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Fox’s Shep Smith shreds strategist: Republican Party lies gave rise to Donald Trump

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Fox News host Shep Smith grilled Republican strategist Doug Heye on Wednesday, arguing that Republicans created the conditions leading up to Donald Trump becoming the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination.

Trump’s supporters, Smith said, are part of a second conservative party — people “who believe that they’ve been lied to by the establishment for cycle after cycle, [saying] ‘We’re gonna repeal and replace Obamacare.’ Every single person who knows one thing knew that you weren’t gonna repeal and replace Obamacare. Everybody knew it, even the people who were saying it.”

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Despite that, he added, establishment GOP lawmakers kept saying they would gut the Affordable Care Act while not being able to do it.

“They don’t trust you anymore. Do you blame them?” Smith said of conservative voters. “Were they children and you the parent? Wouldn’t the child run away at 16?”

“I think people have a great reason to be angry at both sides of Washington,” Heye responded. “But the House and Senate have voted to replace Obamacare. Obviously, we need a Republican president who’s going to actually sign that repeal.”

Heye also said he was “hopeful” that efforts would increase to “expose” Trump’s record as the Republican primaries continue.

“So you’ll be running against both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” Smith said.

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“I’ll be voting for a constitutional conservative on election day,” Heye replied.

“But what you just described is a dual campaign — a two-front war. One war on Benghazi and emails against Hillary Clinton; another war against Donald Trump over what he said about black people and women and his university. Those two-front wars are hard to fight. We learned that recently.”

Watch the interview, as aired on Wednesday, 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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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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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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