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Four in five Americans fear nation spiraling into chaos, new poll finds

About four in five Americans believe that the country is spiraling into chaos, according to a two-day poll

The poll by Ipsos for Reuters was conducted after the assassination attempt on former President Trump at his rally in Pennsylvania and after Trump announced Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, as his vice presidential running mate at the start of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Monday. 

About 80% of respondents agreed with the statement that "the country is spiraling out of control." 

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The poll found 86% of Americans are concerned about acts of violence throwing the country into chaos, while 56% are very concerned. According to the survey of 1,202 general population adults aged 18 or older in the United States, 57% said they are very concerned, and 87% said they are totally concerned that Americans will resort to violence instead of coming together peacefully to solve disagreements. 

The poll, conducted online, sampled 1,202 adults, including registered voters – 402 Democrats, 361 Republicans and 331 Independents.

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The poll found 84% of voters surveyed said they were concerned that extremists will commit acts of violence after the election. That marked a significant uptick from the 74% of voters who expressed that fear in the Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in May. 

About 67% of Americans said they feared acts of violence against their community because of their political beliefs. That rose from the 60% of respondents who said the same in a Reuters/Ipsos poll from June 2023.

About one in three respondents said they believed Trump was favored by divine providence after surviving the assassination attempt on Saturday. 

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According to the survey, 43% of registered voters said they preferred Trump, the Republican candidate, while 41% said they preferred President Biden, the Democratic incumbent, but the results fell between the poll's three percentage point margin of error. The poll found 69% of Americans view Biden as too old to work in government, compared to 49% who see Trump as too old. 

2024/07/17 09:58

Biden says his mental acuity is 'pretty damn good,' despite polls showing majority of Americans disagreeing

President Biden has declared in an interview this week that his mental acuity is "pretty damn good" -- despite numerous recent polls showing majorities of Americans thinking otherwise and raising concerns about his age. 

"I’ve been doing this a long time. The idea I’m the old guy, I am. I’m old. But I’m only three years older than Trump, number one," Biden told NBC News. "And number two, my mental acuity’s been pretty damn good. I’ve gotten more done than any president has in a long, long time in 3½ years. So I’m willing to be judged on that." 

"I understand. I understand why people say, 'God, he’s 81 years old. Whoa," Biden added. "What’s he gonna be when he’s 83 years old, or 84 years?' It’s a legitimate question to ask." 

But a new national poll released this week by NBC News, which surveyed 800 registered voters between July 7-9, found that nearly 80% are concerned about Biden "not having the necessary mental and physical health to be a president for a second term." 

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In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week, 85% said Biden is too old to serve out a second term. Meanwhile, 60% of respondents also said former President Trump is too old for a second term, up from 44% in the spring of 2023. 

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And a Fox News national survey that was taken after the first presidential debate but before Saturday’s assassination attempt on Trump found that 63% believe Biden’s age is jeopardizing national security, 71% think the White House has been dishonest about Biden’s mental state, and another 63% doubt he is that involved in making important decisions these days. 

In that survey, a new low of 32% think Biden has the mental soundness to serve effectively as president, down 9 points since May. It is a larger 17-point drop among Democrats, from 78% two months ago to 61% now.  

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom and Dana Blanton contributed to this report. 

2024/07/17 09:44

All about Babydog: The governor's pet that stole the show at the RNC

One guest at the Republican National Convention's night two festivities quickly managed to steal the show, despite not even giving a speech. 

Babydog, the canine companion of Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va., stole the spotlight from her owner as onlookers fawned over the pooch, who was given her own chair on stage while the governor spoke. 

Chants of "Babydog!" followed the governor's entrance to the stage on Tuesday night. "I know that a lot of you want to meet my little buddy," said Justice. "So if Babydog could come on out here."

His dog quickly trotted out to roaring applause before being set up in her own seat beside him. 

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Babydog is one of three canines owned by Justice and his family. They also have two Boston terriers named Lucy and Ellie, according to the governor's campaign website for his U.S. Senate bid in November. 

Babydog is an English bulldog. Like most bulldogs, Babydog is white, tan and brown, with stubby legs and an abundance of folds around her face. 

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The friendly canine is 4 years old and will turn 5 in late October. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Justice made Babydog a mascot for his vaccination sweepstakes. A website was even set up to encourage vaccinations for coronavirus, titled "DoItForBabydog.wv.gov."

According to the West Virginia governor's official website, "Whether it be special appearances on the biggest of stages, like the Governor’s State of the State address, or simply meeting people and shaking paws in her travels, Babydog always makes everyone smile everywhere that she and the Governor go.​"

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She has been accompanying her owner to events for several years. 

Babydog is also featured on Justice's Senate campaign website, where she was given her own section. "At the heart of Jim Justice’s campaign team is Babydog, the beloved English bulldog," the site reads. Babydog "symbolizes warmth, love, and connection," his campaign says. She also "spreads cheer and fosters unity." 

His campaign team is even selling merchandise featuring Babydog, including T-shirts, mugs and koozies. 

Justice has already won the Republican Senate primary in West Virginia, fending off an effort from Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va. He is expected to easily win the race for U.S. Senate in November against Wheeling's Democratic Mayor Glenn Elliott. Non-partisan political handicapper the Cook Political Report rated the race, "Solid Republican," with Sen. Joe Manchin, I-W.Va., not seeking re-election. 

The West Virginia governor previously told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade that Babydog will be accompanying him to the Senate if he is elected. "Absolutely," he said, noting she may not be able to follow him into "all the different halls." 

"But she'll make the trip," he said. 

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

2024/07/17 09:35

Secret Service under Homeland Security inspector general investigation after Trump assassination attempt

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has opened an investigation into the Secret Service's handling of security for former President Trump's rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend.

In a brief notice posted to the inspector general’s website, the agency said the objective of the probe is to "Evaluate the United States Secret Service’s (Secret Service) process for securing former President Trump’s July 13, 2024 campaign event," during which there was an assassination attempt against Trump.

There was no date given for when the investigation was launched. The notice was among a long list of ongoing cases that the inspector general’s office is pursuing. President Biden had already directed an independent review of the security at the rally.

Questions remain on Wednesday surrounding how the 20-year-old shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks, managed to climb on top of a building and open fire at Trump and rally attendees in Butler, Pennsylvania.

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Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle said in an interview Tuesday that her agency was "solely responsible" for the implementation and execution of security there.

Cheatle told CNN that no assets from the rally were diverted on the day Trump was shot, even though other events in the state required Secret Service protection.

"At that particular site, we divided up areas of responsibility, but the Secret Service is totally responsible for the design and implementation and the execution of the site," Cheatle said. 

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Cheatle, in a separate interview with ABC News, said the agency was aware of the security vulnerabilities presented by the building Crooks took a sniper's position on aiming at Trump.

"That building in particular has a sloped roof at its highest point. And so, you know, there's a safety factor that would be considered there that we wouldn't want to put somebody up on a sloped roof. And so, you know, the decision was made to secure the building, from inside," she said.  

But the "sloped roof" comment is facing scrutiny, with critics on social media calling it a "total BS excuse" that "defies believability." 

Fox News' Chris Pandolfo and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

2024/07/17 08:58

'Defensive' Biden lashes out at vulnerable Dems warning of November losses: reports

President Biden reportedly lashed out at fellow Democrats on a group call Saturday, insisting that questions about his viability for a second term were ridiculous.

The president allegedly exploded on Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado during the call after Crow said "without a major change, we are facing a loss in November," according to NBC News.

"First of all, I think you're dead wrong on national security," Biden told Crow, according to a report from Puck News. "You saw what happened recently in terms of the meeting we had with NATO. I put NATO together. Name me a foreign leader who thinks I'm not the most effective leader in the world on foreign policy."

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"Tell me!" Biden insisted during the outburst, according to the report. "Tell me who the hell that is! Tell me who put NATO back together! Tell me who enlarged NATO, tell me who did the Pacific basin."

At one point in the transcript, it appears Biden references Crow having received a Bronze Star as an Army Ranger in Iraq, comparing Crow to his deceased son, Beau Biden.

"Tell me who did something that you've never done with your Bronze Star like my son — and I'm proud of your leadership, but guess what, what's happening, we've got Korea and Japan working together, I put Aukus together, anyway!" Biden reportedly told Crow.

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Crow reportedly pushed back on Biden, telling him that his pitch "isn't breaking through to voters."

"You oughta talk about it!" Biden responded, according to Puck. "On national security, nobody has been a better president than I've been. Name me one. Name me one! So I don't want to hear that crap!"

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for comment on the transcripts of the conversation.

Internal debate over plans to re-nominate Biden as the 2024 presidential nominee is threatening to rupture the Democratic Party.

Democratic leaders are considering plans to nominate Biden as soon as next week, ostensibly due to concerns that the Aug. 17 date for the Democratic National Convention comes after Ohio's ballot deadline. State 

Democratic lawmakers and candidates across the country fear that Biden's plummeting support since his disastrous performance at the first presidential debate will have ramifications for down-ballot elections.

2024/07/17 08:02

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He will greatly expand government and raise taxes for most Americans.


Obama would uncap Social Security tax, which is currently capped at $102,000. This would have a dramatically negative effect on small business owners and those self-employed, and may literally drive thousands of American business out of business. Furthermore, Obama will increase the Social Security tax up to 12.4% which would increase the top marginal tax rate from 44.6% to a whopping 62.8%.

As Kimberly Strassel wrote in the Wall Street Journal: "Mr. Obama is hawking a tax policy that would take the nation back to the effective marginal tax rates of the Carter days. He wants to further tax income, payroll, capital gains, dividends and death. His philosophy is pure redistribution."

By simultaneously increasing payroll taxes and capital gains taxes, Obama would ensure a rush of small and mid-sized businesses off our shores and into the hands of welcoming foreign countries that would support the flourishing of same business and offer them much more favorable tax incentives. That loss of business in America would drastically increase the unemployment rate which would further drag down aggregate GDP.

Contrary to Obama's claims, Obama actually will raise aggregate taxes more on poor people than rich people. The following are conclusions of a study done by the non-partisan tax watchdog group, Americans for Tax Reform:

On earned income tax, Obama will only tax the rich slightly more than would McCain, with McCain's plan calling for a 35% top rate and Obama's calling for a 39.6% top rate. However, the lowest tax rate under the Obama plan will increase by 50% - from 10% to 15%; whereas McCain would keep it at its current 10%.

On Capital gains from the sale of stocks and real estate, McCain would keep the rate at 15% and Obama would raise it to 20%. This will take a disproportionate toll on the upper-middle class, which has most of its liquid assets in stocks and other securities.

On dividends, McCain would keep the current tax at 15% and Obama would increase it to a whopping 39.6%.

McCain would eliminate the marriage penalty for household incomes under $150,000; Obama would apply a full marriage penalty from dollar one.

On the death tax, McCain would make the first $5 million exempt, and anything above that would be taxed at a rate of 15%. Obama would only exempt the first $1 million, and the remainder would be subject to a whopping 55% tax rate.

Obama's tax plan would decimate small businesses. Whereas McCain would keep the self-employment maximum tax rate at 37.9%, Obama would drastically increase it to 54.9%!