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General orders ethics review of special forces community after criminal allegations against troops

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The head of the U.S. Special Operations Command is ordering a top-to-bottom study of the military’s special forces community amid a rash of alleged misconduct that has focused attention on the normally secretive world of America’s elite fighting forces.

Army Gen. Richard Clarke said the review will focus on how special operators are recruited, educated and trained and how units address ethics failures. He said “recent incidents have called our culture and ethics into question and threaten the trust placed in us.”

Ken McGraw, a Special Operations Command spokesman, said the review was ordered Friday and is expected to be completed in November. The inquiry will see two teams created.

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The first will comprise military leaders — with some in the Special Operations Command — who will form an advisory panel. The second will be a review panel made up of members of the various military branches of the command.

The review panel will go out and gather information from the various operations units –  which includes the Army Rangers, Green Berets, Army Delta units, Navy SEAL teams and special warfare units, and Marine and Air Force special operators.

To retain an independent view, members of the Army Special Operations Command may gather information on the Navy SEALs, McGraw said. The review panel will then turn over its reports to the advisory panel.

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The inquiry comes at a time when America’s special operations units have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In July, a SEAL platoon from SEAL Team 7 was ordered back to the U.S. from Iraq amid charges of drinking and sexual assault. In a statement, the SOC said there had been a “deterioration of good order and discipline.”

In early July, Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was acquitted of killing a teenage ISIS militant in Iraq. He was found guilty of taking a picture with a corpse. Two Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders are also accused of hazing an Army Green Beret to death during a deployment in Africa.

Ex-Green Beret Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is expected to be tried in the killing of an unarmed suspected Taliban bombmaker in Afghanistan almost a decade ago.

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The review will be the second ordered by Special Operations Command leadership this year. Former Gen. Tony Thomas ordered an internal review before he retired in March.

McGraw said the advisory panel will take the results from Thomas’ review into consideration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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“President Barack H. Obama Ave.”? More than 50,000 sign petition to rename street outside Trump Tower

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“President Barack H. Obama Ave.”? More than 50,000 sign petition to rename street outside Trump Tower

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Bret Baier talks brewing Kashmir conflict with Indian, Pakistani ambassadors to US

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With the conflict over the Kashmir region raging between India and Pakistan, Fox News anchor Bret Baier interviewed ambassadors from both countries on “Special Report” on Monday.

India, which has already gone to war twice with Pakistan over the disputed region, sent thousands of additional troops to the area to secure it and has revoked its constitutional status along with downgrading Kashmir’s statehood.

“I think India’s aggressive, unilateral actions pose a grave threat to a very tense situation already,” Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan said. “Unilaterally changing the status of a region which has been seen by the international community over the years as a disputed territory … has really put the region at the verge of a serious conflict.”

He added: “They are trying to rewrite history and they have tried to deprive a people of their identity. And they have unilaterally tried to settle an issue which has been there on the U.N. agenda for almost 70 years.

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“Let me explain this to you and for your viewers, it is just like one fine morning, someone in Washington decides to split the state of New York into three constituent units — without making any reference to the people of the state. And this is done on top of that state being a disputed territory, duly recognized by the United Nations.”

Baier asked how the two nuclear powers could learn to coexist; Khan said it falls to India’s prime minister to lead the calls for peace.

“I think the provocation clearly has come from India,” he said. “Prime Minister Imran was here. He spoke to you personally. He also met President Trump at the White House. And we’ve been very consistent in making all the overtures for peace to India… Unfortunately, all those gestures have not been reciprocated.”

Khan added, “It is for the United Nations… it is for friends like the United States and other international players — they need to intervene.”

Baier then immediately cut to Indian Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was not physically in the studio and asked for a response to Khan’s claims of overzealous Indian supremacy.

“In India we have 200 million Muslims who live in our country. They comprise 18 percent of our population. This is the second-largest population of Muslims in the world,” he said.

“Prime Minister Imran can’t speak for all Muslims in India. I think that’s not the case. I think what is important is to understand because we are a democracy — because we give a voice to all the people in our country irrespective of religion — there is very little [desire] among Indian Muslims for ISIS or Al Queda.”

Baier asked what India is doing to help deescalate the feud, and Shringla said the country is planning elections, followed by direct financial support to the region.

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“We will slowly open up the situation. At some stage we will have elections. … They’ll have their own chief minister. We will ensure that there is massive development assistance,” he said.

“There is a huge amount of private-sector investment that flows in. What we’re talking about is giving the people… especially the younger people, an opportunity to fully realize their potential.”

Baier also asked about Trump possibly stepping in to mediate and Shringla said the prospect is unlikely to happen.

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“President Trump has made it very clear that this is not on the table anymore. That has been the United States’ longstanding policy. The United Nations secretary-general was also very clear, he says this issue will be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan” he said.

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Spas draw more men as wellness becomes male routine

Wellness is becoming routine for men, while spa visits are becoming a dude thing.

“We’re seeing a lot more men going to spas,” said Garrett Mersberger, board chairman of the International Spa Association. “It used to always be a female-driven thing. We’re now seeing 50-50, if not swinging more toward the males.”

The trend took off in 2017, when the association reported 49 percent of spa customers were men, up from 29 percent in 2005.

“They’re much more aware that it’s not just a thing I go to to get pampered. It’s an actual lifestyle choice with benefits to my body, to my wellness. It’s part of my routine now. It’s not just about going for relaxation,” Mersberger said.

International Spa Association President Lynne McNees said the change has an effect on treatment areas, relaxation areas and changing stations.

“Spas are really having to evolve to accommodate that male spagoer,” she said. “Typically, your back-of-house for males would be smaller because historically it’s been very heavy female. Now they’re having to shift that.”

A lot of hotels and spas are designing unisex bathrooms and locker rooms, Mersberger said. Women are usually fine with it, McNees said. They’re no longer dragging reluctant spouses to spas.

“We’re seeing a lot of groups and parties and different special events in the spa with both men and women,” she said.

Spa visits and the money they generate reached record highs last year in the U.S. with $18.3 billion in revenue driven by 190 million pampering trips, according to the International Spa Association.

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In Epstein Tweets, Trump Revisits a Favored Conspiracy Genre: Murder

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President Trump has long used his fame and platform to amplify conspiracy theories and undermine his political enemies by muddying the waters when it comes to facts.

For years, he has helped to erode voter faith in institutions by invoking the idea of a sinister force — such as the “deep state” or a rigged electoral system — that is thwarting the will of the people in an attempt to undermine him.

But a macabre subgenre of Mr. Trump’s fondness for conspiracy theories has been to accuse, directly or indirectly, his political enemies of murder.

In the heat of the 2016 Republican primary, Mr. Trump elevated an unsubstantiated rumor, published by the Trump-friendly National Enquirer, insinuating that the father of one of his rivals, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, had been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Earlier that year, he fed into the idea that Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court justice who died in his sleep in 2016, could have actually been murdered in his bed.

On Saturday, two and a half years into his presidency and hours after Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking, was found dead in a federal jail cell in Manhattan, Mr. Trump once again weighed in by elevating an online conspiracy theory that the Clintons were linked to his death.

Mr. Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead,” Terrence Williams, a comedian and Trump supporter, wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Mr. Williams also noted that “for some odd reason, people that have information on the Clintons end up dead.” Mr. Trump promptly shared the baseless insinuation online by retweeting it to his 63 million followers.

Mr. Trump, who is entering the thick of election season, has yet to find any candidate in the crowded Democratic field whom he delights in invoking as much as his forever foils, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the onetime reigning couple of Democratic politics who have been the subject of conspiracy mongering on the right for decades.

Even though the Clintons have retreated from politics, “it’s one of those things that continue to live on,” said Douglas Brinkley, the historian.

Mr. Trump’s decision to weigh in on the case of Mr. Epstein’s apparent suicide, even while his own Justice Department is investigating, also had a political imperative behind it, Mr. Brinkley said. “The first thing Trump wanted to do was put Bill Clinton into the mix,” he added. “Make it about Bubba, not about the Donald.”

Mr. Clinton and Mr. Epstein were first linked in 2002, when it was reported that the former president took his first of four trips aboard Mr. Epstein’s private jet, for a trip related to Mr. Clinton’s work on his foundation, according to a Clinton spokesman, and Mr. Clinton has stressed that he has not been in touch with Mr. Epstein in over a decade.

But Mr. Trump has his own long history with Mr. Epstein, one he has been playing down since before he began his presidential campaign. The two New Yorkers were friends through the 1990s, and into the 2000s, and in at least one instance, were even caught on camera ogling women together at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., estate. The source of their eventual falling out — which Mr. Trump has highlighted more than the friendship itself — has been in dispute.

Whether he believes the theories he promotes or not, Mr. Trump knows that many people will latch onto them, lured by the idea that a hidden force is controlling fate.

“He revels in conspiracy theories because he knows it gives him quick and easy traction with the masses — they’re easily swayed by the notion that there is an organized group getting over on them,” said Timothy L. O’Brien, a journalist and one of Mr. Trump’s biographers. “Because he never feels remorse or guilt about peddling these fables, he dives right in even when he knows better.”

On Saturday, when the news of Mr. Epstein’s death broke, Mr. Trump was at his New Jersey golf club, where he plans to spend his vacation and where, accompanied by few aides, he often uses Twitter more freely than when he is at the White House.

“It’s another example of something where he should stop and think about the fact that he’s the president of the United States, and stop his thumbs, but he never does,” said Rich Lowry, a columnist and editor of the conservative National Review.

In the murky story of Mr. Epstein’s death, Mr. Trump found particularly fertile soil: the demise of an accused pedophile with powerful friends, whose apparent suicide in a federal Manhattan jail has raised questions about “serious irregularities” and has many people — not just Mr. Trump — speculating in public about what might have really taken place.

“Something stinks to high heaven,” Claire McCaskill, a Democratic former senator from Missouri, wrote on Twitter.

By Monday, however, some of Mr. Trump’s closest advisers sought to tamp down the talk of a conspiracy now that the Justice Department is involved in the investigation.

Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, had suggested on Saturday that he found Mr. Epstein’s death suspicious. But on Monday, he said: “It is best to wait for some key facts like the findings of the autopsy. Withholding judgment is the wisest course to follow. D.O.J. is very motivated to get to the bottom of it.”

Waiting for facts to settle, however, has never been Mr. Trump’s preferred style.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly used conspiracies to bond with his supporters since promoting the false story that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, rather than Hawaii, which helped him rise in the polls in 2011 when he first considered a run for president.

“Conspiracy theories are a perfect tool to emotionally connect with voters and supporters,” said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide.

Last year, Mr. Trump promoted accusations that a “criminal deep state” element within the government had planted a spy inside his presidential campaign to try to help Mrs. Clinton win the presidency — a scheme he branded “Spygate.”

And during the 2016 campaign, he promoted the idea of foul play as a reason for Justice Scalia’s death.

“I’m hearing it’s a big topic,” he said then. “It’s a horrible topic but they’re saying they found the pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow,” Mr. Trump told the radio host Michael Savage.

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Firefighter loses 3 children in Pennsylvania blaze as he responds to another call

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Three of the five youngsters killed in a Sunday-morning fire at a Pennsylvania day care center were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call several blocks away.

The firefighter, Luther Jones, was with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department handing other calls while the neighboring Erie Fire Department battled the deadly flames at the Harris Family Day Care.

His children — two daughters, one son — were among those killed. Jones dropped them off at the center before going to work and had no idea about the fire there. His department was responding to a false alarm at the time.

Erie firefighters responded to the blaze in the three-story building around 1 a.m. amid reports of children trapped inside.

The victims, who have not been officially ID’d, ranged from 8 months to 8 years old, authorities said.

Two other children, 17 and 12, climbing on the roof and jumped to the ground. Other children were rescued by firefighters.

Jones has been a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and has been with the Lawrence Park department for about a year, Lawrence Park Fire Chief Joe Crotty told Fox News.

“Just an outstanding young man,” Crotty said.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined. Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told The Erie Times-News that a smoke detector was found in the attic.

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Day care owner Elaine Harris was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a Dec. 28, 2018, inspection. But a Jan. 3 inspection note highlighted “ashes and cigarette or cigar butts” in “a child care space, play space or food preparation area.”

Freelance reporter David Aaro contributed to this report. 

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Lawrence Jones: Joe Biden’s 2020 bid struggling with lack of authenticity

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Fox News’ Lawrence Jones said Monday on “The Five” that former Vice President Joe Biden’s problem is authenticity following a number of recent blunders on the campaign trail.

“I think he continues to make mistakes because he’s not authentic. He’s changed from the Joe Biden of Scranton and the people’s person,” Jones told his co-hosts.

Jones also said he believes that — despite Biden being the party’s frontrunner — the former vice president does not have the “stamina” to finish out the race.

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“The voters currently in the primary … don’t like crazy. Maybe the AOC wing of the party but that’s not the majority” Jones said.

“But Joe just doesn’t have the stamina. He’s not authentic. Trump is going to take advantage of that during the general election.”

Co-host Greg Gutfeld advised Biden to take a less-is-more approach in order to survive the hectic Democratic primary.

“So if you just hold him back and keep him under glass like an ‘in case of fire’ … ax.  But if you let him out, you will see his vulnerabilities and that will freak out voters,” Gutfeld said.

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In Short-Staffed Jail, Epstein Was Left Alone for Hours; Guard Was Substitute

One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered, prison and law-enforcement officials said.

Those details emerged on Monday as Attorney General William P. Barr sharply criticized the management of the federal jail in Manhattan where Mr. Epstein, who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls, was found dead on Saturday morning.

“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” said Mr. Barr, who, as the country’s top law enforcement official, is responsible for federal prisons.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” he added. “There will be accountability.”

Mr. Barr did not offer additional information about the problems at the jail, but questions have been raised about why Mr. Epstein had been taken off suicide watch just days after apparently trying to kill himself and then was left alone in a cell without close supervision.

Mr. Barr also said Mr. Epstein’s suicide would not halt the investigation into other people who might have helped him traffic teenage girls for sex. On Monday, F.B.I. agents and New York detectives raided Mr. Epstein’s private, 70-acre island in the United States Virgin Islands, looking for documents, photographs, videos, computers and other materials, people briefed on the matter said.

“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Mr. Barr said. “The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”

No correctional officer had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was found, even though guards were supposed to look in on prisoners in the protective unit where he was housed every half-hour, a prison official and two law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the detention said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

In addition, only one of the two people guarding the Special Housing Unit — known as 9 South — normally worked as a correctional officer, according to three prison officials with knowledge of the case. The officials did not say what sort of job the other employee usually worked.

A New York Times investigation published last year detailed this practice, under which federal prisons are so strapped for correctional officers that they regularly compel teachers, nurses, secretaries and other support staff members to step in. The practice has grown at some prisons as the Trump administration has curtailed the hiring of correctional officers.

Many of these staff members only receive a few weeks’ training in correctional work, and, while required by contract to serve as substitutes, are often uncomfortable in the roles. Even workers who previously held correctional positions have said that the practice was unsettling because fewer colleagues were on hand to provide backup if things turned ugly.

Mr. Epstein’s death came just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, where he apparently had tried to kill himself on July 23, officials said.

He was being held at the detention center awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. He had been accused of luring dozens of underage girls into giving him erotic massages and engaging in other sexual acts at his mansions in New York City and Palm Beach, Fla.

“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry, to learn of the M.C.C.’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Mr. Barr said at a conference in New Orleans for the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

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That Mr. Epstein was taken off suicide watch and left unsupervised long enough to have apparently taken his own life has sparked a public outcry, prompting criticism of the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons, which operates the Manhattan jail. Mr. Barr announced Saturday that both the F.B.I. and the Justice Department’s inspector general would open respective probes into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein’s death.

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment.

Union officials said that for more than a year officials in Washington had been made aware of a severe staffing shortage at the facility in the wake of a federal hiring freeze. One of the guards on the unit where Mr. Epstein died had been working overtime for five straight days, while the other had been forced to work overtime that day, a union official said.

“The Council of Prison Locals has been sounding the alarm about the hiring freeze,” said Eric Young, the president of the union that represents federal prison workers across the country.

An autopsy of Mr. Epstein’s body was conducted by the city’s medical examiner on Sunday, but a final determination is pending. At the request of Mr. Epstein’s lawyers, a private pathologist was permitted to attend the examination, which the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, called a “routine practice.”

Since leaving suicide watch on July 29, Mr. Epstein had been housed in 9 South, a secure housing unit in one of the prison’s most restrictive wings. His lifeless body was found in his cell around 6:30 a.m., by a guard conducting morning rounds. He had used a bedsheet to hang himself, one official said.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Opaque Finances Could Become Focal Point for Investigators

Aug 11, 2019

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Mr. Epstein was being housed alone. Under normal procedures, he should have had a cellmate, but the inmate housed with him had been recently transferred and had not been replaced, several officials said.

According to Bureau of Prisons’ policy, several high-ranking prison officials would have had to have approved Mr. Epstein’s removal from the facility’s suicide prevention program, including the prison’s chief psychologist.

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Joe Biden Knows He Says the Wrong Thing

Many advisers and donors to Joseph R. Biden Jr. were elated last Wednesday as he delivered one of the best-reviewed speeches of his 2020 campaign, using prepared remarks on a Teleprompter to accuse President Trump of encouraging white supremacy and to frame the next election in sweeping moral terms about the future of the country.

Their jubilation didn’t last long.

The next day, Mr. Biden made a gaffe saying “poor kids” were as bright and talented as “white kids” before correcting himself — a remark that sent his staff scrambling. Then on Saturday, he said that as vice president he met with students who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., when in fact that shooting had not occurred when he was in office.

Indeed, in the span of less than a week, he also briefly mixed up where the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, gun massacres took place; invoked former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain when he apparently meant to say Theresa May; and fumbled an oft-repeated campaign line while at the Iowa State Fair.

While his advisers dismissed the individual remarks as minor miscues that Mr. Biden mostly amended quickly, the slip-ups have become part of a pattern — a strong campaign trail moment, followed by a blunder that dominates the news coverage — that has been enormously frustrating to them and, some Democratic allies say, to Mr. Biden himself.

Mr. Biden has a long history of verbal flubs and gaffes, so much so that he is comfortable making light of these self-inflicted errors. But he is also a proud man who has often talked about his own brand of speaking plainly and off-the-cuff. In recent weeks, he has expressed frustration to allies that his candidacy will suffer if he is judged too harshly on the slip-ups, which he thinks he can do little to correct so long as he is being true to himself.

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Some of his advisers said in interviews that they were privately nervous that his recent gaffe spree would become cemented into the larger narrative of the presidential race. They also say that Mr. Biden faces an unfair double standard.

Yet there is a real political risk for Mr. Biden. Some party activists have already been worried that, at 76, he may be too old to go toe-to-toe with Mr. Trump, who is 73, and win. If the accumulation of verbal missteps continues, some Democrats say, it will eventually sow doubts about what many primary voters believe is Mr. Biden’s biggest strength: that he is best positioned to beat Mr. Trump.

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Mr. Biden at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake on Friday. His advisers insist that, at 76, he is as physically and mentally sharp as ever.CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

“I have to say, he just doesn’t seem to have his heart in it or the energy for the slog this time,” said Chris Henning, the chairwoman of the Greene County Democratic Party in Iowa, who caucused for Mr. Biden when he ran for president in 2008 and is uncommitted this cycle.

Mr. Biden’s campaign advisers and allies insist that Mr. Biden is as physically and mentally sharp as ever. They plan to implicitly knock down any suggestion that his gaffes reveal a candidate past his prime by suggesting that his cringe-inducing comments are nothing new and that voters are already used to his propensity for misspeaking.

“Joe Biden has spoken his mind his entire life, which voters know and love about him,” said Kate Bedingfield, Mr. Biden’s communications director and deputy campaign manager. “He’s a real person, he’s authentic and that will never change.”

The Rev. Joseph Darby of South Carolina, who considers Mr. Biden a longtime friend, was blunter as he emphasized that “Joe’s always been gaffe-prone — it’s just a piece of who he is.”

“He made a bunch of them last week but I don’t think it affects his capacity to govern,” added Mr. Darby, who for professional reasons has not endorsed a candidate but expressed a view shared by many Biden supporters. “He is as sharp as he’s been. You’re running against Donald Trump, for chrissake. Donald Trump has had his own share of gaffes, numerous gaffes, on top of falsehoods, on top of bigoted insults.”

Of course, a political strategy of highlighting that your own candidate has long committed verbal blunders is not the ideal method of damage control. But advisers said privately that there was little they could do to change Mr. Biden’s speaking style, even as they were quick to fault the news media for, in their view, blowing missteps out of proportion.

They argue that rank-and-file voters care less about his misstatements than the news media and the liberal activists on Twitter, pointing to Mr. Biden’s lead in national and most early-state surveys. They also note that he has survived far bigger controversies this summer without losing his front-runner position in the polls.

Mr. Biden greeted people at the opening of a campaign office in Iowa City last week.CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

But his lead has dwindled in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to public polling, and he has yet to face any substantial negative advertising campaign that could drag down poll numbers further. Should he remain in the lead, and continue to best Mr. Trump in head-to-head surveys, Mr. Biden is virtually certain to be targeted by both his Democratic rivals and groups on the right who fear his nomination.

Already, some prominent Democrats backing other candidates are bluntly questioning Mr. Biden’s stamina.

Biden and his team owe it to voters to “run a real, rigorous public campaign schedule, like everyone else,” Adam Jentleson, who was an aide to former Senator Harry Reid and who supports Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, wrote on Twitter. “If he can hack it, great. If not, better to know sooner rather than later.”

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Some in Mr. Biden’s orbit recognize the damage he could do to himself with undecided Democrats if he continues to find rakes to step on.

They are feverishly pushing to move the focus from his verbal miscues and onto the more substantive shifts of some of his rivals, not to mention the rhetoric of Mr. Trump.

“It’s one thing to mix up when you met with the Parkland kids, it’s another to mix up whether you’re for banning private health care companies,” said John Anzalone, a pollster who works for Mr. Biden, alluding to Senator Kamala Harris’s uncertain handling of perhaps the biggest issue in the Democratic race. “That is a gaffe people should be worried about.”

(Ms. Harris, of California, took contradictory positions this spring on whether she would eliminate private health insurance as part of a single-payer system; her new plan would keep a significant role for private insurers.)

If the accumulation of verbal missteps continues, some Democrats say, it will eventually sow doubts about whether Mr. Biden is the strongest choice to beat President Trump.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times

The former vice president, cognizant of the glare he is under, has tried in some ways to rein himself in, often delivering speeches with the use of a Teleprompter and, in debates and on the stump, noting that he is purposefully curbing his commentary.

His aides are adamant that they do not intend to limit his time spent retail politicking — that is where he is strongest, they say — or to dial back his public schedule, which has gotten busier in recent weeks. But they have already been highly cautious about what interviews he will do, which is not unusual for a front-runner but is nevertheless a marked contrast with others in this field.

For example, Mr. Biden was the only one of the leading candidates who declined to sit recently for an interview with David Axelrod, a former strategist for President Barack Obama, in Iowa for a CNN program on the first nominating state that is to air later this month.

Mr. Biden’s allies said the response to his gaffes should be more Biden, not less.

“Letting Joe be Joe is the way to go, meeting people one-on-one and not in two-second sound bites is going to impress people,” said Representative Filemon Vela of Texas, a Biden supporter. “Getting Joe Biden to meet people is the best thing for the Joe Biden campaign.”

Mr. Vela says the more exposure voters have to Mr. Biden, the more they will embrace his candidacy, recalling the lengthy questioning that the former vice president faced during a nearly two-hour private meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last month.

“Nobody in that room left concerned about his ability to beat Donald Trump,” Mr. Vela said.

Some even argue that Mr. Biden’s penchant for self-inflicted error is part of what humanizes him and draws people to him.

“Voters can identify with a guy who occasionally makes a mistake because they know where his heart is,” said former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, a longtime friend of the Biden family who has yet to endorse a candidate.

Added former Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania: “The American people don’t look at these things with as much obsession, as much overemphasis, as much importance as we do. They know who Joe Biden is. For better or worse, they know who Joe Biden is, they know who Bernie Sanders is, and they sure as hell know who Donald Trump is.”

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