TWEET OF THE DAY: “Villagers,I don't endorse politicians.Not my thing.However, Obama is the light & the future.Keep going towards the light. Put America first.” — Russell Crowe

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You know, I had this dream once, where it was before the 2008 debate, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaYou just can't keep good health policy down Obama Foundation announces new job training program for Chicago students Biden praises Parkland students fighting for gun reform: ‘They’re going to win’ MORE and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain asks Trump's CIA pick to explain ties to torture Petraeus: Haspel will explain actions in nomination hearing Afghanistan is our longest war ever and Congress has abandoned all responsibility MORE. And in my dream, I said, ‘Well, gentleman, that’s all the questions I have.’ And I looked down and I had another half-hour to go!” — CBS’ Bob Schieffer, on his biggest debate nightmare


Mitt Romney is holding steady with a 6-point lead over President Obama, according to Monday’s Gallup daily tracking poll. Romney takes 51 percent support over Obama's 45 percent in the survey of likely voters. Among registered voters, Romney’s lead is 48 to 47 percent over the president.

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll, Obama takes 49 percent to Romney’s 48.

Obama has a huge lead with Hispanic voters, according to two new polls. Obama leads Romney by 70 to 25 percent in a poll of Latino likely voters conducted for NBC News, Telemundo and The Wall Street Journal. That's similar to a 71 to 20 percent lead he has with Hispanic registered voters according to a new poll from Latino Decisions.

Obama still leads Romney among likely voters in Ohio, but the margin has shrunk since September, according to a new Quinnipiac/CBS News poll. The poll found Obama leading Romney 50 percent to 45 among likely Ohio voters. In September, the same poll found Obama leading 53 percent to 43.

A Suffolk University poll found Obama and Romney tied in Ohio at 47 percent. However, Obama has a massive 54 to 41 lead over Romney among those who said they have already voted.

Obama is pulling away from Romney in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR-University of New Hampshire poll that shows Obama with 49 percent and Romney at 41 percent.


President Obama’s campaign unveiled a new TV ad touting the drawdown of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and hitting Mitt Romney on foreign policy.

Romney's campaign unveiled a Web video accusing Obama of failing to live up to his promises on foreign policy.


President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Will Sessions let other 'McCabes' off the hook or restore faith in justice? Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign MORE will attend a “California’s Voice” rally at University of California Irvine to endorse Democratic congressional candidates in Southern California: Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyWorst engineering failure in U.S. history made us safer GOP leaders prevent votes to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Dem whip asks Ryan to allow floor votes on DACA this week MORE running in California’s 26th; Alan Lowenthal in California’s 47th; Scott Peters, who’s running against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R); Raul Ruiz, who’s running against Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R); and Mark Takano, who’s running in California 41st. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee is out with new ads in 13 districts. The targets: Reps. Ron BarberRonald (Ron) Sylvester BarberPrinciples and actions mean more than Jeff Flake’s words Giffords to lawmakers avoiding town halls: 'Have some courage' Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt MORE (D-Ariz.), Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), Lois Capps (D-Calif.), John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOur democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech MORE (D-Ga.), Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonTrump's budget targets affordable, reliable power Work begins on T infrastructure plan New president, new Congress, new opportunity MORE (D-Utah), and against Democratic challengers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois and New Hampshire.

The Congressional Leadership Fund and its nonprofit arm, the American Action Network, launched three new ads on Monday, with CLF hitting Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell with its second ad in the Iowa race and Democrat Shelley Adler, who's challenging New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan, with its first ad in the race. AAN is running its first ad against Val Demings, running to unseat Rep. Dan Webster in Florida.

Crossroads GPS is launching three new ads in districts in three of the states central to the parties' hopes at gaining seats this fall: Illinois, New York and California. The group targets Democrat Raul Ruiz, running in California's 36th District, and Bill Enyart, running in Illinois's 12th District, for their support for President Obama's healthcare reform law. In New York's 25th District, Crossroads GPS targets Rep. Louise Slaughter for her support for cap-and-trade and for what the ad characterizes as higher taxes.

FLORIDA: The Florida Democratic Party is targeting Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) for late tax payments on a number of properties affiliated with Southerland's business, rehashing an old attack launched by his 2010 opponent that didn't quite stick.

ILLINOIS: Despite a prolonged leave of absence while he grapples with bipolar disorder, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is strongly favored for reelection, according to a poll released Monday. Jackson held a 58 to 27 percent lead over Republican challenger Brian Woodworth in the survey by WeAskAmerica.

LOUISIANA: Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.) has secured the endorsements of Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeConservatives balk over funding bill ahead of shutdown  Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support MORE (R-Utah), two Tea Party favorites, for his member-on-member race against Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns MORE Jr. (R-La.).

MINNESOTA: Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (R-Minn.) leads her Democratic opponent Jim Graves by a surprisingly narrow 51 to 45 percent, while former Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) leads freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) by 50 to 43 percent, according to two new polls conducted for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

NEW YORK: Democratic group Friends of Democracy PAC released a poll that put Democratic challenger Dan Maffei ahead of Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle by 2 points, with 46 percent to Buerkle's 44 percent support — within the poll's 4.8 percent margin of error.


CONNECTICUT: Republican Linda McMahon released a new ad reaching out to Obama voters. The ad features four self-proclaimed Obama voters who are also backing McMahon, and they each represent demographic groups — women, blacks, veterans and the elderly — that McMahon hopes to woo.

INDIANA: Republican candidate Richard Mourdock is betting Mitt Romney will be the difference in his tough Senate race in Indiana. In a new ad for Mourdock, Romney backs the Indiana state treasurer and touts his efforts to balance the state budget and make government more accountable.

MAINE: Charlie Summers (R) released a new ad attacking both independent candidate Angus KingAngus Stanley KingLindsey Graham: Trump firing Mueller would 'probably' be impeachable offense Angus King: McCabe firing seemed 'mean-spirited' With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks MORE and Democrat Cynthia Dill on taxes, charging that King left Maine with the "highest tax burden in the nation" and that Dill supports what the ad characterizes as Obama's tax increases.

MISSOURI: Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate in the race to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats desperate for a win hail spending bill Koch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp GOP Senate candidate slams McCaskill over Clinton ties MORE (D-Mo.), described his opponent as a "dog" that goes to Washington to fetch more regulations and tax burdens.

NORTH DAKOTA: Democrat Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDemocrats desperate for a win hail spending bill Koch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps MORE has a slight, margin-of-error lead over Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) in the North Dakota Senate, according to a new internal poll released by her campaign. It comes just two days after an independent poll of the race put Berg ahead by 10 points. According to her campaign's poll, Heidi brings in 45 percent support to Berg's 42, within the poll's 4-point margin of error. Thirteen percent of those polled remain undecided. A local North Dakotan says that he doesn't "trust Rick Berg to protect Social Security" in a new ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which charges that Berg "urged" Congress to privatize the program.

PENNSYLVANIA: Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyHouse GOP frets over Pennsylvania race Do the numbers add up for Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania? Poll: Five Senate Dems would lose to GOP challenger if elections held today MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) has an 8-point lead over Republican Tom Smith, according to a new poll from Muhlenberg College and the Allentown Morning Call, leading Smith by 45 to 37 percent. Casey released a new ad pushing back against attack ads from his Republican opponent and defending his record. Casey has been criticized by other Democrats for being slow out of the gate this campaign season, and operatives in both parties say the race has tightened a bit, though both believe Casey retains a relatively comfortable lead.

VIRGINIA: Former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineBill to bolster gun background checks gains enough support to break filibuster Senators demand cyber deterrence strategy from Trump Two-year defense spending smooths the way to a ready military MORE (D) hits former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) on women's issues ranging from birth control to contraception to equal pay laws in a new ad, and is out with a new poll showing him with a 4-point lead. Most public polls of the race have shown Kaine with a narrow lead.

WISCONSIN: Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) leads Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinGOP women’s group endorses challengers in top Senate, House races Dems offering bill aimed at curbing stock buybacks Koch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp MORE (D-Wis.) by 48 to 46 percent in a new Wisconsin Senate poll from the conservative Rasmussen Reports. In a new internal poll from Baldwin, she has a 5-point lead. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new radio ad hitting hitting Thompson on his promise to "do away with" Medicaid and Medicare during the primary. 


Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE says he has “very big news” about President Obama that could significantly alter the race for the White House just two weeks before Election Day. “Something very, very big concerning the president of the United States,” Trump said Monday on "Fox and Friends." “It’s going to be very big. I know one thing — you will cover it in a very big fashion.” Trump said he would “probably” release the bombshell sometime on Wednesday.

Priorities USA, the super-PAC supporting Obama, outraised Mitt Romney’s super-PAC in September, Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show. The pro-Obama group raised $15.3 million for the month. Restore raised $14.8 million for September.

Vice President Biden seems to have added an actual binder into his campaign stump speech.

Activists with Obama’s campaign are trying to dampen criticism from environmentalists who say global warming has been given short shrift in the 2012 presidential race. A campaign email to environmentalists Sunday evening, obtained by The Hill, tallies numerous instances of Obama talking about climate change on the stump.

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