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‘Factually untrue’: Corey Lewandowski gets CNN smackdown for blaming NYC blast on immigrants

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CNN contributor and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was called out by CNN hosts on Monday for suggesting without evidence that immigrants were to blame for the recent explosion in New York City.

Officials said on Monday that they were searching for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with multiple attempted bombings in New York and New Jersey. According to The New York Times, Rahami is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan in 1988.

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After Donald Trump said that Americans should expect “more and more” bombings, CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Lewandowski if the Republican nominee was striking the right tone.

“It re-highlights the problems we have with our immigration system,” the former Trump campaign manager opined. “What we know is that 40 percent of people that are in the country illegally have over-stayed their visas. And what we know here from the reports this morning is that this person either is potentially of Afghani [SIC] descent.”

“He’s a naturalized citizen,” Camerota interrupted.

“Is that what the report is for this person who has potentially committed a terrorist attack?” Lewandowski wondered.

“Yeah,” co-host Chris Cuomo replied. “That he’s a naturalized citizen, not a refugee, didn’t overstay a visa.”

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“Did he enter the country illegally?” Lewandowski asked, fishing for information. “Was the proper [vetting] work done? The San Bernardino killer came into the country on a K-1 visa.”

“You are making a connection that we don’t know yet,” Camerota observed.

Ignoring the CNN host, Lewandowski declared that Trump would “make our immigration policy such that we don’t have terrorists coming here.”

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However, Hillary Clinton surrogate Christine Quinn argued that “to make this about immigration is factually untrue.”

“Manipulating a horrible situation for political means,” she said. “What we want the president of the United States to be is exactly the opposite of that. That is manipulation for self gain and the last thing this country needs at times like these.”

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Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Sept. 19, 2016.


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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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Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

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In a progressive welcoming move, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his New Year's Eve annual report urging his fellow federal judges to stand up for democracy.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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