Support for the death penalty for convicted murderers has jumped to 54% after a fairly steady decline since the 1990s and dropping below 50% in 2016, according to Pew Research.

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Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, but: Support for the death penalty is still substantially lower than it was for most of the 90s and early 2000s. In 2007, there were twice as many Americans who supported the death penalty for people convicted of murder as those opposed, according to Pew.

Partisan breakdown: Support for the death penalty grew slightly among all parties, but most notably among Independents, who jumped from 44% to 52%. Only 35% of Democrats favor capital punishment, compared to 77% of Republicans.

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Pundits react to a chaotic debate: “What a dark event we just witnessed”

The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night was a shouting match, punctuated by interruptions and hallmarked by name-calling.

Why it matters: If Trump aimed to make the debate as chaotic as possible with a torrent of disruptions, he succeeded. Pundits struggled to make sense of what they saw, and it's tough to imagine that the American people were able to either.

Trump to far-right Proud Boys: "Stand back and stand by"

Asked to condemn white supremacist violence at the first presidential debate on Tuesday, President Trump said the far-right Proud Boys group should "stand back and stand by," before immediately arguing that violence in the U.S. "is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem."

Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly been accused of failing to condemn white nationalism and right-wing violence, despite the FBI's assessment that it's the most significant domestic terrorism threat that the country faces. The president has frequently associated antifa and the left-wing violence that has afflicted some U.S. cities with Biden, despite his condemnation of violent protests.

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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?