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OFF TO THE RACES: Post-Labor Day sprint begins

The final post-Labor Day election sprint is on. From the New York Times: "Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump ran virtually parallel campaigns on Monday as they geared up for the final stretch of the presidential race. She made nice with the news media by opening up her campaign plane and chatting with reporters. He followed suit, inviting a smaller group of reporters onto his plane and answering questions during the 30-minute flight. She took along her running mate, and so did he, as both focused on Ohio and nearly crossed paths in Cleveland. Their motorcades all but passed each other, and all four candidates’ planes ended up on the tarmac at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at the same time.”

From the Washington Post: "With nine weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump is within striking distance in the Upper Midwest, but Hillary Clinton’s strength in many battlegrounds and some traditional Republican strongholds gives her a big electoral college advantage, according to a 50-state Washington Post-SurveyMonkey poll."

Our latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll shows Clinton maintaining a six point lead over Trump.

A group of 88 retired U.S. generals and admirals are endorsing Trump in a letter this morning.

And Hillary Clinton is out with a new ad slamming Trump on military issues.

Speaking to reporters(!), Clinton suggested on Monday that Russia is trying to “interfere with our election.”

And she told ABC that her husband should not have to step down from the Clinton Foundation board until after the election, if she wins.

Here’s the skinny on all the surrogates who are slated to hit the road for Hillary Clinton.

Tim Kaine and Joe Biden campaigned together to rally union workers over the holiday weekend, NBC’s Kailani Koenig writes.

"Donald Trump dismissed allegations of impropriety on Monday, saying his foundation's $25,000 donation to Florida's attorney general had nothing to do with her office mulling an investigation into Trump University,” writes.

Allies of Elizabeth Warren are preparing to nix potential Clinton administration hires, writes POLITICO.

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has died.

The New York Times looks at Trump’s relationship with Marble Collegiate Church.

The Washington Post reports on how challengers to strict voting laws have been making gains.

POLITICO has a good rundown of what to expect as Congress returns after a long break.