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Morning Must Reads: August 28

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver dueling foreign policy speeches Friday in South Carolina. Rubio, who will focus his remarks on China, followed Walker’s lead this week in calling for the scaling back of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit next month. Walker, who has less experience on foreign policy issues, will deliver broad remarks as he hopes to regain his campaign’s footing amid declining poll numbers.

Democratic presidential candidates will face their party leadership in Minneapolis Friday, but one man, Joe Biden, will be missing, as he continues to ponder launching a bid for the Oval Office. Hillary Clinton faces frustration from many in her party over her seemingly flippant responses to questions about her use of a private email server. On Thursday, Clinton sought to keep the focus on Republicans, comparing them to terrorists on attitudes toward women.

Jeb Bush secured the endorsement of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who spurned the appeals of some of Bush’s rivals. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are teaming up to oppose the Iran deal. And Speaker of the House John Boehner had some choice words for Cruz at a recent fundraiser.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Univision’s Jorge Ramos: Reporters Need to Get Tougher on Donald Trump
The anchor talks to TIME’s Michael Scherer

Hacker Killed by Drone Was ‘Secret Weapon’
U.S. kills ISIS hacker in drone attack [Wall Street Journal]

Democrats Get The Keys To Obama’s Massive Campaign Email List
A long-sought victory for the DNC [BuzzFeed]

Hillary Clinton’s Handling of Email Issue Frustrates Democratic Leaders
They wish she’d take it more seriously [New York Times]

How Huma Abedin operated at the center of the Clinton universe
Overlapping public and private work [Washington Post]

Sound Off

“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.” —Hillary Clinton at a rally in Ohio Thursday in comments that immediately drew rebuke from Republicans.

“As President, I will send the following message: the retreat is over. American leadership is back and, together with our allies, we will not surrender another inch of ground to terrorists or any other power that threatens our safety.” —Prepared remarks of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on foreign policy Friday at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Bits and Bites

Eric Cantor endorses Bush over Rubio, Walker, and Christie [TIME]

John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz A ‘Jackass’ At Fundraiser [Daily Caller]

Iran Deal Opens a Vitriolic Divide Among American Jews [New York Times]

Hillary Clinton, citing Tamir Rice and Virginia shootings, decries gun violence in Cleveland speech [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

DNC site mistakes foreign vets for former U.S. troops [Military Times]

Hillary Clinton to Coordinate Fundraising with Democratic Party [TIME]

Watch Donald Trump Try to Prove His Hair Is Real [TIME]

Cruz, Trump to hold anti-Iran deal rally in D.C. [Politico]

Rubio: How My Presidency Would Deal With China [Wall Street Journal]

TIME 2016 Election

Former House Leader Eric Cantor Endorses Jeb Bush for Republican Nomination

House Majority Leader Cantor leaves after a news conference
Yuri Gripas—Reuters U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) leaves after a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 11, 2014

"America needs a President that can re-energize our nation and recapture our greatness"

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed Jeb Bush Thursday, spurning several rivals who were aggressively courting the former GOP number two.

Cantor, who left Congress last year after a shocking loss in a primary to conservative upstart David Brat, will become co-chair of Bush’s campaign in his home state Virginia, providing the former Florida governor access to his extensive donor base in the finance and Jewish communities.

The endorsement is a blow to several of Bush’s rivals. According to a source close to Cantor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were all striving to earn Cantor’s support.

“They pursued him for months and months,” the source said. “He still has a whole lot of friends in Congress and other prominent folks across the country in the party and the finance and fundraising communities.”

According to the source, Cantor weighed his options over the past several months and came to his decision to back Jeb “relatively recently.”

In a statement, Cantor said, “Governor Bush is a true conservative leader with a long-term vision for this country and the practical know how to implement it. After eight years of anemic growth and declining international relevance, America needs a President that can re-energize our nation and recapture our greatness — Jeb Bush is that man. I look forward to working closely with the Governor and his team as they chart a course to the White House.”

Cantor will appear with Bush at an event in Norfolk, Va., Friday. News of Cantor’s endorsement was first reported by Politico.

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 27

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Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Vice President Joe Biden is keeping even his closest confidants guessing about his presidential intentions, TIME’s Philip Elliott reports, as a new poll shows he’s in a strong position to mount a presidential bid. But many longtime aides are encouraging their boss to remain on the sidelines, as his support now is largely a function of being removed from contentious electoral politics. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Biden should do whatever is right for himself and his family, as her poll numbers remain at new lows from the continued fallout over her use of a private email server. Clinton offered up regret at a campaign stop Wednesday, but many questions remain unanswered and will continue to hang over her campaign.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is standing by his decision to throw journalist Jorge Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday night. In an interview with Bloomberg, he called for new taxes and couldn’t name his favorite bible verse. The pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is out with a new ad airing in states with large Latino populations casting Trump and his more establishment-friendly GOP candidates as on the same page on immigration. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is running an unconventional campaign focused on an all-in bet to boost conservative turnout at the expense of growing the GOP. And Scott Walker is trying to out-trump Trump on the trail.

President Barack Obama will be in New Orleans Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its rebuilding efforts, saying it is an example of a manmade disaster becoming a failure of government. “This is a city that slowly, unmistakably, together, is moving forward,” Obama will say. “Because the project of rebuilding here wasn’t simply to restore the city as it had been. It was to build a city as it should be.”

Must Reads

Joe Biden Weighs One More Shot at the Job He Always Wanted

TIME’s Philip Elliott goes behind the scenes of the VP’s presidential considerations

Hillary Clinton Takes ‘Responsibility’ for Email Use, Saying It ‘Wasn’t the Best Choice’

Clinton expresses regret as poll numbers continue to slide [New York Times]

The Price and Promise of Hillary Clinton’s Wobbly Summer

TIME’s Joe Klein on the Democratic front-runner’s rough turn under the sun

The High Stakes of Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Predicting the likely fallout with TIME’s Massimo Calabresi

Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself

Out of step with GOP orthodoxy [Bloomberg]

Ted Cruz: Right Turns Only

The candidate’s radical plan to win the White House as explained by TIME’s Alex Altman

Sound Off

“I think I handled that well. I got a lot of credit for it” —Donald Trump to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on kicking journalist Jorge Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday.

“I think he has to make what is a very difficult decision for himself and his family, and he should have the space and opportunity to decide what he wants to do.” —Hillary Clinton on a Joe Biden presidential run

Bits and Bites

Voters Open to Joe Biden Presidential Bid in New Poll [TIME]

Scott Walker Fights Back by Campaigning More Like Donald Trump [TIME]

Why Dropping ‘Anchor Baby’ Is a Problem for Politicians [TIME]

Tom Harkin Cautions Joe Biden Against Running for President [New York Times]

Trump Talks Bush, Bible and White Supremacist Backers [Bloomberg]

Joe Biden Isn’t Sure Family Is Ready for Run [New York Times]

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert [Washington Post]

Ad Portrays Donald Trump and His Rivals as a Single Voice on Immigration [New York Times]

Leaked emails show new Trump aide used to scorn him [Des Moines Register]

Perry on campaign struggles: I’m not giving up [Texas Tribune]

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TIME 2016 Election

Voters Open to Joe Biden Presidential Bid in New Poll

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Jason Davis—Getty Images Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service to honor those killed in the shooting at the University of Tennessee on August 15, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hillary Clinton still leads the race for the Democratic nomination

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden may still be mulling his 2016 chances, but many voters appear open to his potential candidacy, a new survey finds.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday finds Biden with the highest favorability rating in either the Democratic or Republican field among all voters, and leading head-to-head match-ups against hypothetical GOP rivals. But Biden, whose numbers are boosted by his near-universal name-recognition, trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton commands the support of 45% of Democrats nationally, down from 55% a month ago, followed by Sanders at 22% and Biden at 18%.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump maintains a commanding lead of the GOP field with 28% of Republican support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12%. No other GOP candidate breaks double-digits, with a large cluster in a statistical tie filling out the top 10. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are tied for third place with 7% each, representing a significant drop in support for Bush, who has raised more than $120 million for his presidential run.

The survey is one that will be used to determine eligibility for next month’s CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in which polls since July will be averaged and the top 10 placers fill the prime-time stage. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, whose performance was well regarded in the Fox News debate, merits 5% in the Quinnipiac poll, a significant jump. But her campaign complained Wednesday that a relative lack of polling before the second debate could still keep her out of the debate. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul fell to 2%, as his campaign has faltered this summer.

Trump remains deeply disliked by the majority of voters who are not his supporters; 26% of Republicans say they would never vote for him and 54% of all voters view him negatively. Clinton, who is still dogged by questions about her use of a private email server, now has 61% of Americans viewing her as untrustworthy and 51% viewing her unfavorably.

Asked an open-ended question about the first word that pops into their minds when they hear a candidate’s name, “liar” topped the list when the 1,563 registered voters were surveyed about Clinton. “Arrogant” was the top word for Trump and “Bush” for Bush.

The nationwide survey was conducted from Aug. 20-25 and has a margin of error of ±2.5 percentage points, with 666 Republicans polled for a margin of error of ±3.8 percentage points and 647 Democrats for a margin of error of ± 3.9 percentage points.

TIME

Morning Must Reads: August 26

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Donald Trump‘s on-air sparring with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos became an instant classic of the 2016 presidential cycle Tuesday, and turned up the level of panic within the GOP over how Trump’s candidacy is affecting the Republican Party’s standing with Latino voters. Ramos, the most popular Spanish-language broadcaster in the country, has grown increasingly critical of the party’s rhetoric on immigration issues, potentially depriving the GOP of support among a constituency it needs to win over. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hit former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his shifting rhetoric on immigration Tuesday, the latest Republican to sense weakness in the well-funded, one-time-front-runner’s campaign.

Trump, meanwhile, has until the end of September to affirm he won’t run a third party candidacy or see himself left off the ballot in the South Carolina primary, state party chairman Matt Moore announced Tuesday. It’s a move that is also being adopted by several other states, requiring the candidate to certify they’ll back the eventual GOP nominee. But it’s unclear whether the statement has the force of law, or is simply designed as a PR victory for the GOP establishment.

Joe Biden is holding a call with members of the Democratic National Committee ostensibly about foreign policy, but the timing, as he’s weighing a presidential run, betrays another motivation. Biden still has not made up his mind on a long shot bid, which would pit the popular, but gaffe-prone, VP against a massive Clinton organization that has nearly a year’s head start on building a campaign.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Donald Trump and Univision’s Jorge Ramos Spar on Immigration
One of the campaign’s most memorable moments yet [TIME]

Joe Biden to Hold Unusual Call With Democratic Party Officials
A foreign policy call as he ponders a presidential run [New York Times]

Conservative Sting Video Goes Inside Clinton Campaign Training
No wrongdoing, but a warning of more to come [TIME]

Behind the Biden hype
Channeling the grief over his son’s death into an agonizing decision over whether to run in 2016. [Politico]

Sound Off

“I mean, the fact is that you don’t need to be pandering to one way or the other. I’ll tell you the way you don’t do it. You don’t do focus group tested trips to the border, speak Spanish and then criticize Asians.” —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticizes Jeb Bush on Fox News over his comments on immigration.

“I don’t know if adultery is against the law still. In some states, there are old laws against adultery, but I think if we start going after people and locking people up for adultery we’re headed for a bizarre world.” —Sen. Rand Paul on the Ashley Madison hack to the Washington Post.

Bits and Bites

Why Bernie Sanders Won’t Add Debates Without Hillary Clinton [TIME]

The Air Force’s $25 Billion Bomber Blunder [TIME]

Carly Fiorina campaign takes issue with CNN debate qualifications [Medium]

Latino News Media, Offended by Donald Trump, Shows It in Broadcasts [New York Times]

Trump has until Sept. 30 in SC to rule out third-party run [Associated Press]

Caroline Kennedy used private email as ambassador to Japan [Associated Press]

Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren have a frosty past [Boston Globe]

Jeb Bush’s false claim that Planned Parenthood is ‘not actually doing women’s health issues’ [Washington Post]

Jeb Bush set to release ‘Reply All,” an e-book based on emails from time as governor [Tampa Bay Times]

The senator who is ‘ready for the Hunger Games’ [CNN]

State Contractors Aid Governors’ Campaigns [Wall Street Journal]

TIME Hillary Clinton

Conservative Sting Video Goes Inside Clinton Campaign Training

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Charlie Neibergall—AP Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters during a rally before the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner, Friday, July 17, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A first shot in a coming undercover series

The conservative group Project Veritas released a video Wednesday morning showing a glimpse of its long-anticipated undercover video sting inside the Clinton campaign.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” says James O’Keefe, the group’s founder in the clip.

Filmed by hidden camera by Project Veritas supporters posing as Clinton volunteers, the video shows a Clinton campaign staffer discussing strategies for targeting voter registration efforts. The campaign’s policy is to register all those who ask to register, a fact the staffer repeats.

But the staffer is also seen encouraging the “volunteer” to first ask whether the Iowans they encounter are Clinton supporters before asking if they are registered to vote. “We don’t want to make our focus be voter registration, because then we have to, like, register everyone regardless of whether they’re supporters or not,” the Clinton organizer is shown saying.

Nothing in the video shows the Clinton campaign violating the law, or the campaign’s own policy. But Veritas claims, nonetheless, that the campaign is “skirting the law” by first asking whether potential voters are supporters before making the registration offer. This approach to training volunteers is standard operating procedure across field campaigns, according to a Republican field staffer, who requested anonymity.

The Clinton campaign put its offices on alert nationwide last week after catching wind of the Project Veritas effort, warning about the potential for more attempts to infiltrate its campaign. Other schemes identified by the Clinton campaign included efforts to convince staffers and volunteers to accept potentially illegal contributions.

In the video, a Veritas supporter is seen greeting Clinton and posing for a photo with her, though it is not clear whether their interaction yielded anything of note. “Stay tuned Hillary, because we’re shortly going to release a stunning story of electoral malfeasance at the highest levels of your campaign,” O’Keefe says. “Check your email.”

The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the video.

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Morning Must Reads: August 25

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Donald Trump‘s rise is causing his GOP rivals to stumble as he pushes issues they’d rather not talk about. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush found himself defending his use of the term “anchor babies” at the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, where he claimed he was referring to Asian immigrants committing “fraud,” an explanation that did little to satisfy his critics. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on President Barack Obama to rescind his state visit invitation to Chinese President Xi Jinping amid that country’s devaluation of its currency and alleged cyber activities—a move that drew condemnation from Democrats and some Republicans as a diplomatic faux pas. Walker, meanwhile, was busy keeping a top GOP fundraiser in the fold after he discussed a possible defection with Trump.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is once again paying his staffers in the early primary states just 48 hours before a deadline that could have kept him off the CNN debate stage next month. Once again, Perry is expected to participate in the undercard debate. The race is on for the main stage, with candidates on an all-out media blitz in the final weeks of summer to boost their national poll ratings in advance of the Sept. 16 contest.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Jeb Bush Bungles ‘Anchor Baby’ Explanation
The Republican presidential candidate says he was referring to Asians committing “fraud,” TIME’s Alex Altman reports

Donald Trump Supporters Vent Frustration At Frank Luntz Focus Group
By the end, as Sam Frizell reports, the veteran pollster said, “My legs are shaking.” He was that excited. [TIME]

Scott Walker Calls on Obama to Cancel Chinese State Visit
Getting tough on China as Trump continues to dominate the conversation [TIME]

Deez Nuts Speaks: Meet Brady Olson, The 15-Year-Old Candidate for President
TIME’s Tessa Berenson with the interview we’ve all been waiting for

House GOP leaders desperate to avoid shutdown
With the clock ticking, Republicans have yet to settle on a strategy to resolve a showdown over Planned Parenthood funding [Politico]

A Top Walker Fundraiser Meets With Trump
SkyBridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci says he discussed endorsing Trump but is loyal to Walker [Wall Street Journal]

Hillary Clinton to Raise Money With State Parties Amid Nominating Fight
What primary? [New York Times]

Sound Off

“The president has indicated that his view that the decision that he made, I guess 7 years ago now, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he has ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense into the president’s view into Vice President’s aptitude for the top job.” —White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on a potential Biden presidential campaign.

“I like Donald Trump and I’m glad Donald Trump is in this election.” —Sen. Ted Cruz to reporters before a South Carolina event, thanking Trump for raising the issue of illegal immigration and for bringing debate viewers to TV.

Bits and Bites

Donald Trump Trolls Jeb Bush With a Little Help from Bush’s Mom [TIME]

Lawrence Lessig Thinks a Single Issue Might Make Him President [TIME]

State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump’s hands [Politico]

John Kasich Balances His Blue-Collar Roots and Ties to Wall Street [New York Times]

Perry resumes paying some staffers, but loses Iowa chairman [Associated Press]

Dick Cheney to deliver address on Iran deal [Politico]

TIME Scott Walker

Scott Walker Calls on Obama to Cancel Chinese State Visit

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Charlie Neibergall—AP Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Amid rising tension, a Republican calls to end a diplomatic courtesy

SPARTANBURG, SC — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling on President Barack Obama to cancel the upcoming state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month in retaliation for recent cyberattacks and currency manipulation.
In a statement to TIME, Walker said it was time for the Obama administration to hold China “accountable” amid accusations that the country was behind the hack of the U.S. office of personnel management in which more than 20 million records were breached.
“There’s serious work to be done rather than pomp and circumstance,” Walker said, encouraging Obama to show “backbone.”
The White House is facing bipartisan pressure to get tougher on China. The president last hosted Xi at the Sunnylands retreat in Palm Springs, CA in an informal meeting in June 2013. Obama met with Xi in China last year when they announced a major climate accord.
Earlier Monday, Walker blamed much of the recent drop in the financial markets on China’s recent currency devaluation.
“Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today’s markets driven in part by China’s slowing economy and the fact that they actively manipulate their economy,” Walker said. “Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests. Given China’s massive cyberattacks against America, its militarization of the South China Sea, continued state interference with its economy, and persistent persecution of Christians and human rights activists, President Obama needs to cancel the state visit.”
Cancelling a state visit would be a major snub for the Chinese leader, who has made earning recognition for a “new type of major power relationship” between his country and the U.S. a priority of his.
Walker’s comments come as GOP front-runner Donald Trump has made criticism of China a focal point of his campaign. Walker rejected the notion that he was toughening his stance on China in response to Trump.
“Obviously the timing today coincides with concerns on the stock market about what has happened over the last couple of weeks with the efforts by China to devalue their currency,” Walker told reporters after a campaign stop.
Walker said he was unconcerned about the impact such a snub would have on the relationship between the U.S. and its largest overseas creditor. “I think China as well as others in the world will finally respect some leadership once and for all from the United Stares,” Walker said. “Part of the problem now is that they don’t respect us.”
“Those honors should only be bestowed on leaders of countries that are allies and supporters of the United States,” Walker said of the planned state visit and state dinner.
TIME

Morning Must Reads: August 24

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s campaign has warned its offices nationwide to be on the lookout for a conservative organization conducting sting investigations in an effort to catch volunteers and staff engaging in improper behavior. The group likely behind it, Project Veritas, has allegedly offered to make contributions to the campaign that would have been illegal in order to embarrass Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren this weekend, turning up the dial on speculation that he will mount a challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But Biden still has not made up his mind, aides say, and raising expectations for a run will only increase the attention he will get should he decide to take a pass.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is traveling to the Texas-Mexico border Monday, a week after he defended using the controversial term “anchor babies” in a contentious press conference. A proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Bush finds himself out of step with many in his party’s base, and has been struggling to both ameliorate their concerns while maintaining his general election viability. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has held at least three different positions on changing rules for birthright citizenship, reopening a line of attack against him that he shifts his positions with the political winds.

And Donald Trump‘s rise has led to laughter, and anger, in Mexico.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

Clinton Campaign On Alert For Undercover Conservative Sting

Campaign offices warned about undercover effort to catch staffers in compromising situations [TIME]

Defeating Terror on a Train: What the U.S. Heroes Proved

TIME’s Mark Thompson on the lessons from Friday’s attack and those who responded to it

Scott Walker on birthright citizenship: 3 positions, 7 days

Flip-flopping after Trump raises issue [CNN]

Has the clock run out for Dixville Notch?

The legendary early-polling site in New Hampshire may be a thing of the past [Washington Post]

A surprise Biden-Warren sit-down in D.C.

Presidential speculation abounds [Boston Globe]

Sound Off

“Until we start having debates, and offering those ideas that move our country forward, we’re going to be bogged down in questions of, what did Hillary Clinton know and when did she know it? And we cannot allow our party to be branded by those sorts of questions of the past. We have to look to the future. And we have to offer the ideas that move our country forward for the future.” —Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Clinton’s email issues on ABC’s This Week.

“Our job in this campaign, maybe the most important thing we can do, is to get people in America, working people, middle class people, lower income people to stop voting against their own best interests.” —Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Charleston, S.C. Saturday.

Bits and Bites

The Rise of Donald Trump Sparks Anger and Laughter in Mexico [TIME]

Watch Ellen Page Grill Ted Cruz Over LGBT Rights [TIME]

Jimmy Carter, Fresh Off First Cancer Treatments, Teaches Double Sunday School to Record Crowd [People]

Donald Trump Pays a Visit to His Not-So-Poor Relations [New York Times]

Caucus politics can’t cool longtime friendship [Des Moines Register]

Harry Reid endorses Iran deal, boosts chances Congress won’t block it [Washington Post]

As Rivals Snipe, Trump Dodges Questions on Details of Immigration Plan [New York Times]

Kasich, Perry teams trade barbs in Ohio [Columbus Dispatch]

White House Door Isn’t Always Open to Ex-Cons [Wall Street Journal]

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Jeb Bush’s Super PAC Has a Bad Photoshop Moment

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks to attendees at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks to attendees at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

Jeb Bush has fallen victim to what appears to be the first Photoshop fail of the 2016 campaign.

A super PAC supporting the former Florida Governor’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination released its first mailer to Iowa voters this week.

Right to Rise USA tweeted a picture of the inaugural mailing, which appears to show Bush posing in front of a bridge in what appears to be Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in Iowa.

But a closer look at the photo seems to show that Bush was actually superimposed on a a stock image of the city, while his left hand appears to belong to someone else.

Federal Election Commission could be partly to blame. The FEC bars coordination between a super PAC and a campaign, so if Right to Rise wanted a photo of Bush in Iowa, they couldn’t just ask for it.

 

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