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The Lid: Clinton Can’t Shake Most Plaguing Campaign Concerns

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The phrase “drip, drip, drip” may be one of the most overused of this election cycle, but that’s exactly what the last few days of headlines for Hillary Clinton felt like, once again. Critics of the Clinton Foundation got more fuel for the fire today when a handful of newly released emails showed that top donors to the organization appeared to get expedited access to Clinton through top aide Huma Abedin. And we know that even more previously undisclosed emails are being reviewed by the State Department for potential release in October. Stories about the Foundation have prompted Donald Trump to call for the whole operation to be shut down -- with even some Democratic commentators agreeing. For his part, Bill Clinton says that he’ll step down from the Foundation’s board and stop raising money for it if his wife is elected, a significant concession but one that may not go far enough for Clinton skeptics. Keep in mind, by the way, that Clinton’s email issues are still bugging a lot of general election voters, even if core Democrats are rallying around their nominee. Our August poll showed that about half of voters said that her use of a private email server and her big payouts for private speeches raise “major concerns” about her candidacy.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

  • Bill Clinton will step down from the Clinton Foundation’s board and stop fundraising for the organization if his wife is elected, the former president said today.
  • Trump continued his call for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down completely.
  • Trump’s new campaign manager says the Democratic nominee has been in “hiding.”
  • Thousands of Clinton’s previously undisclosed emails will be released.
  • Nearly 13,000 former felons had their right to vote restored on Monday.
  • And in First Read, here’s why it’s so hard for Donald Trump to retreat on immigration.

FOR THE RECORD…

“Why are you laughing?”

-- Fox News reporter to Mike Pence after the VP candidate started chuckling when the journalist repeated Donald Trump’s prediction that he will win 95% of the African-American vote in 2020.

TOMORROW’S SKED

Tim Kaine hosts a roundtable discussion in Colorado.

Donald Trump will hold an evening rally in Austin, while Mike Pence campaigns in Pennsylvania.