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The Lid: Hillary Clinton Campaign in Overdrive

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Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event at Manchester Community College October 5, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Clinton discussed proposals to address gun violence in the United States. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) Darren McCollester / Getty Images

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Fresh off her “Saturday Night Live” appearance, Hillary Clinton looked like a candidate in overdrive on Monday. Her day began with a nationally televised New Hampshire town hall on the TODAY show, followed by calls for dramatic changes to the nation’s gun laws and then remarks on early childhood education. The busy day just so happened to coincide with new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of Iowa and New Hampshire that revealed Bernie Sanders ahead of Clinton in general election matchups in the two battleground states. The poll came a day after another new survey that found Clinton still running behind Sanders in the Granite State.

Hillary Clinton on TODAY: Watch the highlights – in under 2 minutes 1:40

And as the former secretary of state continues to adjust her campaign’s strategy, we heard some interesting themes, and a renewed passion on a number of issues, that may drive her campaign through the fall:

1) On the Offensive on Benghazi: Clinton was noticeably fired up when speaking with Savannah Guthrie about the Benghazi select committee and her email use. "Look at the situation they chose to exploit, to go after me for political reasons: the death of four Americans in Benghazi," Clinton said. Kevin McCarthy’s comments have opened the door for her to go on the offensive when it comes to Benghazi, a first for her campaign.

2) Fun Clinton: “I'm a more reserved person than maybe some people in politics are, but as you can see from the skit, I also like to have a good time,” Clinton said. Of course, the skit was “Saturday Night Live,” just the latest in Clinton effort to SHOW voters she is fun instead of TELLING them about how fun she can be.

3) Clinton the outsider? With the continued success of the outsider candidates, it’s no wonder Clinton is trying to get in on the action. “Who could be more of an outsider than a woman president?” she said on TODAY. “I mean this by definition is an outsider, the very first time in history.” It’s hard to imagine Clinton being perceived as a genuine outsider, but it is a way for her to remind voters of the historic nature of her run.

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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

CLINTON: More from Clinton on the campaign trail, per MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald: slammed Jeb Bush’s recent comments on gun control Monday, and became emotional discussing her own gun reform policy in New Hampshire.

SANDERS: He’ll be on the Ellen DeGeneres show next week.

TRUMP: Per the New York Times: “In a recent interview, Mr. Trump offered a vainglorious pre-obituary of sorts for his candidacy, should he ever end it (for which he insists he has no plans).”

BIDEN: And today’s reporting fix about Joe Biden’s 2016 timing, Politico writes the VP will make his decision next weekend, “or shortly thereafter.”

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TOMORROW’S SKED

Hillary Clinton attends two community forums on health care and the economy in Iowa. Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, and Rick Santorum are also in Iowa.

Bernie Sanders is on Capitol Hill to announce legislation to make it easier for workers to join together for better wages and working conditions.

Marco Rubio appears on the TODAY show. Bill Clinton appears on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.