OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Convention confusion


TWEET OF THE DAY: "I resent recent charges that investigation of Fast/Furious is political motivated I have been leading this for 18 months Why now the charge." — Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Trail 2016: Fight night Clinton, Trump tied in Iowa, Grassley leads in Senate race Senate rivals gear up for debates MORE (R-Iowa). The House holds its contempt vote on Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderLawyer claims death threats after anti-Black Lives Matter lawsuit Adviser: Obama can’t ‘erase decades’ of racism Airbnb enlists civil rights leaders in discrimination fight MORE on Thursday.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "My guess is they’re not sleeping real well at the White House tonight — that’s the way it ought to be.” — Mitt Romney at a campaign event in Sterling, Va.


POLL POSITION:

President Obama has opened up a 40-point lead over Mitt Romney among Hispanics, 66 percent to 26, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll.

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Obama is expanding his lead over Romney in swing states that will be key in determining the outcome of the 2012 election, two new polls show.

Obama continues to hold a commanding advantage over Romney in terms of personal likability, but Americans are skeptical that either man has a clear plan for solving the country's problems, according to a new poll by Gallup.

Obama holds a seven-point lead in the crucial swing state of Virginia, 49 percent to Romney’s 42, despite more than half the voters in the state saying they hold conservative views on issues like taxes and government spending, according to a new poll by Old Dominion University and the Virginian-Pilot.

More Americans are confident in Obama’s ability to handle an alien invasion than in Romney’s. According to a survey conducted for the National Geographic Channel, 65 percent said they’d pick Obama to deal with an invading alien force over Romney.


AD WATCH:

The Republican National Committee charged President Obama with “hypocrisy” in a new Web video criticizing his decision to exert executive privilege over documents related to the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. 


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

Michigan: Freshman Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse Freedom Caucus member slows floor business House votes to block Gitmo transfers Republican exodus from Trump grows MORE (R-Mich.) took first place for best use of social media among House Republicans, according to challenge organizers.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

Sens. Bob CaseyBob CaseyDems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare Enough bickering, time to stay focused on important issues: Pennsylvania holds keys in Clinton-Trump tilt MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownLawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas House votes to eliminate Olympic medal tax MORE (D-Ohio) are in strong position for reelection, but Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonShutdown risk grows over Flint Takata says it failed to report airbag rupture in 2003 This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress MORE's (D-Fla.) race against Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) has tightened considerably, according to a series of new polls from Quinnipiac University.

The Republican-affiliated outside groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are up with new ads in New Mexico and North Dakota, expanding on previous buys in two states they have made priorities as of late.

Massachusetts: Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Democratic challenger Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDems slam Yahoo CEO over delay in acknowledging hack Juan Williams: Verdict on big debate will be instantaneous WATCH LIVE: Warren campaigns for Clinton in NH MORE traded barbs Wednesday over the proposed bipartisan agreement that would prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling next month.

Missouri: Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillFacebook steps up fight against fake news The Trail 2016: Off the sick bed McCaskill: Trump and Dr. Oz a 'marriage made in heaven' MORE (D-Mo.) defended her decision to skip the Democratic National Convention, denying that she was trying to distance herself from President Obama.
 
Ohio: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has a single-digit lead over his GOP rival, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, 46 to 39 percent, in a new poll from Public Policy Polling.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

A spokesperson for The Washington Post said the newspaper would not be retracting a controversial report about Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital despite a request from the candidate’s campaign. The announcement came after members of Romney’s staff met with senior editors in Washington on Wednesday afternoon to ask them to withdraw the article.

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteGOP senators slam FBI on early probe of NY bomber Senate rivals gear up for debates WATCH LIVE: Warren campaigns for Clinton in NH MORE (R-N.H.), an early supporter of Romney's presidential campaign who is speculated to be under consideration for the Republican vice presidential nomination, defended the presumptive Republican nominee's foreign policy credentials in a speech Wednesday.

President Obama will visit Colorado Springs on Friday to view damage from a massive fire that could be the state’s worst-ever natural disaster to date.

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump camp tries to clarify climate position Biden bashes Trump: 'What in the hell is he talking about?' Ryan: Trump ‘met expectations’ at the debate MORE seems to think that he and Romney will be hosting a glitzy, high-dollar fundraiser Thursday at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan — but the Republican presidential candidate's campaign has indicated otherwise.

Vice President Biden will be the keynote speaker at the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) annual conference, organizers announced Tuesday.


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