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The Lid: Clinton Keeping Cool in the Hot Seat (So Far)

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As of publication time, Hillary Clinton seems to be surviving her heavily anticipated Benghazi testimony with relatively few bruises. Republicans have landed a few blows -- like why informal adviser Sidney Blumenthal had such access to her but slain Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens did not have her personal email. But Clinton has remained calm and so far avoided any type of gaffe or memorable quote that we can see being used in ads against her in coming months. (Remember her first Benghazi testimony back in 2013 when conservatives jumped on her line, “At this point, what difference does it make?” There have been no moments like that today, but we may still have a few hours left!)

As we wrote yesterday, if Clinton makes it through the remainder of the hearing without losing her cool, the only hurdle left in what was a high-stakes October will be the weekend’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa, where the Democratic candidates will assemble to address activists. That event could serve as a victory lap, but one word of caution: It could bring back stinging memories for Clinton, whose appearance at the gathering in 2007 was overshadowed by the race’s biggest initial wave of momentum for then-candidate Barack Obama.

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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

The New York Times reports that Team Clinton is encountering some skepticism as they try to woo former Biden backers.

PAUL: The Des Moines Register reports that one staffer from 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign has found guilty of causing a false record, but his campaign chair has been acquitted on charges that he conspired to pay an elected official in exchange for an endorsement.

TRUMP: After a poll showed Trump’s lead slipping in Iowa,he retweeted an insult to caucus goers in the Hawkeye State. He tweeted, “The young intern who accidentally did a Retweet apologizes.”

CARSON: He doesn’t believe Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee because she could go to jail soon and “it’s hard to run from there,” Buzzfeed reports.

FOR THE RECORD…

“She looked pretty hot. I don't know which channel it's on, but I'm looking forward to that.”

-- Jeb Bush, on the new CBS show “Supergirl.”

TOMORROW’S SKED

The Democratic presidential candidates address the annual issues conference of the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interviews Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Miami.