OFF TO THE RACES: How both Bush and Rubio are playing in Iowa
Bloomberg's Josh Green has an in-depth look at Steve Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart News.
BIDEN: NBC's Vaughn Hillyard passes along this 2008 Washington Post report, in which Jill Biden says ""I would hope that Joe would never be a politician like Hillary Clinton."
BUSH: Embed Jordan Frasier has a nice look at how Jeb Bush is using his Iowa tour to press the reset button.
CARSON: Rupert Murdoch tweeted that Carson, unlike Obama, would give the country "a real black president who can properly address the racial divide."
In an interview with NPR, Carson offered a confusing answer to a series of questions about raising the debt limit.
CLINTON: Here's our wrap of Clinton's decision to break with the Obama administration and oppose TPP.
And here's analysis from one of us(!) about what Clinton's move is all about: presidential primary politics.
She has a new ally in a supporter named Kevin McCarthy. (Not THAT Kevin McCarthy, though.)
Writes the Washington Post: "A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday. But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system."
And from the AP: "Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, which stored some 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany after she left office in early 2013, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press. While the attempts were apparently blocked by a "threat monitoring" product that Clinton's employees connected to her network in October 2013, there was a period of more than three months from June to October 2013 when that protection had not been installed, according to a letter from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee." (But is that really a story – if the attempts were blocked?)
The Washington Post's Greg Sargent: “When Hillary Clinton rolled out a series of new gun control proposals this week, one of the most newsworthy and controversial ideas she put forth was a vow to use executive action as president to fix the background check system if Congress refused to act. But the Obama administration has already taken a long, internal look at the same executive-action proposal Clinton has promised to undertake, and has doubts over whether it can be made to work in practical terms, according to current and former senior administration officials.”
FIORINA: She picked up the endorsements of some influential Nebraskans, including Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
KASICH: His approval rating in Ohio is at an all-time high.
RUBIO: Our Iowa bureau (Danny Freeman and Vaughn Hillyard) offers this smart look at how Rubio is playing (or isn't) in the state.
It's not clear that Rubio’s record of missing Senate votes is bothering voters in key states.
SANDERS: POLITICO takes a look at his unusual debate prep plan.
TRUMP: Katy Tur, who's been on the road covering Trump for 104 of the last 112 days, give her take on the campaign so far.
Washington celebrity chef Jose Andres is countersuing Donald Trump.
CONGRESS: McCarthy’s first test
It's Speaker nomination day with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy the favorite… The New York Times looks at why Paul Ryan isn't interested in the job.
Hard-line conservatives have endorsed Daniel Webster for the position.
And/but, from the Washington Post: "But in an opening for the California Republican, caucus members said Wednesday that the endorsement is binding on members only for Thursday’s party vote and that it would not necessarily apply to the decisive Oct. 29 floor vote.'
From NBC's Alex Moe and one of us(!): The House has voted to create a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.
Harry Reid is suing the company that makes the exercise band that left him injured in a New Year's Day accident.
OBAMA AGENDA: A full apology
The president apologized for the airstrike that hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital, a rare move for a commander-in-chief.
From NBC News: "Iraqi security forces have launched an operation to retake the city of Ramadi from ISIS militants and for the first time in months have taken control of part of the city, Iraqi and U.S. officials said. A senior Iraqi security official told NBC News that Iraqi forces began advancing toward the city — a key battleground in Anbar province in the western part of the country — about midnight Tuesday to take advantage of an impending sandstorm."