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The Lid: GOP Running Wild in 2016 Race

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. With more than a year before the presidential election, Trump has been leading summertime polls. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Mark Humphrey / AP

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos….President Barack Obama will appear on outdoor adventure reality show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” which is the logical precedent to the inevitable contest between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush on “American Ninja Warrior.”

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’16 AT 30 THOUSAND

Jeb Bush and Donald Trump have been exchanging barbs for weeks now, but it is the ratcheted up back-and-forth we’ve seen in recent days that has the GOP presidential primary quickly resembling a race for freshman class president. No candidate so far has been able to keep pace with Trump’s trigger-happy Twitter and Instagram accounts, but Bush now seems to be trying. He responded to Trump’s video attacking his “act of love” comment with a video of his own detailing some of the liberal things the real estate mogul has said over the years. And when Bush tweeted the video, Trump almost instantaneously went on a three-tweet tirade asking: “Will Jeb sink as low in the polls as the others who have gone after me?”

The news cycle has gotten faster every election, but Trump has kicked it into overdrive. The hyper-rapid response available through social media can quickly turn the 2016 race into a mudslinging contest. Few toss mud better than Trump, which is why the other GOP candidates may be thankful Bush is the one taking a turn now in the role of chief Trump aggressor.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

  • Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have traded rhetorical punches before, but never as forcefully as they have over the past 24 hours, NBC’s Mark Murray writes.
  • Trump met with the president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NBC’s Suzanne Gamboa writes.
  • After two more Democrats weighed in Tuesday, our whip list of which senators are backing the Iran deal is updated here.
  • President Barack Obama is pushing for more icebreakers for the Coast Guard in the Arctic Ocean.
  • And First Read explains the appeal of Ben Carson.

CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

BIDEN: An interesting nugget from Sen. Chris Coons’ decision to back the Iran nuclear deal: It was Biden who convinced him, reports the Washington Post.

CRUZ: The Washington Post has a good look at how he’s wooed Donald Trump -- and how the friendship could help the Texas senator (or backfire).

HUCKABEE: Mike Huckabee called Joe Biden a “73-year-old gaffe-master.”

WALKER: He went after GOP rivals John Kasich and Marco Rubio in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood.

FOR THE RECORD…

“I don’t know if I have wi-fi. How do I find out?”

  • Hillary Clinton, in emails to aides after getting a new iPad

TOMORROW’S SKED

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about college affordability at Miami Dade College.

John Kasich and Rand Paul both barnstorm New Hampshire with four events each in the Granite State.

Scott Walker and Rick Santorum both campaign in South Carolina.