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OFF TO THE RACES: Wrapping yesterday’s email dump

Here's our wrap of the Wednesday afternoon Clinton email dump.

Hackers tried to use a phishing scam to access Hillary Clinton's private email server. A Clinton official tells NBC: "As we have said before, there is no evidence that the system was ever breached. All these emails show is that, like millions of other Americans, she received spam."

The fundraising numbers we know on the Dem side: Clinton hauled in $28 million this quarter, compared to (including Wednesday night's haul) $26 million for Bernie Sanders.

Leigh Ann Caldwell reports that all 15 GOP candidates have met South Carolina's filing deadline, and its hefty fee.

BIDEN: CNN: "He is not preparing for the first Democratic debate on October 13 in Las Vegas and is not expected to participate, people close to him say, because he feels no pressure to reach a decision by then. He is likely to reveal his plans in the second half of October."

BUSH: He painted rival Marco Rubio as a follower, telling CNN "I disrupted the old order in Tallahassee. I relied on people like Marco Rubio and many others to follow my leadership and we moved the needle."

On TODAY, he said he’s confident that he’ll be the GOP nominee.

Here’s his response to a Syrian-American woman whose family escaped ISIS.

CARSON: He joked about taunting police "back in the day, before they would shoot you," per NBC's Alex Jaffe.

Jaffe also confirms that the Carson campaign raised $20 million for the quarter.

The Des Moines Register does a deep dive into Carson's appeal, noting that he may be a "way station" for some voters in a very fluid race.

CLINTON: From the New York Times: "After months of voicing doubt about a challenge from the vice president, Clinton campaign operatives are viewing Mr. Biden’s entry into the contest as a serious possibility and are trying to rally the party’s apparatus and its donors to her side. They have flooded uncommitted Democrats with emails, phone calls and a plea for them to sign a letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. In the letter, Democrats are asked to “pledge to support Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention with my unpledged delegate vote."

The Clinton Global Initiative isn't such a hot ticket anymore. The Wall Street Journal: "After more than a decade, the Clinton Global Initiative, the showpiece event of the Clinton family’s charitable foundation, is losing some of its pizazz. Many of the group’s longtime supporters are avoiding the Clinton spotlight. Some of the most-sought speakers didn’t make it. Piles of media passes sat uncollected."

SANDERS: The Washington Post does a deep dive on what Sanders' plans would do the country.

TRUMP: He won cheers in New Hampshire for saying: "I'm putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they're going back!"

From National Journal: "Donald Trump will address a private gathering of prominent social conservatives later this month outside Washington," speaking at the conference of the Council for National Policy.

Trump's pushback on criticism of his tax plan: "It’s going to go up and it’s going to be great. And we’re really happy and we’ve gotten great reviews from most people."

CONGRESS: From “buddy” to “boss”?

The New York Times asks: "Can Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker Favorite, Go From Buddy to Boss?"

Roll Call gives a helpful rundown of all the rules that could determine how the leadership elections play out.

A bipartisan group will unveil a plan to cut mandatory prison sentences for nonviolent offenders and encourage more early releases from federal prisons, the New York Times writes.

OBAMA AGENDA: About those Russian airstrikes in Syria

POLITICO writes: "Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on two different occasions this year went to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough seeking a public commitment from President Barack Obama that he would veto any U.N. resolution calling for an independent Palestinian state. Both times, Obama did nothing.

From the AP: "Reacting to criticism that it is targeting opponents of the Syrian government, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted on Thursday that Russia's airstrikes in Syria are targeting not only Islamic State militants but also other groups. Russia on Wednesday carried out its first airstrikes in Syria in what President Vladimir Putin called a pre-emptive strike against the militants. Twenty airstrikes destroyed a command center of Islamic State militants as well as ammunition depots, the defense ministry said."

Bob Corker wants John Kerry to testify to Congress on the situation in Syria.

ICYMI: The president signed the stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Thursday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with Senator Bob Casey about the Russian airstrikes in Syria; GOP Communications Expert Lee Carter and The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank about the latest political headlines; Electronic Transactions Association CEO Jason Oxman about the “chip” credit card technology deadline; and Louisiana Chef and Restaurateur John Besh about his new cookbook “Besh Big Easy” and New Orleans’ recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

*** Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews anchors and will interview former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former Under Secretary of State and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, USA Today’s Susan Page, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, NBC meteorologist Bill Karins, and NBC’s Keir Simmons, Chris Jansing and Kerry Sanders.

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