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MSNBC host needs just 16 seconds to destroy Scott Walker’s claim of voter fraud in Wisconsin

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All In host Chris Hayes quickly debunked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s boast that opponents of his state’s voter ID law should “look at the facts.”

“Alright, let’s look at the facts,” Hayes said. “There’s the fact that despite dire warnings of voter fraud, a Wisconsin federal district judge ruled that the law’s defenders — and I’m quoting — ‘could not point to a single instance of known voter impersonation occurring in Wisconsin at any time in the recent past.'”

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Hayes’ quote, taken from an August 2014 ruling, took just 16 seconds to recite. The Nation’s Ari Berman noted, however, that the ruling was subsequently reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, despite the Wisconsin law being tougher than a voter ID law passed in Indiana.

According to Berman, the Wisconsin law could block 300,000 registered voters from taking part in next week’s state primaries — many of them students or people of color. Early voting lines have already stretched to the point of discomfort, a problem that Hayes said is expected to get worse.

“The thing I’m terrified [of] is, we’re gonna have one day in November where we’re gonna try to run the experiment with all these new lies without a certain section of the Voting Rights Act,” Hayes told Berman, before asking, “What’s gonna happen?”

“It’s gonna be much worse in November,” Berman replied.

Watch Hayes’ commentary and his interview with Berman, as aired on Friday, 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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