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Ted Cruz sticks to loyalty pledge after rally violence: I can support Trump until he ‘shoots somebody’

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on Monday that he would keep his pledge to support Donald Trump if he became the GOP nominee — but the Texas senator reserved the right to break his promise if the billionaire “shoots somebody.”

Following a week of violence and turmoil at Trump rallies, Cruz was asked at a press conference on Monday if he would reconsider his pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee no matter what.

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“Well, I can give you one example where I would no longer support Donald Trump,” Cruz replied. “If, for example, he were to go out on Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, I would not be willing to support Donald Trump.”

Cruz argued that the “best answer” was for voters to unite behind him to defeat Trump before he could become the nominee.

“We’ve seen violence at his rallies,” one reporter pointed out to Cruz. “I just wonder at what point do you really reconsider. And I’m pressing you on this because it’s been an extraordinary 96 hours, I think, in this Republican race.”

“I know it is a shocking concept to member of the media,” Cruz shot back. “A shocking concept that an elected official actually does what he said. At the outset of this campaign I committed, I will support the Republican nominee, and I honor my word.”

“And honoring your word means you actually honor your word,” he insisted. “You do what you said you would do. I know that is revolutionary, particularly when you’ve got a candidate like Donald Trump who changes his position on a given issue sometimes two or three times on the same debate stage.”

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“But with me, I’m very simple, when I tell you I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it.”

Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast March 14, 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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