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First Read's Morning Clips: McSally turns attention to Sinema in AZ-SEN

Image: House Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks during a news conference on Jan. 10, 2018.
House Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks during a news conference on Jan. 10, 2018.Jacquelyn Martin / AP

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MIDTERM MADNESS: McSally turns attention to Sinema in AZ-SEN

Female candidates are getting inundated with harassment, the New York Times writes.

AK-GOV: The Anchorage Daily News reports on the state of the race, with all three candidates insisting that they’re in it to win it.

AZ-SEN: The Arizona Republic notes that McSally is turning her ad fire on Sinema even before the primary is over.

CA-50: Duncan Hunter is stepping down from his House committee assignments after all, POLITICO reports.

CT-GOV: Polls show a mixed bag in the Connecticut governor race.

FL-GOV: Ground game may be what actually makes the difference in the governor race.

Bob Graham gave another half million dollars to his daughter, Gwen.

All five Democratic gubernatorial candidates have called for a Seminole County tax collector to resign after a derogatory Facebook post about Muslims.

FL-27: A Republican candidate has dropped out — and endorsed Democrat Donna Shalala.

MS-SEN: Trump has endorsed Cindy Hyde-Smith, giving her a boost over conservative challenger Chris McDaniel.

NM-SEN: Could Gary Johnson actually win? Fivethirtyeight does the numbers.

PA: NBC’s Ben Kamisar writes up our NBC/Marist Pennsylvania poll, finding big leads for Democratic statewide candidates — and skepticism over tariffs.

TX-SEN: NBC’s Suzanne Gamboa writes on the rise of Beto.

TRUMP AGENDA: Trump vs. Sessions

Here’s NBC’s wrap of Trump’s escalating feud with Jeff Sessions.

Rudy Giuliani says that the president agreed in June not to pardon anyone during the Mueller probe.

Republicans think Sessions might be out after the midterms.

And critics are worried that Trump is doing lasting damage to the justice system.

The Washington Post notes that some of Trump’s longtime allies are finally throwing in the towel.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story yesterday that National Enquirer publisher David Pecker has been granted immunity in the Michael Cohen case.

And the AP reports that the National Enquirer kept damaging stories in a safe during the campaign.

The Trump administration is throwing up roadblocks to the vetting of refugees, NBC’s Dan De Luce and Julia Ainsley.

The Washington Post fact-checks Trump on murders on South African farms.

Mollie Tibbetts’ family is not on board with how some politicos are talking about her murder.

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