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Hillary falls, Biden rises against GOP field

First in New Hampshire, now in Iowa. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton now trails Bernie Sanders in both key early states. What does she do now? Republican consultant Lauren Claffey and Democratic strategist Chuck Rocha, hash it over with Chris Stirewalt.


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Buzz Cut:
• Hillary falls, Biden rises against GOP field
• Power Play: Hillary fading
• Biden gets emotional on Late Show
• Q Poll: Carson closing on Trump in Iowa
• How many quarters did it take to get her out?

If Thursday’s Iowa poll didn’t panic the Clinton camp, then the new the head-to-head matchups against leading Republicans definitely will. In a CNN poll’s hypothetical general election contest, Hillary Clinton falls to both Jeb Bush and Ben Carson by 2 and 5 points, respectively, and ties Donald Trump. Adding insult to injury, not only does potential rival Vice President Joe Biden beat Trump and Bush, but he beats them by a wide margin. Biden, however, still falls to Carson by 2 points. This poll continues to damage Clinton’s implicit argument that she is the only Democrat who can win.

Power Play: Hillary fading - First in New Hampshire, now in Iowa. Hillary Clinton has seen her frontrunner status slip away and now polls show her trailing Bernie Sanders in both key early states. What’s happened? GOP strategist Lauren Claffey and Democratic consultant Chuck Rocha hash it over with Chris Stirewalt. WATCH HERE.

Biden gets emotional on Late Show - On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Vice President Joe Biden said, “‘I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president and two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion,’ Mr. Biden said…‘And, and, I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there …’”

Hillary swipes Walker, Trump in first campaign stop to Wisconsin - Star Tribune: “Clinton took special aim at Wisconsin’s Republican governor, going after him over legislation that weakened unions and moves to defund Planned Parenthood. Clinton said Walker has tried to cast himself as ‘a tough guy on a motorcycle.’ She went on to say he ‘gets his marching orders from the Koch brothers,’ referencing Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who support various conservative causes.”

Bernie ‘stunned’ over new poll results - Sanders said on CNN, “Yes, I’m stunned…Look, we have a message that I believed from day one was going to resonate with the American people. ... Did I think (the issues) would resonate as quickly as they have? The answer is no.”

If you’re a parent, you may want to give yourself a moment after you read this and watch the video. WPIX: “Among the thousands trying to escape the crumbling twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, were small children from the Children’s Discovery Day Care Center and 5 World Trade….Some were merely infants. Daycare workers like Karen Caycedo carried a few, and others held hands and simply ran… Communication was virtually non-existent in the aftermath of the attack. Art Chang and his wife, Allison, were left frantically looking for their 16-month-old son, Ben, who was a student at the Children’s Discovery Center. … Hours passed before the Changs were told Ben was found and safe. ‘All the kids were lying in their cots, with their blankets taking their nap as if nothing had gone wrong,’ Chang smiled. ‘And we just sat in this dark room and listened to the kids breathe and just have this experience of being together and feeling alive.’ Karen and the Changs stayed in touch through social media, but haven’t seen each other face to face for 14 years. 16-month-old Ben is now a teenager. Just days before this year’s anniversary, PIX11 cameras brought Karen, Art and Ben together, reunited at the 9/11 memorial.”

[Program note: The three Americans who tackled an attempted terrorist attack on a French train a few weeks ago join Megyn Kelly tonight to tell what happened on that train, and what life has been like in the wake of their heroism. Watch “The Kelly File” at 9 p.m. ET.]

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Real Clear Politics Averages
Obama Job Approval:
Approve – 46.5 percent//Disapprove – 49.7 percent
Directions of Country: Right Direction – 28.6 percent//Wrong Track – 62.4 percent

Des Moines Register: “A new Quinnipiac Poll in Iowa finds New York reality TV star/businessman Donald Trump in the lead as the favorite presidential candidate of 27 percent of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in second place with 21 percent, and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in third with 9 percent. It’s a sharp contrast from Quinnipiac’s last GOP poll in Iowa in July, when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was frontrunner with 18 percent, and Trump and Carson each had 10 percent. Walker, who grew up in Iowa, is now at 3 percent, ranking him in 10th place, according to a news release Friday morning. Trump tops another list, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Twenty-five percent of caucusgoers say they would ‘definitely not support’ Trump for the GOP nomination. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is next highest on this list with 23 percent, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 14 percent.”

[The tally: Trump, 27 percent; Carson, 21 percent; Cruz, 9 percent; Bush, 6 percent; Carly Fiorina/John Kasich/Marco Rubio, 5 percent; Mike Huckabee/Rand Paul, 4 percent; Walker, 3 percent; Bobby Jindal, 2 percent; Christie/Lindsey Graham/Rick Perry/Rick Santorum, 1 percent]

Power Play: Trump’s multi-front war - After weeks of successfully taunting and trolling Jeb Bush, Donald Trump has turned his attacks on Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Lauren Claffey and Chuck Rocha join Chris Stirewalt to discuss whether Trump maybe taking a greater risk hitting the outsiders. WATCH HERE.

Debate slate set  - USA Today: “[Carly Fiorina], front-runner Donald Trump, and other Republican candidates will gather Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., for the second debate of 2016 election cycle, this one sponsored by CNN. In addition to Trump and Fiorina, the 8 p.m. ET session will include Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul.”

Candidates blitz Iowa-Iowa State game - The [Iowa] Gazette: “Four presidential candidates will join Iowa Republicans for a tailgate party prior to Saturday’s college football rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State. Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are scheduled to appear at the event, which is being hosted by various Iowa Republican organizations.”

Fox News Sunday: Kasich’s case - Ohio Gov. John Kasich joins Mr. Sunday. Also this week, Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., discuss the latest on the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” airs at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Fox News. Check local listings for air times in your area.

#mediabuzz - Host Howard Kurtz and guests including Steve Hayes, Sharyl Attkisson and Laura Ingraham break down all the latest in 2016 campaign coverage. Watch “#mediabuzz” Sunday at 11 a.m. ET, with a second airing at 5 p.m.

CBS DFW: “Six-year-old Juliette Grimes was eating at a pizza parlor in Frisco, Texas when her older sister delivered an irresistible dare, reports CBS Dallas-Fort Worth…Juliette said she just wanted to get her sister a ball from the machine. ‘I opened the door, and I had my legs out so I opened the door, then put my whole body in there ... but I couldn’t get out,’ said Juliette…Juliette climbed into the shoot where the prizes fall down, trapping herself inside the arcade game…Frisco Fire Department came to the rescue. They were able to free Juliette from the game. Older sister Katy was quick to point the finger at her younger sister. ‘I hope you learned your lesson!’ she giggled.”

Chris Stirewalt is digital politics editor for Fox News. Want FOX News First in your inbox every day? Sign up here.

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 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.