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‘Run them over!’: Conservative ‘free speech’ protesters rage at college students who burned US flag

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A group of Donald Trump supporters and conservative veterans converged on the campus of a Massachusetts college on Sunday to call for the arrest of students who burned a flag and to protest the school’s decision not to fly the U.S. flag in the wake of Trump’s election victory.

“Lock them up! Lock them up!” chanted the protesters, who claimed they were there in support of the First Amendment, but seemed less than pleased that the students had exercised their own right of free speech.

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After Trump’s election, university officials chose to fly the U.S. flag at half mast as a sign of national mourning. When some in the community were outraged, Hampshire took the flag down altogether.

Some students burned a U.S. flag in protest of Trump’s victory. Since then all flags on campus have come down.

“The flag had become a heated symbol that was making that more difficult,” said university president Jonathan Lash to CBS News. “We really feel our community needs a conversation in which both sides listen to each other, and we wish the nation would have that kind of dialogue. We felt that if we could stop arguing about the symbol, we could get to the underlying issues.”

At the protest on Sunday, some students tried to block access to the campus.

“Run them over!” shouted one protester.

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At another point, a protest leader urged the rally-goers not to give students “middle fingers” while on campus.

“We are better than them,” he insisted. “We are better than them.”

Watch videos from the protest, embedded below:

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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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