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Oregon man arrested for celebrating Trump victory by shooting gun into street

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Police arrested a Springfield, Oregon man Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct after he fired a shot into the street in celebration of president-elect Donald Trump.

According to the Oregon Register-Guard, an intoxicated Michael Grant Bratton grabbed a shotgun and fired into the street. Neighbors called the cops to report someone “drunk and paying with a gun” in front of the caller’s house.

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Authorities booked Bratton on charges of second-degree disorderly conducts and unlawful use of a weapon. Police recovered the handgun and no injuries were reported.

Trump’s triumph is viewed win for gun rights activists. The NRa endorsed Trump for president back in May, and in a statement Wednesday, the association congratulated the president-elect on his victory. “

Trump’s victory repudiates the assertion by gun control advocates that the political calculus regarding the Second Amendment has changed,” the statement said.

Trump himself has a historically pro-gun record. In an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur last year, Trump admitted he has a license to carry, but declined to go into further detail about where he uses his gun.

And at a rally in Iowa during the Republican primaries, the president-elect posited he “could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody” without losing any voters.

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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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