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Bernie Sanders: Look beneath the surface when Trump attacks people

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) weighed in on President-elect Trump’s feud with Union Leader Chuck Jones Thursday Night in an MSNBC interview.

“What can we say?” he asked host Chris Hayes, noting that, after being appalled by Trump’s actions for over a year, “The words ‘incredible,’ and ‘unbelievable’ are no longer applicable to Mr. Trump…he does one crazy thing after another.”

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But the attack on the union leader was personal to Sanders, who had breakfast with Jones on Election Day this year.

“To attack a local labor leader in Indianapolis who has fought valiantly for his workers to protect the jobs of his steel workers is really unbelievable,” Sanders remarked, urging critics to not be fooled by appearances. “As is usually the case with Mr. Trump, there’s more beneath the surface.”

“That is what I think [Trump] was really doing; sending a message to the entire trade union movement.. ‘Do not stand up and fight for working people, we’re going to go after you,'” Sanders continued, adding that “We need to grow the trade union movement in America, we need to make it easier for workers to be able to engage in collective bargaining and what Trump is saying is exactly the opposite.”

According to Sanders, “Chuck [Jones] has done a great job” and was completely in the right.

“More than half of the jobs are still going to be outsourced,” Sanders explained, sharing Jones’ frustration. “Trump told us he was going to stand up to large corporations outsourcing [jobs]. What he ended up doing in the case of United Technologies and Carrier is giving them a tax break.. Chuck Jones told the truth.”

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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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