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Another Ben Carson tale implodes: No evidence supports claim he shielded white classmates from 1968 race riot

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It’s getting hard to tell what’s up and what’s down these days with GOP candidate Ben Carson. In recent days, he’s come under scrutiny for claims he has made about his past that don’t seem to align with reality.

Now the Wall Street Journal has gone back to fact check a claim Carson made last month, in which he says he shielded white students from rioting after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. The Journal could find no evidence the event occurred.

“It may have happened, but I didn’t see it myself or hear about it,” Gregory Vartanian, a white high school classmate of Carson’s who was on ROTC with him and is now a retired U.S. Marshal, told the Journal.

In Carson’s account to the Journal last month, black students unleashed fury and grief over the slaying of King on white classmates at Detroit’s Southwestern High. As a junior, Carson had a key to the biology lab because he worked there part-time. Carson claimed he hid a few frightened white students inside to shield them from the unrest. He could not recall any of their names.

None of the half-dozen former classmates of Carson or his high school physics teacher could recall white students hiding from rioting the in the biology lab when interviewed by the Journal — though they all remembered the riot itself.

Barry Bennett, Carson’s campaign manager, told the Journal there was no evidence Carson’s claims aren’t true.

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“There’s no facts saying they are not true. We are guilty until proven innocent,” he told the paper. “You have no reason to believe that they are not true. There’s no evidence to point to the fact that they are even questionable.”

Carson’s past has been increasingly raising eyebrows. Recently he came under fire for standing by a bizarre personal theory supported by no scientists that the Egyptian pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph in order to store grain.

His claims to have been offered full scholarship to the elite military academy West Point were also called into question since West Point does not give out scholarships and all who attend do so free of charge.

Other unraveling claims include one Carson made about being a knife-wielding, troubled youth and his relationship with Christian-run firm Mannatech, which hawks bogus herbal cures to the faithful.

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Trump fires his pollsters after campaign leaks show him losing in 11 battleground states

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President Donald Trump is reportedly cutting ties with some of his pollsters after leaks from his campaign showed him losing in some battleground states.

NBC reported on Sunday that the firings came after someone leaked polls that indicated Trump is losing to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 11 battleground states.

"A separate person close to the Trump re-election team told NBC News Saturday that the campaign will be cutting ties with some of its pollsters in response to the information leaks, although the person did not elaborate as to which pollsters would be let go," the report said.

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Trump boasts voters will ‘demand’ he remain president after his second term ends in bonkers tweetstorm

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In yet another attack on the New York Times and the Washington Post, Donald Trump suggested Americans will "demand" he stay on as president after his second term concludes.

Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote, "A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper, the Failing New York Times or the Amazon (lobbyist) Washington Post! They are both a disgrace to our Country, the Enemy of the People, but I just can’t seem to figure out which is worse? ."

He then added, "The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!"

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A historian explains why 2019 marks the beginning of the next 74-year cycle of American history

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A century ago, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. argued that history occurs in cycles. His son, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., furthered this theory in his own scholarship. As I reflect on Schlesinger’s work and the history of the United States, it seems clear to me that American history has three 74-year-long cycles. America has had four major crisis turning points, each 74 years apart, from the time of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to today.

The first such crisis occurred when the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787 to face the reality that the government created by the Articles of Confederation was failing. There was a dire need for a new Constitution and a guarantee of a Bill of Rights to save the American Republic. The founding fathers, under the leadership of George Washington, were equal to the task and the American experiment successfully survived the crisis.

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