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OFF THE RACES: Weekend at Bernie’s

From our big NBC News/Marist poll out this weekend: "Bernie Sanders has jumped out to a nine-point lead over front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, and he's gained ground on her among Iowa voters in the Democratic presidential race, according to a pair of brand-new NBC News/Marist polls."

The big picture, from the Wall Street Journal: "The 2016 White House race barrels into the fall feeling at times more like a reality-television spectacle than a presidential campaign, with a crop of unconventional candidates upstaging their politically pedigreed rivals. This split between the outsiders and their more traditional counterparts reflects a deeper rift in the country between those who continue to trust government and the elected officials who run it, and the ever-growing share of Americans who don’t and pine for someone new."

BIDEN: Joe Biden hinted again at a possible presidential run during a Labor Day appearance in Pittsburgh.

BUSH: He's using Trump's anger as a foil, saying that frustration alone won't change the status quo.

CARSON: NBC's Hallie Jackson reports on his quiet surge amid Trump's loud candidacy.

CLINTON: Clinton aides say that their candidate will show more humor and spontaneity, according to the New York Times.

The Washington Post adds re: her expected reboot: "New humble posture when asked about her use of a private e-mail system for government work? Check. New reckoning with the possibility that she may lose the New Hampshire primary, and perhaps even the Iowa caucuses? Check."

"A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said," according to the New York Times.

She's unveiling a new campaign finance proposal that would require companies to disclose their donations and for matching funds programs to be set up in order to increase the impact of small donors.

She says that a "global effort" is needed to address the refugee crisis in Europe.

In an interview with the AP, she reiterated that "what I did was allowed" when it comes to her use of a private email server.

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed her on Monday.

FIORINA: She says that Donald Trump should be taking on Hillary Clinton more often.

GILMORE: The Washington Post writes of his campaign "strategy": "In fact, since Gilmore — a former governor of Virginia — officially got into the presidential race on July 30, he has not held a single formal campaign event with actual voters present."

RUBIO: He visited the Charleston church where nine worshippers were killed earlier this year.

TRUMP: In the New York Times: "Donald J. Trump, who received draft deferments through much of the Vietnam War, told the author of a forthcoming biography that he nevertheless “always felt that I was in the military” because of his education at a military-themed boarding school."

CONGRESS: They’re baaacckkk

POLITICO writes that many of Boehner allies are skeptical that he can run for another term as leader in 2017.

Colin Powell called the Iran agreement "a pretty good deal" in an interview with one of us(!)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz will back the Iran deal, we learned over the holiday weekend.

The Texas Tribune looks at some of the unlikely friendships among the state's delegation.


*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with RealClearPolitics Political Reporter Rebecca Berg and MSNBC Political Analyst and Daily Beast Columnist Jonathan Alter about the latest political headlines; Liberty Counsel Senior Litigation Attorney Roger Gannam about his client Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis; and National Catholic Reporter Senior Analyst Father Thomas Reese about the Pope’s upcoming visit to the United States.

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, GQ’s Joel Lovell, the Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and Chris Cillizza, the Wall Street Journal’s Jeanne Cummings and NBC’s Stephanie Gosk, Kelly O’Donnell, Sarah Dallof, Richard Engel and Bill Neely.