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House Oversight Dem blows the lid off Devin Nunes’ latest attempt to derail Trump investigations

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Democratic House Oversight Committee member Ro Khanna told MSNBC on Tuesday that former House Intel chair, California Republican Devin Nunes, was trying to “kill” the Michael Cohen hearings with his call to make all three sessions open to the public.

“A lot of Americans will say, ‘hey, that’s great. That’s a push for transparency,” noted host Ali Velshi of Nunes’ statement as co-host Stephanie Ruhle rolled her eyes and laughed “not really”, and asked Khanna what the problem was.

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“The hearing tomorrow with the oversight committee is going to be open,” Khanna replied. “The intelligence one can’t be open. We can’t have Michael Cohen talking about sensitive information about the United States’ relationship with Russia or what Mueller is doing. I don’t think Americans would want that kind of information to be public.”

But Ruhle wasn’t satisfied. “Why would Devin Nunes of all people be saying, ‘no, let’s not have this be closed, let’s open it up,'” she asked. Khanna smiled.

“Because Devin Nunes knows that would be a way to kill the hearings,” he said. “He’s not acting in good faith.”

“Michael Cohen is someone who’s afraid. He’s been intimidated by the president,” Khanna continued. “We should understand the enormous pressure he’s under. He’s got the president of the United States calling his father-in-law criminal, threatening his family.”

Khanna rebutted Ruhle’s suggestion that he might feel any sympathy for the president’s former fixer

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“I feel that he shouldn’t be intimidated. I think what we need to do at this committee is just let him tell the truth,” he said. “I think that’s in his interest, and that would be good for the healing of this country.”

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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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