Re-introducing The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos... A new rap boosting Ben Carson contains the lyrics "Vote and support Ben Carson/For our next president would be awesome," which of course flagrantly violates the Federal Election Commission's rhyming regulations.
'16 AT 30 THOUSAND: So.. this is complicated. Former President George H.W. Bush is ripping into key members of George W. Bush's administration, telling biographer Jon Meacham that former VP Dick Cheney was an "iron-ass" and dubbing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "an arrogant fellow."
Jeb Bush told our own Kasie Hunt on Thursday that his father is just trying to "create a different narrative" about his son's tenure. But Jeb having to defend his brother as "a big boy" who accepts the responsibilities of his presidency doesn't exactly remind voters of an inspiring time in the nation's recent history. And while our NBC/WSJ poll in mid-October showed that George W. Bush certainly doesn't have the rock-bottom ratings he was once saddled with, he's still underwater with a net negative rating of -10 percent. But you know who did even worse on the scale? Jeb, who was at net -16 percent in the same poll.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
In a new biography, George H.W. Bush slammed Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, saying they did not serve his son's administration well. And NBC's Kasie Hunt spoke to Jeb Bush, who said his father was trying "to create a different narrative."
Donald Trump and Ben Carson got the OK for a Secret Service detail.
Luke Russert and Alex Moe write that some House Republicans want a NEW congressional probe into Clinton's use of a private email server.
Alex Jaffe reports on Marco Rubio's pitch for a vast expansion of the U.S. military.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are sparring over the senator's comments to the Wall Street Journal.
Carly Fiorina wrote a Facebook post slamming the "progressive view of feminism."
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
The New York Times reports that Donald Trump sent Sheldon Adelson a booklet of photos of himself being honored with an award by a Jewish organization.
And New York Magazine asks this essential question: Do swing voters no longer exist?
ABC has the backstory on the Carson rap.
The Wall Street Journal takes Carson to task for his statement that the founding fathers "had no elected office experience."
FOR THE RECORD…
'We've got some earlier butt we have to kick first,'
Bernie Sanders, responding to a questioner who asked if he was "ready to kick some Republican butt"
MSNBC and the Democratic Party of South Carolina host a forum featuring Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley at 8 p.m.
Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee campaign in Iowa, while Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie are in New Hampshire.
Ben Carson is in Florida to address the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida Gala. Rand Paul campaign in South Carolina.