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Megyn Kelly: Donald Trump and Steve Bannon ‘clearly’ empowered the white nationalist movement

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly asserted this week that President-elect Donald Trump and his top aide, former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, have empowered the white nationalist movement.

In an interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, Kelly said that she understood why minority communities are concerned about a Trump presidency.

“The relative lack of power of certain minority groups and the fear they’re feeling in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, I think, is something we really need to take a look at,” Kelly remarked. “I don’t think Trump wants to target any particular minority group, I understand their fear, because he spent many months stoking it.”

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With regard to Trump’s impact on white nationalists and the so-called “alt-right” movement, the Fox News host said that it was a “a dangerous game to empower them, as clearly has happened.”

“I mean, Steve Bannon is the chief adviser to our president-elect, and I understand the argument that he’s just a provocateur and he comes up with these crazy headlines and they want clicks, but if you look at what’s happened to Breitbart [News] over the last three years, it’s shocking,” she observed. “This is something else entirely, and I don’t know that Trump can stop it. I don’t know who, if anyone, can stop it. I think right now the answer is for good people to exercise their own voice and their own power.”

According to Kelly, Trump’s election was a backlash against “PC culture.”

“There are a lot of people in our society who have had it with PC culture … and I, Terry, am one of those people,” she opined to Gross. “I think we have gone too far into the PC culture, but there’s a limit to how far we can take that.”

“He was given a permission slip for everything he said and did because of that. The gradations of what was appropriate or not seemed to get completely lost, Kelly added. “But I would submit to you that Trump’s history of comments on women go well beyond the line, if you look at them in their entirety, past the normal backlash to PC culture.”

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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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