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‘It’s working out very nicely’: Trump insists in spite of ‘chaos’ that Muslim ban is going just fine

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As rights groups level numerous lawsuits against his administration and travelers are being stranded and detained all over the world, Pres. Donald Trump said on Saturday that his new executive orders regarding Muslims and immigrants are “working out very nicely.”

Reuters reported that Muslim around the world are “furious” over the executive orders and that the U.S. immigration system has been “plunged into chaos” by the orders, which are broadly worded and are being interpreted differently by different agencies and by different divisions within those agencies.

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“Immigration lawyers and advocates worked through the night trying to help stranded travelers find a way back home. Lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying many people have already been unlawfully detained, including an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq,” wrote Reuters’ Jeff Mason and Jonathan Allen.

The vagueness of the new rules led to travelers being stranded and rerouted as officials struggled to interpret and implement the new orders. Legal U.S. residents were detained at some airports who were in flight to the U.S. when the order was signed.

“Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing,” said immigration attorney Mana Yegani to Reuters. “These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.”

Nonetheless, when reporters asked the new president how the new policies are being received, he said, “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we’re totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re gonna have a very, very strict ban and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”

Reuters said that the order places restrictions on anyone entering the U.S. from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and extends to everyone currently holding a green card who are legal, permanent U.S. residents.

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Muslim leaders around the world denounced the Trump decision, including a statement from Iran that called the order an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation.”

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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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