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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Iowa). The House holds its contempt vote on Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderJuan Williams: Momentum builds against gerrymandering GOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections House votes to curb asset seizures 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 votes to crack down on undocumented immigrants with gang ties GOP lawmaker taunts House conservatives: Trump’s base is not ‘small faction of obstructionists’ Overnight Finance: GOP plans to unveil tax framework in late September | Critical stretch for Trump tax team | Equifax CEO called to testify | Sanders unveils single-payer bill MORE (R-Mich.) took first place for best use of social media among House Republicans, according to challenge organizers.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

Sens. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts Dems offer alternative to Trump administration's child care proposal MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell Brown'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate Brown, Portman urge Trump administration to move quickly on a steel decision Dems call on DeVos to work with CFPB to protect student borrowers MORE (D-Ohio) are in strong position for reelection, but Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDem asks airlines to cap airfares ahead of Hurricane Maria Trump encourages Rick Scott to run for Senate Overnight Regulation: House moves to block methane rule | Senators wrestle with allowing driverless trucks | EPA delays toxic waste rule 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 Ann WarrenSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration Dems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal 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 Conner McCaskillGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Senators blast internet subsidy program It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime 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 Ann AyotteStale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Trump voter fraud commission sets first meeting outside DC RNC chair warns: Republicans who refused to back Trump offer 'cautionary tale' 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 John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment 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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