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Shep Smith rages over Trump’s base-pandering ‘borderline unconstitutional’ and ‘fascist’ debate failure

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Fox News host Shep Smith had little good to say about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Monday night debate performance, opening an interview with a Wall Street Journal editor by trashing the candidate for throwing red meat to his base — and ignoring the voters he needs.

Addressing Trump’s threat to initiate a criminal investigation against rival Hillary Clinton if he became president, Smith hammered him for sending the exact wrong message if he wants to bring in new voters.

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“Great stuff for your campaign base,” Smith began. “The base that’s been running against the Clinton’s for a long time and frankly have been hating everything about the Clinton’s for decades and decades. But thing is, the people who wanted to hear that? The pollsters tell us they’re already voting for Donald Trump. And there are no more of them to go get from some undecided pool or a pool of people who aren’t doing anything.”

“What you need to get if you’re Donald Trump, and you want to be president is women in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and Philly,” he continued. “And that is not what they want to hear according to the pollsters. According to Trump’s campaign, his own people, what they wanted to hear was some contrition and then how to make their lives better with some specifics. Something they can grasp onto and say,’Yes, that is better than Hillary Clinton.'”

“They didn’t get that.”

Beginning  his interview with Wall Street Journal editor Glenn Hall, Smith summed up his overall impression of Trump’s debate performance, stating,  “This attack is what the base has always wanted, and the base got it in spades last night. I mean it might have been borderline unconstitutional and maybe even definitionally fascist.”

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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."

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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.

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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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