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• First in Fox News First: Hillary finds new low on favorability
• Iran, they ran, we all ran
• Welcome back to shutdownistan
• Trump, Jeb stay spatting
• In America, we call that ‘flavor’
FIRST IN FOX NEWS FIRST: HILLARY FINDS NEW LOW ON FAVORABILITY
What’s behind the pitching and ditching in Hillary Clinton’s struggling frontrunner campaign? She wasn’t sorry that she used a secret server on Monday, but – blam-o! –on Tuesday, she was.
Or at least she’s sorry that you don’t understand why it was perfectly right.
Her campaign is touting its reboot and they’ve even got the former secretary of state doing the “Nae Nae” as part of a “humor and heart” offensive. But, like her GOP counterpart, the giggles don’t exactly come rolling out.
The Nae Nae moves and the apology about-face are easily explained with a new poll of the six key swing states that shows Clinton stuck in her summer doldrums.
The poll, which will be released later today, was conducted for the pro-GOP group American Crossroads by pollsters Vox Populi last week in in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.
Clinton’s deficit to a generic Republican nominee remained basically unchanged at 13 points, but the story remains her ongoing erosion on trust and overall favorability.
Clinton’s net favorability reached yet another new low, ticking down to negative 25 points. That’s four points worse than last month and 10 points worse than when the monthly poll began in July.
On the question of trust, it was more of the same from last month. She was viewed as to some degree untrustworthy by 58 percent of respondents at least to some degree trustworthy by 37 percent. Just 16 percent said they trust Clinton “completely” while 46 percent expressed “complete” distrust.
The telephone survey included 1,447 registered voters. You can get the full results of the poll here.
Ah, feminism: Meet Hillary the housekeeping products ‘brand’ - The Guardian: “Supporters are encouraged to hold house parties and volunteer for Clinton, but will also receive a “Thx Box” - a campaign version of BirchBox, the home delivery subscription where women get carefully curated beauty products sent to them once a month. In this case, though, supporters will get household products that Clinton likes and uses (as well as campaign merchandise of course).”
John Kerry, cue the sad trombone - Struggling to comply with the demands of disgorging the contents of Hillary Clinton’s once-secret emails, and, presumably to help the campaign shorten the duration of the active phase of the scandal, Secretary of State John Kerry decided to designate a point woman, Janice Jacobs, for the job. She’s a Bush administration appointee, so her impartiality can’t be questioned, right? But Kerry managed to tap a former diplomat whom an AP reporter quickly found had made the maximum allowable $2,700 contribution to Clinton’s campaign in June.
Power Play: Cruel, cruel summer - She was supposed to be cruising along but Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has seen her lead evaporate and her campaign slide into disarray. What’s a presumed nominee to do? Chris Stirewalt lays out the options in just 60 seconds. WATCH HERE.
IRAN, THEY RAN, WE ALL RAN
Iran deal remains unpopular as vote looms - Pew Research Center: “As Congress prepares to vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, public support for the deal has declined. Currently, just 21% approve of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached between the United States, Iran and other nations. Nearly half (49%) disapprove of the agreement, while three-in-ten (30%) offer no opinion…The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 3-7 among 1,004 adults, finds that the contentious debate over the Iran agreement has not resonated widely with the public.”
But Hillary digs it - Wash Ex: “Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Wednesday backed President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran as long as it is enforced with ‘vigor and vigilance,’ and said if Iran were to break the agreement she would not hesitate to take military action in the Middle East. ‘I support this deal,’ Clinton said at a speech at the Brookings Institution. ‘I support it as part of a larger strategy toward Iran’…The former secretary of state admitted that while this is ‘not a perfect deal’ it is a very strong deal.”
Trump joins Cruz, Palin for rally - WaPo: “Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) will headline a rally against the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, in a strong show of opposition against an agreement that has secured enough Senate support to ensure a political victory for President Obama. The men, who despite being rivals for the Republican presidential nomination enjoy a relatively cozy relationship, will be joined by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), conservative radio hosts Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, members of Congress and others on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Cruz helped organize the event, along with the Tea Party Patriots and the Zionist Organization of America.”
WITH YOUR SECOND CUP OF COFFEE…
A 3-D printed chess set and a famous French artist-turned-chess player draws questions about what is sharable in the seemingly endless sharing of today’s world. The Atlantic tells us the story of Scott Kildall, and Bryan Cera, two American 3-D fabrication artists, who created a 3-D chess set of Marcel Duchamp’s personal set. They then distributed a how-to guide online so others could create the set for themselves. Duchamp’s estate was none-too-pleased, and legally threated Kildall and Cera. The two decided to take down their instruction, and comply with the order. “As we now grapple with things like the broadcast rights or derivative works of music or video, we will be asking what these rights mean with a printable physical form, because now we can be said to broadcast and remix objects…If entering this framework means printable physical objects are going to go into the same global legal morass as music and software have, we face interesting times indeed.”
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Real Clear Politics Averages
Obama Job Approval: Approve – 45.7 percent//Disapprove – 50.7 percent
Directions of Country: Right Direction – 28.6 percent//Wrong Track – 62.4 percent
WELCOME BACK TO SHUTDOWNISTAN
Of the jagged rocks facing the Republican-controlled Congress, none hold more danger than a potential government shutdown driven by the fight over taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.
The push to cut off the more than $500 million a year for the nation’s largest abortion provider has intensified in the wake of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials crassly discussing the income they obtain from the body parts of aborted babies. But with the White House vowing to protect the key Democratic group, including a presidential veto, GOP leaders have little room to pass a stopgap spending bill a before current spending authorization expires on Oct. 1.
With several lawmakers and some presidential candidates taking a damn the torpedoes stance on defunding, a looming shutdown – and accompanying political fallout – has House GOP leadership huddling with members today to find a solution. Speaker John Boehner is reportedly considering several paths forward, but the real challenge is in the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not only faces a near certain Democratic filibuster of any measure that defunds Planned Parenthood, but also the highly charged political atmosphere that comes with having five Senators running for president in the mix.
[Sen. Rand Paul leads a rally with several pro-life groups outside the Capitol today, calling on Congress to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.]
Doomsday preppers - WaPo gathers four congressional budget analysts for their predictions on the likelihood of a shutdown.
TRUMP, JEB STAY SPATTING
After Donald Trump decided that Jeb Bush would be a great sleep aid, Bush hit back in a television ad airing in New Hampshire today specifically hitting ‘self-promoters.’ Bush says, “If you want more DC politicians or more self-promoters, you’ve got options. I’m offering something different: leadership, ideas and a proven conservative record.”
[Bush lays out the details of his tax plan at North Carolina manufacturing plant.]
Carson passes on joining Trump food fight - On “The Kelly File,” Ben Carson told Megyn Kelly that he wouldn’t respond to frontrunner Donald Trump, despite Trump’s recent criticisms of Carson as ill-qualified for the presidency. “You know, I’m not competing with anybody. I’m not competing with Mr. Trump,” Carson said. “But I do have a vision for this nation which I think is shared by a lot of Americans and time will tell as we go on.”
Carson was asked if he would share some of his favorite scriptures, something Trump declined to do saying that it was “too personal,” but that “whole Bible is incredible.” Carson was less abashed: “I have several favorite verses. But number one would be Proverbs 3, 5 and 6. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding and all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.’ And then Proverbs 22:4 says that with humility is the fear of the Lord, that's where life and wealth come from.”
[Carson holds a rally in Anaheim, Calif. today.]
Rubio has a new mini-doc out - Documenting his underdog rise to win the Florida Senate seat, Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign released a mini-documentary about his 2010 campaign.
Walker to release ‘Day One’ promises - Wash Ex: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will launch an all-out assault against politics-as-usual in Washington, D.C., during a trip to President Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College, in Illinois on Thursday…The governor will also release a new ‘Day One’ promise ‘each week moving forward’ that will describe what he would do immediately after entering the White House in January 2017, according to a statement shared by Walker’s camp…The list of ‘Day One promises’ Walker will pledge to accomplish includes sending legislation to Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, ending the president’s executive actions on immigration and enforcing federal immigration law, and terminating the Obama administration’s deal with Iran.”
CONSERVATIVE GROUP DEBUTS NEW CANDIDATE SCORECARD
A new PAC led by conservative think tanker and author Paul Mero is out with a new way to score the 2016 field. The Leadership Project for America has unveiled today it’s leadership matrix. Their measurements are based on characteristics of a great leader including: character, effectiveness, and a commitment to limited constitutional government. Characteristics are given a numerical value and scored against the candidates. Those with ‘A’ ratings so far include: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, and Bobby Jindal.
IN AMERICA, WE CALL THAT ‘FLAVOR’
Business Insider: “A huge smoke cloud enveloped Shoreditch High Street in London today… Our reporter Rob Price was on the scene. He says there was a fire at Box Park, the pop-up store mall near the Overground station. Box Park is a well-known destination for hipster shopping, eating and drinking amid London’s tech startup scene. The Shoreditch House private club is across the street. The fire produced lots of smoke but wasn’t serious. The fire brigade attended. The fire originated at Bukowski, a barbecue joint. The whole area now stinks of burning meat.”
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Chris Stirewalt joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in July of 2010 and serves as politics editor based in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he authors the daily Fox News Halftime Report political news note and co-hosts the hit podcast, Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What. He also is the host of Power Play, a feature video series on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on network programs, including America’s Newsroom, Special Report with Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. He also provides expert political analysis for FNC’s coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.