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Lindsey Graham warns Trump: Free press and judiciary ‘are worth fighting and dying for’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday rebuffed President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the judicial branch of government and the media.

Appearing on Face the Nation, Graham argued that Trump was undermining American values by calling the media an “enemy of the people” and attacking judges for striking down a travel ban aimed at Muslim countries.

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“The backbone of democracy is a free press and an independent judiciary,” Graham told CBS host John Dickerson. “And they are worth fighting and dying for.”

According to Graham, America was not in imminent danger of becoming a dictatorship as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) seemed to suggest in a recent interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“Sen. McCain was right to say we need, as politicians, to understand the role of the press and jealously guard it,” the South Carolina senator explained.

But Graham also said that the “coverage against President Trump has been almost to the point of being hysterical.”

“Y’all need to do some self evaluation, in my view,” Graham opined. “But the enemies of democracy are not the press, it’s Russia, it’s Iran and radical Islam.”

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“But I think our friends in the press need to up their game because it really is hard to watch from a Republican point of view.”

Watch the video below from CBS News, broadcast Feb. 19, 2017.

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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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