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Trump, Carson, Sanders Rising; Clinton, Bush, Walker Sinking

Lots of political news today.

Hillary Clinton reportedly set to do a major reset.

The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and Philip Rucker writing today, “After this summer of Hillary Rodham Clinton's discontent, when her public support dropped while the stock of real and potential challengers rose, her checklist for a campaign revamp this fall is long. New humble posture when asked about her use of a private e-mail system for government work? Check. New reckoning with the possibility that she may lose the New Hampshire primary, and perhaps even the Iowa caucuses? Check.
Feisty, give-as-good-as-she-gets zingers about Republican front-runner Donald Trump? Newsy policy speeches like one on Iran, slated for Wednesday? Not-so-subtle muscle-flexing to discourage a challenge by Vice President Biden? Check, check and check.”   

There’s also a fascinating Q & A published yesterday with Hillary Clinton where she defends her use of a private email server.

Meantime, pressure is growing on Joe Biden to make a decision about a White House run. He did, in fact, go for a run this long weekend, and was met with people yelling “Run Joe run!” as he jogged. He’s expected to make a decision by the end of the month.

New polling on the critical state of New Hampshire just released. It shows Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post reporter Dan Balz writing, “An NBC-Marist poll released Sunday showed Sanders leading Clinton by 41 percent to 32 percent in New Hampshire, with Vice President Biden included among the list of candidates. It was the third poll showing Sanders ahead there, and the nine-point advantage is his biggest yet. Without Biden in the list of candidates, the NBC-Marist survey showed Sanders leading Clinton by 11 points, 48 percent to 37 percent.”

In Iowa, Clinton remains the front runner, but Sanders is gaining on her.

The New York Times reports Hillary Clinton will show more humor as efforts to highlight her softer side have basically failed.

Senator Marco Rubio holds a meet and greet today in New Hampshire. Ohio Governor John Kasich holding a town hall tonight in New Hampshire.

Another controversy over Donald Trump. In a new book, he apparently compares his time at a military boarding school to being in the military. Trump got several deferments during the Vietnam War.

Those same NBC/Marist polls of Iowa, show Trump is the clear favorite so far in Iowa with Ben Carson his closest competitor. Both Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have lost significant support.

Congress is back after a five week break, and the Iran nuke deal tops the agenda. Republicans who control the House and Senate are strongly opposed, and will likely push through a “disapproval” resolution this week. It looks like the President has enough votes to still get the deal eventually.

There’s several live events around the deal today including an address from former VP Dick Cheney at 9am. Senator Harry Reid set to discuss the deal at 10am, and Senator Lindsey Graham at 12:30.

Mike Emanuel reporting on the intrigue.

Iran also signaling it may start helping to end Syria’s civil war. Iran has propped up the dictator and war criminal Bashir Assad and without their support, he likely would have been forced from power. More than 150,000 have died in Syria’s civil war.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl could face life behind bars. You’ll remember he was exchanged in a controversial swap for several Taliban terrorists. He’s now been charged with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy.” That’s a very rare charge. Bergdahl spent several years with the Taliban after walking off his base in 2009. There’s a hearing September 17th.    

The House Committee on Homeland Security is holding a “field” hearing at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC today. Former Mayor Giuliani and other officials will talk about security in the wake of the worst ever terror attack on U.S. soil.

President Obama signed an executive order that requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave. It affects about 300,000 people.

Apple has a major event today we’ll be monitoring for news. New products could be announced.

Stocks look to open higher today.

Britain, France and Germany say they’ll take in thousands more illegal immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. Other nations are balking at the sea of humanity flooding into Europe. Denmark says it won’t take any more, and Hungary’s prime minister is speeding up the construction of a wall.. Amy Kellogg reporting on the humanitarian and political crisis.

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