Presidential Hopefuls Hit Iowa State Fair

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Iowa State Fair remains a center of attention today as presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle line up to speak at the traditional presidential forum in this critical early primary state. The fair goes on for 11 days and nearly all the candidates will take to the “soap box” to speak. Carl Cameron is there, and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks today. 1 million visitors will hit the fair!

The New York Times is reporting that Joe Biden has also reached out about the possibility of speaking at the Iowa State Fair.. as his consideration for a White House run heats up. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Biden was seriously considering a run. His discussions with potential fundraisers has intensified. Some experts though say it’s late for him to enter the race. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean said “it’s too late.”

News on Hillary Clinton’s private email controversy today. The AP reports in an exclusive that while two emails found on Clinton’s private server were marked “top secret”, sources tell AP Clinton did not transmit the information herself. The email story has eroded Clinton’s favorability ratings. Fox News will have new polls on the story and its impact tonight.

Clinton’s campaign has sent a letter to supporters dismissing a recent New Hampshire poll showing her losing her lead to Bernie Sanders. The camp says the poll misrepresented voters there. It is clear, however, that Clinton has lost some support to the Vermont firebrand.

The Times has an interesting piece today on the rise of Ohio Governor John Kasich. Jonathan Martin writing, “Just a month after entering the race, Mr. Kasich is rising in the polls in New Hampshire, winning head-turning endorsements and drawing new voters to his events who were impressed with his debate performance last week. And his gains could have a significant ripple effect on the Republican primary in this state and beyond, because he is appealing to many of the same voters that former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey are targeting.”

The Associated Press reporting today that it will take millions of dollars and several years to manage and clean up the rivers flooded with toxic mine waste water this week. We’ll get an update.

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Cuba this morning for the official flag raising over the U.S. embassy in Havana.  It’s the first visit from a U.S. Secretary of State in 60 years, and a true symbol of the restored U.S./Cuba relations.

Greece has approved a third bailout paving the way for an infusion of some $95 billion from the EU. It still needs to pass legislatures in several other countries.

A firefighter has been found alive 32 hours after two major explosions tour through the warehouse district of the Chinese city of Tianjin. 50 were killed including 17 firefighters in the explosions and raging fires leveled a huge part of the city.

Malaysian authorities say many of the pieces that have washed up on the beaches of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion are not from the missing MH370 airliner. One piece of the wing has been positively ID’d as part of the doomed jet, but other debris aren’t part of the plane according to officials.

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