump: ‘This isn’t America’s Got Presidential Talent’

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Democratic strategist and media consultant Joel Silberman appeared on MSNBC Sunday to talk about the low expectations set for Republican nominee for president Donald Trump.

“I would call the expectations game a trap,” Silberman said, who appeared alongside conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt, “because they seem to be saying that as long as Mr. Trump stands up and doesn’t sigh or flip his lid or go off the rails, that that was ‘presidential,’ and that’s hardly a presidential standard.”

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“This isn’t ‘America’s Got Presidential Talent,'” he said.

When the topic was raised as to whether Trump might bring up Pres. Bill Clinton’s adulterous affairs in the debate, Silberman pointed out that Trump’s own previous marriages have ended in infidelities, rancor and divorce.

“Well, I think if Mr. Trump dares to bring up infidelity, I would remind him that people in glass houses should do the nasty in the basement,” he said, “because he’s a well-chronicled adulterer.”

Silberman works for progressive organization Democracy Partners and has coached politicians and media personnel for debates and other appearances.

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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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