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Rob Reiner: Trump’s campaign is ‘the last throes of the Civil War’ fighting for white nationalism

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Director and activist Rob Reiner unloaded on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday morning, comparing his campaign to the last gasp of the Confederacy fighting for white nationalism.

Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy with host Joy Reid, the two watched a mash-up of clips from Trump’s speeches interspersed with the bigoted ramblings of All in the Family’s Archie Bunker, before noting the almost word-for-word similarities between the presidential nominee and television racist.

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Pointing out that racial issues that flared up in the ’60s and ’70s had become “submerged” since that time, Reiner took Trump to task for “giving a bullhorn to this racist idea.”

“I believe that what we’ve done, what we’ve seen, is the last throes of the Civil War,” Reiner explained. “We’re fighting the last battles, and Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism. And it’s sad because people are hanging on to this idea of a white America, immigrant-free America. It’s scary and sad, but I believe we will win it.”

Asked “What is the worst case scenario” of a Trump presidency, Reiner didn’t miss a beat.

“The worst case scenario is the Supreme Court,” Reiner replied. “People don’t talk about it all that much because it’s not a sexy issue. But the fact of the matter is, if he has one, two, three appointments, that could change the direction of this country in a scary way for thirty, forty years. And we’re talking about civil rights, voting rights. We’re talking about women’s rights, all of these things could be effected by the Supreme Court in a profound way.”

“As far as the economy is concerned, what makes you think he’s going to be able to handle the economy?” he continued. “He’s been a complete and utter failure as a businessman.”

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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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