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U.S. support for death penalty hits 29-year low

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Americans’ support for the death penalty has waned to a 39-year low, according to results of a Gallup poll released Thursday.

The controversial topic of capital punishment has been in the news recently surrounding the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis. Davis was convicted of murdering off-duty Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. During his two decades of imprisonment, the evidence in Davis’ case planted the seed of doubt about his guilt in the crime.

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Davis was executed by lethal injection on Sept. 21, 2011, to widespread public outcry.

Despite the widespread rallying around Davis’ case, the results of the Gallup poll show that 61 percent of Americans support the death penalty in the case of a person who is convicted of murder, the lowest return since 1972. Last year, 64 percent of Americans said that they supported the death penalty.

Demographics for those in support of the death penalty skewed toward males, white people, Republicans and those living in the South and Midwest. While nearly three quarters of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents said they supported the death penalty, only 46 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents agreed.

Forty percent of Americans also said that the death penalty is not used often enough, and 25 percent said it was imposed too often. The latter number is the highest result Gallup has ever recorded for that question.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., the death penalty is legal in 34 states. In 2011 so far, 37 people have been executed. In 2010, 46 people were killed for their crimes.

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Trump: ‘I’m doing the country a big favor’ with my conspiracy theories about voter fraud

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At Wednesday's White House briefing on coronavirus, President Donald Trump was once again asked about his conspiracy theories about mail-in ballot fraud, in light of his move to sue the state of Nevada to stop an expansion of the practice.

When confronted with his previous lie that Nevada isn't checking signatures, Trump doubled down, saying it would be "physically impossible" to verify the ballots. He then repeated, for the third day in a row, his complaints about the New York primary process — and when a reporter pointed out to him that the delays in ballot reporting isn't evidence of fraud, he replied, "well, you're reading a different newspaper than me." He added that "I'm doing the country a big favor" by talking about these issues.

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Facebook removes first Trump post as a lie

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Facebook has been criticized by users for refusing to check President Donald Trump's false information, incorrect ads, and array of posts on the social media site, but it wasn't until Wednesday that they finally removed a post for his lying.

"This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," Andy Stone, a Facebook policy spokesperson told NBC News.

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CIA ignores request to brief GOP senators trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son: report

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On Wednesday, Politico reported that the Central Intelligence Agency is ignoring a request to brief the Republican senators mounting an investigation into Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine.

"The spy agency’s resistance comes amid intelligence officials’ deep skepticism of the probe, which is being led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and focuses on Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma," reported Andrew Desiderio and Natasha Bertrand. "Democrats argue the investigation is based on Russian disinformation aimed at tipping the outcome of the election toward President Donald Trump — a charge that Johnson rejects."

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