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Stephen Colbert pushes Trump on delaying Supreme Court vote in special ‘Trump phone’ interview

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Stephen Colbert challenged Donald Trump during a rare phone interview on Tuesday night’s Late Show when the Republican presidential front-runner argued that, if elected, he would let the Senate delay confirmation of a Supreme Court nomination during his final year in office.

“The Senate really does — especially for this short period of time — they have a right to do it, not to vote on it,” Trump said.

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“So you would let someone tell you what to do,” Colbert replied. “This is sounding less like Donald Trump.”

Colbert dared the real estate magnate to call into his show, as he has done for several interviews, going so far as to unveil a special “Trump phone.” When Trump actually took him on it, the host asked him to confirm his identity.

“We’re in the midst of a very, very strong primary season. New Hampshire was terrific, and this Saturday, they’re gonna get out and vote [in South Carolina], and hopefully they’ll be voting for Trump, and we’re gonna make America great again,” Trump said to prove himself.

“This is definitely Donald Trump,” Colbert confirmed.

Watch the interview, as posted online, below.

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White House adds 20 percent increase to ‘best case’ projection of coronavirus deaths

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The White House is moving the goal posts once again. Instead of taking drastic action, like asking every state's governor to mandate a quarantine to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it is quietly upping its projected death toll, just one day after stunning Americans with a six-digit death rate.

On Sunday President Donald Trump told Americans he thinks if 100,000 Americans die from coronavirus he will have done "a very good job."

On Monday Dr. Deborah Birx announced the White House is projecting 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.

Tuesday evening, the number increased 20 percent.

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Elections 2016

Olympic athletes in ‘impossible position’ – Canada

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Canadian Olympic chiefs said Monday the health and safety of athletes had prompted the country's decision to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A day after Canada became the first team to announce its withdrawal from the July 24-August 9 Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief David Shoemaker said athletes had been left in an "impossible position."

With public health authorities urging individuals to stay inside to curb the spread of COVID-19, athletes had been caught between a desire to heed health and safety advice while trying to minimize disruption to training programs.

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Elections 2016

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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