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After telling reporters that he "saw the film" of American Muslims in New Jersey cheering on Sept. 11, 2001, Ben Carson walked back his comments and said he was unsure of where the footage of celebrations was taken.

Donald Trump recently surfaced the debunked rumors that on 9/11 "thousands" of New Jersey residents cheered during the attack. And when asked on Monday, Carson said that he saw the newsreels of the alleged celebrations in New Jersey.

Later in the day, Carson's campaign told ABC News that the candidate did not mean to say he saw cheering in New Jersey, but that he meant to refer to celebrations in the Middle East.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) trails Donald Trump by just two points among Iowa Republicans, showing the senator closing in on the real estate in the key primary state, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

Among likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers, Trump received 25 percent support, while Cruz received 23 percent. Cruz has jumped 13 points since Quinnipiac's October poll, which showed Carson leading Trump in the state.

In the poll released on Tuesday, 18 percent of likely caucusgoers supported Carson, down from 28 percent in October.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night quizzed Donald Trump on a chart retweeted by the Republican presidential candidate that incorrectly portrayed how many white people are murdered by black people, telling Trump that the chart was "totally wrong."

Trump on Sunday retweeted this inaccurate, racially charged chart that may have originated with a neo-Nazi Twitter account:

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More than a quarter million Louisiana residents will soon be eligible for health coverage when Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards (pictured) fulfills his promise to expand Medicaid.

Louisiana is just the latest example of a state that has changed its tune on the federal program. Only unlike other states where a Republican-held legislature inevitably came around to expansion, the shift in Louisiana is a remarkably rare instance where a Democrat won control of the governor's mansion and transformed the health care politics of the deeply red state essentially over night.

That state's outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal had resisted expansion even as his state held one of the highest uninsured rates in the country at 16.3 percent.

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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has been characteristically unapologetic about his claim that “thousands and thousands” of New Jersey residents cheered as the World Trade Center fell on Sept. 11, 2001, even though contemporaneous news reports don’t support it.

And his insistence on that recollection, which has no basis in fact, shows just how expert he is at roping together conspiracy theories, urban legends, and rumors that lurk on the fringes of the Internet and bringing them into the mainstream.

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