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First Read's Morning Clips

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

OFF THE RACES: Biden polls friends and family on ’16 run

Writes the Washington Post: “Across the ideological spectrum, candidates are gaining traction by separating themselves from the political and economic system that many everyday Americans view as rigged against them.”

BIDEN: The Wall Street Journal reports: “Vice President Joe Biden is using part of his vacation in South Carolina this week to sound out friends and family about a presidential bid, as some Democrats press him to enter the race and give the party another option in the face of lingering controversies involving Hillary Clinton. From his vacation spot on Kiawah Island, Mr. Biden is giving the strongest signal yet that he is actively considering making a third run at the presidency. He is asking political allies for advice and gauging the strength of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign as he weighs his options, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Biden is expected to announce his decision next month.”

BUSH: NBC’s Jordan Frasier reports that Jeb Bush was disrupted by ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists during an event in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

The Sioux City Journal reports that he’s rolling out a second round of Iowa supporters.

CARSON: He said during a FOX News appearance yesterday of Planned Parenthood: “One of the reasons you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find a way to control that population.”

CLINTON: Top aide Huma Abedin is increasingly in the spotlight in the email controversy after revelations that she had her own account on Clinton’s homebrew server, POLITICO reports.

Her team sent a memo to supporters urging them to remain calm.

FIORINA:The New York Times writes about how she’s taken on Donald Trump from her unique spot as the party’s only female presidential candidate.

KASICH: The Boston Globe notes of his rise in New Hampshire: “First, his operation recently spent significant funds in the state — $4 million on television advertisements, according to a spokeswoman for Kasich’s super PAC. During this time, only Christie's super PAC was on the air, spending $1.1 million on its advertisement buy, according to its spokesman. Kasich had another advantage: He enjoys being one of the newest candidates on the scene, having entered the presidential race on July 21, months after most of his competitors got in.”

O’MALLEY: He’s rolling out 15 goals to “rebuild the American dream,” the Union Leader reports.

PAUL:The Washington Post has the full rundown of his fight with The Donald.

SANDERS: He told Andrea Mitchell in an interview yesterday that he’s getting a boost in the polls because ‘people are saying enough is enough.’

He’s moving to a bigger campaign office in New Hampshire after just six weeks, reports.


*** Thursday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Today on News Nation, Tamron Hall speaks with GOP Strategist Lee Carter and Vox Correspondent Jonathan Allen about the latest political headlines, Attorney John Burris on California banning grand juries on cop killings, Secretary of Agriculture in New Mexico Jeff Witte on the chemical spill in the Animas River, and MSNBC’s Tony Dokoupil about the NASA new operation that will help scientists find out more about glacier melting

*** Thursday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Frances Rivera interviews Sr. Politics Editor for The Daily Beast Jackie Kucinich and LA Times’ Christina Bellantoni about 2016 politics and why it appears outsiders are winning the race, Fmr. Sr. British Officer Michael Kay about where ISIS is making advances, Jimmy Carter biographer Randall Balmer and Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity about the former president’s revelation that his cancer has returned and spread, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell about Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, Attorney Jonathan Halperin about Virginia Wesleyan College requesting documentation of his client’s sexual history following a sexual assault lawsuit she filed against the school, and reporter Tony Dokoupil about a group of kids suing the government over climate change.

*** Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, the Des Moines Register’s Jennifer Jacobs, USA Today’s Susan Page, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Katy Tur, Ian Williams, Hallie Jackson, Kerry Sanders and Gabe Gutierrez.