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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.

OFF TO THE RACES: Poll: Hillary struggling in CO, IA, VA

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton struggling in head-to-head matchups with Rubio, Bush and Walker in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia.

CHRISTIE: Meg Whitman is signing on as Chris Christie's national finance co-chair.

CLINTON: Via the AP: “A day after proposing higher capital gains taxes on short-term investors, Clinton raised at least $450,000 Tuesday night at the Chicago home of Raj Fernando, a longtime donor. His firm, Chopper Trading, specializes in high-frequency transactions and was recently purchased by Chicago-based competitor DRW.”

GRAHAM: He was spotted at a DC movie theater still answering calls on his cell phone -- and getting Sen. Kelly Ayotte's kids to help him out.

If you were curious: Roll Call offers an explainer of how Graham would go about getting a new cell phone number.

JINDAL: The Des Moines Register: "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday he could see a role for the federal government in setting a national standard for labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms."

KASICH: From yesterday, our story on Kasich's announcement in Ohio.

But his late start could really hurt his chances, notes Perry Bacon Jr.

The Washington Post editorial board has kind words for Kasich: "Whereas some GOP governors boast about clamping down on the working poor, he insists that “we’re not going to bang you over the head because you’re trying to get ahead.” Whereas many Republicans do little to confront the reality of persistent racial inequality, Mr. Kasich seems eager to talk about it."

Bloomberg looks at how he's trying to head off criticisms about his time at Lehman Brothers.

O'MALLEY: He moved his planned policy speech on Wall Street reform out of the National Press Club because he objected to organization's planned format.

SANDERS: He was a guest on morning newsletter The Skimm, saying "We have income and wealth inequality almost greater than any country on earth, and I think that’s unfair….I don’t think that that’s the nation that America wants to be. And I think that we need leadership to stand up to the billionaire class…and make sure that our government works for all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy people."

TRUMP: NBC's Perry Bacon Jr. notes how Donald Trump is getting an assist from the media.

The Washington Post reports from South Carolina that Trump's brashness may be eating away at his support.

Here's our report on his decision to give out Lindsey Graham's cell phone number to the public.

The New York Times delves into his contentious relationship with Rupert Murdoch.

Trump will visit the Texas-Mexico border with a stop in Laredo this week, writes the Texas Tribune.

WALKER: He's touring New Hampshire with former Sen. Scott Brown, The Wall Street Journal reports.

OBAMA AGENDA: Doing the Daily Show

Obama appeared on The Daily Show Tuesday, noting that there's still "a bunch of other things we want to get done" in his last year and a half in office.

The New York Times writes on Obama's faltering Guantanamo strategy: "The administration’s fitful effort to shut down the prison is collapsing again. Ashton B. Carter, in his first six months as defense secretary, has yet to make a decision on any newly proposed deals to transfer individual detainees. His delay, which echoes a pattern last year by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel, is generating mounting concern in the White House and State Department, officials say."

From the Washington Post: "Months after the discovery of a massive breach of U.S. government personnel records, the Obama administration has decided against publicly blaming China for the intrusion in part out of reluctance to reveal the evidence that American investigators have assembled, U.S. officials said."

The latest in the Sandra Bland case. "Texas Department of Public Safety authorities said late Tuesday they were looking into alleged edits to a 52-minute dashcam video of the traffic stop and arrest of Sandra Bland, who subsequently died in her jail cell three days after her arrest."


*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with Democrat from California and Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff about the latest on the Iran nuclear deal, Criminal defense attorney John Burris regarding the new dash-cam video released on the arrest of Sandra Bland, and LA Times TV and Media Writer Stephen Battaglio regarding President Obama’s final visit to the Daily Show.

*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will have an exclusive live interview with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on selling the Iran nuclear deal to Congress. She’ll also interview Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Fmr. FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry, Fmr. ATF Special Agent in Charge Jim Cavanaugh, NBC’s Chuck Todd and Sarah Dallof, the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters.

*** Wednesday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Ayman Mohyeldin interviews John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Eugene O’Donnell, Fmr. Federal Prosecutor Kendall Coffey, Black Law Enforcement Alliance Director Marq Claxton and Veteran prosecutor Paul Henderson about newly released video of Sandra Bland’s arrest, Washington Post Political reporter Ed O’Keefe about Donald Trump’s controversial rhetoric, and WIRED magazine’s Andy Greenberg about automobiles being hacked on the road.