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Stephen Colbert does the impossible: Donald Trump shuts down on birtherism after confrontation

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GOP presidential candidate and leading “birther” Donald Trump backed down on Tuesday when Stephen Colbert asked him to spell out his stance on President Barack Obama’s birthplace.

“I’m gonna throw you up a big fat meatball for you to hit out of the park right now,” the Late Show host said. “This is the last time you ever have to address this question if you hit the ball. Barack Obama: born in the United States?”

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Trump, who offered Obama millions in 2012 to produce his birth certificate, immediately tried to demur while Colbert exclaimed, “It’s a meatball! It’s hanging out there!”

“I don’t talk about it anymore,” the real estate magnate said after a few seconds. “I talk about jobs, I talk about our veterans being horribly treated. I just don’t discuss it anymore”

“You know that meatball is now being dragged down the steps of the subway by a rat right now,” Colbert retorted. “You missed the meatball.”

“I’m talking about the vets, who are treated like third-class citizens,” Trump said. “They’re treated worse than the illegals. The vets of this country are so mistreated.”

Earlier this month, Trump won the endorsement of an alleged “veterans’ group,” Veterans For A Strong America — despite his campaign allegedly not knowing that the organization is in fact one South Dakota man who is banned from hosting events in California, where he appeared at a fundraiser for him.

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Colbert also took a moment to thank Trump for running for the presidency.

“I’m not going to say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day,” he said.

Watch the interview, as posted online, below.

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WATCH: Portland police in riot gear deploy teargas and then slash tires of medical van

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Law enforcement officer in Portland, Oregon were seen on video slashing the tires of a medical support vehicle.

According to reports from the scene, the van was providing medical support to anyone inured in the ongoing protests. The vehicle was said to have been repurposed from Timbers Army, a fan group backing a local soccer team.

"Just witnessed PPB riot police stab the wheels out of a medic van as it tried to drive away in accordance with their orders," one photographer noted on Twitter.

Video shared on social media shows riot police using tear gas to clear a street where the vehicle was parked. Before the vehicle can leave, an officer jabs a knife-like object into the tires.

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Trump adviser Larry Kudlow: ‘We don’t want to have’ voting rights protections get through Congress

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On CNBC News Thursday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the administration does not want protection of voting rights to pass as part of the coronavirus stimulus package.

"So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wishlists we don't want to have," said Kudlow. "Voting rights, and aid to aliens, and so forth. That's not our game."

Talks between Congress and the White House are currently at an impasse. The administration is refusing to support outlays greater than $1 trillion, and the president has explicitly demanded there be no funding for the Postal Service, to keep voting by mail as difficult as possible.

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Black man adopted by white Alabama family fights for Confederate symbols: ‘I’m not going to take my flag down’

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A Black Alabama man this week said that he was fighting to save Confederate monuments because members of his adopted white family fought in the U.S. Civil War.

WHNT spoke to Daniel Sims outside the courthouse in Marshall County, where activists are calling for the removal of Confederate monuments. Sims said that he opposed the effort to take down the monuments.

"Regardless of how the next person feels, I'm not going to take my flag down," Sims said. "If I've got anything to do with it, ain't no monument going to come down."

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