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Operative featured in recent Project Veritas project coordinated with Breitbart to bring down Rubio: Politico

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In a bombshell report on Politico, a former Occupy Wall Street organizer is accused of working with conservative news site Breitbart.com to disrupt rallies held by Trump rivals — including Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) — during the primary season.

According to Hadas Gold, a source claims that Aaron Black, an associate with Democracy Partners, tipped off reporters at Breitbart about upcoming disruptions and provided them with raw video.

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Black recently showed up in Project Veritas videos made by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe, claiming to work with the Democratic National Committee.  Those videos led to accusations that contractors associated with the DNC were responsible for disrupting Trump rallies and led to the firing of several employees.

According to Gold’s source,  Black coordinated with Breitbart correspondents by email, phone and in person when following  Rubio on the campaign trail while dressed as a robot. Rubio was under attack at the time for his repetitive comments in the GOP debates.

Following an appearance by Rubio in New Hampshire where the robot got into a brief scuffle with the candidate’s New Hampshire campaign chairman, Breitbart published the story immediately.

The Breitbart website is closely aligned with Donald Trump’s campaign — with the CEO of the conservative website pulling double-duty as acting CEO of Trump’s campaign.

You can read the whole report here.

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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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