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CNN’s Don Lemon slams Scottie Nell Hughes: ‘That is insulting as a survivor of sexual abuse’

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In a discussion between CNN pundits Scottie Nell Hughes and Margaret Hoover, host Don Lemon discussed the reasons that many women don’t come out about sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Lemon interviewed Linda Ross, a friend of Jessica Leeds, who alleged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump groped her on an airplane many years ago. Leeds told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday evening that she didn’t come forward because it wasn’t something that women did back then and that Trump was too powerful. Ross confirmed Leeds’ story and said that she urged Leeds to come forward as the two watched the debates together and Trump denied ever groping a woman.

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The Trump campaign continues to deny any of these allegations are accurate.

Hoover and Hughes duked it out over opposition research and talked about candidates knowing what might come up about themselves. However, Lemon asked Hughes if her urgency to “find the facts” and “innocent before proven guilty” would still be valid in the case of Bill Cosby’s accusers.

Hughes insisted that there was real proof in those cases and that Cosby didn’t come out right before his election for the presidency.

“The difference in Bill Cosby and Donald Trump is there’s actual evidence that that happened with those women and it was not in a time period just 26 days before an election against somebody else,” she said. “That’s what make this is very questionable and there are holes in some of these women’s arguments but the whole point, Don, we’ve spent all day, we spent this entire show on what really is the main issues we need to be focusing on.”

That’s when Lemon dropped an emotionally intimate bombshell that Hughes never could have seen coming. “That is insulting as someone who is a survivor of sexual abuse, and a product of a single mother, a product of sisters and aunts who looked after me,” Lemon said. “I would say this is a very important issue in American.”

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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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