Morning Must Reads: September 8

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The holiday weekend is over and the political season is only heating up, with less than five months to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Candidates—and potential candidate Joe Biden—spent the weekend on the trail over Labor Day, giving speeches and marching in parades. Campaigns hope the weekend will mark an inflection point: for Hillary Clinton, an opportunity to reset her tone and message to be more open to voters; for Scott Walker, to stem the erosion of support before it becomes a collapse; for Bernie Sanders, as the moment in which he becomes viewed as a credible threat to Clinton. Others look to the conclusion of the “summer of Trump” and hope his rise doesn’t continue to autumn as voters begin to tune in to the race in the early states.

Congress is back this week after a six-week break and will take up the Iran nuclear agreement, but just around the corner is another opportunity for government shutdown, when the fiscal year ends at the end of the month. An array of Republican candidates have turned their guns on leaders of their own party in Washington, seeking to tap into the public’s frustration with the nation’s capitol. And the White House is attacking former vice president Dick Cheney in a new video over his criticism of the Iran nuclear agreement as he is set to deliver a speech in opposition to it in Washington.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

How Bernie Sanders Is Winning New Hampshire

He’s ahead in the polls as his campaign grows in the early voting state, TIME’s Sam Frizell reports

Hillary Clinton on Emails: ‘What I Did Was Allowed’

No apologies from the former Secretary of State [Associated Press]

Fiorina: GOP Leaders ‘Should Go’ if They Don’t Pass Anti-Abortion Bill

As Congress returns, GOP candidates put pressure on lawmakers [TIME]

Second Review Says Classified Information Was in Hillary Clinton’s Email

Clinton campaign still disputes [New York Times]

Boehner’s future as speaker in doubt

Confidants believe this may be his last term [Politico]

Chants of ‘Run, Joe, run’ as Biden marches in Labor Day parade

Still no decision as summer draws to a close [Los Angeles Times]

Sound Off

“You can wave your arms and give a speech but at the end of the day are you connecting with and really hearing what people are either saying to you or wishing that you would say to them?” —Hillary Clinton taking a veiled shot at Bernie Sanders Friday in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell

“Are people upset? Of course they are. But at the end of the day, they want somebody who can land the plane.” —Ohio Gov. John Kasich addressing the wave of anti-establishment support within the GOP.

Bits and Bites

Walker, trying to reset campaign, heads to Reagan alma mater [Journal-Sentinel]

Clinton: Trump is an ‘Unfortunate Development’ [TIME]

Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say [New York Times]

Bernie Sanders Joins Picket Line in Iowa [TIME]

Hillary Clinton set to unveil campaign finance proposal [Politico]

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis seeks exemption on gay marriage licenses [Washington Post]

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