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ABC anchor delivers knock-out blow to Biden’s chances after high-stakes interview

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos revealed he doesn’t think President Biden can serve four more years in office just days after their high-stakes interview. 

TMZ obtained video of Stephanopoulos on the streets of New York City on Tuesday where he was asked whether he thought Biden should step down. 

“I don’t think he can serve four more years,” Stephanopoulos responded. 

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates pointed Fox News Digital to comments made at Tuesday’s press briefing by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who told Fox News’ Peter Doocy that the president is committing to serve a full second term in office. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

A spokesperson for ABC News told Fox News Digital “George expressed his own point of view and not the position of ABC News.” 

“Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn’t have,” Stephanopoulous said through a spokesperson.

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Stephanopoulos sat down with Biden for the president’s first national interview since his disastrous debate performance last month, which has sparked unprecedented calls from members of the media and even a growing number of Democrats for him to withdraw from the 2024 race.

The ABC interview was widely seen as a test for Biden to show he has the mental capacity to continue his reelection bid. However, the 22-minute sit-down has not eased tensions within his party.

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Biden raised eyebrows when he expressed uncertainty about whether he had watched the CNN debate, telling Stephanpoulos “I don’t think so, no.”

He shocked the country when he refused to commit to a cognitive test, repeatedly insisting he is tested every day in the role as the commander in chief.

Biden also enraged Democrats when he said he would be content with a hypothetical defeat against former President Trump as long as he as he “gave it [his] all.”

“Look, Biden looked better and certainly more coherent than he looked during the debate, but there’s nothing in this interview that is calming nerves of jittery Democrats who fear that Joe Biden is on a trajectory to lose this race, to lose to Donald Trump,” ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl told Stephanopoulos in reaction to the interview on Friday. 

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“In fact, for some of those people, the interview is raising new concerns, particularly the fact that he is unwilling or unaware of the fact that he is in a dire situation here regarding the campaign, that he is losing, in the view of many Democrats and frankly in the polls you cited, that he is losing to Donald Trump,” he said.

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Several members of the media, most vocally the editorial board of The New York Times, have called on Biden to withdraw from the 2024 race. Meanwhile, Democrats are increasingly becoming divided over whether to support the 81-year-old president. 

Retailer calls police after thieves rampage shelves — city is now going after the store

The City of Sacramento, California’s legal department threatened to fine a popular retail store for public nuisance over numerous calls to police after thieves stole from its Land Park location multiple times, according to a report.

The Sacramento Bee reported that a person with knowledge of the warning who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear they could be retaliated against, said Sacramento officials warned they would issue an administrative fine to the Target at 2505 Riverside Boulevard in Land Park, during the past year.

A police spokesperson confirmed the location to the publication after being asked about the alleged warning.

After learning about the city’s warning and comparable actions across the state, state lawmakers added an amendment to a retail theft bill, outlawing these types of threats toward businesses from authorities.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, and Senator Mike McGuire are pushing a package with 14 bills that tighten penalties on retail theft offenses. The lawmakers believe their legislation will help deal with retail theft crimes, rather than pass changes to Proposition 47.

Last month, California’s Secretary of State announced that petitioners had garnered more than enough signatures to place a measure to reform Proposition 47 on the November ballot. Prop 47, a voter-approved initiative passed in 2014, loosened the penalties for drug and theft crimes in California and has been blamed for California’s rampant theft problems.

Shortly after the measure to reform Prop 47 was approved, legislators in the Democrat-controlled Capitol in Sacramento began debating legislation that they say would address crime in the state. Critics say the move is essentially a “poison pill” that Democrats will use to discourage people from voting to fix Prop 47 in November by arguing that doing so would undo the legislation that combats crime.

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“Newsom keeps insisting that reports of theft are dropping – well now we know why. Not only are thieves let off without even a slap on the wrist, but now the victims are being threatened for even reporting crimes,” California Assembly GOP Leader James Gallagher told Fox News Digital. “Everyone can see that Newsom’s pro-criminal policies are a failure – no matter how much his allies try to cover it up.”

Criminal defense attorney Nicole Castronova also weighed in on the matter, telling Fox News Digital politicians in California are leaving citizens out to dry, as “crime begets crime.”

“Lawmakers have allowed smash and grab robberies to terrorize our cities. As a consequence, retailers are leaving major cities in droves – taking jobs with them,” she said.

Castronova explained that losing jobs directly correlates to an increase in crime.

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She also said retailers are being victimized by the government for failing to protect them.

“Now the government seeks to silence those retailers and, in turn, manufacturers lower crime rates,” Castronova said. “No citizen should ever be penalized for lawfully calling upon its government for protection.”

Alexander Gammelgard, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, testified during the State Assembly’s first retail theft committee meeting in December, saying he was surprised anyone would ever attempt to make a nuisance case out of someone calling to report a legitimate crime.

“I don’t think there is a place for that,” Gammelgard said.

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It is not clear why the city attorney, Susana Alcala Wood, and her office would issue warnings to businesses like Target, seeking assistance from police. Her office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

California State University, Stanislaus criminal justice professor Blake Randol told the Sacramento Bee he found the situation in Sacramento to be disconcerting. He told the publication the city has a responsibility to help residents, and if the city were to threaten public nuisance for reporting crimes, it could deter a business from making a report.

Randol also said city officials may issue warnings to make it look like crime statistics are going down.

“What’s problematic is that what Target is complaining about is a legitimate crime concern,” Randol told the Sacramento Bee. “The city does have a responsibility to be more responsive to the public and be responsive to crime control demands from the public.”

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The location in question has drawn criticism from the local community, as reported by a local CBS station.

Sacramento City Councilman Rick Jennings II, city police and the city attorney’s office reportedly put together a plan after seeing the reports, to meet with the retail store and produce a safety plan to mitigate incidents, the Sacramento Bee discovered through a public records request.

“It would be great to be at the store and show what we have actually [been] working on to address the concern raised most recently in all the news this week,” Alex Garcia, a former director of Target’s governmental affairs, wrote in an email regarding past news coverage. The note was sent to Dennis Rodgers, Jennings’ chief-of-staff. 

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As a result of the collaboration, the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design was created to address concerns brought up in the reports.

The plan also included “placement of security measures such as alarms, cameras, and security personnel” along with the implementation of “light fixtures, landscaping, wayfinding and space activation measures,” the internal communications reportedly showed.

During the meetings, city officials also got a chance to discuss their “concerns” with Target, which also acknowledged its “problems,” according to a statement from Jennings.

The concerns raised, though, are still vague.

Fox News Digital reached out to both Target and the City of Sacramento for a statement but did not immediately hear back.

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The publication reported that data from the police department shows city law enforcement officials saw an increase in theft, robbery and shoplifting at the city’s three Target locations during 2023.

In 2023, Target locations in Sacramento reportedly had 375 calls for service for theft, robbery and shoplifting, compared to the 80 crimes reported for theft, robbery and shoplifting by Sacramento police in 2023.

Biden camp responds to Trump’s golf match challenge — with $1M donation on the line

After the two presidential candidates got into a heated discussion about their golf handicaps, former president Donald Trump now wants to walk the walk.

At his rally at his Doral course in south Florida, the 45th president challenged President Biden to a golf match, even offering $1 million to a charity of Biden’s choice if he were to lose.

“I’m also officially challenging crooked Joe to an 18-hole golf match right here on Doral’s Blue Monster, considered one of the greatest tournament golf courses anywhere in the world, one of the great courses of the world,” Trump said. “It will be among the most-watched sporting events in history. Maybe bigger than the Ryder Cup or even the Masters. 

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“And I will even give Joe Biden 10 strokes a side. Ten strokes, that’s a lot. That means 20 strokes, in case you don’t play golf. And if he wins, I will give the charity of his choice, any charity of his choice, $1 million. And I’ll bet you he doesn’t take the offer.”

Biden’s spokesperson, James Singer, fired back.

“Donald Trump hasn’t been seen in public for 12 days, now he’s inviting fictional serial killers to dinner, teasing lil’ Marco Rubio, praising Project 2025 architect Tom Homan, and challenging the President of the United States to golf,” his statement said.

“We’d challenge Donald Trump to create jobs, but he lost 3 million. We’d challenge Donald Trump to stand up to Putin, but he bent the knee to him. We’d challenge Donald Trump to follow the law, but he breaks it. We’d challenge Donald Trump to not destroy our country, but that’s all his Project 2025 aims to do. 

“Joe Biden doesn’t have time for Donald Trump’s weird antics – he’s busy leading America and defending the free world. Donald Trump is a liar, a convict, and a fraud only out for himself – par for the course.”

The golf discussion, perhaps the most viral moment of their June 27th debate in Atlanta, came after Trump said he won two club championships when discussing fitness, while adding Biden couldn’t drive a ball 50 yards.

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Biden then alleged that he had gotten his golf handicap down to a six as vice president, and later corrected it to an eight. 

But Trump, an avid golfer, wasn’t buying it. 

“That’s the biggest lie — that he’s a six handicap — of all,” he said. Trump’s handicap has been recorded as low as 2.5.

The debate on golf handicaps might never be settled, but reigning U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau offered to help settle it. 

“Let’s settle this whole handicap debate, I’ll host the golf match on my YouTube.” 

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Trump owns several golf courses. Doral has hosted the LIV championship, while his course in Bedminster has also hosted the Saudi-backed tour.

Two planes fly dangerously close to each other, prompting investigation

Two airplanes appeared to come too close to one another while flying near an airport in Syracuse, New York, on Monday.

A Delta Connection flight was taking off when an American Eagle flight was preparing to land on the same runway, local outlet WABC reported.

The incident happened at about 11:50 a.m. near Syracuse Hancock International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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“An air traffic controller instructed PSA Airlines 5511 to go around at Syracuse Hancock International Airport to keep it separated from an aircraft that was departing on the same runway,” a spokesperson for the FAA told Fox News Digital.

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A police dash camera captured the event on video.

The planes were about 700 to 1,000 feet from each other vertically, according to FlightRadar24. It is unclear how close they came to each other horizontally.

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The FAA is investigating the incident, but it has not classified it as a “close call.”

Kate Beckinsale finally explains the shocking reason she was in the hospital

Kate Beckinsale is sick of critics online commenting on her weight loss, which connects back to her mysterious weeks-long hospitalization in March.

On Monday, Beckinsale took to Instagram and shared a video of herself in revealing clothing, calling some users on her recent posts “a–holes” while sharing the real reason behind her recent weight loss. 

“Let’s have a toast for the douche bags. Let’s have a toast for the a–holes. Let’s have a toast for the scumbags,” Beckinsale captioned a video of herself in a pink t-shirt, pink underwear and black platform boots.

Beckinsale responded to a commenter who wrote that her “a– ran away,” Beckinsale shared, “No, actually. I watched my stepfather [director Roy Battersby] die quite shockingly, my mother has stage 4 cancer, and I lost a lot of weight from stress and grief, quite quickly.”

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Due to the grief, Kate wrote that she spent six weeks in the hospital because the pain of losing her stepfather and her mother’s cancer diagnosis “burned a hole” in her esophagus, causing her to “vomit copious amounts of blood.”

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The movie star continued, “I found eating very hard and I just worked very very hard on a movie that was actually quite triggering because it also involved the theme of the death of my father so I’m not really concerned about what you think about my a–.”

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Kate concluded her heated message to the Instagram user with, “Maybe you should worry about your own f––ing a–. I suggest shoving something up it — like a large pineapple or a brick.”

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On March 11, Beckinsale revealed she had been hospitalized while sending love to her mom on U.K. Mother’s Day.

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Along with photos of her mother, Beckinsale shared pictures of herself dressed in a hospital gown in a hospital bed. Those photos have since been deleted.

Cleveland Browns great reveals devastating diagnoses: ‘My body gave out on me’

Cleveland Browns great Bernie Kosar, who led the team to three AFC championship game appearances, says he has liver disease and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. 

Kosar, 60, was placed on a transplant list in late spring, a revelation he made in a recent interview with Cleveland Magazine. 

The former NFL quarterback explained he was diagnosed with cirrhosis 16 months ago, but he said he had a serious health scare at a Thursday Night Football game between the Browns and the New York Jets he attended last season.

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“My body gave out on me,’’ he told the outlet. “I really felt like I wasn’t going to make it home from the Jets game. I sucked it up, though, and continued to avoid the doctors until the new year. Then, I went into the hospital and got a massive blood transfusion. It was like, ‘How are you alive? How are you moving? Because your hemoglobin levels are so low.'”

Kosar said he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in February by an independent NFL doctor. 

Kosar’s doctors told Cleveland Magazine he will need a liver transplant eventually. 

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“Liver disease does tend to fluctuate,” Dr. Anthony Post, a hepatologist for University Hospitals, said. “So, he’s on that wave thing where it goes up and down. He’s in a good phase right now, but anything bad could happen.”

Kosar echoed that sentiment, adding he’s in a much better place health-wise after undergoing treatment and a change in lifestyle. 

“I wish you could have seen me three months ago,’’ he said. “Actually, maybe not, because I looked like death. I felt like death. E. Coli blood poisoning. Heart trouble. And I really thought I needed the liver transplant ASAP. I was in bad shape.’’

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“It’s amazing that you can feel as good as I do despite all this stuff going on,” he added. “I can see that what I’m doing is making a difference. I strongly believe it will continue. Time will tell.’’

Kosar led the Browns to three AFC championship game appearances. He was cut by Cleveland coach Bill Belichick in 1993 and went on to win a Super Bowl as a backup with the Dallas Cowboys. He passed for 23,301 yards and threw 124 touchdown passes from 1985 to 1996. He was a star at the University of Miami before being drafted by the Browns first overall in the 1985 supplemental draft.

Biden asks party to ‘move forward’ with him, Democrat crushes him in response

A familiar face of America’s past political landscape has criticized Joe Biden’s letter to his party and finds it more “harmful” than helpful for the 46th president.

“I read that letter,” former Nebraska senator, governor and 1992 Democrat presidential candidate Bob Kerrey said on “The Claman Countdown” on Monday.

“If I was a Democratic member of Congress, I’d call the White House and say, ‘You made a mistake. You don’t send this letter out to us,’” he continued. “‘If I question [whether] you can defeat Donald Trump, I’m bad for democracy?’ It’s blatantly untrue, it’s self-serving and not helpful.”

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On Monday morning, President Biden urged his colleagues to stop questioning whether he should end his re-election bid and “move forward as a unified party” to defeat former President Trump in their 2024 election rematch.

Biden also reiterated that he’s “firmly committed to staying in this race” and argued that any further questioning of his candidacy “only helps Trump and hurts us.”

The president’s fitness for office has come into question in the wake of his poor debate performance nearly two weeks ago in his first face-to-face showdown with Trump.

Biden’s halting delivery and stumbling answers at the showdown in Atlanta sparked widespread panic in the Democratic Party and a rising tide of public and private calls from within his own party for him to step aside as its 2024 standard-bearer before the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next month.

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“It sounds to me like he’s decided to stay in, no matter what happens, and we’ll find out,” Kerrey said. “He said, ‘Well, you can challenge me in Chicago.’ Well, there’s no challenger in Chicago. He’s got the delegates all lined up to become the nominee of the Democratic Party.”

“And again, it kind of puts him in a position that I don’t think he wants to be in. He’s told people he’s got to run,” he added, “[so] go campaign, tell people what you’re going to do instead of getting angry that people are telling you that you shouldn’t run, questioning their patriotism when they do.”

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‘Friends’ star crawls out of a freezer in bikini and face mask, pokes fun at workout routine

“Friends” star Courteney Cox takes her exercise routine very seriously.

In an Instagram video she posted Monday, the actress, who celebrated her 60th birthday in June, shared that she tries her best to stay fit as she gets older, while also poking fun at her workout routine.

“I just had a birthday. Don’t love the number, but look, we have no choice. You just gotta do the best you can,” she said at the start of the Instagram post.

The actress gave fans an inside look at her workout routine, which included running on a treadmill, pull-ups, squats and crunches. For this part of the video, Cox was wearing a black sports bra and leggings and had her hair up in a ponytail.

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Later in the video, the “Cougar Town” star emerged from inside a freezer, wearing a black bikini, a sheet face mask and a baseball cap that appeared to have red lights in it. 

“What? It’s cryotherapy?” she joked as she walked off camera.

Her celebrity friends flooded the comments section with compliments.

Mira Sorvino wrote, “You look amazing and continue to delight with your antics.” 

Angie Harmon added, “WHAT?? WHO? WHHAAAAT??? KILLING IT GORGEOUS WOMAN!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!”

This is not the first time Cox has shared that cryotherapy and ice baths are part of her workout routine. In February, the actress shared a video of her getting ready to go into an ice bath in a blue bikini and wetsuit socks.

Is this cheating?” she asked her fans while pointing to her socks, “because your feet get really f—ing cold.”

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In a November 2023 interview with Glamour, the “Scream” actress revealed she believes hydration is key, and she will do anything to hydrate her skin whether the trendy word for it is “flooding or slugging or slagging.”

“I thought I would never do a cold plunge. I thought I would hate it, but I love it so much,” she told the outlet. “I feel great for hours afterward. So, as much as you dread getting in, you know that you’re going to feel so good … the dopamine hit you get from it lasts a long time. Do it. Really, it’s worth it.”

The actress recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the final episode of “Friends” with an emotional Instagram tribute to the popular show. 

She posted a video of the final scene from the series finale of the show, writing, “I don’t know how we were able to act through all the tears,” adding she is “forever grateful” for the experience. The final scene showed the group of friends gathered together in Monica’s apartment one last time as they help her move out.

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The show also starred Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. Perry died in October 2023 from “acute effects of ketamine,” according to an autopsy released by the Los Angeles medical examiner’s office.

Employee at fast-food restaurant shot, killed after argument in drive-thru

An argument between an employee at a Church’s Chicken in Tennessee and a woman in the drive-thru turned deadly on Monday, police said. 

Memphis police investigators are searching for the customer, a woman with purple hair who was captured on surveillance video. 

The fatal shooting happened just before 9 p.m. at the Park Avenue fast-food location, about six miles southeast of downtown Memphis. 

Responding officers found the employee, who was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead after the shooting, police said. 

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The unidentified victim was working at the chicken place when she got into an argument with the woman with purple hair who drove a teal-colored compact SUV through the drive-thru, police said. 

It was not known what they argued about. 

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“The teal-colored SUV drove off the lot and the victim walked outside of the business to get some air,” police wrote in the release. “A few moments later a gunshot was heard and the teal-colored SUV was seen on video speeding off the parking lot.”

The car was later found by the authorities. No arrests have been made. 

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A Church’s Chicken company spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the location where the shooting happened will be closed for several days as they “address the needs of the victim’s family and our team members.” 

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our team members,” the spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family during this difficult time.”

The spokesperson said the company is working closely with police.

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