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First Read's Morning Clips: Florida Won't Extend Voter Registration

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic heads out on the SR528 beach line Thursday as motorists drive away from Brevard County, Florida.Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel via AP

OFF TO THE RACES: Florida’s governor refuses to extend state’s voter-registration deadline

Gov. Rick Scott says he won’t extend the voter registration deadline in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew, although South Carolina has extended its deadline.

NBC’s Ali Vitali reports on Donald Trump’s New Hampshire town hall, which he denied was practice for Sunday’s debate.

Thirty former Republican members of Congress say they can’t vote for Trump.

The New York Times notes how Michelle Obama is campaigning in the areas Clinton needs the most in November.

Here’s how Clinton is prepping a money blitz for the final weeks of the election.

From the Wall Street Journal: “Newly disclosed emails show top Obama administration officials were in close contact with Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign in early 2015 about the potential fallout from revelations that the former secretary of state used a private email server. Their discussion included a request from the White House communications director to her counterpart at the State Department to see if it was possible to arrange for Secretary of State John Kerry to avoid questions during media appearances about Mrs. Clinton’s email arrangement.”

The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times all write about Trump’s efforts to lobby Congress to enact tax breaks for real estate investors.

POLITICO looks at Trump’s claim that he “called” the 2008 crash.

“The polls and headlines say it repeatedly: Evangelicals overwhelmingly support Donald J. Trump for president,” writes the New York Times. “But now, a group of more than 75 evangelical leaders has released a declaration saying that those polls and headlines do not speak for them. The group includes African-American, Asian, Hispanic and white evangelical Christians, and it says that the news media and the polls are overlooking nonwhite evangelicals.”

Trump is modifying his claims about a “bum mike” at the first debate.

Gary Johnson spoke to the Wall Street Journal, saying that his ticket is “absolutely unified” despite Bill Weld’s statement that his personal goal is to block Donald Trump from the presidency. “That may be Bill’s focus. I guess my focus would be blocking Hillary Clinton, and that between the two of us, we are in it to win it.”

Evan McMullin has a running mate.

The Center for Public Integrity profiles the mega-donor Mercer family.

Ted Cruz is phone banking, but he’s not mentioning Trump’s name.

Rudy Giuliani’s daughter is supporting Hillary Clinton.

Did the N.S.A. data suspect leak data or just hoard it?