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OFF TO THE RACES: Previewing Debate #4

The Wall Street Journal has this viewer’s guide for tonight’s debate in Milwaukee, which will be co-hosted with Fox Business.

BUSH: The NY Times writes that the super PAC backing Jeb Bush is preparing $20 million worth of attacks against fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio.

In response, Rubio’s team is fundraising off the story and released this ad with Bush’s voice praising his former mentee, Rubio.

Both Bush and Rubio court Wisconsin Governor and former presidential candidate Scott Walker ahead of tonight’s debate, our NBC colleagues report.

RUBIO: National Journal writes many GOP officials in Wisconsin are supporting Rubio.

CLINTON: Politico reports that the FBI “has stepped up inquiries into the security” of Clinton’s email as secretary of State.

And while the League of Conservation Voters backed Clinton, National Journal writes that Sanders and O’Malley have more aggressive environmental agendas and the move “shows just how politically tactical and calculating the green movement can be.”

CRUZ: Personal biographies are dangerous things when running for president. The NY Times traveled to Cuba and reported that the story Cruz often tells about his father’s role in Cuba fighting for Fidel Castro “is an embroidered one.”

GRAHAM: His super PAC is releasing a national TV ad shaming FOX Business for excluding him, the only veteran in the race, from the GOP debate on the eve of Veterans Day.

SANDERS: Huffington Post writes that at a rally in Las Vegas Sanders promised “sweeping deportation relief that would go beyond the policies of President Barack Obama” during his first 100 days.

TRUMP: NPR revisited his childhood. “And then there were the girls. Classmates said so many girls visited Trump on Sundays.”


Now that it’s time for Congress to take up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, President Barack Obama puts forward his argument in Bloomberg View. “It’s a trade deal that helps working families get ahead,” he wrote.

In a blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to overhaul the immigration system through the executive, a federal appeals court ruled against his plan to allow parents of undocumented children to avoid risk of deportation.

PROGRAMMING NOTES. *** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Bryan Cranston and director Jay Roach on their new movie “Trumbo”; former Orca trainer John Hargrove on Sea World’s decision to change their controversial killer whale show; and it’s Super Tuesday ahead of tonight’s GOP debate with the Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and Chris Cillizza and our team of reporters in Milwaukee – Chris Jansing, Hallie Jackson and Kasie Hunt.

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