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OFF TO THE RACES: A Frugal Trump?

BUSH:NBC’s Jordan Frasier reports on Bush’s foreign policy address last night: “Jeb Bush aggressively went after Hillary Clinton over her tenure as secretary of state, linking her to a broad overall criticism of the Obama administration's actions in the Middle East Tuesday night.”

CLINTON: “Two of the four classified messages discovered in emails turned over to the State Department by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were labeled "top secret," the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday,” writes NBC News.

More from the New York Times: “The campaign did not say whether the server and the thumb drive had been handed over yet to the authorities. And it did not say if the server was the one she had set up in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to house the private email account.”

KASICH: NBC’s Kailani Koenig on Kasich’s big endorsement from Tom Rath: “Rath is a former attorney general of New Hampshire and is a bit of an institution in the state's political world. He also served as a senior adviser to the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker, Robert Dole, Lamar Alexander, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush.”

SANDERS: Here’s the Washington Post’s take on how Bernie Sanders is attracting huge crowds in recent weeks.

TRUMP: NBC’s Andrew Rafferty wraps Trump’s press conference last night in Michigan, where he said that his poll numbers prove that he hasn’t crossed the line with his controversial comments.

Here’s what he told a New York Times reporter about whether or not he will release policy details: “When you’re dealing, and that’s what I am, I’m a dealer, you don’t go in with plans. You go in with a certain flexibility. And you sort of wheel and deal.”

Here’s a word not often associated with Trump: “Frugal.” From the Wall Street Journal: “Donald Trump never skips a chance to remind audiences of his wealth, but he is proving reluctant to spend his own money on campaign essentials typical of a major presidential candidate.”

OBAMA AGENDA: Working the phones on Iran

The president writes in the New York Times Magazine about past efforts to dismantle the Voting Rights Act. “[F]rom the moment the ink was dry on the Voting Rights Act, there has been a concentrated effort to undermine this historic law and turn back the clock on its progress…Congress must restore the Voting Rights Act. Our state leaders and legislatures must make it easier — not harder — for more Americans to have their voices heard. Above all, we must exercise our right as citizens to vote, for the truth is that too often we disenfranchise ourselves.”

POLITICO reports on Chuck Schumer’s working of the phones on Iran: “With liberal groups furious over his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Chuck Schumer has been quietly reaching out to dozens of his colleagues to explain his decision and assure them he would not be whipping opposition to the deal, according to Democratic senators and aides.”

Also from POLITICO, this suggestion from some former administration officials: “Obama has broad powers to act alone — even against the will of Congress — say experts and former administration officials familiar with internal deliberations. Using his executive branch authority, Obama could effectively halt many U.S. sanctions on Iran, they say, in a bid to persuade Tehran to meet its end of the bargain.”

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Today on News Nation, Tamron Hall speaks with GOPAC Chairman David Avella and Washington Post National Political Reporter Karen Tumulty about the latest political headlines, White House Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers Anita Kumar about her reporting on Hillary Clinton’s Top Secret emails, NBC News Reporter Miguel Almaguer regarding the latest on the chemical spill in the Animas River, and MSNBC’s Adam Reiss regarding an Arlington Texas Police Officer fired after killing an unarmed college football player.

*** Wednesday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Gov. John Hickenlooper, Demos President Heather McGhee, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Michael Gerson, Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York Executive Director Karen Murtagh and the Wall Street Journal’s Jeanne Cummings.