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October 7, 2015 8:11 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton‘s campaign is feeling the wind at its back for the first time in months, after House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy gave them an opening to go on offense against the GOP and her well-regarded turn on “Saturday Night Live.” It manifested itself on the campaign trail Tuesday as a more confident Clinton did her best Donald Trump impression in Iowa and mailed copies of her memoirs to her rivals in a campaign stunt. It came hours after her campaign released its first national television ad featuring McCarthy’s comments appearing to suggest that the Benghazi Committee is politically motivated. On Wednesday, her campaign followed it up with a humorous video featuring the Iowa Clinton supporter who owns @KevinMcCarthy, who has been the subject of a case of mistaken identity on Twitter all week.

Jeb Bush is stepping up his rhetoric against Washington this week, calling for a decline in property values and an exodus from the nation’s capital. At a dinner in Bettendorf, Iowa, Tuesday evening, Bush promised to “restore America’s greatness again” as he closed his speech, barely avoiding infringing on Trump’s trademarked slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Trump praises eminent domain. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson weigh in on the Oregon shooting. And there’s a new way to bet on politics.

Here are your must reads:

Must Reads

Hillary Clinton Sends Republican Candidates Copies of Her Book
Trolling-in-chief: “There are so many of them they could start a book club.” [TIME]

Hillary Clinton Targets Wall Street ‘Risk’
Stays away from Glass-Steagall debate [TIME]

Political Betting Market Raises Questions About Insider Trading
New online casinos present old challenges, TIME’s Alex Altman reports

Trump Fight With Hispanic Chamber Exposes Divisions in Latino Community
TIME’s Tessa Berenson on how dealing with Trump is anything but simple

Hillary Clinton Approaches Debate, and Bernie Sanders, With Caution
Clinton aides open up about debate prep [New York Times]

Donald Trump Plots His Second Act
Becoming a real candidate [Washington Post]

Sound Off

“Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.” — Ben Carson on Fox News on the Oregon university shooting

“‘I run things, and I build things, and you need somebody who will go in there and fix it, and if they don’t fix it I’ll get them out of the way.’ It may have a short half-life his campaign — I can’t tell yet. But he is a master brander and there is a macho appeal to saying, ‘I’m just sick of nothing happening, I make things happen, vote for me.'” — Bill Clinton on The Late Show talking Donald Trump’s appeal

Bits and Bites

How the Flooding in South Carolina Could Hurt Joe Biden [TIME]

Hillary Clinton Uses Humor in Video Targeting House Republican Leader [TIME]

E.P.A. Strategist Is Appointed to Fine-Tune Global Warming Agenda [New York Times]

Hillary Clinton to Celebrate 68th Birthday With a Fund-Raiser [New York Times]

Trump: Eminent Domain “Wonderful” [RealClearPolitics]

New York Attorney General Opens Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports Sites [New York Times]

Ron Paul to Testify at Trial of 2012 Campaign Aides [Associated Press]

Jindal attacks father of Oregon shooter who calls for gun control [RedState]

Hillary Clinton Gives Iowa Crowd Her Best Donald Trump Impersonation [NBC]

Bill Clinton on Trump: ‘The Most Interesting Character Out There’ [CNN]

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