JD Vance, others say Biden should resign presidency if he drops out of the race

Newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee JD Vance wrote in an X post Friday that if Democrats believe President Biden doesn’t have the mental acuity to continue to run for re-election, it would be difficult to argue he should remain president until next January.”If Joe Biden doesn’t have the cognitive function to run for re-election, then he certainly doesn’t have the cognitive function to remain as Commander-In-Chief,” Vance posted. “How can any Dem pushing him to drop out of the presidential race, argue in good faith that he should stay on as POTUS?”Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., echoed that sentiment to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee Thursday. “The question is, if he’s not going to be their nominee because he’s not up to it, how can he be our president for the next six months?” Rubio said, according to Politico. “If there’s something wrong with you that doesn’t allow you to run for president, how can you still be there as president? If they’re going to remove him as nominee, they’ve got to remove him as president, and that’s really bad for our country.”FIVE MORE HOUSE DEMOCRATS CALL ON BIDEN TO DROP OUT, THIRD US SENATORPolling guru and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver earlier this month wrote on X he also believes Biden should “transition the presidency to [Vice President Kamala] Harris within 30-60 days, but I’m there now. Something is clearly wrong here.”Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Wash., has also called on Biden to step down. NEW POLL REVEALS WHAT DEMOCRATS THINK OF HARRIS AS PRESIDENT”Americans deserve to feel their president is fit enough to do the job,” she told KGW-TV. “The crisis of confidence in the president’s leadership needs to come to an end. The president should do what he knows is right for the country and put the national interest first.”Increasing numbers of Democrats have called on Biden to exit the White House race after his disastrous debate performance late last month, fearing he would lose to Trump. Historian Alexis Coe wrote in a Rolling Stone op-ed Friday that Biden should resign to “preserve his legacy.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPresidential historian Allan Lichtman, who has accurately predicted nine of the last 10 elections, has also said that if Biden were to drop out of the race, handing over the presidency to Harris as she replaces him on the ticket would be the Democrats’ best chance of keeping the White House in November. Biden and his campaign have said the president is “in it to win it,” although reports have said he is reconsidering that amid increasing calls to drop out. 
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to next week’s blockbuster week in Congress

I started to write this essay about the pending blockbuster week on Capitol Hill. The week has been a little zany. I got distracted. I had to go back and find the proper Word document to continue. I searched for “blockbuster.”But it was mildly amusing when an essay popped up from February 27 of this year about another “blockbuster” week on Capitol Hill.BIDING TIME: TRUMP ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OVERSHADOWS CALLS FOR BIDEN TO STEP ASIDEThat week was a banger. Hunter Biden was to testify. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would tell Congressional committees why he didn’t share his medical incapacitation with his superiors. And a partial government shutdown loomed. Those issues seem so quaint these days on Capitol Hill. Almost antiquated.Yes, that was a blockbuster week back in late February/early March.But in the annals of blockbusterdom, this one may surpass the others. It will be a monster.Congress was out of session this week for the Republican convention. But lawmakers return Monday.Five major stories will dominate Capitol Hill, plus sub-plots.Here’s what to look for:The Trump Assassination Attempt Investigation:Monday:This will mark the first time lawmakers have returned to the Capitol since the shooting. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., likely announces the structure and names members to his task force to investigate the incident in Pennsylvania. USSS Director Kimberly Cheatle appears before the House Oversight Committee at 10 am et on Monday. That will be one of the most anticipated hearings in Congress of the past decade. The panel issued a subpoena to compel her to testify. Cheatle confirmed she would attend. There was fear she might ghost the committee. Members of Congress may not be impressed with Cheatle. But just the fact that she is coming could go a long way to quash conspiracy theories about the attack. Most lawmakers won’t return to Washington until the mid to late afternoon on Monday. But that’s when they’ll react to the shooting and consequences for the Secret Service. THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO EXPELLING BOB MENENDEZ FROM THE SENATETuesday:The House Homeland Security Committee wants Cheatle for a hearing that morning. She has not confirmed her attendance yet for that session. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., invited FBI Director Christopher Wray and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the same hearing. Green tells me he is okay with their deputies appearing. However, Green definitely wants Cheatle. Green has invited local police and other state officials from Pennsylvania to testify at the second part of this Tuesday hearing.The Senate is out until Tuesday afternoon. So commentary from many senators may not come until Tuesday night.Wednesday:FBI Director Christopher Wray is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. That hearing was on the books before the assassination attempt. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., signaled he’d like to have a hearing on the incident before the August recess.Fox is also told there could be hearings during the August recess. Netanyahu Speaks to Joint Meeting of Congress:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a Joint Meeting of Congress Wednesday. All four bicameral, bipartisan Congressional leaders invited Netanyahu – although it’s clear that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., aren’t pleased with Netanyahu. Schumer even took heat a few months ago for denouncing Netanyahu and suggesting he call new elections soon.Protests will dominate Capitol Hill. Some anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian lawmakers and aides may even participate. There were security concerns before last weekend’s shooting. Now those worries are amplified. Watch to see how many Democrats boycott this speech. It’s also worth listening to what Schumer and Jeffries say afterwards. And note it is a “Joint Meeting.” Not a “Joint Session.”Democrats in Disarray Over Biden:The question about President Biden’s future is gurgling to a head now. There’s a distinct possibility that the President may bow out. A flood of Democrats are now demanding President Biden step aside. Watch the moves of Schumer, Jeffries and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Pelosi has been close to the situation – especially speaking with the gigantic California delegation. This trio could contour what – or who – comes next.This drama has boiled since Mr. Biden’s disastrous debate in late June. Pay particular attention to the House Democratic leadership press conference on Tuesday. Jeffries will hold his weekly press conference on Wednesday or Thursday. Schumer will speak after the weekly Democratic Caucus lunch on Wednesday. CONGRESSIONAL BYPASS: MANY DEMOCRATS ELUSIVE ON BIDEN ISSUEWill Menendez Resign? Or Will There Be An Effort to Expel Him:Don’t expect a vote to expel Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., this week after his conviction. However, we could get a report from the Senate Ethics Committee. That could set in motion a plan to expel Menendez in the coming weeks. Reporters will be on the lookout for Menendez – if he comes to the Capitol. That’s to say nothing of posing questions to his son, Rep. Rob Menendez, D-N.J. Also, expect queries about Menendez for Schumer at his weekly press conference on Wednesday. Schumer has not called for the expulsion of Menendez. Only that he step down.The Senate has not expelled a member since 1862. It takes a two-thirds vote to expel a senator. If Menendez refuses to budge, the senate could begin expulsion proceedings against the New Jersey Democrat once the ethics report is complete. What will Menendez do? It’s unclear. He predicated his entire defense on the idea that he was just doing Senate and constituent business. Not taking bribes. Sen. JD Vance (R-OH), GOP Vice Presidential Nominee:It is unclear if Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, will come to Capitol Hill in the coming days for votes and hearings. Previous presidential and vice presidential nominees have parachuted back to Capitol Hill here from the trail or when there are important votes and debates. Vice President Harris – then a senator from California – came back to the Capitol during the pandemic in the fall of 2020 as the Senate conducted confirmation hearings for Supreme court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Also, Vance has experienced one of the more meteoric rises ever in American politics. Faster than former President Obama. Vance has only been a senator for a year-and-a-half and never held any office before. Look for senators from both parties to offer their commentary on Vance throughout the week. The Wild Card:Anything can happen in this environment. A monumental political scandal may emerge. God forbid, there could be another security incident.One source told Fox that if President Biden bows out and the party drafts Harris, Democrats should look at Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, as their Vice Presidential pick. Brown pondered running for President in 2020. Brown stepping aside might cost Democrats a winnable Senate seat. But Fox was told some in the party like how Brown could match up with Vance. This is just what to look for next week. Brace yourself for the week after that.
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Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown urges Biden to end campaign

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined Democrats calling on President Biden to drop out of the 2024 race on Friday evening. “At this critical time, our full attention must return to these important issues. I think the President should end his campaign,” he said in a statement on X. According to Brown, “Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from Ohioans on important issues, such as how to continue to grow jobs in our state, give law enforcement the resources to crack down on fentanyl, protect Social Security and Medicare from cuts, and prevent the ongoing efforts to impose a national abortion ban.””I agree with the many Ohioans who have reached out to me,” he added. Brown is the fourth Democratic senator to press Biden to step aside and the 34th Congressional Democrat to do so. The Ohio Democrat is in a particularly competitive race in November, where he will face Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, who is endorsed by former President Trump. Non-partisan political handicapper the Cook Political Report rated the Ohio Senate race as a “Toss Up,” placing it alongside races in Montana, Nevada, and Michigan. 
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Lawsuit over Tennessee law that puts limits on drag shows dismissed by federal court in win for Republicans

In a win for Tennessee’s Republican-led legislature, a federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by an LGBTQ group that challenged a state law restricting drag shows considered “harmful to minors.”Friends of George’s, a Memphis-based theater that does “drag-centric performances,” sued over the law last year, claiming it would hurt its business because it has no age restrictions. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that Friends of George’s didn’t have legal standing to sue over the law because it wasn’t at risk of violating the law, finding its shows weren’t “harmful to minors.”The ruling reverses a lower court decision that called the law unconstitutional after the group sued, temporarily blocking its enforcement in Memphis’ Shelby County. The lower court had called the law “substantially overbroad” and said it encouraged “discriminatory enforcement.” SUPREME COURT DENIES DESANTIS IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER DRAG QUEEN BANWith the support of Republican Gov. Bill Lee, the first-of-its-kind law was passed by the state legislature last year but has faced legal hurdles since then. “Harmful to minors” has been defined by the Tennessee Supreme Court as shows that lack “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for a reasonable 17-year-old minor.”In its ruling Thursday, the appeals court said Friends of George’s “has not alleged that its performances lack serious value for a 17-year-old. In fact, it insists the exact opposite. Its own witness, a member of FOG’s board, conceded that its shows ‘are definitely appropriate’ for a 15-year-old and would ‘absolutely’ have artistic value for a 17-year-old.” DRAG PERFORMER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ALLOWING KIDS TO ATTEND DRAG SHOWS: ‘THIS IS AN ADULT VENUE’But state Rep. Aftyn Behn, a Democrat, claimed Thursday’s ruling was a “misguided attack on the LGBTQ+ community.””This isn’t about protecting kids; it’s about spreading fear and division,” she said. “It’s ironic that those who claim to support small government are the first to impose it on our personal freedoms.”Fox News Digital has reached out to Friends of George’s for comment. Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti argued, however, the law was “constitutionally sound.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”As a state overflowing with world-class artists and musicians, Tennessee respects the right to free expression,” he said in a statement. “But as the court noted, Tennessee’s ‘harmful to minors’ standard is constitutionally sound, and Tennessee can absolutely prohibit the exhibition of obscene material to children.”
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Panama president dismisses this key issue as a ‘United States problem’

The president of Panama says the ongoing migrant crisis in the Western Hemisphere is a “United States problem,” adding deportation flights that are partly funded by the U.S. are only voluntary.”This is a United States problem that we are managing,” newly-elected President Jose Raul Mulino said Thursday. “People don’t want to live here in Panama. They want to go to the United States.”Panama is a key crossing area for migrants moving north as many move through the Darien Gap, a massive jungle crossing Panama and Colombia that serves as a pathway through Central America and toward the U.S.US TO PAY FOR FLIGHTS TO HELP PANAMA REMOVE MIGRANTS WHO MAY BE HEADING NORTHThe U.S. has worked with Panama and Colombia to try and limit crossings, including a 60-day campaign last year to address the humanitarian crisis.The campaign aimed to end the illicit movement of people, open new “lawful and flexible pathways” for migrants and launch a plan to “reduce poverty, improve public service delivery, create jobs and promote economic and sustainable opportunities in border communities in northern Colombia and southern Panama, through international partnerships across financial institutions, civil society and the private sector.”But over half a million migrants moved through Panama last year, and Mulino has vowed to make changes to solve the crisis and make Panama a less attractive destination. He had also vowed to increase deportations.Earlier this month, the U.S. signed a memorandum of understanding that said the U.S. would pay for deportation flights and other assistance to help Panama deport migrants. The efforts to send some migrants back to their homelands “will help deter irregular migration in the region and at our southern border and halt the enrichment of malign smuggling networks that prey on vulnerable migrants,” a U.S. spokesperson said.However, Mulino clarified this week that the only migrants who will be returned are those who agree to do so.If migrants don’t want to return to their countries, “then they’ll go (to the U.S.). I can’t arrest them. We can’t forcibly repatriate them.”DARIEN JUNGLE, A TREACHEROUS ROUTE FOR MIGRANTS, BECOMES MORE ACCESSIBLE AS PANAMA SEES UPTICK IN ARRIVALSThe Biden administration has emphasized the importance of foreign relations and cooperation as part of its strategy to reduce border crossings, which have exploded under its watch as the border crisis remains a top political issue in the U.S.Republicans have blamed the Biden administration’s rolling back of Trump-era policies and have accused it of incentivizing migration due to “open border” policies.The administration has said it needs funding and reforms by Congress, which it has so far failed to deliver. But it has recently pointed to reduced numbers since President Biden announced an executive order limiting crossings and increasing asylum interview standards.MIGRANT NUMBERS CROSSING DARIEN GAP SET NEW RECORD, DESPITE US EFFORTSSince June, encounters have dropped more than 50%, and the number of releases has decreased by 70%. Officials also say the administration has removed and returned more than 50,000 individuals to more than 100 countries.In his comments to the press, Mulino said he hopes upcoming Venezuelan elections could also help.”Practically all of Venezuela is walking through there every day,” Mulino said. “If the elections in that country are carried out properly, respecting the popular will regardless of who wins, I’m sure that that number will go down.”The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Georgia court will hear Trump’s case to disqualify Fani Willis one month after presidential election

The Georgia Court of Appeals will hear former President Trump’s case to have District Attorney Fani Willis disqualified on Dec. 5 — a month after the 2024 presidential election. The Georgia court will hear the appeal by Trump and his co-defendants to have embattled Willis disqualified from the case due to an alleged “improper” affair with former special prosecutor Nathan Wade.Last month, lawyers for Trump filed the opening brief in their appeal of a court order in hopes of disqualifying Wills from the sweeping electioneering case against him in Georgia. “The brief persuasively argues that the trial court should have dismissed the case and disqualified DA Willis for her forensic misconduct and the appearance of impropriety between her and former Special Assistant DA Wade, who was her lover and taxpayer-funded financial benefactor,” Steve Sadow, lead attorney for Trump, said in a statement. FANI WILLIS FACES NOTHING BUT SETBACKS IN CASE AGAINST TRUMP, THE LATEST PENDING WITH SUPREME COURT”We are optimistic that the Court will favorably decide the appeal in our favor.””Should a prosecutor be disqualified for intentionally and repeatedly violating ethical and professional canons to prejudice defendants for personal or political gain? Yes,” the brief argues.  “Is disqualification necessary when a prosecutor testifies falsely, conceals misconduct, and creates ‘an odor of mendacity’ that results in a ‘significant appearance of impropriety?’ Undoubtedly so. If this prosecutor deflects attention from her misconduct by claiming on national television that the defendants are dishonest racists for bringing the truthful accusations to light, could anyone have confidence in the impartiality of the prosecutor’s actions? Absolutely not,” it states.The appeals court paused activity in the case against Trump, all but eliminating any opportunity for Willis to try the former president before the Nov. 5 presidential election. TRUMP’S APPEAL TO DISQUALIFY FANI WILLIS FROM GA CASE GETS OCTOBER HEARING DATEWillis filed a motion to dismiss that appeal earlier this month, saying the lower court found there was no sufficient evidence to support their claims that Willis has a conflict of interest, and says that there is “no basis” to appeal Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee’s March ruling allowing Willis to stay on the case.Trump’s lawyer called the motion a “last ditch effort to stop any appellate review of [her] misconduct.”Trump was indicted in August along with 18 co-defendants stemming from the yearslong criminal investigation led by Willis and state prosecutors in Georgia into his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state.The charges include violating the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act; solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer; conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer; conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree; conspiracy to commit false statements and writings; conspiracy to commit filing false documents; conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree; and filing false documents.REP JORDAN URGES CONGRESS TO ‘DEFUND LAWFARE ACTIVITIES’ OF TRUMP PROSECUTORSSince then, Willis has struggled to avoid roadblocks in her efforts to try Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, before the election.McAfee in March dismissed six of the charges and said the state failed to allege sufficient detail for six counts of “solicitation of violation of oath by public officer.” In February, Michael Roman, a GOP operative and co-defendant in the case, dropped bombshell accusations that Willis had an “improper” affair with Wade, whom she hired to help prosecute the case in November 2021. Other co-defendants made similar allegations, and said she financially benefited from her relationship with him by taking lavish vacations together. Both Wade and Willis denied they were in a romantic relationship prior to his hiring and said the couple would split the costs of their shared travels; Willis said she reimbursed Wade for her share of the trips in cash.After evidentiary hearings held in February, McAfee ordered that Wade had to be removed in order to keep Willis from disqualification in the Trump election interference case.”[T]he established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team – an appearance that must be removed through the State’s selection of one of two options,” he wrote, adding that Willis and her whole office can choose to step aside, or Wade can withdraw from the case.Wade subsequently resigned from his post as special prosecutor.In his March order, McAfee said while Willis’ “reimbursement practice” was “unusual and the lack of any documentary corroboration understandably concerning,” he ultimately decided that the defendants did not present “sufficient evidence” that expenses weren’t “roughly divided evenly.” He also said, “the evidence demonstrated that the financial gain flowing from her relationship with Wade was not a motivating factor on the part of the District Attorney to indict and prosecute this case.””[T]he Court finds that the record made at the evidentiary hearing established that the District Attorney’s prosecution is encumbered by an appearance of impropriety,” McAfee wrote in his order.GEORGIA PROSECUTOR FANI WILLIS APPEALS AFTER JUDGE DROPS MULTIPLE TRUMP CHARGES”As the case moves forward, reasonable members of the public could easily be left to wonder whether the financial exchanges have continued resulting in some form of benefit to the District Attorney, or even whether the romantic relationship has resumed.””Put differently, an outsider could reasonably think that the District Attorney is not exercising her independent professional judgment totally free of any compromising influences. As long as Wade remains on the case, this unnecessary perception will persist,” he said.When the defense in March submitted a joint motion for a Certificate of Immediate Review, McAfee said his Order on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and Disqualify the Fulton County District Attorney issued March 15 “is of such importance to the case that immediate review should be had” and allowed the defendants to ask the Georgia appeals court for an opportunity to appeal, which the court granted last month.
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Fox News Politics: Torching the Ticket?

Welcome to the Fox News Politics newsletter with the latest political news from Washington, D.C. and updates from the 2024 campaign trail.RNC HIGHLIGHTS: Missed the RNC? Check out the highlights and more here.Here’s what’s happening…- Biden ‘furious’ over clamor for him to drop out- Trump highlights assassination attempt, Melania, and more in RNC speech – Sen. Roger Marshall lights into the Secret Service- Fox News Digital continues to dominate the competitionFive more House Democrats on Friday joined the growing number of congressional lawmakers who have called on President Biden to drop out of the 2024 election.In a joint statement, Reps. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Marc Veasey, D-Texas, Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois and Marc Pocan, D-Wis., urged Biden to “pass the torch to a new generation of Democratic leaders.””Mr. President, with great admiration for you personally, sincere respect for your decades of public service and patriotic leadership, and deep appreciation for everything we have accomplished together during your presidency, it is now time for you to pass the torch to a new generation of Democratic leaders,” the lawmakers wrote. …Read more’WE WERE UNDER ATTACK’: Five top moments from Trump’s RNC speech …Read more’FELLOW AMERICANS’: Trump preaches unity during his convention acceptance speech …Read moreMOVING MOMENT: Trump pays emotional tribute to former firefighter killed at Butler, Pa. rally …Read more‘TACTICAL REASON’: Army vet in front row of Trump rally reveals glaring security fail …Read more‘ESPECIALLY CONCERNING’: Majority of Trump security detail were not Secret Service, whistleblowers say …Read more’SAVED MY LIFE’: WATCH: Trump breaks out immigration chart shown right before assassination attempt …Read morePRESSING QUESTIONS: FBI interviews classmate of Trump shooter over dislike for politicians …Read moreHERO’S FAREWELL: Trump shooting victim Corey Comperatore’s funeral draws hundreds …Read more’LOTS OF ANGER’: Biden ‘furious’ about growing calls to get him to exit race: report …Read moreTIME FOR A PROMOTION?: Poll answers if Democrats think VP Harris is ready to be POTUS? …Read moreANOTHER ROUND: Pressure growing in Congress for Biden to step down …Read moreTHIS IS NOT A TEST: Vulnerable Montana Democratic senator joins calls for Biden to drop out  …Read moreWHO’S HIDING WHAT?: Congress denied access to crucial Trump protection plan screams ‘cover your a– mode’: expert …Read more’COMPLETELY WORTHLESS’: Sen. Roger Marshall blasts Secret Service briefing on Trump assassination attempt …Read morePILING ON: A third Democratic senator is now on record urging Biden to drop out …Read more’ABOVE THE CALL OF DUTY’: Gold Star parents reflect on ‘thousands’ of lives changed by vets after son died in Afghanistan …Read more’WHAT MATTERS MOST’: Ben Sasse stepping down as university president over wife’s health …Read moreBACKLASH: Washington Post deletes post lecturing American hostage’s parents …Read moreDELIVERING FOR AMERICA: Fox News Digital dominates competition in key metrics in historic news quarter …Read moreSubscribe now to get Fox News Politics newsletter in your inbox.Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more on
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Number of Americans wanting reduced immigration skyrockets, most since 2001: poll

A majority of Americans want lower levels of immigration overall, according to a new poll ahead of an election in which immigration and the crisis at the southern border are going to be top issues for voters.Fifty-five percent of voters want to see immigration to the U.S. decrease, according to a recent Gallup poll. That is up dramatically from 41% last year, and the first time since 2005 a majority of Americans want less immigration. It’s also the highest since the 58% recorded in 2001.The percentage of Americans who want more immigration is at 16%. It’s a sharp change from 2020 and 2021, when 34% wanted more immigration and only about 30% wanted less.BORDER SECURITY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TOP AGENDA AT GOP CONVENTION: ‘MASS DEPORTATION NOW!’ By party affiliation, 88% of Republicans, 50% of independents and 28% of Democrats want less immigration.It comes amid a third year of an ongoing crisis at the southern border. While that is primarily an issue of illegal immigration, there are ongoing concerns from Republicans about the use of parole by the Biden administration to admit hundreds of thousands into the U.S., which counts as legal immigration.Multiple polls, including Gallup, have consistently shown the border crisis is a top issue for voters ahead of the November election.For solutions to the crisis, 67% want Border Patrol agents, 53% want border wall expansion, 47% want deportation of all illegal immigrants and 70% want to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they meet “certain requirements over time,” according to the poll.The poll was taken in June and published last week, just before the Republican National Convention, where border security was a top issue. Signs of “Mass Deportation Now!” were seen throughout the event.BORDER WALL GAP LEFT OPEN AFTER BIDEN STOPPED CONSTRUCTION FRUSTRATES AGENTS: ‘IT’S A BEACON’ Former President Trump used the convention to tout his record in office, saying his strategy to stop illegal immigration, including border wall construction and increased interior enforcement, had worked.”We stopped the invasion. But the invasion that we stopped was peanuts by comparison to what happened after I left. Look at what happened after I left. They took over our country,” Trump said.”We ended all catch and release. We shut down asylum fraud. We stopped human trafficking and forged historic agreements to keep illegal aliens on foreign soil. We want them to stay on this soil under the Trump administration. If you came in illegally, you were apprehended immediately, and you were deported. You went right back. The current administration terminated every single one of those great Trump policies that I put in place to seal the border.”CLICK HERE FOR MORE COVERAGE OF THE BORDER SECURITY CRISISThe Biden administration has said it has been trying to solve what it says is a hemisphere-wide crisis but needs funding and immigration reform from Congress, something it blames Republicans and Trump for blocking for political purposes.The White House said this week that since an executive order by President Biden was announced in June to limit entries into the U.S., encounters overall have decreased by more than 50% and the number of releases has decreased by 70%. Officials also say the administration has removed and returned more than 50,000 individuals to more than 100 countries.”While the president’s action has led to significant results, it is clear that the only lasting solution to the challenges we are seeing on our border — the solution that would deliver additional authorities, resources and personnel that we need to secure our border — is through congressional action,” an official said.
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Campaign chairs say Biden is both ‘more committed than ever’ to presidential race and ‘asking for input’

President Biden’s top campaign advisors both weighed in on Friday to comment on widespread speculation surrounding the 2024 presidential race.The first clarification came from Campaign Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon, who left no room for question during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.””The president’s in this race,” O’Malley Dillon told the hosts. “You’ve heard him say that time and time again, and I think we saw on display last night exactly why, because Donald Trump is not going to offer anything new to the American people. He’s the same person he was in 2020. He’s the same person he was at the debate stage.”SOURCES CLOSE TO BIDEN ‘FURIOUS’ ABOUT GROWING CALLS TO GET HIM TO EXIT RACE: REPORTO’Malley Dillon made clear there was no question that Biden is “more committed than ever to beat Donald Trump” — pushing back yet again on weeks and weeks of leaks and speculation claiming the president was close to pulling out of the race.”We believe in this campaign we are built for the close election that we are in, and we see the path forward,” O’Malley Dillon continued. “The president is the leader of our campaign and of the country, and he is clearly in our impression, and what we’ve built, and in our engagement with voters, he’s the best person to take on Donald Trump and prosecute that case and present his vision versus what we saw last night.”This rock-solid statement of commitment was slightly complicated just hours later by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. — co-chair of Biden’s re-elections campaign — who said the president is “weighing what he should weigh.”TRUMP CAMPAIGN ON BIDEN TURMOIL: ‘DEMOCRATS CAN’T EVEN FIGURE OUT WHO THEIR NOMINEE SHOULD BE’Coons told the press during a panel at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Security Forum that Biden is considering “who is the best candidate to win in November and to carry forward the Democratic Party’s values and priorities in this campaign.”He noted that Biden attended the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Washington, D.C., this month after a “very bad debate performance” and that the president “Did a press conference. Did campaign events. Did campaign rallies.””And there are folks still saying he is not strong enough or capable enough to be our next president,” he continued. “I disagree.”According to Coons, “There is a lot of concern and anxiety about this because the stakes are so significant. The consequences of this election are profound.”Coons walked back this somewhat shaky comment just hours later with a post to social media professing total support for Biden’s re-election effort.”I fully support the President. He’s told me he’s in it to win it,” Coons wrote on social media platform X. “I’m with him 100% because I know he can beat Trump just like he did last time.”
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Majority of Trump security detail were not Secret Service, whistleblowers tell Sen. Hawley

Whistleblowers inside the Department of Homeland Security have alleged that the majority of the security detail for former President Donald Trump were “not even Secret Service,” according to a Republican lawmaker.Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri relayed these claims in a public letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday outlining a series of security failures at Trump’s fateful Butler, Pennsylvania, rally.”Whistleblowers who have direct knowledge of the event have approached my office. According to the allegations, the July 13 rally was considered to be a ‘loose’ security event,” Hawley wrote in the letter. “For example, detection canines were not used to monitor entry and detect threats in the usual manner. Individuals without proper designations were able to gain access to backstage areas.”SECRET SERVICE ‘CHECK-THE-BOX’ SENATE BRIEFING LEAVES QUESTIONS: ‘INFURIATING’Other lapses in security protocol allegedly included a lack of personnel stationed around the security perimeter and an inadequetly enforced buffer zone around the podium.Among the most troubling is the claim that the majority of personnel protecting the former president were not U.S. Secret Service (USSS) agents.”Whistleblower allegations suggest the majority of DHS officials were not in fact USSS agents but instead drawn from the department’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),” Hawley wrote. “This is especially concerning given that HSI agents were unfamiliar with standard protocols typically used at these types of events, according to the allegations.”SECRET SERVICE EQUITY DIRECTOR SAYS DEI AGENDA IS A ‘MISSION IMPERATIVE,’ THE ‘ULTIMATE GOAL’The Missouri senator criticized the DHS for failing to provide information about the incident to Congress and “abruptly ending the only call with USSSS before most senators could even ask a question.”Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., previously detailed the Secret Service briefing given to senators on Wednesday about the recent assassination attempt against former President Trump, saying there had been “virtually no information” provided. “The director of the Secret Service did admit there were mistakes and gaffes,” Johnson said, referring to Kimberly Cheatle. But the briefing, which was given by a separate official, “was largely irrelevant,” according to Johnson. Only four senators were allowed to ask questions and there were no follow-ups, he said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHawley’s letter demands answers to a series of questions relevant to the claims made by the whistleblowers, including the ratio of USSS to HSI agents and pre-rally security investigations.Fox News Digital’s Julia Johnson contributed to this report.
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