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Fox’s Chris Wallace grills Romney: Is Trump your fault for ‘legitimizing’ his birther campaign in 2012?

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Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday over whether his “legitimizing” of Donald Trump in 2012 had elevated the status of the billionaire candidate to front-runner in 2016.

Although Romney blasted Trump last week as a “fraud,” Wallace pointed out that the former nominee “had a very different view of him four years ago when he endorsed you.”

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“Sixty-one million people voted for me,” Romney replied. “I don’t think all 61 million ought to be president of the United States.”

Wallace pressed: “But you were talking at the time about his extraordinary ability to create jobs, his understanding of the economy. It’s not like — Donald Trump — everything you believe he did wrong has happened in the last four years.”

“A lot of those business failures you talk about happened before 2012,” the Fox News host continued. “Before 2012, he was making the birther argument that President Obama needed to show his birth certificate because he wasn’t born in the United States. I guess part of the question is, by legitimizing him back then, were you part of the reason he is where he is now?”

Watch the video below from Fox New Sunday, broadcast March 6, 2016.

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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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