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Sanders: Trump administration threatening to prosecute Clinton is ‘what dictators are about’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Thursday rejected suggestions that a Donald Trump administration may appoint a special prosecutor to press charges against Hillary Clinton, insisting it would be an “outrage” reminiscent of authoritarian regimes.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if he thought President Barack Obama should pardon Clinton, the Vermont senator replied in shock. “To pardon Hillary Clinton?” he asked. “Hillary Clinton is not indicted.”

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Blitzer pressed Sanders on the issue, asking if President Obama should “not allow her to be charged with any potential crimes.”

“You know, there are those in the incoming Trump administration who want a special prosecutor to go ahead and file charges against her,” Blitzer continued, asking if it would be a “good idea” for President Obama to pardon Clinton.

“Look, President Obama will do what he feels is best,” Sanders said, shaking his head. “But the idea in a democracy in the United States of America, that a winning candidate would try to imprison the losing candidate, that’s what dictatorships are about. That’s what authoritarian countries are about.”

“You do not imprison somebody you ran against because you have differences of opinion,” he continued. “That would be an outrage beyond belief. And i think the vast majority of the American people would find that totally, totally unacceptable to even think about those things.”

Earlier in the segment, Sanders scoffed at Blitzer’s question over whether he was planning a run for president in 2020. “The last thing in the world, after this never-ending campaign—when we had not yet sworn in the new president—is to talk about 2020,” Sanders said.

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“There will be a whole lot of disappointment in this country if the media starts talking about 2020,” he added.

Watch the segment below, via CNN.

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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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