Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. One Year Out From the 2016 Election, Where Do We Stand?
Americans are angry and dissatisfied with politics and with the nation's direction, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just 27 percent of Americans believe the country is headed on the right track. Trends are showing that Americans are looking for a major political reset when they go to the polls next year. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Clinton, Carson Lead NBC News/WSJ Poll
Hillary Clinton is besting rival Bernie Sanders by a margin of two to one among primary voters in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, but she remains unpopular with the general electorate. Meanwhile, Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, while Donald Trump trails behind at 23 percent. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Satellite Shows Heat Flash When Metrojet Plane Crashed
A senior defense official told NBC News on Monday that an American infrared satellite detected a heat flash at the same time and in the same vicinity over the Sinai where a Russian Metrojet airliner went down. The official said the satellite imagery shows the explosion could have come from on the plane, but there's no indication that a surface-to-air missile brought the plane down. Read more in NEWS.
4. Obama Draws Laughs Mocking GOP Candidates
At a DNC fundraising event Monday night, Obama quipped: "Every one of these candidates says ... 'When I talk to Putin, he's going to straighten out.' And then it turns out, they can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators." Read more in NEWS.
5. Leading Voice Behind Iraq WMD Claims Dies
Ahmad Chalabi, a secular Shiite politician who was a leading proponent of the 2003 invasion to remove Saddam from power, has died. The smooth-talking politician provided false information indicating that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Read more in NEWS.
6. Wreckage East of Bahamas Is Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro
Wreckage found Saturday in 15,000 feet of water east of the Bahamas was confirmed to be the sunken cargo ship El Faro, which disappeared during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, the company that owned the ship argues that it "exercised due diligence" and asked a judge to absolve it of any financial liability, which could stall lawsuits brought by the families of the crew. Read more in NEWS.
7. Anti-Fracking Banner Unfurled During NFL Game
Two activists rappelled from the press box of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and unfurled banner protesting hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," during Monday night's nationally televised NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts. The spectacle opposed a liquefied natural gas project in Lusby, Maryland — where neither of the two teams plays. Read more in NEWS.
8. Nightly Spotlight: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Open Up
In a rare sit-down interview together, the Hollywood superstars talk to NBC's Tom Brokaw about Jolie's cancer scares and how they've privately coped as a couple.