Late night on Capitol Hill.. legislation passed the Senate early this morning that funds the government through the 2016 presidential election. It’s not, however, the last contentious issue working its way through the Congress. Mike Emanuel reporting.
Several campaign events we’ll be monitoring today.
Senator Marco Rubio who has been getting high marks for his debate performance and his handling of the attacks by Jeb Bush has a campaign event in Council Bluff, Iowa today at 1pm. Here’s how Karen Tumulty described him today in the Washington Post, “If Wednesday's debate was any indication, Rubio has learned not only the rules but also the playbook. And he has reached the point where he appears ready to execute it. Rubio showed during the debate that he could take a hit - and swing back - something that might have been in doubt, given his youth and the roughness of this election cycle. Until this point in the campaign, he has run a relatively low-key effort, not making a grab for the spotlight. His strategists have said he was waiting for a moment to put his natural political talents on display.”
There was a lot of notice for the interview Jenna Lee did with Jeb Bush yesterday. His campaign appears to be struggling, and there is another batch of harsh articles today about the state of his campaign.
Meantime, Donald Trump and Ben Carson getting some attention this morning.. for what some are calling a loss of momentum.
The New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel writes today, “Several have reached perhaps surprising conclusions about the two men who lead in Iowa polls: Donald J. Trump has hit a ceiling without much room to grow, and Ben Carson, while likable, may lack the right experience to be president. Of a dozen Iowa Republicans interviewed after the debate who were undecided going into it, representing diverse corners of the state and walks of life, none said Mr. Trump had improved his chances of winning their vote. Their anecdotal reports aligned with a recent poll for The Des Moines Register showing that Mr. Trump was the second choice of only 9 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers, suggesting an upper limit to his support.”
Senator Bernie Sanders is holding a meeting with senior citizens in Manchester, New Hampshire at 12:15.
Hillary Clinton is speaking at Ministers luncheon in Atlanta at 1pm. A new batch of Clinton’s emails is expected this afternoon by the State Department. They cover her time as Secretary of State.
New details today in that engine fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport. A Dynamic Airways plane’s engine caught fire as the plane was preparing to takeoff from the airport in a flight to Caracas, Venezuela. Passengers fled the plane as the fire grew from the engine. One person was seriously injured. 21 injured in total. NTSB investigators on the scene.
Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 900,000 Jeep, Dodge and Fiat SUVS worldwide to fix problems with the brakes and air bags.
Honda is recalling more than 300,000 Accords to fix side air bags.
We get reads on consumer sentiment today.
An attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq has killed at least 20. The former U.S. military base houses Iranian refugees (part of an Iranian dissident group). 16 rockets hit the base. 16 soldiers guarding the camp were also wounded.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Vienna for peace talks on Syria.
An Iranian-American was arrested in Tehran.. We’ll get into the growing numbers of Americans being held by Iran.
The manhunt for a cop killer has ended with a shootout. Floyd Ray Cook was shot and killed by police in Kentucky. Cook was wanted for shooting a Tennessee police officer during a traffic stop, and firing at a Kentucky trooper.
2 Tennessee officers were shot in a shootout with an alleged robber. The suspect was killed. Investigation ongoing.