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The Lid: Why Tonight’s Democratic Forum Will be Very Interesting

Reintroducing The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Important details of Ben Carson's biography again came into question Friday, solidifying his spot as the only presidential candidate in modern times who would benefit if stories about his violent youth actually turn out to be completely true.

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'16 AT 30 THOUSAND

On this news filled Friday, we here at The Lid want to point your attention to something that may have gone a little under the radar: tonight's Democratic presidential forum hosted by msnbc's Rachel Maddow at 8 p.m.. It is true that the field is not as volatile as the GOP side, but that is exactly what could make tonight so interesting. Hillary Clinton has doubled her lead over Bernie Sanders, according to the latest NBC News/WSJ poll. Sanders, in turn, has ratcheted up the rhetoric."I disagree with Hillary Clinton on virtually everything," he said recently. Also this week, Sanders said there were "valid questions" about Clinton's email usage and suggested that her inconsistency on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement "does speak to the character of a person." Though they won't be on stage together tonight, there still may be some fireworks.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

  • Details about Ben Carson's offer to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on a "full scholarship" came into question Friday after a report that he fabricated a story about being admitted to the service academy, one of us writes.
  • Chris Christie's viral video on drug addiction garnered much-needed attention to his presidential campaign, but he didn't make the main debate stage, NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell reports.
  • The Obama administration rejected construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday.
  • The 2016 field swiftly reacted to Obama's announcement.

CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

CLINTON: Politico is reporting that Hillary Clinton's emails did not contain highly classified secrets.

PAUL: His new book sold fewer than 500 copies in two weeks, Buzzfeed reports.

FOR THE RECORD…

"Vote for me. I never said I went to West Point."

  • Mike Huckabee responding to today's Ben Carson news.

WEEKEND SKED

TONIGHT! Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley participate in a Democratic forum hosted by msnbc's Rachel Maddow

Donald Trump hosts "Saturday Night Live".

On Sunday -- one year before Election Day 2016 -- NBC's Chuck Todd interviews Carly Fiorina, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump on "Meet The Press."