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So far this year, President Trump has felt it necessary to declare publicly that he's "not a racist” and that he's "a very stable genius" — and it's Jan. 15.

This morning on "Fox & Friends," which gets the president's attention like no other news show, Brian Kilmeade had this advice for Trump on his heated immigration remarks: "If the president wants to get ahead of this, to get momentum, he should make it clear: He's commenting on the countries, not the people in those countries. I would love for the president to go out and clarify the remarks."

That followed contortions on Sunday shows by Republicans who were in the Oval Office meeting:

  • The WashPost's Josh Dawsey tweeted last night: "White House official told me tonight there is debate internally on whether Trump said 'shithole' or 'shithouse.' [Republicans Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas] seem to have heard latter, this person said, and are using to deny."

As the president headed into dinner at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach last evening, he was asked this not-normal question: "What do you say to people who say you're a racist?"

  • Trump answered: "No, no, I'm not a racist.  I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you."

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World coronavirus updates

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it's too early to say whether next month's elections will be postponed after she announced Tuesday four people had tested positive for COVID-19 after no local cases for 102 days.

Zoom in: NZ's most populous city, Auckland, has gone on lockdown for 72 hours and the rest of the country is under lesser restrictions.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 20,188,678 — Total deaths: 738,668 — Total recoveries: 12,452,126Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 5,138,850 — Total deaths: 164,480 — Total recoveries: 1,714,960 — Total tests: 63,252,257Map.
  3. States: Georgia reports 137 coronavirus deaths, setting new daily record Florida reports another daily record for deaths.
  4. Health care: Trump administration buys 100 million doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.
  5. Business: Moderna reveals it may not hold patent rights for vaccine.
  6. Sports: Big Ten scraps fall football season.

Voters cast ballots in Minnesota, Georgia, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Vermont

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Primary elections are being held on Tuesday in Minnesota, Georgia, Connecticut, Vermont and Wisconsin.

The big picture: Georgia and Wisconsin both struggled to hold primaries during the coronavirus pandemic, but are doing so again — testing their voting systems ahead of the general election. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is facing a strong challenger as she fights for her political career. In Georgia, a Republican primary runoff pits a QAnon supporter against a hardline conservative.